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EU to outlaw online throttling and site-blocking under net neutrality plan
A big win for European internet users landed in June when a new proposal by the European Commission announced that internet providers operating in the 28 member state bloc would no longer be allowed to block, throttle, or degrade access to services that rival their own. Granted, it doesn't mean that pirate websites and other illegal sites are safe, but it is paves the way for "net neutrality" in the region.
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U.S. mass surveillance leaks lifts lid on global spying efforts
In June, U.S. former government contractor Edward Snowden blew the lid on one of the world's biggest secrets in living history: the U.S. government was engaged in a massive global dragnet surveillance operation. It was a massive punch in the face for the White House, which had spent decades keeping the spying programs under wraps. Snowden was charged with espionage, but ultimately fled to Russia under the former-Communist country's protection, and out of the U.S.' reach. The saga continues.
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New Zealand bans software patents in bid to drive innovation
There is (one imagines) nothing worse for inventors than creating something that may change the world, only to discover someone else holds the patent. New Zealand's government made waves when it dropped the ability to patent software, but went even further by banning software patents completely. The new Patents Bill effectively outlawed software patents, making the Pacific island one of the frontrunners in efforts to reform patents worldwide.
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