Europe Got Web Obsessed!
Article11, Article13, upload filters
The article by “The Verge” includes valid concerns expressed by Tim Berners-Lee and Jimmy Wales in the open letter of 70 founders of The Internet, I mentioned in my post on the 20th June when Article 13 passed.
It’s annoying that what’s being presented to protect users might be in reality “easily gamed by trolls”!
If you haven’t yet, do send a message to your representative in the EU Parliament!
Another expert opinion “The Verge” point out is that of Joe McNamee, executive director of digital rights association EDRi and that part of his words counts most “The Jury is not The Parliament”!
Here are the items from the article I wish to emphasize:
Both Article 11 and Article 13 were approved by the JURI committee this morning but won’t become official legislation until passed by the entire European Parliament in a plenary vote. There’s no definite timetable for when such a vote might take place, but it would likely happen sometime between December of this year and the first half of 2019.
If the legislation is passed in its current form, it would have a devastating effect. Article 13, for example, would require the creation of an automatic filter for all online content uploaded in the EU, checking it against a database of copyright licenses. The system would be costly to create, impossible to keep up-to-date, and easily gamed by copyright trolls. And, as experts including Tim Berners-Lee and Jimmy Wales have warned, it would turn the internet into a “tool for the automated surveillance and control of its users.”
The EU is recently being obsessed by the digital economy, policy, skills etc. While those are important without any doubt, they are not the panacea for all our problems. How does the EU think they will vote to make the digital activity compulsory then? After all, there’s a “delete” button and a physical world or is this the Jury are aiming for the social media platforms?
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