Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 23rd Dec 2010 00:10 UTC, submitted by SReilly
In the News "Spain last night killed a controversial anti-P2P bill that would have made it easier to shut down websites that link to infringing content. The move was a blow to the ruling Socialist government, but it may be of even bigger concern to the US, which pushed, threatened, and cajoled Spain to clamp down on downloading. And Wikileaks can take a share of the credit for the defeat."
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RE[2]: Not just anti-P2P
by vodoomoth on Thu 23rd Dec 2010 11:03 UTC in reply to "RE: Not just anti-P2P"
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The new law was to allow the government to act without trials! To avoid that people have legal defenses!

The weird thing is that just the day before yesterday, a security-oriented law has been voted in France. That law covers of bunch of security-related things but it also proposed setting up an administrative body that will mandate (I hesitated in using "foist") that ISPs block certain websites. In the name of what? you ask and I answer "in the name of child protection". No legal system involved, no judges involved, no discussions or warnings sent to the website, they would just decide that a site should be banned and, which is brilliant of them, additions to the list remain undisclosed for years (yes, years!). For those who read French, google "loi loppsi filtrage".

Essentially, the law is about filtering the web... Some MPs with a brain contended that despite them being with the current ruling party. When I heard about this on the radio, I wondered how the same government that wants to impose a "taxe Google" upon bandwith-heavy sites can even consider monitoring the web traffic for child porn. I mean, they're wailing because of the cost overhead of sites such as Youtube and now they want to filter/monitor/whatever-other-stupid-action the web traffic in France based on child protection? What is the probable proportion of child porn in the total web traffic? I wouldn't be surprised if it was below 0.0001%, which makes it obvious to me that there's a hidden agenda.

I'm dismayed by politicians. Are they ever going to do something good for the people?

Anyway, kudos to Wikileaks. As long as they don't mess with admitted-as-confidential things and don't jeopardize people's lives, I'll be fine with what they do.

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