In France, a dispute grows over the bill 'Creation and Internet', which aims to control the downloading of cultural works on the net. The bill is under consideration in the National Assembly, and provoking a protest from net users.
The main grievance: disproportionate penalties for offences committed, such as suspension of an internet connection. The user group 'Quadrature du Net' has called for a "blackout" on the net.
A parody site was also created. “I like internautes.com” makes reference to the site “I love the artists” that is supported by the government. It offers questions and answers and also videos, with a list of associations or members of parliament who reject the bill.
Another notable initiative on the net came from the consumer protection association UFC “Que Choisir”. The site " ça va couper " shows a crazy policeman who delivers a reprisal step by step, punishing net users who download.
Appeals for witnesses to identify those responsible for these murders multiplied over recent days on the net. In this interview, a policeman explains that people have to help the authorities find the culprits.
This American blogger is delighted at the unanimous condemnation by the Irish political parties, stating it is an obnoxious act. He also says that, as these attacks are by dissident factions of the IRA, peace should not be threatened.
The environmental lobby group Alliance for Climate Protection, created by former American vice-president Al Gore, is backing the creation of an internet .eco domain that would be reserved for sites supporting protection of the planet. Revenue gained from registrations will go towards research on climate change.
Sharing your medical information with friends or your doctor is now possible for users of Google Health, a service launched in May 2008 by the American company. Another novelty is the printing of a card that lists basic information such as allergies or blood group.