Pirate Bay co-founder and former spokesperson Peter Sunde gave a talk at the Campus Party 2010, where he went over the site’s history and how it became the number one enemy of Hollywood and the music industry.
Archive for 2010/08/15
WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has revealed that he will submit a formal application this week for a Swedish publishing licence (utgivningsbevis) in order to guarantee that the website is covered by Swedish whistleblower protection laws.
Assange also indicated that WikiLeaks was not alone in benefiting from Swedish freedom of expression laws.
“There’s actually a small industry in Sweden; a new sort of refugee exists in the world, which is publishers. It is I think something for Swedes to be quite proud of: that they are facilitating a strong and free press”
On August 10th the Daily Beast Blog reported that the Obama Administration has asked several of its allies including some EU Member States to consider filing criminal charges against the founder of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange. http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2010-08-10/a-western-crackdown-on-wikileaks/
1) Can the Commission confirm that such a request has been made at EU level? If not, in which other ways has the US administration reached out to the Commission with regard to either Julian Assange or the activities of WikiLeaks?
2) If the Commission has indeed been approached by the US Administration, what is its reply?
3) Has the Commission taken any action towards WikiLeaks? Does the Commission agree that the EU should speak with one voice on this matter, so as to avoid the potential threat to the free movement of persons? If not why not?
4) Does the Commission agree that the EU should stand by and defend the TEU when it comes to transparency, accountability, access to information and documents, press freedom, freedom of expression, and due process? If not why not?
5) Can the Commission guarantee that no censorship, website blocking or other infringement on these basic freedoms will take place under the auspices of the Commission related to the WikiLeaks incident? If not why not?
6) Does the Commission agree that technology has an impact on democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms? If not, why not?
7) Does the Commission agree that the EU needs a common policy regarding the impact of technology and the internet on democracy and human rights, both within the EU and in relation to External Actions? Would active promotion of unfettered access to information and to the internet be part of such a policy? Is the Commission prepared to make access to internet an integral part of her efforts and communications in the field of human rights? If not why not?
Signature(s): Marietje Schaake Date: 13/8/2010
and to the Council/High Representative: http://www.bigwobber.nl/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/WQCouncil-WikiLeaks-1.pdf
The soft drink company Coca-Cola has been forced to stop a promotion because it put a pornographic reference on a teenager’s Facebook profile in the United Kingdom.
Coca-Cola has apologised and stopped the promotion and its executives have reportedly told the press they had approved it without realising its true meaning.
The local government will set up a panel of lawyers, education officials, Internet service providers and other experts. The panel will also work out measures on cooperation with Internet service providers to prevent the spread of child pornography and on protection and care for child victims.
The spread of child pornography, fueled by technology and the Internet, is outpacing efforts to combat it, the Justice Department said Monday in a report to Congress that promises more arrests, prosecutions and better coordination among federal, state and local authorities.
Attorney General Eric Holder said the distribution of child pornography, the number of images being shared online and violence against child victims all have increased. “Tragically, the only place we’ve seen a decrease is in the age of victims,” Holder said in a speech at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in Alexandria, Va.
Japanese police investigated almost 600 child porn cases in the first half of the year – a new record and 60 percent more than in the same period last year, a government survey said Thursday. The surge in part reflects stepped-up efforts by police to stop the sexual exploitation of minors and a crackdown on Internet pornography depicting children, a senior agency official said, according to Jiji Press.
“There isn’t a profile or stereotype, which makes it even more challenging for law enforcement”
Random examples from the last 10 days:
A former Fort Drum lieutenant colonel pleaded guilty on Thursday to trafficking child pornography while stationed in Iraq. Christopher Butler, 44, admitted that while he was deployed overseas in October 2008, he used the screen name “daddiesformommies” and sent images of child pornography via the Internet to an undercover Department of Homeland Security agent.
Ex-prosecutor‘s child-porn trial nears
Apache Junction man also admitted to downloading, collecting and saving child pornography, much of which was found downloaded to a computer inside an Apache Junction storage locker. Had 65 DVDs of child pornography in his possession when arrested by Cambodian police, court records show. In the storage locker, FBI investigators recovered 2,066 explicit images and 12 additional videos with children as young as 5 years old
A software consultant from Brooklyn Park charged with downloading more than 1,400 illegal photos and videos
A New York City teacher is under arrest for allegedly possessing hundreds of explicit images and videos of children. John Thomas 28, was arrested Thursday morning at his Manhattan residence by ICE agents.
James Hammer, 67, had 2,000 images of child porn when he was arrested July 8 trying to re-enter the U.S. from Canada. Hammer is in federal custody in New York. Court documents show he was convicted in Illinois in 2002 of sexually assaulting a girl when she was five to nine years old.
An Army Chief Warrant Officer from Grovetown, Ga., was arrested Thursday for sharing child pornography on the Internet
Seaworld employee admitted to having more than 10,000 child porn images and engaging in sexual conduct with a 16-year-old boy he met on a social networking site
A Boonville resident suspected of producing child pornography worked at David Barton Elementary School for several years
A former Boxboro elementary school teacher and New Hampshire camp counselor was charged yesterday in federal court with possession of child pornography, officials said
Springfield Police arrested 68-year-old Wade Risley on Tuesday. Detective Jeff Martin said police found hundreds of thousands of pictures on his computer after a four-month investigation.
A Milton teenager has been charged with sexual exploitation of minors after videos depicting child pornography were found on his computer
A Reno man is charged with seven counts of possession of child pornography after Sparks Police say they found pornographic images on his cell phone.
A 48-year-old former Boy Scout leader from Keller pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday to one count of possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks said in a news release. During police questioning, Denney admitted using the Internet to download child pornography, according to authorities.
A Batavia man faces at least five years in prison after admitting to possessing thousands of child pornography images on his computer
A 47-year-old Texas prison guard is accused of possession of child pornography
A Monroe man who took pornographic pictures of a young girl and distributed them on the Internet was ordered by a federal judge to spend the rest of his life behind bars.
Telecommunication giant Telkomsel claims to have blocked 800,000 porn sites in response to the government’s drive against pornography during Ramadan fasting month.
Telkomsel president director Sarwoto Atmosutarno said Thursday the company had filtered the adult sites through its proxy server or gateway, which automatically denies its customers access to the porn sites.
Due to the blacklist internet access mechanism, users of Telkomsel’s Internet facility will read in their mobile phone, computer or laptop monitors a warning, which reads: “Access is denied due to security policy enforcement”, if they try to open a porn site.
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More details: http://updatednews.ca/?p=32080
Internet service providers such as AT&T, Comcast and Verizon have resisted federal regulation on the grounds that they know better than the government does how to provide Internet service most efficiently to the largest number of customers. All these carriers pay lip service to the ideal of an open Internet in which all information competes on a level playing field, but all are looking for are looking to establish a fast lane that can provide express service to customers willing to pay for it.