In UK, a big threat to Internet freedom


1. How To Contact Freedom Of Speech Killer Peter Mandelson
The Digital Economy Bill being rushed through the British Parliament without debate or consent is the creature of unelected government official Peter Mandelson. The bill is set to wreck the work of campaigning organisations such as One Click. On Thursday One Click published the article entitled Digital Economy Bill Threatens One Click (now updated 21 March), that contained an email address for Mandelson, now on bounce back. Equally the email address for Mandelson where he lords it over at the department of Business, Innovation & Skills is also on bounce back. Hmm… Mandelson clearly does not feel like being held publicly accountable for his creature any time soon. One Click publishes two methods by which you can contact Peter Mandelson without fa il. Support free speech for everyone. Please help to create an international cacophony by deed and word. Click to demand democracy now.
Information Release, The One Click Group
Related Links:
* Digital Economy Bill Threatens One Click
Jane Bryant, The One Click Group
* Stop The Disconnection Demo Launches At Parliament
Demo Information, Open Rights Group
* Fury Over Rushed Digital Economy Bill Leads To Civil Unrest
The Guardian

2. Digital Economy Bill Threatens One Click

One Click Group Director, Jane Bryant
(Updated). Suppression of free speech in Britain is to be made law. The Digital Economy Bill is set to cause civil unrest and put our economy and national security at risk just before the General Election. Having been personally subjected to brutal false arrest by the State because of the work of One Click in 2005, together with constant litigation threats and harassment at the hands of the very politicians who are attempting to criminally rush the Digital Economy Bill through parliament without debate or consent, I think you will all agree that it is entirely reasonable for me to surmise that One Click will be near the very top of the political Disconnect Wish List. Would you like the work of One Click to continue? That of WikiLeaks? Of vast swathes of British society who use the internet as a fundamental human right? Do you uphold the principle of free speech? It is precisely the work of organisations such as One Click that the Digital Economy Bill will seek to suppress. This unlawful bill of wash-up unconscionable arrogance is the unforgivable folly of unelected Labour government aide Peter Mandelson. From Australia to Alaska and beyond, please globally help us to make your views known. Join hands and stay connected for the good of all. This is a significant point in political history. Updated Peter Mandelson contact details are now published.
Jane Bryant, Director, The One Click Group
Related Links:
* Freedom Of Information, Police Harassment In The Internet Era
Updated March 2010, with tasty new pictures and copy
The One Click Group
* UK Government Vaccines Director Threatens Legal Action Against One Click
The One Click Group

3. Let’s Kill The British Digital Economy Bill

THE PEOPLE have the chance to rise up and crush the Digital Economy Bill before the UK Government grovels before the entertainment cartels. The people will also join the companies like BT, TalkTalk, Google, Yahoo and Ebay in opposing the bill. There are several major issues that campaigners have with the bill, such as clause 17, which would allow ministers to muck around with copyright law at their whim in the future. The bill would also allow ISPs to punish subscribers without the need for a court injunction, with their connections suffering from being “cancelled, capped, bottlenecked, shaped or simply slapped with a discretionary fine” as another Inquirer writer nicely put it. Through Twitter and other social networks it already seems clear that people are definitely not keen on this bill and what it could mean for them. But will the government, or indeed the opposition parties listen to the people through these channels, as they so often cla im they do? Would people vote for or against a certain party on the basis of one policy? It wouldn’t be that much of a stretch to think that they might.
Asavin Wattanajantra, The Inquirer
Related Links:
* Stop The Disconnection Demo Launches At Parliament
Demo Information, Open Rights Group

4. Massive Protest Ramps Up – Internet Freedom Threatened

As Feargal Sharkey, head of UK Music, speaks of his confidence that the massively controversial Digital Economy Bill (DEB) will be passed before the general election, the Open Rights Group has revealed that in the last 3 days more than 10,000 outraged citizens have written to MPs demanding a debate on the issue. But this situation suits the BPI just fine. This week a leaked memo from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) fell into the hands of Cory Doctorow which showed that the “LibDem amendment” – a proposal under the DEB which would allow for websites to be blocked if, essentially, the BPI didn’t like their activities – was in fact written by the BPI. Very cosy. Doctorow also received an internal document prepared by the BPI’s Director of Public Affairs and prospective Labour parliamentary candidate, Richard Mollet who admitted that the only reason the DEB had a chance of passing is because MP’s are resigned to voting on it without debate.
enigmax, TorrentFreak
Related Links:
* Public Figures Protest Digital Economy Bill in Open Letter
enigmax, Torrent Freak

5. UK Digital Economy Bill – It Has To End Here

This isn’t about file sharing or fighting for your right to download dodgy MP3s. It’s about much more than that. It’s about stopping a law that could bring libel-style censorship to UK ISPs, forcing them to block the next YouTube on copyright owners’ say-so – with no penalties for organisations making misguided or malicious accusations. It’s about heeding the concerns of crazed anti-copyright hippies such as the Metropolitan Police, the Serious and Organised Crime Agency and MI5. More than anything, it’s about democracy. The sheer potential for development in a vast array of online services that the Digital Economy Bill will crush, will inevitably affect you. Every single vote in the upcoming election counts, why not make it abundantly clear to your MP that this is a clear cut vote loser.
David King, Geeks

6. Iceland’s IMMI – The New Frontier For Internet Journalism And Freedom

Jean-Fran├žois Julliard, Secretary-General of
Reporters Without Borders, and Lucie Morillon,
Head of RFP’s New Media Desk

PARIS, France – The fight for free access to information is being played out to an ever greater extent on the Internet. The emerging general trend is that a growing number of countries are attempting to tighten their control of the Net, but at the same time, increasingly inventive netizens demonstrate mutual solidarity by mobilizing when necessary. The new media, and particularly social networks, have given populations’ collaborative tools with which they can change the social order. More and more states are enacting or considering repressive laws pertaining to the Web (such as in Britain, Peter Mandelson’s Digital Economy Bill in Britain). Iceland’s Parliament is currently examining a bill, the “Icelandic Modern Media Initiative” (IMMI), which is aimed at strictly protecting freedoms on the Internet by guaranteeing the transparency and independence of information. If it is adopted, Iceland will become a cyber-paradise for bloggers and citizen journalists.

Lucie Morillon & Jean-Fran├žois Julliard, Reporters Without Borders, Salem News
Related Links:
* Iceland – Proposed Free Speech / Investigative Journalism Safe Haven
Information Release, Icelandic Modern Media Initiative (IMMI)

7. China – Four Infants Dead And 76 Ill From Vaccines Disaster

STUNG by officials’ denials, parents of scores of children who allegedly died or were sickened after getting vaccines are travelling to Shanxi Province’s capital city of Taiyuan to tell their stories of misery to investigators from the Health Ministry. The Shanghai Health Bureau said yesterday there were no reports of severe side effects on children after receiving vaccinations. According to the China Economic Times report, two babies and two toddlers in Shanxi died and another 76 became ill after being jabbed against hepatitis B, rabies and Type-B encephalitis.
Jane Chen, Shanghai Daily
Related Links:
* Four Babies Dead And 17 Ill After Vaccine Shots
Suchandana Gupta, The Times Of India

8. Swine Flu Fears Worse Than Virus

In the year since the first human case of H1N1 influenza was diagnosed in Mexico, public health efforts worldwide focusing on a vaccination campaign have increasingly come under question. “The H1N1 outbreak was fairly small,” said Philip Alcabes, who holds a PhD in infectious-disease epidemiology from Johns Hopkins as well as masters degrees in biochemistry and public health and professorships at Yale University and City University of New York. There was tremendous overreaction to the threat posed by H1N1, which Alcabes said “ended up kind of the goose that laid the golden egg for the vaccine manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies.” Alcabes insisted that swine flu fizzled before the vaccine was produced and consequently mass immunizations were not necessary.
CBC News
Related Links:
* Swine Flu Pandemic Hysteria Hoax Heads For Court
R. C. Camphausen, Digital Journal
* Pharmaceutical Industry Cried Wolf Over Swine Flu For Profit
Staff Writer, RT
* World Health Organisation ‘Mr Swine Flu’ Under Investigation For Gross Conflict Of Interest
F. William Engdahl, Market Oracle

9. Killer Avandia Drug Defenders Have Financial Ties To GlaxoSmithKline

Virtually all of the experts who wrote favorably about GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s troubled diabetes drug Avandia had financial ties to drug makers, a finding that shows the need for reform of such relationships, U.S. researchers said on Thursday. They found that 94 percent of the authors who defended the drug, known generically as rosiglitazone, had ties to drug companies, and nearly half had financial ties that presented a conflict of interest. The Mayo team’s findings “underscore the need for further changes in disclosure procedures in order for the scientific record to be trusted,” the researchers wrote. One Click Note: The FDA is still refusing to remove GlaxoSmithKline’s Avandia drug from the market despite the fact that it is estimated that it has caused 60,000 to 200,000 heart attacks, strokes and cardiovascular deaths nationwide in the United States from 1999 to 2006 and is subject to extensive litigation. Avandia has earned GSK billions of dollars around the world.
Julie Steenhuysen, Chicago, Reuters
Related Links:
* California County Sues GlaxoSmithKline Over Avandia Drug

Ed Silverman, Pharmalot
* FDA Pharma Reps Diddle As Glaxo’s Avandia Drug Causes Multiple Deaths
Vera Hassner Sharav

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