Vienna Review: Pandora’s Inbox

It was painfully cold on Saturday, 11 Feb. when several thousand people took to the streets of Vienna to protest the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that had mobilised tens of thousands across Europe.

Speaking at the rally in Vienna, Martin Ehrenhauser blamed politicians’ ignorance for the vague treaty text. “The Internet, mp3, html, server, route – are all foreign words for conventional politics,” he said. Hence, politicians had allowed the entertainment and publishing industries to negotiate an agreement that protected its interests without engaging with civil society, Ehrenhauser said.

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