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posted by chromas on Wednesday June 13 2018, @01:33AM   Printer-friendly
from the bells-will-be-ringing dept.

As Europe's latest copyright proposal heads to a critical vote on June 20-21, more than 70 Internet and computing luminaries have spoken out against a dangerous provision, Article 13, that would require Internet platforms to automatically filter uploaded content. The group, which includes Internet pioneer Vint Cerf, the inventor of the World Wide Web Tim Berners-Lee, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales, co-founder of the Mozilla Project Mitchell Baker, Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle, cryptography expert Bruce Schneier, and net neutrality expert Tim Wu, wrote in a joint letter that was released today:

By requiring Internet platforms to perform automatic filtering all of the content that their users upload, Article 13 takes an unprecedented step towards the transformation of the Internet, from an open platform for sharing and innovation, into a tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users.

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  • (Score: 1) by exaeta on Wednesday June 13 2018, @03:37PM

    by exaeta (6957) on Wednesday June 13 2018, @03:37PM (#692366) Homepage Journal

    I'm just going to block all EU IP adresses from my website if I can figure out how. It's a one man shop and I don't have the capacity to comply with GDPR and the rest of the legal nonsense the EU is coming up with.

    The EU seems hell bent on regulating the internet in a way that makes it impossible for one-man-shops like me to operate. I'd rather just cut the EU out of the picture entirely than deal with my regulations. If only there was a public database of EU IP addresses I could use. :/

    The fubdamental problem is that the EU is trying to regulate what software must do instead of doing something productive, like legislating user choice in software.

    I'd much rather see a law that says hardware manufacturers must document the hardware API and provide it to any customer who asks without an NDA. Then we can get open operating systems and user choice that makes the whole issue moot.

    I'd rather own the hardware and be able to alter the software than legislate the software into "being nice" as the EU wants to do.
    Responsible disclosure of hardware functions would solve the problem without any app nor protocol specific regulations. That and some kind of ban on tivoization that can't be unlocked.

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