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Earlier today, gunmen entered the office of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, gunning down 12 people in cold blood. The reason: the magazine published cartoons of Muhammad, the prophet of Islam. This is why it is necessary to speak out against fanatical religious beliefs and to defend the right to free speech. That’s what Charlie Hebdo stood for. That’s what 12 people died for today.
Dutch digital rights defenders Bits of Freedom are calling for international opposition against the latest proposal from Ivo Opstelten, wanting to grant police the right to hack into suspects computers, even across borders. In an article on their blog, they outline the cybersecurity risks related to this proposal. I’m also hoping for a lot of international (and national) opposition against this strange and dangerous proposal.
Despite (or maybe thanks to) rumours that the EPP Group in the EU Parliament was going to try some last minute trickery to get ACTA off the agenda for this coming Wednesday, this latest threat has failed to materialize. This means that the countdown to the vote on ACTA in the European Parliament is still running. July 4, 2012 is still the date this final vote is taking place. Is it a coincidence that July 4 is also Independence Day? Continue reading “ACTA countdown running”
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”
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”
Rather unsurprisingly, the ACTA news of today is that the European Parliament has suspended the ratification of ACTA. The matter will now be referred to the European Court of Justice. I write ‘unsurprisingly’ because this is exactly what the new rapporteur on ACTA, David Martin, suggested more than a week ago. So is this good news or bad news? Continue reading “ACTA moves to European Court of Justice”