ACTA vote in the European Parliament on 4 July

ACTA vote in the European Parliament on 4 July

Update: since I posted this, someone (hat tip to @andrewjburgess ) decided to ruin the spotting game but made it probably a bit more accurate: see voting results hereunder (go to pg 19 of the document): GDE Error: Unable to load profile settings So voted in favour of ACTA: ALDE: Newton Dunn, Takkula EFD: Allam, Provera, Tzavela PPE: Audy, Bendtsen, Berra, Cadec, Casini, Dantin, Dati, Deß,...

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MEPs Voting Behaviour: ‘Winning Sides and Grand Coalitions’?

MEPs Voting Behaviour: ‘Winning Sides and Grand Coalitions’?

How do MEPs Vote after Lisbon? VoteWatch.eu tries to shed light on this question in their third six-monthly report on the voting behaviour of the Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) and their political groups. Dr Sara Hagemann and Simon Hix, respectively, Executive Director and Chairman of VoteWatch.eu, from the London School of Economics presented the insights of the report during its...

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Data Retention: A keeper or not?

Data Retention: A keeper or not?

Coincidence or not, in the evaluation process of the Data Retention Directive (2006/24/EC) the Directorate-General Home Affairs of the European Commission invited all stakeholders to participate on Friday the 3th of December at the 3th Data Retention Conference, themed ‘Taking on the Data Retention Directive’. Cecilia Malmström, the Swedish European Commissioner for Home Affairs,...

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Net Neutrality Timeline

Net Neutrality Timeline

As Net Neutrality seems to be all over the place at the moment, we considered it couldn’t hurt to put together a summary timeline of the Net neutrality debate. It is obviously not exhaustive and biased in the sense that it tries to highlight some key moments in the debate. As always, click on the infographic below to see the picture as a stand alone, and click a second time on the picture...

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Net Neutrality: The Oxford Street Dilemma

Net Neutrality: The Oxford Street Dilemma

The Hon Ed Vaizey MP, Minister for Culture, Communications  and Creative Industries, remarked in his recent speech at the Financial Times World Telecoms Conference 2010 (16 & 17th November) that: ‘Unlike in the UK, in some parts of the US consumers have no choice which ISP they use because only one offers a service in their area. So the debate has particular resonance there. ISPs could...

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My Right to be Forgotten = Your Obligation to Forget?

My Right to be Forgotten = Your Obligation to Forget?

The balance between different rights (e.g. privacy Vs freedom of expression) is a well-known tension. But the creation of new rights that are so-called derivatives from privacy and seem to ignore both that tension and the fact that if you set up a right, it’s always better if it’s enforceable in practice, is a worrying trend. You will have guessed (if only due to the title of this...

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