European Parliament delivers neither Net Neutrality nor an End to Roaming

“Today’s vote on the Telecoms Single Market package in the European Parliament constitutes a broken promise both on the end of roaming surcharges and the establishment of net neutrality”, says Julia Reda, Member of the European Parliament for the Pirate Party and shadow rapporteur for the Greens/EFA group in the Internal Market and Consumer Protection […]

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Net neutrality: Final countdown to keep the internet fair and equal

Tomorrow afternoon (Oct 27), the European Parliament holds its final vote on net neutrality. The proposal before the Parliament has crucial loopholes. My colleagues and I are fighting until the last minute for an internet that is fair and equal.

Here’s what you need to know and how you can still support the fight:

Europe Is About […]

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All our base are belong to (the) US? -TPP from a Japanese perspective-

This is a guest post by Rio (Twitter:@ld4jp), an intern at Julia’s office.

An agreement was reached on TPP, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, on the 5th of October 2015. The negotiation process of 5 years was entirely undertaken behind closed doors, and during the process Wikileaks had been the primary source for people to get […]

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Volkswagen case: Could cheating on an emissions test become a protected trade secret?

The European Parliament is currently negotiating the Trade Secret Directive in trilogue. In this week’s plenary session I called on my colleagues: We must be very careful not to include in that Directive new lines of defense for companies’ dirty secrets.

Let’s imagine for a minute the Volkswagen case had not been disclosed by […]

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The blank cheque for EU-US data transfer has bounced: Data protection and mass surveillance are irreconcilable

The European Court of Justice today canceled the blank cheque that allowed the transfer of personal data to US companies. This is an overdue step towards better data protection: Whether sensitive data is adequately protected and its transfer thus permissible must now be determined on a case-by-case basis. The court empowered the Irish Data Protection […]

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Dear European governments: don’t endanger free and open WiFi networks!

tl;dr: Projects building open communications networks using custom router software are playing an important role in providing refugees with Internet access. Last year, largely unbeknownst to the public, a new EU directive was passed on the regulation of radio equipment. This directive may limit the software that can be run on WiFi routers to those […]

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