Join the global privacy campaign: no personal information in the publicly searchable WHOIS directory
Fri 26 Jun 2015, 18:00

A global campaign to prevent ICANN's inclusion of domain owners' personal information in the publicly searchable WHOIS directory has been launched. Users concerned about privacy are encouraged to sign the online petition and email comments directly to ICANN before July 7, 2015. ICANN has already received nearly 8000 emails protesting the removal of WHOIS privacy protections. ICANN stated that no changes will be made until all public comments are reviewed.

More information is available on www.savedomainprivacy.org

European battle on net neutrality summed up
Thu 25 Jun 2015, 22:00
The Commission, the Parliament and the Council need to agree on a common position before the final text goes to the vote and becomes a European Regulation. This takes place in a series of “trialogues”, of which three have taken place so far, the most recent on June 2. With the delivery by the Parliament of a second revised compromise proposal last week, the stage is set for a fourth and final trialogue, probably next week.

A campaign website by European digital rights groups at https://www.savetheinternet.eu allows Europeans to contact Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) by phone, e-mail or Twitter for free, to encourage them to stand firm on net neutrality, and insist on a strong regulation rather than a loophole-ridden compromise.

UK Open Rights Group crowdfunds mass surveillance explainer
Mon 4 Jan 2016, 15:20

Civil rights campaign organisation, the Open Rights Group, is running a crowdfunding campaign to try to raise £20,000 to fund a challenge to the U.K. government’s own massive PR machine which is in the midst of driving the draft Investigatory Powers bill through Parliament and onto the statute books this year.

The draft IP bill, presented to parliamentary in November — and now being interrogated by a joint select committee of MPs and Peers, due to report next month — is the U.K. government’s attempt to update and crystalize the law on surveillance powers in the post-Snowden era.

 

Spanish Data Protection Agency joins kids TV channel Clan to promote good internet practices among youngsters
Thu 1 Sep 2016, 13:13

The Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD) and the public television program "Big Band Clan" (from Clan channel) are launching a campaign to promote good Internet practices among youngsters, including videos highlighting the value of privacy, such as "Beware of what you share", or "Beware the information you share with strangers".

Public money, public code: show your support for free software in Europe
Tue 24 Oct 2017, 19:40

The global movement for open access to publicly-funded research stems from the sensible proposition that if the government has used taxpayers' money to fund research, the publication of the results of that research should be freely-licensed. Exactly the same rationale underpins the argument that software code that the government has funded to be written should be made available as Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). Public Money, Public Code is a campaign of the Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) that seeks to transform that ideal into European law.