Defending Open Internet

Op de 1 of andere manier wordt je altijd meteen weggeveegd als engerd die waarschijnlijk illegale dingen (zoals de distributie van kinderporno) wil kunnen blijven doen, zo gauw je een mening hebt die met een vrij en open internet te maken heeft. Zo ligt het echter niet. Check hier en hier en hier en hier. En stem vandaag op de SP, blijkbaar de enigen die nog een sikkepit om het huidige internet geven, en het uit handen van de grote jongens willen houden.

“Don’t vote PSE / PPE / Liberals and UEN member in your country ! Just once to save the net neutrality in Europe!”

The internet as we know it is at risk. The new rules in the EU (the Telecoms package), voted on May 6, will be negotiated again in the Autumn, propose that broadband providers will be legally able to limit the number of websites you can look at, and to tell you whether or not you are allowed to use particular services. It will be dressed up as ‘new consumer options’ which people can choose from. People will be offered TV-like packages – with a limited number of options for you to access. It means that the Internet will be packaged up and your ability to access and to put up content could be severely restricted. It will create boxes of Internet accessibility, which don’t fit with the way we use it today.

It means that the Internet will be packaged up and your ability to access and to put up content could be severely restricted. It will create boxes of Internet accessibility, which don’t fit with the way we use it today.
This is because Internet is now permitting exchanges between persons which cannot be controlled or “facilitated” by any middlemen (the State or a corporation). This possibility improves citizen’s life and makes access to knowledge easier to everyone, but force the industry (telecommunications, entertainment…) to lose power and control. Access providers have now learned that controlling access they can control the Information Society development. That is why they are pushing to act those changes.
The excuse is to promote competition, offering choices to users which better fit their behavior on the Internet and, by collaborating with sectors interested in the promotion of lawful content (aka the entertainment industry), to control the flow of music, films and entertainment content against the alleged piracy by downloading for free, using P2P file-sharing. However, the real victims of this plan will be all Internet users and the democratic and independent access to information, culture goods.

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