French Intelligence Agency Forces Removal of Wikipedia Entry
saibot834 writes "The French domestic intelligence agency DCRI has forced a Wikipedia administrator to delete an article about a local military base. The administrator, who is also the president of Wikimédia France, has been threatened by the agency with immediate reprisals after his initial refusal to comply. Following a discussion on the administrator's noticeboard, the article (which is said to violate a law on the secrecy of the national defense) has been reinstated by a foreign user. Prior to pressuring the admin, DCRI contacted the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF), which refused to remove the article. WMF claimed the article only contained publicly available information, in accordance with Wikipedia's verifiability policy. While the consequences for Wikimedia's community remain unclear, one thing is certain: The military base article – now available in English – will get more public awareness than ever before."
French Gov Stopped One ISP’s Plans To ‘Jeopardize The Digital Ecosystem In A Unilateral Way’
France’s Digital Economy minister, Fleur Pellerin, had to personally persuade one of the nation’s top Internet service providers to stop blocking online advertisements, arguing that “no actor can jeopardize the digital ecosystem in a unilateral way.” Free, which provides Internet to an estimated 5.2 million French users, proposed default ad-blocking on some advertisements. Free has been on an anti-Google tear, supposedly in response to the company’s refusal to share advertising revenue with content creators and support national broadband infrastructure projects. Users can voluntarily install ad-blocking software, such as Adblock Plus, but having it as the default setting could dramatically increase the use of this controversial feature and threaten the very existence of the ad-supported online economy. The minister appears to have the backing of at least one publisher, Spiil, which said that no provider “has the right to decide in place of its citizens what they access or not ...
France to reduce financial benefits to immigrants
The French Interior Minister announced the country will make significant changes in the migration policy, through a severe reduction of benefits paid to immigrants.
Brazilian Newspapers Leave Google News En Masse
Dupple writes "In light of the recent story regarding Google threatening a French media ban after France proposed that search engines should pay for content, it seems a similar thing is happening in Brazil, with numerous papers leaving Google News. The controversy fueled one of the most intense debates during the Inter American Press Association's 68th General Assembly, which took place from Oct. 12 to 16 in São Paulo. On one side of the debate were defenders of news companies' authoring rights, like German attorney Felix Stang, who said, 'platforms like Google's compete directly with newspapers and magazines because they work like home pages and use content from them.' On the other, Google representatives said their platform provides a way to make journalistic content available to more people. According to Marcel Leonardi, the company's public policies director, Google News channels a billion clicks to news sites around the world."
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With A Budget Almost Cut In Half And 40 Percent Staff Cuts Can The RIAA Survive?
RIAA's budget comes from music labels and distributors because it represents the interests of the music industry. Therefore, it depends on their willingness. TorrentFreak obtained its latest tax filing and the RIAA is facing the same difficulties as the major music labels. Its budget has been cut to $29.1 million for 2010-2011 from $51.35 million two years earlier. Yet, the most important shift comes from the anti-piracy strategy adopted by the RIAA. Instead of spending tens of millions of dollars in legal fees, the RIAA is supporting the copyright alert system and its six strikes, a policy inspired by the unpopular and ineffective French anti-piracy law called Hadopi.