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Freedom of expression under threat!

The EU plans to filter the information shared by users.

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Article 13

During the Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the new Directive on copyright in the digital single market is expected to be adopted. It also includes the controversial Article 13, which states that all user-uploaded web sites will need to install automatic content tracking, recognition, and rubbing systems. This decision will endanger the fundamental rights and freedoms of both Bulgarians and all other citizens of the European Union.

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The filtering of content provided in Article 13 will be automatically managed by algorithms. Information filtering algorithms will become part of our lives. Here is what we expect if Article 13 is adopted:

 

  • Robots will decide what can and can not be shared by us. They have no sense of humor, irony, or nuance. They do not distinguish the legitimate use of foreign authorship from piracy - they will simply delete!
  • Robots do not understand when the content is used lawfully for purposes of quoting, analyzing, criticizing or educating purposes, under licenses or in remixes.
  • Robots will monitor our actions on the Internet and censor them.
  • Robots will limit our access to knowledge.
  • The robots will end the open internet without the censorship Europe knew so far.
  • Robots will return Bulgaria back years when censorship was part of our lives.

Show you disagree!

The only way is to exert civic pressure and to be heard. If you do not want to be tracked if you do not want your content censored by robots if you do not want Article 13 to be adopted - Sign the petition here:

SIGN NOW!

The debate and the future vote on Article 13 take place in the European institutions with little public attention. In the months ahead, when Bulgaria presides over the European Union, we can make the change and not allow the debate on freedom of speech, expression and the Internet to resolve without resistance in the corridors of the National Palace of Culture.

Your signature can be decisive in the fight for our personal space and freedom of expression.

What is wrong with Article 13?

  • A Start-up Killer!

    Automatic detection and friction systems are often expensive. This would raise a huge barrier for young entrepreneurs. Big internet companies already have monitoring systems, and each new platform should have their resources to ensure their existence.

  • It threatens our freedoms!

    The same technologies are used by a number of countries for censorship. Once in existence, there would be a risk of misuse of the infrastructure.

  • Offers unreliable technology!

    Systems do not recognize when protected content is legitimately used. Algorithms will filter what we want to express online, even if we have the right to share a foreign work, such as a verse, music or image, by law, free license or contract.

  • Contradicts with:

    • Fundamental rights and freedoms, such as freedom of expression and freedom of access to information, enshrined both in the EU Charter and in the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms;
    • The E-commerce Directive and the Directive on the harmonization of certain aspects of copyright and related rights in the information society (the Infosoc directive);
    • EU case-law interpreting European legislation on references for preliminary rulings.

They already signed!

Artists, non-governmental organizations, business representatives and Internet users signed the petition and showed their support in the fight against the adoption of Article 13.

Open Letter