Net Neutrality

Illegal File Sharing – Lessons From France?

By Bingchun Meng

LSE Department of Media and Communication

In Apr. 2011, the High Court rejected  a challange by the UK’s two largest Internet Service Providers BT and Talk Talk, of the Digital Economy Act 2010 (DEA). After the ruling, Justice Parker was quoted in the Guardian saying that ‘although it is difficult to predict the effect of measures such as […]

Government response to the consultation on parental controls is good news but raises new questions

The outcome of the Government’s consultation on parental internet controls, published on the 14th of December, urges all ISPs “to actively encourage people to switch on parental controls if children are in the household and will be using the internet.” This is, more or less, taking forward the ‘active choice’ recommendation of the Bailey Review, namely that – initially […]

Joint Committee slams Home Office’s Snoopers’ Charter

With the Communications Data Bill  attracting much controversy, Open Rights Group campaigner Peter Bradwell views MPs’ recent decision as a positive move towards protecting citizens’ privacy online

At 00:01 last night, almost exactly 14 days before Christmas, the Joint Committee on the draft Communications Data Bill delivered an early present.

The MPs and Lords that had been tasked with scrutinising the Snoopers’ […]

Fast Times in Dubai: Secrets, leaks, and the treaty that could change the internet

This week in Dubai, the International Telecommunications Union convenes the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT). The internet world is watching, because this year the conference is reviewing the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITRs), which serve as the binding global treaty covering  interconnection and interoperability of information and communication services. The treaty hasn’t been updated since 1988. If this sounds […]

Net Neutrality – the voluntary transparency code

Having trouble using BBC I-player with your broadband package? ever wondered why Skype was cutting out? The question of net neutrality (whether ISPs should be permitted to discriminate between different forms of content they carry) has been one of the biggest telecoms issues in recent years. Some countries, such as the Netherlands have passed legislation to protect the free […]

European Commission Consults on Notice and Takedown

As the 5th September deadline for submissions approaches, Saskia Walzel of Consumer Focus looks at the implications of a crucial European Commission consultation on a key part of the legal framework that governs the removal of illegal content from the internet.

In January this year the Commission announced an initiative on so called “notice and action” procedures for online hosts […]

ECJ Ruling Outlaws Monitoring of Internet, but not Site Blocking

A recent ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) has been heralded by many as taking the side of citizens and of freedom of information against the particularistic interests of the music industry. Peter Bradwell of the Open Rights Group was quoted on the BBC-website saying:
This judgment is a victory for freedom of expression online. It draws a […]

Net Neutrality: Threats in US, Cautious Optimism in EU

The last few months have seen debates over net neutrality and how to deal with copyright infringement coalesce to take over the headlines.  In the UK, the success of their case against Newzbin2 has led BPI to ask BT to block The Pirate Bay, while in the United States, two bills are being pushed through Congress to allow the […]

BPI Asking Nicely for Web Blocking

Merely days after discussions on the open internet at the London Conference on Cyberspace, the British Recorded Music Industry (BPI) has written to BT asking them to voluntarily block UK access to the Pirate Bay website.

The letter from the influential rights holder lobbying group follows the landmark ruling that ordered the block of the Newzbin2 website under Section 97a […]

How Open is Open Internet?

US Vice President Joe Biden and UK Foreign Secretary William Hague both made statements in support of the “open internet” at the London Conference on Cyberspace, but what does “open” really mean? Already under discussion are limitations to “openness” in the name of copyright protection and national security, and the debate has focused largely on consumer’s rights to access. […]

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