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Announcing PdF Brussels, May 31st!

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, May 7 2012

This month, PDF finally comes to Brussels! Over the years, we have covered many issues related to techpolitics within the EU institutions. So, for us, it just felt natural to organize a PDF event in Brussels, where most of these decisions are made. The next European elections are less than two years away; the economic crisis has left many countries across the continent in a similar situation; unemployment is rising, political extremism is rising, digital media is the norm: is a European public sphere also being formed online? Read More

ACTA Rapporteur Says He'll Recommend Against the Treaty

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, April 17 2012

MEP David Martin during a debate on ACTA. Photo by European Parliament

British MEP David Martin, responsible for providing guidance to European Parliament on the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, will recommend the rejection of the treaty, he announced on April 12. Martin will submit his final report to the International Trade Committee, the main parliamentary committee involved in the ACTA debate, later this month. Read More

European Parliament does not refer ACTA to Court of Justice, Final Vote Set in June

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, March 28 2012

Yesterday, the European Parliament's International Trade Committee (INTA) voted against the referral of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement to the European Court of Justice (ECJ), the highest court in matters of European Union law. The European Commission, the EU's executive body, already indicated it would refer the agreement to the Court a month ago, in order to assess whether ACTA is incompatible with the European Union’s fundamental rights. The commission's referral won't delay the parliament, the EU's legislative body, from voting to ratify the treaty. Read More

As Public ACTA Debate Begins, Controversy Remains

BY Antonella Napolitano | Monday, March 5 2012

A March 1 workshop on ACTA held by Parliament's trade committee. Photo: European Parliament

The European conversation over a controversial trade agreement has become laden with "organized misinformation," EU Commissioner for Trade Karel de Gucht said Saturday. De Gucht's comments come after his attendance at a March 1 workshop hosted by the parliament's trade committee, the primary venue for discussion of ACTA in the EU's popularly elected body. It was an opportunity for opponents of the treaty to weigh in on its provisions. Read More

The Europe Roundup: The Art of Surveillance

BY Antonella Napolitano | Wednesday, January 18 2012

Photo: nolifebeforecoffee / Flickr

A European parliamentary inquiry will serve to shape a comprehensive EU approach on Internet freedom and human rights. Meanwhile the German government is testing a spyware used by former Egypt government, raising many concerns. But surveillance might also be material for artists. Read More

The Europe Roundup: On Opening Data, "Dataviz" and Public Transportation

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, December 20 2011

Mediarena, the winner of a Google-sponsored data competition

From public transportation in France to parliamentary activities in Bulgaria, activists and organizations are working hard to fuel the debate on open data. And show their own countries how to do the job. Read More

Scope of U.S. Online Piracy Bill Too Broad, Says the Business Software Alliance

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, November 21 2011

A piece of legislation designed to thwart online piracy and counterfeiting being considered in the House is still too broad in its scope not to risk interfering with innovation, said the head of the Business Software ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: 30 Years of Hacking - a Profile of the Chaos Computer Club

BY Antonella Napolitano | Thursday, November 10 2011

30 Years of Hacking: a Profile of the Chaos Computer Club The Chaos Computer Club is well-known group that has been bringing together hackers from all over the world in the past few years. The group - that turned ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: How the Indignados Movement is Redefining Politics

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, October 18 2011

Spain | How the Indignados Movement is Redefining Politics  While the OccupyWallStreet protest spread around the world, it's time to rethink action and objectives for those who helped start this movement, the ... Read More

The Europe Roundup: Come Hack4Transparency At The European Parliament

BY Antonella Napolitano | Tuesday, October 4 2011

EU | Come Hack4Transparency at the European Parliament  The first hacking event in a European institution will take place in the European Parliament in Brussels next November 8th and 9th. As the website's ... Read More