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  • (Mashable, Friday, October 3, 2014)
    It's hard to find a politician who says what he really thinks. Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is one who's not afraid to speak his mind — even if his words are incendiary. The former prime minister reiterated his disdain for the Internet on Thursday, ironically during a conference about press freedom.
  • (Index, Friday, October 3, 2014)

    Index believes that any UK government that attempts to undermine the ECHR would provide countries with appalling human right records a ready-made excuse to ignore the internationally recognised standards that the court represents.

  • (Ars Technica, Friday, October 3, 2014)
    Verizon seemingly won a huge victory in January when a federal appeals court struck down network neutrality restrictions on blocking and discriminating against Internet content over fixed broadband connections. But Verizon's lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission could backfire, with the commission now considering even stronger rules on both fixed and wireless networks. 
  • (Reporters Without Borders, Friday, October 3, 2014)
    Reporters Without Borders hails yesterday’s decision by Turkey’s constitutional court to rescind the additional online censorship and surveillance powers that the High Council for Telecommunications (TIB) was accorded in legislative amendments adopted last month. The court’s ruling that these powers were unconstitutional is an encouraging sign after a year of constant growth in online censorship in Turkey.
  • (Committee to Protect Journalists, Friday, October 3, 2014)

    On Thursday, hackers referring to themselves as the "Blink Hacker Group" replaced the home page of The Irrawaddy's English-language website with a message accusing it of supporting "jihad & radical Muslims", according to local and international news reports. The message also criticized The Irrawaddy's "so called freedom of speech" and justified their actions by "so called freedom of Internet hacking."

  • (CircleID, Friday, October 3, 2014)

    The great promise of the new gTLD programme is not that it will spawn dozens of .COM clones, but rather that it will lead to the creation of a global constellation of unique names embraced by specific interest groups. As an ICANN community, our challenge now is to ensure that the policy framework we've created to manage new gTLDs advances that vision by not penalising the very sorts of domains that the programme was designed to encourage.

  • (EFF Deeplinks, Friday, October 3, 2014)

    Negotiators from across the Atlantic met this week in Chevy Chase, Maryland to continue discussing the terms of the EU-US trade agreement, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). This is the seventh round of secretive meetings, and not much is known about the exact issues that are on the negotiating table. However a press release issued today confirms that “intellectual property” (IP) rights were one of four areas given focus in this round of negotiations. Given how notoriously captured by corporate interests IP discussions in trade negotiations are, this has us very worried.

  • (IFEX, Friday, October 3, 2014)
    The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns recent threats and cyberattacks against The Irrawaddy, an independent media group dedicated to Burma news and analysis.  On Thursday [October 2], hackers referring to themselves as the "Blink Hacker Group" replaced the home page of The Irrawaddy's English-language website with a message accusing it of supporting "jihad & radical Muslims", according to local and international news reports. The message also criticized The Irrawaddy's "so called freedom of speech" and justified their actions by "so called freedom of Internet hacking." 
  • (Reporters Without Borders, Friday, October 3, 2014)
    Reporters Without Borders hails yesterday’s decision by Turkey’s constitutional court to rescind the additional online censorship and surveillance powers that the High Council for Telecommunications (TIB) was accorded in legislative amendments adopted last month. The court’s ruling that these powers were unconstitutional is an encouraging sign after a year of constant growth in online censorship in Turkey.
  • (Ars Technica, Friday, October 3, 2014)
    Verizon seemingly won a huge victory in January when a federal appeals court struck down network neutrality restrictions on blocking and discriminating against Internet content over fixed broadband connections. But Verizon's lawsuit against the Federal Communications Commission could backfire, with the commission now considering even stronger rules on both fixed and wireless networks. 
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