Optimists view the internet as a free space beyond the control of national laws or governments. Pessimists point out that those same governments are developing their surveillance techniques for monitoring online activity – and the lawyers are fighting back.
It’s a lively and ongoing debate. Here are some recent articles related to this theme:
The chilling effect of ACTA (Politicususa via Lucia Scurei)
In Europe, ACTA protests hit the streets – and Twitter (Mashable via Mel Janka)
Bulgaria Retracts Support for Global Anti-Piracy Agreement ACTA (Bloomberg via Kalin Karov)
Tides are changing for web surfers (John Naughton in The Observer)
You can’t read this book: censorship in the age of freedom (book review, The Observer)
Consent of the networked: the worldwide struggle for internet freedom (book review, The Observer)