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Global net neutrality pact hopes to silence European malcontents

posted onNovember 30, 2014
by l33tdawg

The Electronic Freedom Foundation has announced a worldwide coalition of organisations dedicated to the fight for net neutrality.

The Global Net Neutrality Coalition defines the term thus: "Net neutrality requires that the internet be maintained as an open platform, on which network providers treat all content, applications and services equally, without discrimination."

How Europe Can Seize the Starring Role in Big Data

posted onSeptember 9, 2014
by l33tdawg

On the world stage, it is clear who enjoys the starring role in the Internet-sphere. It’s safe to say that the US has given the Oscar-winning performance while Europe has played a distinctly supporting role. Consider this: globally, US-based companies represent close to 67% of the total market capitalization of public Internet companies while European companies account for less than 4% . Britain, Germany and France combined have 15 Internet firms valued at over $1 billion while the US alone has 87. Europe is yet to produce its own champions on the scale of Google, Facebook and Twitter.

Some are twisting the facts in requests to be forgotten, Google says

posted onAugust 1, 2014
by l33tdawg

Some of those seeking to scrub their histories from the Web under Europe’s “right to be forgotten” rule are being economical with the truth when making their requests, Google said Thursday.

In a letter to European data regulators, Google listed some of the challenges it faces in complying with the ruling, which allows people to compel search engines like Google and Bing to remove links to pages that mention their name, if the references are “inadequate,” “irrelevant” or “excessive.”

USA opposes 'Schengen cloud' Eurocentric routing plan

posted onApril 7, 2014
by l33tdawg

The US Trade Representative is warning Europe not to proceed with the idea of EU data network services that don't cross the Atlantic.

The idea of a European “walled garden” emerged in February amid rising anger over revelations that the NSA wants to listen to the whole world – and that its sweeps included snooping on German Chancellor Angela Merke's own BlackBerry.

Hack prompts European Parliament to shut down public Wi-Fi

posted onNovember 28, 2013
by l33tdawg

 The European Parliament has shut down its public wireless network following the detection of a man-in-the-middle attack that could snoop on communications from smartphones and tablets.

The organisation posted a note online detailing how the parliament had been subjected to the attack. It said some individual’s inboxes had been compromised and all affected users have already been contacted and asked to change their passwords.