It’s worse than we thought

16 April 2019 — Open Rights Group

Last week the Government unveiled ambitious new plans to protect UK Internet users from digital threats including “behaviours which are harmful but not necessarily illegal.”

Open Rights Group agrees that companies deal with material that is illegal or breaks their own community guidelines, but the way the White Paper on Online Harms is pushing is a huge step beyond that.

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Facebook’s ‘war on India’: Analyst sues tech giant for ‘subverting’ polls with selective censorship

11 April 2019 — RT

Facebook’s ‘war on India’: Analyst sues tech giant for ‘subverting’ polls with selective censorship

Small figures stand in front of Facebook logos and an election sign © Reuters / Dado Ruvic / Illustration

While Facebook claims to have deleted thousands of pages to prevent meddling in the Indian elections, the American company’s selective deletions have led at least one man to ask: Who is watching the election watchers?

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Australian government sets global precedent with online censorship bill By Mike Head

4 April 2019 — WSWS

In the wake of the fascist attack in New Zealand, the Australian government is bulldozing unprecedented laws through parliament this week that will threaten all social media platforms with severe criminal penalties if they host what government authorities consider “abhorrent violent” material.

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EU’s Parliament Signs Off on Disastrous Internet Law: What Happens Next? By Danny O’Brien

26 March 2019 — Electronic Frontier Foundation

In a stunning rejection of the will of five million online petitioners, and over 100,000 protestors this weekend, the European Parliament has abandoned common-sense and the advice of academics, technologists, and UN human rights experts, and approved the Copyright in the Digital Single Market Directive in its entirety.

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A dark day for the Internet

27 March 2019 — OpenMedia

Yesterday, the European Parliament held the final vote on the controversial EU Copyright Directive, which is one of the most unpopular pieces of legislation in European history.1 The final vote approved Articles 11 (Link Tax) and 13 (mandatory content filtering) of the Copyright Directive, in a vote of 348 to 274.2

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European Union intensifies internet censorship By Justus Leicht and Johannes Stern

27 March 2019 — WSWS

Two months before the European elections, the European Parliament has voted to massively escalate internet censorship. Yesterday, the majority of MEPs voted in favour of a directive which, under the guise of copyright reforms, would enforce the use of so-called upload filters in social media, thus further restricting the internet.

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Link Tax: Controversial EU copyright law faces final vote

26 March 2019 — RT

Update, See: ‘Dark day for internet freedom’: EU lawmakers approve controversial copyright reform

A hotly-contested copyright provision is haunting Europe, troubling internet freedom advocates and content creators alike. Article 13, facing its final vote, would place heavy restrictions on content sharing, from films to memes.

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Article 13’s endgame is here: Mail your MEP!

13 March 2019 — Open Rights Group

After years of controversial votes and international protest, the EU Copyright Directive is approaching its final MEP vote. This is our last chance to prevent Article 13 from ushering in an era where most online speech is at the mercy of upload filters.

Can you please write to your MEPs today and tell them to vote against the Directive?

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