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Submission + - French Prime Minister instructions on the usage of Free Software ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: In September, 2012 was published a circular, signed by the French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, which presents "Orientations and Recommendations relative to the Use of Free Software in French Administration". This document is the result of an interdepartmental work carried out by the DISIC ("Direction interministérielle des systèmes d'information et de communication", Interdepartmental Direction Directorate of information systems and communication).

Back then, April, French advocacy association devoted to promoting and protecting Free Software, published a press release "Ayrault Circular: progress for the use of Free Software in the French administration, pending the legislative part".

April has published an English translation of the document : "French Prime Minister instructions on the usage of Free Software in the French administration"

Comment Re:The EU (Score 1) 115

USA, Japan, Australia, Canada, North Korea, New Zealand and Singapore already signed ACTA.

Mexico and Switzerland didn't want to sign the text. EU couldn't sign the text because this case never happend (who will sign the text in the name of the 27 member States?).

That's why we need to ACT as soon as possible.

Comment Re:No (Score 1) 115

Goverments are service businesses.

If I don't like the service of one business I put my money somewhere else.

Do you mean go in another country?

So, in this case, in a country that didn't signed ACTA?

And where would that be?

that is just my way to adapt to parliamential dictatures.. if you don't like it go protest somehwhere in Europe

Ok, so you don't like "parliamential dictatures", I supposed you also don't like plain dictatures. So let's take all the countries, and remove all the dictatures and countries that signed ACTA.

What's left?

Comment Re:The EU (Score 1) 115

We though I might change with Cameron. Well, it didn't.

Speak for yourself, but while I hoped it would change with Blair, but I have no delusions about Cameron.

Just to be clear, I'm not a UK citizen. So by "we" I didn't mean "we, fully informed UK citizen", but more "we, foreigners that don't know anything", were glad Blair was out, and hopped it will be better with the next one. But I had no clue how bad (or even who) Cameron was.

Comment Re:What... (Score 5, Informative) 115

That video generates more questions in my brain than it answers.

What questions?

"ACTA is bad, nnkay?" it says, which is not enough.

It's enought for the video. Nobody would watch a 30 minutes boring video quoting obfuscated texts refering to more obfuscated texts already signed by countries dozens of years before that.

The point of this video is to try to get the interest of a lot of people. The one who didn't heard of ACTA before. Once these people are interested, they can seek informations by themselves. The link provided in the video, that's a good start. Or see the wikipedia page, seek on the search engine, or seek on their favorite online newspaper.

The extremely one-side view on ACTA the video provides sickens me.

Well, what do you suggest? A more positive approach? Like "Think of the future, nobody will be able to share knowledge, wouldn't that be great?".
What if everything is bad in ACTA?

It doesn't even tell me who "The Negotiators" are.

That's the point. "The Negotiators" are not known. ACTA has been negotiated in secret during the past few years. Withoout the control of the democratically elected parliaments or other institutions. Now the treaty is finalized and signed by some Countries. The other Countries now have a gun pressed against their head "sign it or you're out".

I can't say "No" to ACTA based on this video alone.

Of course you can't.
But maybe you can say no to ACTA based on this video + my comment + few other comments on this news, + on + + + + + your own sources of information.

And if someday you want to say no, here is how: :)

Comment Re:The EU (Score 4, Informative) 115

Is the real threat to my freedom! British independence! Now!

I hope you're joking. :)

Cause ACTA is not EU specific. In fact, EU might be one of the last chances to stop ACTA.

USA, Japan, Australia, Canada, North Korea, New Zealand and Singapore already signed ACTA.

Mexico and Switzerland didn't want to sign the text. EU couldn't sign the text because this case never happend (who will sign the text in the name of the 27 member States?)

On the other hand, UK has been one of the worst State in the EU on this topic (filesharing, making isp become private police, etc.). Blair was a crazy puppy found of Bush. We though I might change with Cameron. Well, it didn't.

Comment Re:My representative should know about this (Score 3, Interesting) 115

You missed the irony cause you probably don't know who Christian Engström is.

That said, if your MEP is Christian Engström, maybe you could bother another one?

That's what I did for the telecoms package. I called a dozen of MEP. Of course, they are less receptive when you tell them you don't vote for them. But
1/you don't have to tell them (they tend to forget that they are paid to serve general interest and not just to make sure they will be reelected)
2/when they speak with lobbies, they are less peaky about where they're from and
3/freedom deserves me trying that (it's just a bunch of phone calls, no harm done, and it's really efficient).

For more informations:
To act, see
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Submission + - Videos on ACTA (

sTeF writes: Laquadrature du Net releases 3 videos on ACTA: Every citizen can help defeat ACTA by spreading this video across the Internet, urging their fellow citizens to mobilize, and contacting their elected representatives. ACTA is a threat to Internet users' fundamental freedoms and to EU Internet companies' competitiveness and free competition. The European Parliament will soon decide whether to give its consent to ACTA, or to reject it once and for all.

Submission + - La Quadrature releases three videos on ACTA (

theocrite writes: "On the occasion of the Free Culture Forum in Barcelona, La Quadrature du Net releases three films to inform citizens and urge them to take action against ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement.

Learn more:

The videos are currently on thepiratebay's homepage and have already been seen 200'000 times in 24h."

Submission + - ACTA: A Global Threat to Freedoms (Open Letter) (

jeremie_z_ writes: A worldwide coalition of Non-Governmental Organizations, consumers unions and online service providers associations publish an open letter to the European institutions regarding the global Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) currently under negotiation. They call on the European Parliament and the EU negotiators to oppose any provision into the multilateral agreement that would undermine the fundamental rights and freedoms of citizens in Europe and across the world. Proposed provisions could globally impose not only "three strikes" schemes, but also Internet service providers liability that would result in Internet filtering, and dispositions undermining interoperability and usability of digitial music and films. The letter is open for signature by other organizations, spread and sign it!
The Internet

Submission + - France : HADOPI "3 strikes" law chrushed (

theocrite writes: The highest jurisdiction in France, the Constitutionnal Council, gave it's decision concerning HADOPI (the "3 strikes and you're out" law). Verdict presumption of innocence is constitutional and HADOPI cannot bypass the judicial authority.

Moreover, Internet is said to be a fundamental right.

Long story short, the new authority created still can warn users, can no more disconnect citizen from Internet. HADOPI is dead today.

The Internet

Submission + - The "three strikes and out" rejected in Fr (

Histrion writes: "After all, the very controversial law HADOPI was rejected by the French Conseil Constitutionnel which states that The Internet is a fundamental right (linked to the speech right of the 1789 Declaration des droits de l'Homme et du Citoyen), and that the three strikes and out strategy is not compatible with France's law system."

Submission + - French three-strikes law rejected (

Rou7_beh writes: The French "Conseil Constitutionnel", whose job is to cancel anti-constitutional laws, has rejected the recently voted "Three strikes" law. In its conclusions, the council has declared that only judicial authorities can deprive citizens of their right to express themselves freely. Hooray!

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