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Last week on the Internet: one year of NSA leaks, Snowden’s NBC interview, Torrentz.eu suspended by UK police, US six strikes system report

  • Surveillance

June 5th marks one year of NSA leaks and is also the day when we will Reset the Net. Counting down to the date, Edward Snowden gave his first in-person interview to a major network, NBC. It confirms that the whistleblower first tried to raise concerns internally before contacting journalists and that he would like to go home, but cannot. While Snowden’s performance during the interview has been praised as coherent and consistent with his previous statements, a non-verbal communication expert has a different opinion about Snowden’s body language.

Meanwhile, NSA continues its efforts to discredit Snowden and a former US governor makes the following argument about the whistleblower’s actions:

[…] the revelations had damaged American diplomatic relationships with friendly countries who were upset by National Security Agency surveillance. That’s damage to the United States. If you’re a patriot, you don’t want to damage our relationships with our allies.

Furthermore, Sweden and Romania are acting like real US marionettes, the former by banning Wikileaks and Snowden from the Stockholm Internet Forum; the latter simply silenced the mass surveillance debate in the media.

With the growing number of extremists members in the EU Parliament, we need to think more about the argument “I have nothing to hide” many of us use when talking about mass surveillance since it’s not us who will decide if we have something to hide or not. For example.

Recently cyber security researchers in the US have threatened with indictment. Also, this kind of argument sends the wrong kind of message: that we don’t care about our privacy. But while our computers might have spying components built in, Google has introduced an online form through which users from EU can request the removal of results about them from Internet searches. On its first day, the service received 12.000 requests.

  • Copyright

We wrote some time ago about UK‘s new anti-piracy strategy (besides sending letters to infringers) involving the City of London Police and a black list containing infringing sites which should be banned. Well, the search engine Torrentz.eu is one of the sites taken down by the UK Police. Their strategy has been found to be illegal and Torrentz.eu has beenunsuspendend“. At the same time, David Cameron‘s adviser on intellectual property is stating that Google (and other search engines, for that matter) is doing nothing to curb piracy and that it should blacklist pirate sites. The adviser recommends also 10 ways search engines should help the battle against piracy.

On the other side of the ocean, US‘s six strikes system, which celebrates almost 1 year of deployment, seem to have no significant impact on infringers, new report shows. ISPs have issued more than 1.3 million since February last year. At the same time, a new bill, called the Respect Act, aims to put old recordings under federal copyright. One good news is that finally lawmakers started to take measures against patent and copyright trolls and stop them. Moreover, Disney seems to be recognizing that “some infringement can actually be a good thing“.

Responding to last weeks‘ debate in Australia about pirates who don’t pay for the cultural consumption, a representative from Spotify Australia claims that piracy levels dropped in the last years.

Featured image: NBC