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Unfortunately, and unlike what the mainstream media is reporting, the new EU announcement presents disastrous Net Neutrality rules. 

Article by for Glyn Moody Arstechnica

A two-tier Internet will be created in Europe as the result of a late-night "compromise" between the European Commission, European Parliament and the EU Council. The so-called "trilogue" meeting to reconcile the different positions of the three main EU institutions saw telecom companies gaining the right to offer "specialised services" on the Internet. These premium services will create a fast lane on the Internet and thus destroy net neutrality, which requires that equivalent traffic is treated in the same way.

According to new reports, it appears as though top European Union decision-makers are about to enable a dangerous plan desired by Big Telecom providers that would effectively force many of our favourite websites into a slow lane online. 

The new rules will allow deep-pocketed media conglomerates to create “specialized” channels that will dwarf the speeds the vast majority of the websites, services, and apps that we love and rely on – leaving them in the dust. There’s no doubt such a move will badly hurt innovation, creativity, and freedom of expression online.

As it stands right now, these rules would, in effect, destroy the Internet as an open playing field in the EU by undermining the principle of “Net Neutrality.” This is nothing less than a full out assault on the open Internet in Europe, and will impact millions more who rely on EU-based websites and services in their daily lives. The draft rules–as described by the European Commission–present three major threats:

The UN Declaration of Human Rights says human beings have the right to free expression, to culture, to equality, to life, liberty, and security. Without access to the web, it's increasingly hard to exercise these basic human rights, making connectivity itself a right by extension.

Article by Jon Brodkin for Arstechnica

In February 2015, after a massive, year-long process, the U.S. Federal Communication Commission voted to protect Net Neutrality by introducing strong open Internet rules, rules Americans of all political stripes supported. 

But now Big Telecom’s bought-and-paid-for lackeys in Congress have buried dangerous loopholes into a bill that could destroy the government’s historic ban on Internet slow lanes.

Turns out the NSA has been spying France since 1995.

Article by Martin Untersinger for The Intercept

PARIS — On Wednesday, France woke up to find that the National Security Agency had been snooping on the phones of its last three presidents.

Top-secret documents provided by WikiLeaks to two media outlets, Mediapart and Libération, showed that the NSA had access to confidential conversations of France’s highest ranking officials, including the country’s current president, François Hollande; the prime minister in 2012, Jean-Marc Ayrault; and former presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac.

The TPP would criminalize your online activity, invade your privacy, and cost you money.

Article by Aimee Chanthadavong for ZDNet

The Australian Productivity Commission has raised concerns about how increasingly stringent intellectual property rights regulations could potentially impose restrictions on bypassing technological protection measures (TPMs), and encourage anti-competitive behaviour.

On Wednesday the U.S. Senate passed the Fast Track bill, which will give Obama the power to fast-track the secretive, internet-censoring Trans-Pacific Partnership. Now more than ever we need to speak out! Tell Trade Ministers not to censor the Internet at StoptheSecrecy.net

Article by Maira Sutton for EFF

A few weeks ago, we reached out to the OpenMedia community for help to crowdfund a billboard to spread awareness about our NoFakeInternet.org campaign, and pressure Facebook into making its controversial Internet.org service one that promotes access to the full, real, open Internet and respects Net Neutrality. 

I’m proud to report that we reached our stretch goal! Just the other day, we saw webcam confirmation that our community’s advertisement was up and running on a key highway in the San Francisco Bay area, one that Facebook execs certainly take on the drive to work.

Nancy Pelosi switches to yes on ‪#‎TAA‬ vote, which paves the way for a final Fast Track vote today. 
The battle to stop ‪#‎FastTrack‬ may be over - but the battle to stop the ‪#‎TPP‬ is just beginning. Speak out now at stopthesecrecy.net

Article by George Zornick for The Nation

The Senate narrowly invoked cloture on fast-track trade legislation Tuesday morning, setting up a final vote Wednesday that will surely send the bill to President Obama’s desk for his signature.

The TPP gives industry lobbyists the power to sue our government in secret form tribunals over any law or regulation they claim affects their future profits. Speak out now at http://StoptheSecrecy.net

Article by David Sirota for the International Business Times 

In promoting a proposed trade pact covering 12 Pacific Rim nations, President Obama has cast the initiative as an instrument of equity. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would, in his words, “level the playing field” and “give our workers a fair shot.” But critics argue that within the hundreds of pages of esoteric provisions, the deal -- like similar ones before it -- includes a glaring double standard: It provides legal rights to corporations and investors that it does not extend to unions, public interest groups and individuals.

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