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Spike

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Tightening the noose on the internet.
« on: 11 Aug 2006, 01:31 »

While the end of net neutrality effects only those in the United States (for now) this particular treaty's effects fifteen different countries.

Essentially this puts into effect not only our own laws regarding cyber space but other countries can go to your government and ask them to find you and prosecute you if you violate a law regarding the internet in their country.  

http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archives/004864.php

I for one cannot believe that this treaty has been passed.  I have always tried to have an optimistic view of the future but at every turn I see steps towards a land that could best be described as dystopian.  Maybe I'm being melodramatic but this is how it would begin.
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« Reply #1 on: 11 Aug 2006, 17:23 »

Yes! Another excellent* treaty!

I wish I could say I've stopped caring because that would make this so much easier to cope with. I guess I just don't see why American companies should be obligated to help enforce the laws of other nations if they don't want to. And the same obviously goes for the companies in the other nations.

The text of the treaty can be found here. At first it seems to limit itself to things like hacking and child pornography and such, which is fine, but the further along I read it the broader the scope becomes, especially in the areas of data collection. "Title 2 Mutual assistance regarding investigative powers" is a pretty good example.

Fortunately Article 38 and Articles 40 - 42 give any one nation a lot of wriggle room to deny a request from another nation to search or seize information or property if it violates the rights or laws of the former. So this may not be all gloom and doom I guess. But then it makes me wonder what good the treaty is in the first place if a nation can just say, "No we won't give you any information, sorry."

*Not actually excellent
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