ACTA Watch

Came across this interesting and informative site today: ACTA Watch by Michael Geist.

The site gives an excellent overview of the ‘progress’ of ACTA through the official documents, leaked documents, newspaper articles and analysis as well as links that have some relation with ACTA (or its opposition).

Highly recommended!

‘Hooibergen vol privacygegevens’

Deze week in Binnenlands Bestuur een interessant interview met Jacob Kohnstamm, voorzitter College Bescherming Persoonsgegevens (CPB) over privacybescherming in Nederland.’

Kohnstamm: Het wordt kafkaësk als je niet meer onbespied door het leven kunt.

Hier het artikel en hier het redactioneel commentaar.

Cleanternet for a cleaner and safer internet

Satirical ‘support’ for the plan launched by the European Commission to introduce a ‘European firewall on our internet’.

Their video:

Cleanternet is a campaign to support European Commissioner Cecilia Malmström
in her plans to introduce a website blocking system in Europe.
All European countries must be forced to fight for a cleaner and safer Internet.

Great initiative! Hopefully some people will realise the function creep that we have to fear from such measures.

Their website: Cleanternet.org Campaign for a cleaner and safer internet

Paine’s take on freedom of speech

You will do me the justice to remember, that I have always strenuously supported the Right of every Man to his own opinion, however different that opinion might be to mine. He who denies to another this right, makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it.

Thomas PaineW in his The Age of ReasonW

Very impressed by Paine’s thinking on this matter. Regretfully anno 2010 a lot of people, especially in the Netherlands, seem to take a different opinion when talking about freedom of speech.

Twee interessante artikelen in Binnenlands Bestuur van deze week

Het eerste artikel is een interview met emeritus hoogleraar Staatsrecht Tak. Het is getiteld: ‘Op weg naar een totalitair systeem‘. Prof. Tak geeft aan dat de Crisis- en Herstelwet de zoveelste stap is in de aantasting van zowel de individuele autonomie als die van provincies en gemeenten.

Het tweede artikel is getiteld: Nationale ambtenaar bestuurt Europa.

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