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European monitoring of civilians still far less than U.S.

European governments’ ability to monitor citizens’ online activity on security grounds has increased significantly in recent years. But the scale of surveillance remains limited compared to what has been happening in the United States and is generally subject to strict controls, officials say. Under a directive approved by the 27-member…

U.S. film and music industries roll out new anti-piracy program

A new “copyright alert” system has begun rolling out this week in the United States in an effort to curb online piracy. The system, informally known as “six strikes,” is a voluntary effort of the music and film industries, with the largest Internet service providers participating. The program will use…

SOPA author demands ISPs keep user data for 18 months

Lawmakers in the U.S. and Canada are considering two different, yet distinctly similar bills that critics say would forever end the concept of online privacy. Both bills promise enhanced protections for children targeted by child pornographers on the Internet by mandating that Internet service providers (ISPs) maintain lengthy records of…

Internet firms urged to remove extremist content

Internet service providers should do more to fight violent extremism in Britain by clamping down on its online havens, MPs said Monday in a report that also urged broad vigilance on the threat from the far right. The web is a more significant vehicle for promoting radicalism than prisons, universities…

Maddow: Wednesday ‘going to be a very different day’ because of blackout

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said that Wednesday would be a strange day for people who spend a lot of time browsing the Internet. In an unprecedented move, an estimated 7,000 websites plan to shut down for the day in protest of the House’s Stop Online Privacy Act and the Senate’s…

SOPA sponsors drop ‘break the Internet’ provision from bill

The most controversial provision of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) has now been pulled from both the House and Senate versions of the bill. The provision in question would have required internet service providers to block the domain names of overseas websites accused of hosting content that was in…

EU court rules against web filters to block file sharing

LUXEMBOURG — Internet service providers cannot be forced to install filters aimed at preventing people from illegally downloading music and other files, the EU’s top court ruled Thursday. The decision by the European Union Court of Justice is a defeat for backers of web filters, including artists and the enterainment…

Sen. Franken delivers impassioned defense of ‘Net Neutrality’

In a U.S. Senate debate Wednesday morning, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) gave an impassioned defense of network neutrality, the principle that mandates Internet service providers (ISPs) treat all Web traffic equally. “Net Neutrality,” as supporters have labeled it, was cemented into law by the Federal Communications Commission in 2010 after…

‘N00ter’ software detects network neutrality violations

LAS VEGAS — Computer security star Dan Kaminsky has revealed plans to release software that will track whether Internet service providers are favoring some websites or content over others. Kaminsky crafted his free “N00ter” software to expose whether Internet service providers (ISPs) are being honest with customers when it comes…

Republicans seek to quash ‘net neutrality’ rules

WASHINGTON — Republican members of the US Senate and House of Representatives are seeking to quash rules approved by US telecom regulators designed to ensure an open Internet. The five-member Federal Communications Commission (FCC), in a vote split on party lines, agreed in December to the rules aimed at safeguarding…

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