To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.
– Thomas Paine
In a rather surprising statement from David Martin, the new rapporteur on ACTA and chairman of the EU International Trade Committee, he urges the rejection of the controversial ACTA agreement, stating that the benefits of the agreement do not way up against the concerns surrounding ACTA. The statement is surprising, because mr. Martin has in the past largely defended business interests. Still, I’m not complaining, seeing this new advice. Or should I be? Continue reading “David Martin: “Say no to ACTA””
We live in interesting times. Economic crisis, social upheaval, collapsing companies, rampant consumerism, revolutions, government crackdown, disappearing privacy and globalisation. It feels like there is a pressure building and like all pressure, it’s going to have to find a way out. It is my opinion that we are standing on the fork or a crossroads, a threshold of a new era. A new era that will be shaped in the coming years and one that will have far-reaching implications for the future.
Continue reading “The fork or the crossroads?”
Today, I received an email from Marietje Schaake, MEP and member of the INTA committee. She announced that she is organizing a stakeholder hearing concerning ACTA on April 11, since too many half-truths have been spread concerning ACTA, according to her. Continue reading “ACTA stakeholder hearing on April 11”
Supporting free speech goes beyond tolerating different opinions to exist. It means allowing someone who holds a diametrically opposed view to your own, to finish speaking.
A little more than a month since it became known that ACTA would be moving to the European Court of Justice, it has become known that ACTA will not move to the European Court of Justice after all but remains scheduled for a vote by the European Parliament in June. Confused yet? You need not be, and here is why. Continue reading “ACTA does NOT move to European Court of Justice”