German President: Internet Regulation Could “Take the Wind out of the Sails of Populists”

German President: Internet Regulation Could “Take the Wind out of the Sails of Populists” By Daniel Taylor In a speech delivered during the re:publica internet conference in Berlin, German President Frank Walter Steinmeier scolded Big Tech platforms for not doing enough to stifle “hate speech” online. Steinmeier said that new Internet regulations could be the “…most effective way to take the wind out of the sails of demagogues and populists”. Thumbing his nose at populists, Steinmeier said that “new liberties need new rules” (full speech available here): The upcoming 70th…

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SCANDAL: Today, Europe Votes On A Law That Could Change The Internet — Sold Out For A Russian Pipeline

SCANDAL: Today, Europe Votes On A Law That Could Change The Internet — Sold Out For A Russian Pipeline By Aaron Kesel European MEPs meet inside the European Parliament today to vote on a law that will forever change the World Wide Web … and that vote was bribed for access to an oil pipeline, Tech Dirt reported. If the numerous blatant mafioso tricks by EPP Group and other political parties involved in the copyright directive or ACTA 2, such as attempting to change the voting date, intimidating politicians by…

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‘We are not bots!’ In Berlin, Thousands Protest Proposed EU Regulation on Internet Upload Filters

‘We are not bots!’ In Berlin, Thousands Protest Proposed EU Regulation on Internet Upload Filters By Filip Stojanovski An estimated 5,000 people gathered in Berlin on March 2 to protest a proposed EU copyright rule that could radically shift the dynamics of posting and sharing content online. Among other provisions, Article 13 of the draft EU Copyright Directive would require internet platforms like YouTube to install “upload filters” — a technical mechanism that would block users from uploading copyright-protected content, effectively imposing a system of “prior censorship” on major internet…

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Police Seized My Clients’ Children Because They Homeschooled. Last Week a Court Ruled It Was OK

Police Seized My Clients’ Children Because They Homeschooled. Last Week a Court Ruled It Was OK By Robert Clarke The Wunderlich family wanted to do what thousands of families in America do with no questions asked: educate their children at home. But homeschooling is not allowed in Germany, and the state has relentlessly pursued the Wunderlichs and even seized their children. One morning in August 2013, 33 police officers and seven social workers showed up at their front door, threatening to open it with a battering ram. The parents cried…

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