European Union Preparing a Net Neutrality Law


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European civil rights groups join forces to defend net neutrality
‘European Internet users could risk being charged extra money for accessing online services like Facebook, Wikipedia, YouTube, Skype and Whatsapp if a European draft regulation on net neutrality isn’t amended before March, European civil rights groups warned Tuesday.

‘Civil rights groups EDRi (European Digital Rights), the German Digitale Gesellschaft, the French La Quadrature du Net, the Austrian Initiative für Netzfreiheit as well as the Brussels based Access Now group together launched a campaign called SaveTheInternet.eu aiming to amend or block the regulation…’
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U.S. District Court ruling on net neutrality sets dangerous precedent
‘The internet must be kept open and neutral. Reachability between all endpoints connected to the internet, without any form of restriction, must be maintained.

‘All data traffic should be treated on an equitable basis no matter its sender, recipient, type, or content. All forms of discriminatory traffic management, such as blocking or throttling should be prohibited.
ISPs shall refrain from any interference with internet users’ freedom to access content and use applications of their choice from any device of their choice, unless such interference is necessary, proportionate, temporary, targeted, transparent, and in accordance with relevant laws.

‘Use of packet inspection software (including storage and re-use of associated data) should be reviewed to assess compliance with domestic and international laws and norms on privacy, access to information, and free expression. By default, these types of inspection techniques should only examine header information…’
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Relax, Fed court didn’t just end the open Internet
DUH. Who said so? True. But what about the stricter censorship on Netizens?
‘On Tuesday, a federal appeals court struck down the Federal Communication Commission’s net neutrality rules. The argument was a technical one: The FCC claimed it could regulate broadband providers under its authority to regulate “common carriers,” but the courts noted that, in other contexts, the FCC doesn’t define broadband providers as common carriers.

‘To some, like Columbia law professor Tim Wu, this is “a FEMA-level fail” for the FCC. But John Blevins sees it differently. Blevins, a law professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law,  submitted a pro bono amicus brief in support of the FCC’s open Internet rules on behalf of various Internet engineers and technologists. So he was disappointed in the ruling. But he also thinks it’s being misinterpreted — and, in the long run, it could actually strengthen the FCC’s authority to protect the internet. He sent along these comments…’
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Scholarly objections to TED
Research Isn’t Always Racy, and Value Is Not the Same as Profit
‘The ubiquity and power of the TED brand and network could facilitate intellectual superficiality. It could lead to the unholy Gladwellification of complexity, in which self-promoters foist trendy but reductionistic arguments on a fawning and uncritical global network. Some TED talks are great; others are mediocre or underwhelming. And is there any real-world follow-through?

‘But the deepest worry, I think, is that society could be duped into conflating any “idea worth exploring” with the sexiest, most of-the-moment topics that can be branded and sold by a speaker dressed like a cinematic ninja with a powerpoint presentation…’
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