CDT's Global Policy Weekly highlights the latest Internet policy developments and proposals from around the world, compiled by CDT's Global Internet Freedom Project.
A group of advocates has released a Declaration of Internet Freedom
, a set of high-level principles to safeguard the free and open Internet. CDT is one of a large and growing list of signatories to the declaration, which we hope will be a step in the global conversation to establish a positive vision for Internet policy. Read more here
about the principles and how they are reflected in CDT's work.
: CDT has released a policy post
discussing all the ways in which December's World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT
) will take up issues of Internet governance. The post runs down the list of proposals from ITU
Members that concern Internet issues – including cybersecurity
, interconnection, traffic routing, addressing, and child protection – demonstrating that despite ITU
statements to the contrary, "Internet governance" will very much be a topic at the WCIT
New Zealand/US: A court has ruled that the MegaUpload seizure was illegal
. The order
finds that the seizure warrant did not adequately describe specific offenses, was overly broad, and that the action has resulted in the continued detention of irrelevant material. Meanwhile, the US judge handling the case heard arguments
concerning the release of innocent files locked up on MegaUpload
servers since the seizure in January.
UK: Telecom regulator Ofcom
has published its draft "Initial Obligations Code
" concerning ISPs' duties regarding allegations of copyright infringement by subscribers. Under the Code, ISPs will have to keep records of infringement notices received from rightsholders
in per-customer pseudonymous "infringement lists." Rightsholders
will be entitled to request these lists and, if a subscriber receives three notices within a year, to petition a court to reveal the subscriber's identity and bring a copyright suit. Ofcom
is accepting comment on the draft Code though July 26.
: An Australian House of Representatives Committee has recommended more study
costs and benefits. The Committee Report made 9 recommendations, including calling for a new independent assessment and that the agreement not be ratified until that assessment is considered. Meanwhile the EU Parliament is widely expected to reject ACTA
on Wednesday, July
Intermediaries: An economic study
funded by the CCIA
and released last week finds that recent French and German copyright lawsuits against technological intermediaries depressed venture-capital investment in cloud services by $4.6 and $2.8 million per quarter, respectively, through 2010. In France, the operator of a cloud-based DVR service was fined and enjoined from using copyrighted works and subsequently halted operations. CDT argued
in a similar US case against Cablevision
that a finding of copyright liability would chill investment in cloud services.
UK: The government has launched consultation
on ISP porn-blocking. The government is requesting public comment on several options, including requiring new customers to choose whether or not to download parental controls upon signing up for service (which ISPs have pledged to do voluntarily) and blocking-by-default favored by conservative MP Claire Perry, who released a report on the subject earlier this year. Access to consultation documents has been suspended due to security problems
with the website.
Kenya: Global Voices Summit 2012
is happening July 2-3
in Nairobi. The summit gathers journalists, activists, and technologists from all over the world and includes panels
on citizen media, online organizing, surveillance (featuring CDT's Ellery Biddle
), and the role of powerful intermediaries
in online free expression.
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