Government & Policy

22 April 2011

Filesharing: BT and TalkTalk fail in challenge to Digital Economy Act The Guardian

Government plans to curb illegal filesharing received a significant boost on Wednesday, as a judicial review of the controversial Digital Economy Act failed to halt the legislation.

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21 April 2011

Digital Economy Act court challenge fails BBC News

A legal challenge to the Digital Economy Act has failed get the controversial legislation overturned.

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20 April 2011

EU decides against stricter net neutrality rules The Guardian

The European commission has decided against introducing legislation to protect net neutrality, saying media scrutiny and giving consumers enough information about their internet service provider will be sufficient to protect an "open and neutral" internet.

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The Seven Myths Of Australia's National Broadband Network New Matilda

Will a fibre-to-home network help circulate accurate information about infrastructure projects? Ian McAuley on the political economy of nation building and the myths about the NBN that won't go away

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18 April 2011

EU to probe online data traffic management Financial Times

Regulators are to launch the first pan-European investigation into telecoms companies' controversial data traffic management practices, in an attempt to safeguard so-called net neutrality principles.

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Australia global 'test bed' for broadband The Age

The United Nations official overseeing telecommunications has given the national broadband network project a tick of approval.

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16 April 2011

Web blocking could be illegal, says top EU legal adviser ZDNet

ISPs blocking and filtering internet traffic to prevent unauthorised downloads of software, music and films may be illegal, one of Europe's top legal advisers has said.

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15 April 2011

South Korean Web-Search Companies File Antitrust Complaints Against Google Bloomberg

NHN Corp. and Daum Communications Corp., operators of South Korea's two largest Internet search sites, said they filed complaints against Google Inc. with the country's antitrust regulator for unfair practices.

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Europe's 'fundamental rights' trump judge-ordered Internet filters ars technica

European national courts in several countries have ordered Internet providers to block certain websites or to filter all traffic passing across their networks in order to reduce copyright infringement. But a new legal opinion from one of Europe's top lawyers says that such orders are not allowed, and that they violate various European "fundamental rights."

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New Zealand net piracy: prove innocence or face fine New Zealand Herald

People who breach copyright through illegal file-sharing could be fined up to $15,000 or have their internet connection cut off - and the onus will be on them to prove they are not guilty.

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14 April 2011

Google facing hurdles in bid to provide email service to governments Los Angeles Times

More than a year after the city of L.A. awarded Google a contract to provide email for its employees, the city controller has launched an inquiry over delays.

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New Zealand file-sharing Bill passed into law Computerworld

In a wide-ranging debate under urgency, Parliament brought the Copyright (Infringing File Sharing) Amendment Bill to the brink of passage at midnight last night when the Speaker suspended debate.

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13 April 2011

McCain, Kerry introduce tough U.S. privacy bill Reuters

Senators John Kerry and John McCain introduced a tough new privacy bill on Tuesday that would require companies to notify consumers in clear language whenever their data is being collected, and obligate companies to keep that information safe from hackers.

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11 April 2011

Google Still Plays Favorites With Itself, Groups Say Tech Daily Dose

The Department of Justice has approved a deal that allows Google to buy travel website ITA. But consumer groups are wary.

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Lawsuits to strengthen US net neutrality traffic rules possible Reuters

Public interest groups are keeping the option of lawsuits against the U.S. Federal Communications Commission on the table to fight for stronger Internet "neutrality" rules, an executive at a public interest law firm said on Saturday.

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$20b feud with Telstra drove Australia's NBN's birth ABC News

It is already the most expensive infrastructure project in Australia's history, and it seems the final cost of the National Broadband Network could blow out by billions.

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09 April 2011

U.S. House rejects FCC's "open" Internet rules Reuters

The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Friday to reject Internet "neutrality" rules that were adopted last year to keep big Internet service providers from blocking certain traffic

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Google seals ITA deal; larger antitrust review looms Reuters

The Justice Department approved Google Inc's purchase of ITA Software with stiff conditions on Friday, and left the door open to a larger probe into whether Google manipulates its search results to hurt rivals.

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08 April 2011

Australian government must justify web snooping: senate report The Age

The federal government should justify why mandatory collection and retention of personal data is necessary for law enforcement, a senate report into online privacy has found.

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07 April 2011

UK Digital Economy Act: filesharing code delayed by six months The Guardian

The government's code to clamp down on illegal filesharing will not come into force for another six months as the Digital Economy Act is held up by a high court challenge.

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US Democrats call for update to e-surveillance law Computerworld

Congress needs to rewrite a law governing law enforcement access to mobile-phone data, e-mail messages and other electronic communications to reflect changes in technology, including a growing reliance on cloud computing, several senators said Wednesday.

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05 April 2011

Google Said to Be Possible Target of U.S. FTC Antitrust Probe Bloomberg

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission is considering a broad antitrust investigation of Google Inc.'s dominance of the Internet-search industry, two people familiar with the matter said.

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04 April 2011

Ruling Spurs Effort to Form Digital Public Library New York Times

Is the tantalizing dream of a universal library dead? Some scholars and librarians across the country fear it may be, now that a federal judge in New York has derailed Google's bold plan to build the world's largest digital library and bookstore. With 15 million books scanned, Google had gotten closer to the elusive goal than anyone else.

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Effective ICT regulation is critical to economic growth International Telecommunications Union

The 11th edition of ITU's flagship ICT regulatory report Trends in Telecommunication Reform takes an in-depth look at one of the most significant social trends of the past ten years: the increasingly pervasive presence of ICTs in virtually every facet of modern life.

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02 April 2011

Google likely to strike deal with EU antitrust regulators, says expert Computerworld

Microsoft's complaint about Google's business practices in the European Union will eventually push Google to strike a deal with regulators, an antitrust expert said today.

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