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Live Chat with Cory Doctorow: ACTA and the Internet

23 February 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Cory Doctorow, Internet activist and editor of Boing Boing, is mad as hell and wants the secret negotiations of the international Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to come to an end. The seventh round of ACTA negotiations has just concluded and, according to Doctorow, “the radio silence on the negotiations was near-total.”

That’s the gripe in the latest Big Report to appear on Internet Evolution, entitled “Copyright Undercover: ACTA & the Web.” In it, Doctorow discusses what we know about the copyright treaty negotiations, why we should care that this is happening in secrecy, and what we can do about it.

The report is available here. But that isn’t where the fun stops. Doctorow will also be joining us this Friday, 2/26 at 11 a.m. Eastern Time, for a live chat on this very topic.

Join in here to chat it up: Live Chat With Cory Doctorow: 2/26 11 a.m. ET.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the topic at hand, Doctorow explains that, since 2006, various countries — including the United States, China, and Japan — have been holding private treaty negotiations. Among some of the Internet-related proposals that have leaked out, he says, include provisions for ISPs to spy on their customers and interdict anything that looks like a copyright violation; demands for border searches of digital media; and the right to knock households off the Internet if a house member is accused of copyright infringement.

(Source: internet evolution)

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