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[News] Internet Under Censorship Attack, Disguised as Other Things

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Bill Would Declare Your Blog a Weapon 

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| Law prof Eugene Volokh blogs about a US House of Representatives bill 
| proposed by Rep. Linda T. Sanchez and 14 others that could make it a federal 
| felony to use your blog, social media like MySpace and Facebook, or any other 
| Web media 'to cause substantial emotional distress through "severe, repeated, 
| and hostile" speech.' Rep. Sanchez and colleagues want to make it easier to 
| prosecute any objectionable speech through a breathtakingly broad bill that 
| would criminalize a wide range of speech protected by the First Amendment. 
| The bill is called The Megan Meier Cyberbullying Prevention Act, and if 
| passed into law (and if it survives constitutional challenge) it looks almost 
| certain to be misused.         


Net neutrality and bandwidth caps don't matter

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| If it isn't about bandwidth, then what are all these quotas about? Keeping 
| the cable TV monopoly a monopoly. No, really, it is. The set up goes like 
| this. Cable companies whine about bandwidth, then trial all sorts of silly 
| anti-consumer and illegal measures like DPI to fire people up. Angry 
| consumers respond and say that they will not tolerate those measures. 
| Eventually, even paid for politicians will chime in around election season, 
| and these 'alternate' measures will be shot down. DPI and packet 
| classification will be effectively outlawed. That is OK though, they were 
| straw men.        
| From there, cable companies will keep whining about bandwidth overuse, and 
| the 'few' who 'abuse' the system. This is also a straw man, but they will 
| claim usage quotas are necessary to keep the 'abusers' from hurting others, 
| keep piracy down, keep their routers from melting, allowing them to make 
| enough to pay for upgrades, or whatever is the current problem in the 
| headlines. Think of it like The War on Communism/Drugs/Terror/Free Thought, 
| the enemy is out there and undefinable, so don't question our motives.      



Germany not a hard-line censor after all

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| Beasts Associated were suitably unimpressed by this action and issued a
| statement (pdf) saying: "As a result of Mr. Reppe behaving in a manner that
| contravened the terms of the contract, notice of termination of his contract
| was issued as long ago as the start of December 2008, with the contract due
| to end on 30 March 2009, once the period of notice expired.
| "No objection was submitted in respect of the termination, and no legal
| action is pending against the termination."
| They also warned Reppe that he should move his domains to another registrar
| as his domains would be placed "in transit" after March 31.


Germany deletes WikiLeaks.de domain after raid

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| Acording to claims of German registration authority DENIC, the Wikileaks.de
| domain has been sent to DENIC by the Internet domain registrar, "Beasts
| Associated" and therefore is "In Transit". The registrar claims this had
| happened as a consequence of "contract breach" by the domain owner. WikiLeaks
| has open questions that cannot be answered at this point in time. It also
| remains unclear whether the "breach of contract" is related to content on the
| website or administrative issues. An update will be posted as soon as we have
| all information required to assess the situation.


Why, Actually, Are They Hiding ACTA?

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| Given that a draft is now available, and that others will doubtless follow,
| the best thing would be for for the ACTA nations to acknowledge that we live
| in different, more open times, and to embrace them. Let them release an
| official ACTA draft for everyone to comment on – and not just the chosen few
| that are permitted to walk the hallowed corridors of power.

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