Sunday 12 February 2012

Follow ACTA networks with news and links

On Twitter #ACTA reflects - in almost real time - news and opinion about the anti-counterfeiting (and much more) trade agreement. Even if some of the exhortations and slogans are over the top, there are reality based news items and knowledge based critical analyses among the tweets.

The ACTA Action Center of Access offers a variety of information, such as a petition to sign, arguments against the treaty and videos from the demonstrations. You can follow @accessnow on Twitter.

Naturally, you have to be as critical when you read claims from campaigners, as when you encounter arguments put forward by the EU Commission and the governments of the member states of the European Union. and @StopActaNow offer you both campaign material and links to critical studies about the anti-piracy treaty. The latest tweets linked to the anti-ACTA action day demonstrations.

Stopp ACTA!

Stopp ACTA! offers information about the action day demonstrations 11 February 2012 and @Stopp_ACTA tweets in both German and English, including a link to photos and videos from the events.

La Quadrature, EDRi, 10comm and EFF

For those who want to look deeper at the issues, there are a few networks or organisations with detailed analyses and arguments on offer. You find their web pages, with more information, through their Twitter accounts.

Both in English and in French: @laquadrature. In English: @EDRi_org and @10comm as well as the American @EFF.

Avaaz petition - 2.2 million signatures!

The Avaaz petition for the European Parliament (and the national parliaments) to reject ACTA keeps rolling. It has passed the two million mark and a few moments ago 2,200,370 citizens had already signed the global appeal.

Political anti-ACTA parties

The Greens in the European Parliament have worked tirelessly for Internet and digital rights and copyright themes.

The Green group includes two Swedish Pirate Party MEPs. After the birth in Sweden, the Pirate Party movement has spread to most of the developed countries, with the Pirate Parties International (PPI) (website) as the umbrella organisation.

The oldest sister in the family, @piratpartiet tweets in Swedish. The web page Piratpartiet live aggregates blog entries from activists and on the web in both Swedish and English.

As we saw earlier, the Party of European Socialists (PES) and the second largest EP political group, the Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D), practically sent ACTA to the scrapheap of history with regard to the European Union and its member states.

We can follow @PES_PSE and @TheProgressives on Twitter for further developments. It remains to be seen if the national social democratic, socialist and labour parties, as well as their youth organisations, join the the European level political group and party in derailing ACTA.

After the massive protests, there is cause for the remaining political ACTA proponents to think how profoundly the want to stay out of touch with netizens in general and the young generations in particular.

Ralf Grahn
speaker on EU digital policy and law

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