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How the algorithmic medium transforms public opinion, politics and science: open data, open science, open public space, open living labs, open politics, open innovation...
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Is Streaming Pirated Movies Illegal? EU Court to Decide - TorrentFreak

Is Streaming Pirated Movies Illegal? EU Court to Decide - TorrentFreak | The New Global Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
Seeking clarification, a Dutch court has referred several streaming related questions to the EU Court of Justice. The questions relate to a case between local anti-piracy group BREIN and a seller of so-called "pirate boxes" that come pre-loaded with streaming plugins. It is currently unclear whether streaming pirated movies is permitted under EU law.
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EU Parliament calls on Commission to consider Google break-up

EU Parliament calls on Commission to consider Google break-up | The New Global Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
The call, which was anticipated, does not have any concrete effects but it does increase pressure on the European Commission to take a hard line with Google over the abuse of its dominance in the EU search market.
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More than 20,000 people are now suing Facebook in Europe over privacy

More than 20,000 people are now suing Facebook in Europe over privacy | The New Global Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
An Austrian “class action” suit against the social network is proving very successful in picking up participants — so much so that the suit’s organizers will soon impose a cap so they can process applications.
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Net neutrality law passed by European Parliament

Net neutrality law passed by European Parliament | The New Global Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
The European Parliament voted Thursday to stop internet providers from charging for preferential access to their networks.
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The European Parliament Just Voted To Break Up Google

The European Parliament Just Voted To Break Up Google | The New Global Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
The EU just passed the historic vote.
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EU net neutrality law, almost a done deal, may face restart

EU net neutrality law, almost a done deal, may face restart | The New Global Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
With a new European Commission having taken the place of the one that proposed the Telecom Package, and with that bundle of laws not having achieved final approval yet, hard-won battles may need to be fought again.
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Crowdsourcing Collective Intelligence: Alberto Alemanno on Interactivity in Politics and Education | European Youth Award

Crowdsourcing Collective Intelligence: Alberto Alemanno on Interactivity in Politics and Education | European Youth Award | The New Global Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it
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Netizen Report: France Bags ‘Hadopi’ Law, Germany Pushes for Data Protection

Netizen Report: France Bags ‘Hadopi’ Law, Germany Pushes for Data Protection | The New Global Open Public Sphere | Scoop.it

Most of this report was researched, written, and edited by Lisa Ferguson, Yuqi Chen, Alex Laverty, Hae-in Lim, Ellery Roberts Biddle and Sarah Myers.

Global Voices Advocacy's Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. We begin this edition in the EU, where last week France trashed its controversial ‘Hadopi’ anti-piracy law and German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for greater protections for user data in the EU, reminding us that not all news is bad news.

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French legislators struck down the heavy-handed ‘Hadopi’ online copyright law. Under the law's “three strikes” rule, users who violated copyright restrictions three or more times could be punished by having their Internet connections cut. The Guardian reports that legislators are seeking policy reforms that will shift the focus of law enforcement towards commercial piracy issues.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to push for tougher laws in the EU aimed at protecting personal information on the Internet. According to Merkel, a region-wide approach that unifies the diverse range of data protection laws that individual European states have adopted will improve user protections overall.

Iran launched a “national email service” that all citizens will be required to use to “safely” communicate with government officials. It remains unclear whether this will impact access to other email providers. President-elect Hassan Rouhani has called for less filtering of the Internet, saying “gone are the days when a wall could be built around the country.” Analysts see the debate over Internet policy as critical to Iran’s future, as relaxation of controls could help bolster the country’s economy.


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