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Europe may force ISPs to censor some websites

“Members of the European Parliament Monday prepared their position on whether mandatory EU-wide web blocking of certain sites should be introduced, prompting concern from digital rights groups.

The Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee examined a report that looks at the viability of blocking websites that distribute child pornography. Their opinion will put to a vote by the whole Parliament at the beginning of February.

The report, prepared by Italian Member of Parliament Roberta Angelilli, proposes that blocking should be left up to national authorities (the current status quo), however digital rights groups are concerned that some parliamentarians will propose mandatory blocking, something both the European Commission and Council broadly favor.”

From Techworld

Europe tests cyber defences against hackers

“BRUSSELS — European computer guards battled Thursday against a simulated attempt by hackers to bring down critical Internet services in the first pan-continental test of cyber defences.

All 27 of the European Union’s member nations as well as Iceland, Norway and Switzerland took part in the simulation as participants or observers, working together against the fictitious online assault, the European Commission said.”

From AFP