(fwd) RespectMyNet: Name and Shame Operators' Attempts to Control the Net

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Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2011 19:06:28 +0200
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Subject: RespectMyNet: Name and Shame Operators' Attempts to
    Control the Net

La Quadrature du Net - For immediate release

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RespectMyNet: Name and Shame Operators' Attempts to Control the Net

*** Paris, September 22nd, 2011 ? Civil society groups today launched an
online platform to help citizens track Internet access restrictions
imposed by telecom companies. This platform, RespectMyNet.eu [1], will
present EU lawmakers with the evidence they keep denying: there is an
urgent need to legislate against Net Neutrality violations, which harm
fundamental freedoms as well as innovation and competition. ***

Net Neutrality, which refers to the principle of non-discrimination of
Internet communications, is at the core of the democratic, social and
economic benefits brought about by the Internet.

?The online freedom of every European citizen is now under attack by big
telecom operators who want to control what you do online. They want to
block or slow down websites and even charge extra for using cheap
internet telephony services. The Netherlands should soon prohibit these
unacceptable practices. But this is not enough: every European has a
right to an open internet.? declared Ot van Daalen of the Dutch digital
rights organisation Bits of Freedom [2].

?European lawmakers have turned a blind eye on the issue for more than
two years. EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes' report on the matter argued [3]
that there was no evidence of the need for Net Neutrality
regulation. Such a wait-and-see attitude is shocking considering the
reality of operators' traffic management practices, and their impact on
online freedoms, competition and the whole digital economy.? said
Jérémie Zimmermann, spokesperson for citizen advocacy group La
Quadrature du Net.

To back up their call for a EU-wide protection of Net Neutrality, civil
society groups released today RespectMyNet.eu.

"RespectMyNet.eu is an online platform enabling citizens to become the
watchmen of the Internet by reporting Net Neutrality
violations. Everyone is invited to report undue blocking or throttling
of their Internet access, and help name and shame operators who engage
in harmful practices." concluded Zimmermann.

* References *

1. http://respectmynet.eu/

2. https://www.bof.nl/home/english-bits-of-freedom/

3. http://www.laquadrature.net/en/net-neutrality-the-european-commission-gives-up-on-users-and-innovators

** About la Quadrature du Net **

La Quadrature du Net is an advocacy group that promotes the rights and
freedoms of citizens on the Internet. More specifically, it advocates
for the adaptation of French and European legislations to respect the
founding principles of the Internet, most notably the free circulation
of knowledge.

In addition to its advocacy work, the group also aims to foster a better
understanding of legislative processes among citizens. Through specific
and pertinent information and tools, La Quadrature du Net hopes to
encourage citizens' participation in the public debate on rights and
freedoms in the digital age.

La Quadrature du Net is supported by French, European and international
NGOs including the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Open Society
Institute and Privacy International.

List of supporting organisations:

** Press contact and press room **

Jérémie Zimmermann, jz at laquadrature.net, +33 (0)615 940 675


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