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42e FD Column: Big Brother Awards verklaren vertrouwensbreuk burger en politiek

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Big Brother Awards verklaren vertrouwensbreuk burger en politiek

Begin deze week maakte Bits of Freedom de nominaties voor de jaarlijkse Big Brother Awards bekend. De digitale burgerrechtenbeweging reikt op 11 december de privacypoedelprijzen uit tijdens het jaarlijkse awardsgala. De nominaties bieden alvast een overzicht van de stand van privacy in Nederland.

Illustratie: Hein de Kort

 

De politiek blijft eigen beloften breken en legitieme privacybezwaren naast zich neerleggen. Instanties als de Belastingdienst en de Dient Uitvoering Onderwijs vallen weer terug in hun dataverslavingspatronen. Tegelijkertijd weten getroffen burgers ineens hun weg naar de rechter te vinden, die desgevraagd de wetgevende en uitvoerende macht corrigeert. Los van deze nieuwe positieve noot in onze digitale trias politica, bieden de Awards zo een verklaring voor de veelbesproken vertrouwensbreuk tussen burger en politiek.  Continue reading 42e FD Column: Big Brother Awards verklaren vertrouwensbreuk burger en politiek

Interview in De Correspondent: ‘Waarom het de goede kant opgaat met de privacy van de Europese burger’

On 25 January, the wonderful Dutch online magazine ‘De Correspondent’ published a long interview on my book ‘Securing Private Communications’. The interview digs in deep on several fundamental changes in the governance of the European Union with the (from  a constitutional perspective) recent adoption of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and wider mandate of the EU Court of Justice. Even if politics are turbulent these days, I believe the EU is becoming a more complete Union, that is (finally) constitutionally designed to protect the privacy and cybersecurity of EU citizens. A strong judiciary is badly needed in times of populism. Read the entire interview, alas only in Dutch, here.

Historic E.U. Net Neutrality Win Shows Maturing Digital Rights Advocacy

After a 5-year long campaign by European and U.S. digital rights NGOs, today the European Parliament turned a dubious Commission proposal on its head to safeguard the principle of net neutrality. It’s a historic win, and all over the news. It also shows how digital rights advocacy is maturing. Continue reading Historic E.U. Net Neutrality Win Shows Maturing Digital Rights Advocacy

Translation Dutch Net Freedom Laws 2011: Net Neutrality, No Commercial Wiretapping, No 3 Strikes

If there’s one thing U.S. researchers know about the state of the web in The Netherlands, it’s that those Lower Countries got their act together when net neutrality became law in 2012. Hell, even the New York Times ran a story, as it was the first net neutrality law in Europe, the second in the world after Chile. These days, net neutrality is the talk of the town both in the U.S. and the E.U., but it seems further away than ever: the U.S. Senate has scheduled a hearing about the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger, creating a telco giant with huge power of internet access provision. And at the E.U. level, the issue is up for vote in the Pariament – and it doesn’t look too good. The key provisions from the Dutch internet freedom legislative package may provide some inspiration in times of desperation. They cover net neutrality, a prohibition on commercial wiretapping (DPI), and one on three strikes copyright enforcement. Continue reading Translation Dutch Net Freedom Laws 2011: Net Neutrality, No Commercial Wiretapping, No 3 Strikes