- Am I overreacting to a Facebook message from a dating app match? 8 Years Ago
- Buttigieg, Klobuchar come together to laugh at Bloomberg Wednesday 10:29 PM
- Bernie Sanders calls Bloomberg’s wealth ‘grotesque’ to his face Wednesday 9:53 PM
- Angry Bloomberg asks debate moderators if he’s ‘chicken liver’ Wednesday 9:29 PM
- Elizabeth Warren savages everyone else’s healthcare plan Wednesday 9:07 PM
- K-Pop stans help push ‘Pooping for Kaitlin’ hashtag mocking Kent State gun girl Wednesday 8:54 PM
- Fans speculate after learning Pop Smoke posted address prior to fatal home invasion Wednesday 8:11 PM
- Jar of human tongues found in Florida has people shook Wednesday 6:39 PM
- Video of Blueface teaching Obama lookalike to dance is turning heads Wednesday 5:58 PM
- ‘No one has the range’ for this meme Wednesday 5:21 PM
- Mom confronts man who followed daughter through grocery store in viral video Wednesday 5:05 PM
- Major study linking vaping to heart attacks gets retracted Wednesday 4:36 PM
- George Zimmerman is suing Pete Buttigieg, Elizabeth Warren Wednesday 2:55 PM
- Netflix’s ‘Horse Girl’ accused of ripping off 2017 indie film Wednesday 2:52 PM
- The Genyus Network is a safe social space for stroke survivors Wednesday 2:20 PM
European protesters plot massive march against ACTA
Internet activists in 58 European cities will stand in solidarity against the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement on June 9.
Internet activists in 58 European cities are preparing for what will likely be the largest physical protest for cyber rights in history.
On June 9, a march will be held in oppostition to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), a massive, multinational agreement that regulates intellectual property, among other things. That regulation extends to online piracy, and ACTA’s critics say the agreement would give involved government bodies draconian powers to search for and punish possible offenders.
A number of countries, including the U.S., Canada, Japan, and Australia, have already signed ACTA. Europe’s participation is an all-or-nothing deal. The entire European Union will either sign or reject it. David Martin, the EU’s dedicated advisor on ACTA, recommended in April that the EU reject the agreement, but there’s no telling yet if voting countries will heed his advice.
The protest is being tracked by stoppacta-protest.info, a website with a Google map detailing each of the planned events in the 13 countries. André Wolski, a member of the German Pirate Party, helps run the website.
“There is not *one* organisator,” Wolski wrote told the Daily Dot. “The local organisation of each demo is mostly done by local groups of rights activists, Anonymous, parties, youth organisations, and students’ unions.”
That means, Wolski said, that there’s no telling just how many people will turn up in total. An anti-ACTA protest in Poland drew an estimated 15,000 people in January.
Most participating cities have dedicated Facebook events. No city has more than a thousand people signed up—Bremen, Germany is the closest with 757,—and commitments in several cities, such as Odense, Denmark, are in the single digits.
To be fair, though, who RSVPs to a protest via Facebook, especially when it’s more than a week away?
Even though the June 9 date is firm, the EU’s vote on ACTA is not. According to various reports, the agreement is expected to go before a final vote sometime in July.
Photo via YouTube
A former senior politics reporter for the Daily Dot, Kevin Collier focuses on privacy, cybersecurity, and issues of importance to the open internet. Since leaving the Daily Dot in March 2016, he has served as a reporter for Vocativ and a cybersecurity correspondent for BuzzFeed.