Gilles Vandenoostende

Hi, I'm Gilles Vandenoostende - designer, illustrator and digital busybody with a love of language, based in Ghent, Belgium.

Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

» EFF: ACTA Signed by 8 of 11 Countries – Now What?

While we’ve been collectively staring ourselves blind at SOPA, something even more insidious – ACTA – has for all intents and purposes already been passed. Only the EU, Mexico and Switzerland have yet to sign, but that is only a matter of time.

Now with a name like that, it’s easy to think it’s a well meaning and innocuous bit of legislation. Don’t let that fool you:

And unlike the Americans, who still have something remotely resembling a direct democracy, and can do something concrete like write their congressman, we in the EU have no such options, as the European government is not democratically elected and thus cannot be held accountable.

We’re already living in 1984. Our only hope is that the politicians responsible for selling us out did so out of incompetence rather than malice.

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