US bills introduced to wiretap the net, and arbitrarily shutdown alleged infringers
We get upset when governments outside of North America insist on being able to monitor internet based communications. But we shouldn't get too smug about it, as the same thing happens in North America. See these posts that talk about a new attempt to legislate backdoor internet access in the US, why its a problem, and links to other commentary. CircleID Techdirt The three strikes concept just won't go away either. Basically it allows or requires sites or internet access to be shut down based on unproven allegations they are used for infringement. A new proposed US bill would do that. See the CircleID link above for their take on that.
Mike Masnick of Techdirt puts that bill in perspective by saying that the same logic used by the proponents of the bill would have in the past banned Hollywood itself, the recording industry, radio, the DVR, and other ubiquitous things.
UPDATE: Also see the EFF take on the backdoor bill.