Ars Technica provides commentary on a recent UN report that comes down hard on democratic countries such as France and Britain that have punitive laws against online file sharers. These so-called Three Strikes provisions permanently cut an offender off from the Internet as a result of violating those nation’s copyright laws. The UN report calls these laws excessive. Read more here. Read the UN report as a PDF here.
Since I posted on my disappointment with the current administration’s backtracking on digital rights and personal privacy in the Internet age, there have been some new developments:
Wired Magazine’s Threat Level reports here that the worst provisions in the secret ACTA treaty have been removed from the currently circulating document.
Techdirt reports that the Mexican Senate voted to withdraw from ACTA negotiations. They also report that at a recent ACTA meeting, Wi-Fi was apparently turned off in the building to help restrict the flow of realtime information to the folks in the world that might be affected by this sham media-interest treaty. Don’t they know about cellular data plans?
I also found this recent story on the New York Times about the major tech companies declining to comment on the Obama administration’s support of easier Internet wiretapping.
If you haven’t already done so, it may be a good idea to support the Electronic Frontier Foundation.