This week has been dominated by European resolution changes, legal disputes and changes to the online principles we all hold dear. But as always, we reach the end of the week and realise that there was so much more to cover, to take heed of, and to understand about our partners in London, the UK and wider Europe. Europe ‘on track’ to adopt net neutrality rules The European Parliament this week saw a majority vote in favour of adopting a resolution on net neutrality. This forms as a further bid to enable every bit, byte and packet that travels within the European web to be treated fairly and equally, and not favour one kind of traffic over another A hot topic and controversial point for many Internet regulators and providers, ISPs on the whole object to net neutrality rules because it forces the adoption of traffic management technologies, which they would have to fund on the most part themselves. UK could be affected by U.S. SOPA anti-piracy law The controversial Stop Online Piracy Act currently being considered in the U.S. could block websites belonging to UK and European companies. Major organisations, from Facebook to Mozilla, Microsoft and Google all stand firm against the law, which could court-order ISPs and search companies into taking offensive action against sites that allege to infringe copyright. In terms of jurisdiction, many UK and European companies run from the .com or .org domain names, which would be affected by SOPA, even outside the United States…. [Read full story]
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