Source: The Economist
A bill on “information-technology crimes” with extraordinarily broad wording and harsh punishments is due to come before Iraq’s parliament in April, once the dignitaries and television cameras at this week’s Arab League summit in Baghdad have departed.
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The global debate over Internet regulation has evolved from the initial question over whether any regulation is necessary and desirable to questions whose answers depend on context and where they are being asked.
Source: The Hill
A House subcommittee is scheduled to vote on a bill on Tuesday that aims to prevent U.S. companies from helping foreign regimes crack down on Internet freedom.
Vic Toews, Canada’s Public Safety Minister, has framed any debate of the Conservative government’s new lawful access bill in the simplest terms: Canadians can either stand with the government, or with child pornographers.
Source: Matt Hartley, National Post
It’s time Canadians come to grips with the unfortunate truth that the federal government simply isn’t interested in demonstrating any sort of thoughtful leadership when it comes to the pressing digital issues of our day.
As the 112th Congress returned from summer recess, I tallied up all of the pending cybersecurity bills. The number is 32, excluding the intelligence and defense authorization bills.
The organization that manages the Internet’s domain-name system under contract with the U.S. Commerce Department should have “revolving door” ethics rules for its leadership, a U.S. lawmaker said today.
Source: Josh Halliday, The Guardian
David Cameron has told parliament that in the wake of this week’s riots the government is looking at banning people from using social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook if they are thought to be plotting criminal activity.
The prime minister said the government will review whether it is possible to stop suspected rioters spreading online messages, in his opening statement during a Commons debate on Thursday on the widespread civil disorder for which MPs were recalled from their summer recess.
Source: Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic
Every right-thinking person abhors child pornography. To combat it, legislators have brought through committee a poorly conceived, over-broad Congressional bill, The Protecting Children from Internet Pornographers Act of 2011. It is arguably the biggest threat to civil liberties now under consideration in the United States. The potential victims: everyone who uses the Internet.
The good news? It hasn’t gone before the full House yet.
The bad news: it already made it through committee. And history shows that in times of moral panic, overly broad legislation has a way of becoming law. In fact, a particular moment comes to mind.
Source: Timothy Lee, Ars Technica
A judge has ordered British Telecom to begin blocking its subscribers from accessing Newzbin2, a members-only usenet search engine that is heavily used for copyright infringement. The mandated blocking is modeled on the Cleanfeed filtering system currently used to block alleged child pornography.
The ruling represents a first step toward broader use of Internet filtering as a tool for blocking copyright infringement in the UK. “The Studios have made it clear that this is a test case,” the judge wrote. “If they are successful in obtaining an order against BT, then they intend to seek similar orders against all the other significant ISPs in the UK.”
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