Why CISPA is a global problem

On April 18, 2013, the US House of Representatives passed the Bill H.R. 624, also known as the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA). An earlier version of the bill had been passed already by the US HR, but did not pass the Senate (for earlier analysis of the […]

UN Human Rights Council promotes Internet rights

The United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution last week on the “promotion, protection and enjoyment of human rights on the Internet” (A/HRC/20/L.13 ). This is a ground-breaking document in the history of digital rights because for the first time we have an international declaration that equates offline and […]

Costa Rican court declares the Internet as a fundamental right

Very interesting news from the land of gallo pinto, the Costa Rican constitutional court (Sala IV) has declared that the Internet is a fundamental right in ruling 2010-012790. The case is actually a seemingly straightforward recurso the amparo (literally, writ of shelter, a measure against administrative abuses) which asks the […]

U.S. to escalate War on Piracy at domain name level

Back in July we reported about a new strategy by American copyright enforcement authorities against websites considered to be pirating. “Operation In Our Sites” (notice the clever pun, or play of words) revoked the domain name registration of several sites engaged in copyright infringement. At the time, several people commented […]