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The European Parliament is set to vote on legislation that would require websites that host user-generated content to take down material reported as terrorist content within one hour. We have some…
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The European Parliament is set to vote on legislation that would require websites that host user-generated content to take down material reported as terrorist content within one hour. We have some examples of current notices sent to the Internet Archive that we think illustrate very well why this requirement would be harmful to the free sharing of information and freedom of speech that the European Union pledges to safeguard.
In the past week, the Internet Archive has received a series of email notices from Europol’s European Union Internet Referral Unit (EU IRU) falsely identifying hundreds of URLs on archive.org as “terrorist propaganda”. At least one of these mistaken URLs was also identified as terrorist content in a separate take down notice from the French government’s L’Office Central de Lutte contre la Criminalité liée aux Technologies de l’Information et de la Communication (OCLCTIC).
The Internet Archive has a few staff members that process takedown notices from law enforcement who operate in the Pacific time zone. Most of the falsely identified URLs mentioned here (including the report from the French government) were sent to us in the middle of the night – between midnight and 3am Pacific – and all of the reports were sent outside of the business hours of the Internet Archive.
The one-hour requirement essentially means that we would need to take reported URLs down automatically and do our best to review them after the fact.
It would be bad enough if the mistaken URLs in these examples were for a set of relatively obscure items on our site, but the EU IRU’s lists include some of the most visited pages on archive.org and materials that obviously have high scholarly and research value. See a summary below with specific examples.
EU IRU’s mistaken notices:
At least 550 archive.org URLs were falsely identified by the EU IRU in the past week as terrorist propaganda, including:
Again, these examples are only a few of the some 550 falsely identified URLs. The erroneous reports continue to be sent to us by the EU IRU (the most recent example was sent a day prior to this post).
French Government’s (OCLCTIC) mistaken notice:
The OCLCTIC emailed us a take down notice a few days ago (April 8^th) identifying an item making commentary on the Quran as including “provocation of acts of terrorism or apology for such acts”:
The report stated that blocking procedures may be implemented against us if we did not remove the content in 24 hours. This URL was also on one of the lists that the EU IRU reported to us.
Thus, we are left to ask – how can the proposed legislation realistically be said to honor freedom of speech if these are the types of reports that are currently coming from EU law enforcement and designated governmental reporting entities? It is not possible for us to process these reports using human review within a very limited timeframe like one hour. Are we to simply take what’s reported as “terrorism” at face value and risk the automatic removal of things like THE primary collection page for all books on archive.org?
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Jeff Bezos Protests the Invasion of His Privacy, as Amazon Builds a Sprawling Surveillance State for Everyone Else
by #GlennGreenwald, #TheIntercept
THE NATIONAL ENQUIRER HAS engaged in #behavior so lowly and #unscrupulous that it created a seemingly impossible #storyline: the #world’s #richest #billionaire and a notorious #labor #abuser, #Amazon CEO #JeffBezos, as a #sympathetic #victim.
On Thursday, #Bezos published #emails in which the #Enquirer’s parent company explicitly #threatened to #publish intimate photographs of Bezos and his #mistress, which were apparently exchanged between the two through their #iPhones, unless Bezos agreed to a series of #demands involving #silence about the company’s conduct.
In a perfect world, none of the sexually #salacious material the #Enquirer was threatening to release would be #incriminating or #embarrassing to Bezos: it involves consensual sex between adults that is the business of nobody other than those involved and their spouses. But that’s not the #world in which we live: few news events generate moralizing interest like #sex #scandals, especially among the #media.
The prospect of #naked #selfies of #Bezos would obviously generate intense media #coverage and all sorts of adolescent #giggling and #sanctimonious judgments. The Enquirer’s reports of Bezos’ #adulterous #affair seemed to have already played at least a significant role, if not the primary one, in the recent announcement of Bezos’ #divorce from his #wife of 25 years.
Beyond the prurient interest in sex scandals, this case entails #genuinely #newsworthy questions because of its #political context. #TheNationalEnquirer was so actively devoted to #DonaldTrump’s election that the chairman of its parent company admitted to helping make hush payments to kill stories of #Trump’s #affairs, and received #immunity for his #cooperation in the criminal case of #Trump #lawyer #MichaelCohen, while Bezos, as the owner of the steadfastly #anti-Trump #WashingtonPost, is viewed by Trump as a political enemy.
All of this raises serious questions, which thus far are limited to pure #speculation, about how the #NationalEnquirer obtained the intimate photos exchanged between Bezos and his mistress. Despite a lack of #evidence, #MSNBC is already doing what it exists to do – implying with no evidence that Trump is to blame (in this case, by abusing the powers of the #NSA or #FBI to spy on Bezos). But, under the circumstances, those are legitimate questions to be probing (though responsible news agencies would wait for evidence before airing #innuendo of that sort).
If the #surveillance powers of the #NSA, #FBI or other agencies were used to obtain #incriminating #information about Bezos due to their view of him as a political enemy – and, again, there is no evidence this has happened – it certainly would not be the first time. Those agencies have a long and #shameful #history of doing exactly that, which is why the #Democratic #adoration for those #agencies, and the recent bipartisan further empowerment of them, was so #disturbing.
Indeed, one of the stories we were able to report using the #Snowden documents, one that received less attention that it should have, is an active #NSA program to collect the #online sex-activities, including #browsing #records of #porn site and #sex chats, of people regarded by the #US #Government as radical or radicalizing in order to use their online sex habits to #destroy their #reputations. This is what and who the #NSA, #CIA and #FBI are and…