5 sep. 2007

Internet censorship, Internet 2.0 & Trusted Computing

Save the Internet (about net neutrality) SavetheInternet.com

Internet censorship, Rupert Murdoch style:

Since Rupert Murdoch's $580 Million acquisition of MySpace in July 2005, it has come from total obscurity to now being the 8th most visited website in the world, receiving half as many page hits as Google...MySpace has been caught shutting down blogs critical of itself and other Murdoch owned companies. They even had the audacity to censor links to completely different websites when clicking through for MySpace. When 600 MySpace users complained, MySpace deleted the blog forum that the complaints were posted on. Taking their inspiration from Communist China, MySpace regularly uses blanket censorship to block out words like 'God'.Earlier this week Rupert Murdoch sounded the death knell for conventional forms of media in stating that the media elite were losing their monopoly to the rapid and free spread of new communication technologies. Murdoch stressed the need to regain control of these outlets in order to prevent the establishment media empire from crumbling. MySpace is Rupert Murdoch's trojan horse for destroying free speech on the Internet. It is a foundational keystone
of the first wave of the state's backlash to the damage that a free and open Internet has done to their organs of propaganda. By firstly making it cool, trendy and culturally elite for millions to flock to establishment controlledInternet backbones like MySpace, Murdoch is preparing the groundwork for the day when it will stop being voluntary and become mandatory to use government and corporate monopoly controlled Internet hubs. The second wave of destroying freedom of speech online will simply attempt to price people out of using the conventional Internet and force people over to internet 2, a state regulated hub where permission will need to be obtained directly from an FCC or government bureau to set up a website.
The Nation magazine reported, "Verizon, Comcast, Bell South and other communications giants are developing strategies that would track and store information on our every move in cyberspace in a vast data-collection and marketing system, the scope of which could rival the National Security Agency. According to white papers now being circulated in the cable, telephone and telecommunications industries, those with the deepest pockets--corporations, special-interest groups and major advertisers--would get preferred treatment.
Amateur 'video bloggers' under threat from EU broadcast rules:
THE Government is seeking to prevent an EU directive that could extend broadcasting regulations to the internet, hitting popular video-sharing websites such as YouTube. The European Commission proposal would require websites and mobile phone services that feature video images to conform to standards laid down in Brussels. Ministers fear that the directive would hit not only successful sites such as YouTube but also amateur “video bloggers” who post material on their own sites. Personal websites would have to be licensed as a “television-like service”.
Online Video fingerprinting due soon:
Google's YouTube hopes recognition technology will be in place in September to stop the posting of copyrighted videos on the popular website, a lawyer told a judge presiding over copyright lawsuits. The system will, according to Google, 'be as sophisticated as fingerprinting technology used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.'

US authorities can get access to EU citizens' data...
...on phone calls, sms' and emails, giving a recent EU data-retention law much wider-reaching consequences than first expected, reports Swedish daily Sydsvenskan.The EU data retention bill, passed in February after much controversy and with implementation tabled for late 2007, obliges telephone operators and internet service providers to store information on who called who and who emailed who for at least six months, aimed at fighting terrorism and organised crime.

Bye bye Internet freedom? Net Pioneer Wants New Internet:
One of the fathers of the Internet, David Clark, who served as chief protocol architect for the government's internet development initiative in the 1980s, has been given $200,000 by the National Science Foundation to covertly work on a "whole new infrastructure to replace today's global network," according to Wired Magazine. Clark has vowed to create a "brave new world" in designing the new Internet, characterizing what he wanted for the new network to be "a
coherent security architecture." http://www.wired.com/techbiz/it/news/2005/06/68004
Bloggers are terrorists, (Malaysian) government claims:
The Malaysian government says it has had a gutsful of boggers who insult them, the King, or Islam and it will treat them like terrorists if they are not careful. http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=41236
US plans to 'fight the net' revealed - US military's plans for 'information operations' - psychological operations ...:
The declassified document is called "Information Operations Roadmap". It was obtained by the National Security Archive at George Washington University using the Freedom of Information Act. When it describes plans for electronic warfare, or EW, the document takes on an extraordinary tone. It seems to see the internet as being equivalent to an enemy weapons system."Strategy should be based on the premise that the Department [of Defense] will 'fight the net' as it would an enemy weapons system," it reads.The slogan "fight the net" appears several times throughout the roadmap.
New Law Gives Government Six Months to Turn Internet and Phone Systems into Permanent Spying Architecture: http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2007/08/analysis-new-la.html

Trusted Computing

Een voorbeeld, Telenet doet aan "traffic shaping" voor torrents (kan ik over getuigen btw, ze doen het tijdens de piekuren, en het is officieel niet zo, "onbeperkt internet" rofl) Hoe lang nog voor ze de kraan volledig dichtdraaien?
Internet Service Providers Around The World That Throttles Bittorrent+P2P:

Wikipedia Scanner: See Who's Editing Wikipedia - Diebold, the CIA, a Campaign:
On November 17th, 2005, an anonymous Wikipedia user deleted 15 paragraphs from an article on e-voting machine-vendor Diebold, excising an entire section critical of the company's machines. While anonymous, such changes typically leave behind digital fingerprints offering hints about the contributor, such as the location of the computer used to make the edits.In this case, the changes came from an IP address reserved for the corporate offices of Diebold itself. And it is far from an isolated case. http://www.wired.com/politics/onlinerights/news/2007/08/wiki_tracker

Week in review: The taxman cometh back:
The era of tax-free e-mail, Internet shopping and broadband connections could end this fall, if recent proposals in the U.S. Congress prove successful. State and local governments this week resumed a push to lobby Congress for far-reaching changes on two different fronts: gaining the ability to impose sales taxes on Net shopping, and being able to levy new monthly taxes on DSL and other Internet-service connections. One senator is even predicting taxes on e-mail. http://news.com.com/2100-1083_3-6186567.html

Internet taxes? It's just a matter of time: http://news.com.com/Internet+taxes+Its+just+a+matter+of+time/2010-1071_3-5778677.html

EU moves to log Internet, phone communication: http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200509/s1465671.htm

Internet is 'the new Afghanistan' NY police commissioner:

Will security firms detect police spyware?
A recent federal court decision raises the question of whether antivirus companies may intentionally overlook spyware that is secretly placed on computers by police.

Is the Internet dead (Cnn October 27, 1998)
The Pay-As-We-Go Internet will have various metering and billing mechanisms allowing Internet users, or their advertisers or governments, to pay for the resources they consume. This will help coordinate growth of the Internet by using price to communicate between supply and demand, and it will create playing fields for fierce competition on price and new technologies. If the Internet is dead, long live the Internet. http://www.cnn.com/TECH/computing/9810/27/deadnet.idg/
FCC Issues Rule Allowing FBI to Dictate Wiretap-Friendly Design for Internet Services CALEA:
Back door access via CALEA is unfettered access; period. Agencies get Log in,Password,VPN connection.There is no checks and balances to access. Type a few commands and you're in and logging.The laws are have been expanded to ISP's. Land lines and cell phones are subject to monitoring via CALEA and the extension to ISP. & FCC Requires Certain Broadband and VoIP Providers to Accommodate Wiretaps.
Main website for the government regulated Internet for the "New World":

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