[bestbits] Spain/Catalunya Developments. Scary
gus at publicknowledge.org
Wed Sep 20 14:22:48 EDT 2017
I'm writing a blogpost from PK's side.
Looking forward seeing/hearing more voices :)
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On Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 2:21 PM, Renata Avila <
renata.avila at webfoundation.org> wrote:
> Totally and it is not isolated from increasingly restrictive - repressive
> laws and practices the Spanish government has approved and practiced the
> last 5 years. And it sets a precedent of what is acceptable if people from
> the international community remain silent.
> Yes, politics are complicated. Everywhere.
> But the defence of human rights is non partisan and a collective
> I am curious to read ICANN response and diff positions from our
> organisations and spaces.
> Renata Avila
> *Senior Digital Rights Advisor*
> renata.avila at webfoundation.org
> *1110 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 500, Washington DC 20005, USA
> *| **www.webfoundation.org* <http://www.webfoundation.org/>* | Twitter:
> On Wed, Sep 20, 2017 at 8:12 PM, Gus Rossi <gus at publicknowledge.org>
>> Hi everyone,
>> *Context: *Catalunya is holding an independence referendum next month.
>> The Spanish Constitution does not recognize any kind of questioning of the
>> territorial integrity of Spain. But the Catalan parliament approved having
>> a referendum anyway. Today, Spanish police carried out morning raids at
>> regional government offices in Barcelona, arresting several Catalan
>> officials involved in preparations for the referendum. In addition,
>> websites have been shutdown or blocked, and .CAT domain technical staff
>> have been detained. Also, the magazines of an important independentist
>> association (Omnium Cultural) have been denied delivery by the Spanish
>> postal service.
>> Regardless of what you might think of the Catalan political process,
>> independentist movements in Europe, or else, there are some things I wanted
>> to bring to your attention.
>> *The Internet:* Right now, this conflict has definitively spilled over
>> Internet Freedom of Expression, human rights, and the right to an open
>> .CAT domain has been intervened by the Spanish Police (Guardia Civil:
>> https://twitter.com/puntcat/status/910446518494269440) All web pages
>> under that domain that have information about the referendum have been
>> The technical staff of .CAT has been detained by the police (including
>> one ISOC-CAT member).
>> This was the webpage calling for the catalan referendum:
>> http://ref1oct.cat/. nic.EU is now hosting the webpage, but there are
>> reports that Spanish authorities have ordered ISPs to block the DNSs:
>> There are large DDoS attacks on some websites (apparently Cloudflare is
>> under attack, as per some reports), and there is traffic manipulation by
>> the ISPs (DNS blocking on certain domains).
>> In addition, there has been confiscation of personal goods of the Catalan
>> politicians, police searches in newspapers and printing plants, some email.
>> This is Western Europe in 2017 that we are talking about. We should be
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>> *Gus Rossi*
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