Category Archives: Government & Policy

American Studios’ Secret Plan to Lock down European TV Devices

American Studios’ Secret Plan to Lock down European TV Devices
An international consortium of television and technology companies is devising draconian anti-consumer restrictions for the next generation of TVs in Europe and beyond, at the behest of American entertainment giants. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is the only public interest group to have gained entrance into the secretive meetings of the Digital Video Broadcasting Project (DVB), a group that creates the television and video specifications used in Europe, Australia, and much of Asia and Africa. In a report released today, EFF shows how U.S. movie and television companies have convinced DVB to create new technical specifications that would build digital rights management technologies into televisions. These specifications are likely to take away consumers’ rights, which will subsequently be sold back to them piecemeal — so entertainment fans will have to pay again and again for legitimate uses of lawfully acquired digital television content.
http://www.ibls.com/internet_law_news_portal_view.aspx?s=latestnews&id=1713

UNESCO states position on ethical issues in the information society

UNESCO states position on ethical issues in the information society
UNESCO has published a brochure entitled “Ethical Implications of Emerging Technologies” dealing with the consequences of the use of RFID chips, biometric identification systems, and location-based services (LBSs). Written by lawyers from the US, the brochure was published as part of the “NGO Geneva Net Dialogue” in which non-governmental organizations stated their case after the UN World Summit on Information Freedom and the Internet Governance Forum. The results of the dialogue are to be included in the WSIS Action Line C10 “Ethical dimensions of the Information Society.”
http://www.heise.de/english/newsticker/news/86719

Berners-Lee: Congress should consider net neutrality

Berners-Lee: Congress should consider net neutrality
Timothy Berners-Lee advocated that the U.S. Congress protect net neutrality and questioned the value of DRM (digital rights management) Thursday. Berners-Lee, speaking before the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet in the U.S. House of Representatives, said it was “very, very important” for lawmakers to protect the ability of users to access the Web content they want regardless of their ISP.
http://infoworld.com/article/07/03/01/HNcongressnetneutrality_1.html