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ACTA - (ever) more questions

Update II: Recordings now on youtube!
Live broadcast finished less than 3 minutes after it started.
Update:There was no live broadcast, no real exchange of views and no real answers to questions. I'd say the meeting was a total failure.

ACTA and CARIFORUM

The EU is about to export verbatim copies of IPRED1 articles to a group of countries called the CARIFORUM States (Belize, Jamaica, Haiti, Suriname etc). At the same time, Sweden's largest telecommunication services company TeliaSonera says* the Data Retention Directive overrides IPRED1 since it provides privacy protection for private persons visavis copyright holders.

Does ACTA export IPRED1 (and more...)?

It is now clear that it is not only the EU-Korea deal which is as directive-like and law-like you can get. The same goes for the currently negotiated so called CETA agreement with Canada. It's a directive lookalike. Chunks of EU directive articles are simply copied.

Acta is not a trade agreement

Here is an agreement regulating trade in bananas. It contains tariffs, quotas, tonnage. Now let's look at the EU-Korea "trade agreement". I does not look like a trade agreement. It looks more like a (harmonising) EU-directive. No, it looks exactly like a directive.

Freud is free

Today Sigmund Freud enters the public domain. Communia and the campaign site Public Domain Day is celebrating. I was struck by the expression "Without any need for prior authorization" on the celebration website, and came to think of a similar phrase from a Internet celebration speech by ISOC's Lynn St.

The ACTA gold standard

Etherpad negotiations

A tv-documentary from the Kyoto negotiations yesterday and waking up today thinking about the parliament's way of working in the light of the existence of etherpad, I thought of proposing another way of producing/negotiating documents like resolutions and treaties. 1) all delegations submit their own version 2) all delegations vote on all versions and winner is nominated 3) all delegations gets 50 words and 200 characters to improve the winning text on a public etherpad Wouldn't that be fantastic?
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Patents in Copenhagen

Dagens Nyheter reports that Swedish solar cell researchers seem to be caught between a rock and a hard place. On one hand they have the know how to produce cheap electricity in countries without developed electricity grid infrastructure. On the other they have an expectation from the funders, among others the Swedish Energy Agency and Vinnova Foundation, that their research lead to business development. "Swedish tax money must benefit Sweden", they say, and "patents are important".
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Security is a tool in the pursuit of freedom

Just a short note on the result of the vote on the Stockholm Program Resolution. We started off negotiations with two quotes from the Challenge Report (links below) about two weeks ago:
"The EU is rooted in the principle of freedom. Security is only a tool in support of freedom which must be applied through the rule of law and subject to human rights obligations." Mid term report (page 15)
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How to organise a queue

ersStandard solution to queuing problems in St Josse, Brussels
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@erikjosefsson

RT @glynmoody: New MEPs urge building links to #opensource communities - https://t.co/3Zq3oxGlcW hopeful sign, let's hope it happens... — 6 dagar 8 tim ago
RT @dfri_se: Öppet brev till Christian Berg, VD Netclean https://t.co/DHoiCq7bvU2 veckor 6 dagar ago
EU #PPPA research applications tabled for #ResetTheNet with #Debian #Parltrack and #Crowdculture http://t.co/XgyFgRXwWb1 month 2 veckor ago
Power To The Parliament! :-) http://t.co/YK806cnOta http://t.co/c59Ce7h8351 month 4 veckor ago
Outstanding hungarian #dataviz of how MEP votes http://t.co/WJbylQoNjo @svt @sverigesradio #EP20141 month 4 veckor ago