Day two: the militarisation of cyberspace Internet attacks on sovereign targets are no longer a fear for the future, but a daily threat. We ask: will the next big war be fought online?
Day three: the new walled gardens For many, the internet is now essentially Facebook. Others find much of their online experience is mediated by Apple or Amazon. Why are the walls going up around the web garden, and does it matter?
Day four: IP wars Intellectual property, from copyrights to patents, have been an internet battlefield from the start. We look at what Sopa, Pipa and Acta really mean, and explain how this battle is not over. Plus, Clay Shirky will be discussing the issues in a live Q&A
Day five: ‘civilising’ the web In the UK, the ancient law of defamation is increasingly looking obsolete in the Twitter era. Meanwhile, in France, President Sarkozy believes the state can tame the web
Day six: the open resistance Meet the activists and entrepreneurs who are working to keep the internet open
Day seven: the end of privacy Hundreds of websites know vast amounts about their users’ behaviour, personal lives and connections with each other. Find out who knows what about you, and what they use the information for
One reason for the heightened attention being paid to Acta is the recent derailing of the Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) and the Protect IP Act (Pipa) in the US. These bills were, in many ways, more dangerous than Acta – Sopa wanted to alter the DNS, the core of the internet – but the spirit is the same. After winning a round against the US bills, citizens and activists are raring to take on a new challenge.
David Meyer writes for Comment is Free on Acta (the anti-counterfeiting trade agreement)
Wikipedia, one of the world’s most popular websites, has confirmed it will “go dark” on Wednesday when the site pulls the plug in a 24-hour protest against highly-contentious US online piracy legislation.