Ensuring people’s self-determination in the age of robotics and artificial intelligence

Today, the European Parliament discusses the Delvaux report on “Civil Law Rules on Robotics“. Tomorrow, we will vote on it.

The report includes the call for a general discussion “on new employment models and on the sustainability of our tax and social systems” as robots continue to displace workers. Because the Legal Affairs Committee included […]

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Save the link: MEPs from all political groups come together to defend your freedom to share

Your freedom to share online is threatened.

The EU Commission wants to introduce an extra copyright for news sites that would make how you share articles today illegal – unless money changes hands. Learn about the proposals and its effects.

Members of the European Parliament from all political groups and many different countries are coming […]

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No ‘copyright’ on raw data!

In its Communication on Building a European Data Economy, the European Commission is taking steps towards a new copyright-like protection for raw data (“Data producer’s right”, pg. 13). This is the final bad idea Günther Oettinger submitted as parting digital Commissioner – it would have far-reaching dire consequences and must be rejected.

This idea would protect any […]

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10 everyday things on the web the EU Commission wants to make illegal: Oettinger’s legacy

In a few days, scandal-prone Günther Oettinger will stop being Europe’s top internet policy maker – he’s being promoted to oversee the EU budget.

But before leaving, the outgoing Digital Commissioner submitted dangerous plans that undermine two core foundations of the internet: Links and file uploads. While Oettinger is going away, his lobby-dictated proposals are […]

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EU budget improves software security with extension of audit programme

Today the European Parliament approved the EU Budget for 2017. The budget sets aside 1.9 million Euro in order to improve the EU’s IT infrastructure by extending the free software security audit programme (FOSSA) that MEPs Max Andersson and Julia Reda (Greens/EFA) initiated two years ago, and by including a bug bounty approach in the […]

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A joint dataset for the EU copyright consultation responses

In March of 2016, the European Commission asked for your input on two specific issues of copyright reform: Freedom of panorama (the ability to freely share your photos of public places) and extra copyright for publishers.

In their legislative proposal unveiled on September 14, which was supposed to take the results into account, the Commission […]

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European Parliament votes to extend Free Software security audits

Remember how I raised €1 million to demonstrate security and freedom aren’t opposites? Well here’s what happened next and how we are going to move forward with this.

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CJEU ruling demonstrates: There can be no digital single market without a modern copyright

Today’s ruling by the European Court of Justice in the McFadden case demonstrates: There can be no digital single market strategy without addressing the problems of our copyright regime.

It was only yesterday that Commission president Juncker promised us that by 2020, all European cities and villages would be supplied with free Wi-Fi. Today, due […]

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Despite denials, copyright reform plans by European Commission are an attack on the freedom to link

The retrograde copyright reform plans Commissioner Oettinger presented today spell disaster for the internet. Oettinger has let copyright reform be hijacked by corporate interests and turned a blind eye to the needs of artists and users. This attempt to remake the web to accommodate analogue business models is doomed to fail at great cost.

The […]

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Freedom to link threatened by EU court decision and copyright plans

Today, the European Court of Justice significantly curtailed the freedom to hyperlink – one of the basic building blocks of the web. Together with the new special copyright protection for news articles the European Commission is planning to propose next week, the ability of Europeans to point to things online without having to fear breaking […]

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