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Brocke:

After SOPA in the US, ACTA Being Discussed By The EU

    enigmax
    January 23, 2012

This is a guest article from SearchFreak, an internet engineer and chief executive of an Internet business that provides services to millions of users.

After Wikipedia and several thousand other sites staged a blackout recently, everybody nows knows about SOPA and PIPA.

But this is not the only piece of legislation being pushed by governments that many perceive as pro-censorship.

What is ACTA?

For those new to ACTA, or the Anti Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, it is an agreement between multiple countries to establish new international standards for intellectual property rights and enforcement. The European Union is one of those parties. The scope of ACTA includes counterfeit goods, generic medicines and copyright infringement on the Internet.

Why should I worry?

The procedure for drafting the text of the agreement and the text of the agreement itself have received numerous complaints. The negotiations and draft texts of this agreement were kept secret until finalized. Civil rights groups and developing countries were excluded from the negotiations but the MPAA, RIAA and pharma lobby were constantly consulted on the text.

Multiple groups and organizations that defend civil liberties have come out against ACTA saying that the treaty will restrict fundamental civil and digital rights, including the freedom of expression and communication privacy.

According to an analysis by the Free Software Foundation, ACTA would require that existing ISPs no longer host free software that can access copyrighted media, and DRM protected media would not be legally playable with free software.

Nate Anderson with Ars Technica pointed out that ACTA encourages service providers to collect and provide information about suspected infringers by giving them “safe harbor from certain legal threats”.

Under ACTA, copyright infringement on a commercial scale will be criminalized, but the standard for commercial scale is set low.

ACTA also allows criminal investigations and invasive searches to be performed against individuals for whom there is no probable cause: your laptop or iphone could be searched when you cross the border.

Oxfam says that ACTA will impact access to affordable medicines in the EU by curbing generic medicine competition. Put simply, it will make it harder to compete with big pharma. As if this is what we need right now, during harsh economic times, higher prices on medicine.

European Digital Rights (EDRi) says that, with ACTA, the interests of rightsholders are put ahead of free speech, privacy, and other fundamental rights. ACTA pushes Internet providers to carry out surveillance of their networks and disclose the personal information of alleged infringers to rightsholders.

ACTA would therefore place the regulation of free speech in the hands of private companies.

more: http://torrentfreak.com/after-sopa-in-the-us-acta-being-discussed-by-the-eu-120123/

Brocke:

Ireland Internet Censorship Treaty ACTA is being signed tomorrow (No more parodies)
http://youtu.be/KG3FpBzszFg

What Is ACTA?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8Xg_C2YmG0

ACTA - 'The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement' is a proposed plurilateral agreement for the purpose of establishing international standards on intellectual property rights enforcement in Europe.

ACTA would establish a new international legal framework that would create its "own governing body outside existing international institutions" such as - the World Trade Organization (WTO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) or the United Nations.

An open letter signed by many organizations, including Consumers International, EDRi (27 European civil rights and privacy NGOs), the Free Software Foundation (FSF), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), ASIC (French trade association for web 2.0 companies), and the Free Knowledge Institute (FKI), states that "the current draft of ACTA would profoundly restrict the fundamental rights and freedoms of European citizens, most notably the freedom of expression and communication privacy."

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) in full – PDF
http://cdn.thejournal.ie/media/2012/01/20120125acta.pdf

Ireland and EU to sign controversial ACTA treaty tomorrow
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IRELAND IS TO sign a controversial international agreement tomorrow which promises a major international crackdown on the trade of counterfeit goods – and illegal internet filesharing.

Irish representatives will sign the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) at a ceremony tomorrow – as will representatives from each of the other 26 European Union member states, and the EU itself.

Once the agreement is signed, it can then be formally ratified and adopted into law once it has been cleared by the European Parliament. The treaty will be signed tomorrow in Tokyo by Ireland’s ambassador to Japan, John Neary.

Although the treaty is primarily aimed at stopping the trade of counterfeited physical goods, it contains provisions which demand that participating countries offer equal protection and enforcement procedures against digital copyright infringement.

more: http://www.thejournal.ie/ireland-and-eu-to-sign-controversial-acta-treaty-tomorrow-336764-Jan2012/

Brocke:

'Cyber cannibals' spreading fear in China

Beijing (CNN) -- Do you ever get the feeling you are being watched? Closed circuit cameras recording your movements, strange noises on the phone line, phone calls that suddenly stop, emails being monitored, and private computer files and Facebook being hacked into. Oh yes, secrecy is no secret in China. Privacy is anything but private.

As human rights activists, artists, dissidents, lawyers and journalists can attest to, if the long arm of the Chinese state wants to get you, it can.

But it isn't only the authorities that people in China need to fear -- they may want to be wary of each other. A neighbor, a boss, a former friend... anyone is a suspect, anyone can be a so-called "cyber cannibal."

These online stalkers unite in a virtual manhunt or so-called "Human Flesh Search" to target perceived wrong-doers. They scour the web -- blogs, forums, anywhere personal information can be found -- peering into the deepest corners of someone's life, literally eating their privacy, revealing all secrets to exact their brand of punishment.

One admitted cyber cannibal told CNN he was part of a group that outed a so-called cat killer, a woman who allegedly posted pictures of herself on the net, torturing the animals. Her case captured widespread media attention.

"This is the cat-abusing model. After being human flesh searched, she shunned media all together. She could no longer live a normal life...had to cut off from most social activities. She could no longer show up in public," he told us.

Wang Jieyu can tell you all about the cyber cannibals' devastating reach. The Beijing television director has had his life turned inside out. His phone number, personal photos, where he works and even the identity of his parents and friends, are now public knowledge.

He has been abused in the vilest language via email, he is harassed day and night with hateful phone calls.

Now this once confident, sharply dressed, successful young man is reduced to hiding, wearing a mask in public for fear of being recognized.
I received too many emails, they phone me at all hours, people abuse me... they use dirty words.
Wang Jieyu

"My life has really been messed up in the past month," he said. "I received too many emails, they phone me at all hours, people abuse me... they use dirty words."

Opening his computer, he showed me page after page of abuse. Some of it is directed at his parents -- especially his mother who is targeted with crude sexual taunts.

Wang says it all started when he crossed a famous Chinese pop star, Shang Wenjie. He says he made a light-hearted jibe about Shang ona popular microblog -- a Chinese version of Twitter. Within hours the singer's fans went into a frenzy.

He doesn't accuse Shang of inciting the hatred, and her management has declined CNN's requests for comment. But Wang Jieyu's personal life has now gone viral.

"Every day, Shang's fans come and post nasty words from morning to night non-stop. My life and work was affected," he said.

Film maker Wang Jing has made a documentary about the phenomenon. He called it the "invisible killer," something he says taps into a deep-seated desire for vengeance, to get back at the world.

"I guess they are composed mainly of two kinds of people -- those who had tough luck with life themselves and thus hold grudges against others. They want to get even," he said.

The Human Flesh Search engine falls through the legal cracks in China. It is not outlawed, yet Chinese courts have described it as a dangerous phenomenon that undermines privacy laws.

Wang Jing says some are motivated by good, using it to uncover corruption and to highlight injustice. But he says too many others are out to destroy lives.

"It can easily go too far," he said. "If anyone wants to ruin another person's reputation he can simply make up things and ask others to 'human flesh search' for him. I know another case in which a boy searched for his ex-girlfriend after breaking up. After knowing her whereabouts, he went to find her and then killed her."

When we go out with Wang Jieyu he dons his mask. This is how he lives now, afraid of being recognized and abused, still paying the price, he says, for crossing the pop star's fans.

"I'm afraid that Shang Wenjie's fans might attack. They've attacked me twice now so I'm scared. So I wear a mask to prevent them from recognizing me."

But on the web there is nowhere to hide from the prying eyes of china's cyber cannibals.

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/08/world/asia/cyber-cannibal-china/index.html

Satyagraha:

--- Quote from: Brocke on February 12, 2012, 01:02:11 AM ---
Do you ever get the feeling you are being watched? Closed circuit cameras recording your movements, strange noises on the phone line, phone calls that suddenly stop, emails being monitored, and private computer files and Facebook being hacked into....


--- End quote ---

Wow... CNN is exposing what life has become under the surveillance grid here in the US! Amazing...


--- Quote ---
Oh yes, secrecy is no secret in China. Privacy is anything but private.
As human rights activists, artists, dissidents, lawyers and journalists can attest to, if the long arm of the Chinese state wants to get you, it can.


--- End quote ---

Oh...oops. They're talking about China.
Nevermind. All is "a-ok" here in the US.


--- Quote ---But it isn't only the authorities that people in China need to fear -- they may want to be wary of each other. A neighbor, a boss, a former friend... anyone is a suspect, anyone can be a so-called "cyber cannibal."

--- End quote ---

But in China, you better be AFRAID: and you know those Chinese are coming after you too, as soon as they figure out how to cross the pacific on the internet. As a matter of fact; better stay OFF the internet to be safe. And for heavens sake, NEVER say anything critical about anyone or anything on the Internet. You might become a "HUMAN FLESH TARGET". Oooo... scary. Better watch TV. (CNN of course).


--- Quote ---But on the web there is nowhere to hide from the prying eyes of china's cyber cannibals.

http://edition.cnn.com/2012/02/08/world/asia/cyber-cannibal-china/index.html

--- End quote ---

Thank you CNN, I feel safer now.

ekimdrachir:
Can anyone share the connection between this SOPA/ACTA stuff and the imminent Google/YouTube changes?

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