Posts tagged freenet
Posts tagged freenet
The F-35 is the most expensive weapons system ever built - and it can’t fly at night, or when it rains, much less fight enemies. Yet as the federal government grapples with big spending cuts that are hurting seniors, children and working Americans, this 1.5 trillion dollar boondoggle remains untouched.
In her address to the UN General Assembly this week, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff called for global respect for net neutrality and human rights online. She announced plans for Brazil to propose an international framework governing internet use and communications using five guiding principles: free speech, transparent multilateral governance, universality and non-discrimination, cultural diversity without imposing values, and network neutrality.
She has also issued an order for the Brazilian Congress to vote on groundbreaking legislation known as the Marco Civil within the next month. The bill is unprecedented — a people’s framework for the internet developed through more than a year of consultations with Brazilians from around the country. It represents one of the most progressive frameworks for internet policy ever drafted, securing the right to open and high-speed access, stricter privacy standards to fight surveillance, network neutrality, guarantees for freedom of expression online, and much more.
This is a watershed moment for digital rights legislation. But the Marco Civil’s net neutrality provisions are under attack by an extremely powerful telco industry that wants to protect its business models that rely on data discrimination, threaten freedom of expression, and limit open access. Telcos are negotiating with politicians to eliminate key net neutrality provisions in exchange for their support of the bill.
Not only are the Marco Civil’s net neutrality protections crucial to upholding its framework of digital rights protections, but they are also an opportunity for Brazil to set an important international precedent. Only a handful of countries have enacted legislation upholding net neutrality, and Brazil’s leadership in this area could prove to be crucial.
There are also proposed amendments to the bill that would require large internet companies to mirror and store their Brazilian users’ data within the country. While it’s certainly time to take big steps to establish strong protections for users’ data, data mirroring is an ineffective, dangerous, and controversial way of doing so. Both Brazilians and the global internet would be better served if the Marco Civil is left untainted by hasty new provisions.
If just one man, Howard Snowden can bring the NSA, a multibillion dollar enterprise to its knees in humiliation, dishonesty, illegality and unconstitutional behavior….well, the “enterprise” wasn’t justified to begin with. Obama and his cohorts are shallow corporate yes men with the souls of toads and the wisdom of a Koch brother.
The highly-encrypted email service reportedly used by National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden has gone offline, and its administrator claims the company is legally barred from explaining why.
The homepage of Lavabit.com was changed Thursday to a letter from the company’s owner announcing that the site’s operations have ceased following a six-week long ordeal that is prompting the company to take legal action in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Now in the midst of an escalating fight from the federal government aimed at cracking down on encrypted communications, one of the last free and secure services has thrown in the towel under mysterious circumstances.
“I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations,” owner and operator Ladar Levison of Dallas, Texas wrote in the statement. “I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot.”
“I feel you deserve to know what’s going on—the First Amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise,” wrote Levison. “As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.”
Patriotism: Impeach Obama
First of all, dismissing info-activism as ‘just sharing pictures’ is so early 2000s. I’m only a little bit kidding. Because in all seriousness, in the age of digital information, spreading awareness by sharing images & information actually is important. And as much as older generations (who must not be paying attention to rapidly changing cultural shifts in how information is digested or who simply don’t understand the opportunities that creates) like to foolishly repeat the dismissive notion that anything done on the internet isn’t really doing anything ‘real’, that simply isn’t the case. Virtual space is where many of the meaningful social dialogues in our society are now happening. Whether that’s a good or a bad thing, if you care about the future of society, you have an obligation to participate in and affect that space.
That’s why these campaigns work so hard to get people to take quality photographs & to edit photos and maintain pages for the campaigns. The images are taken, made & posted so that we (the world/internet) will share them. It affects turn out to direct actions, it magnifies the impact, etc. Awareness is the whole point of these actions, so instead of the action only being seen by three people driving by that day (plus the workers at the construction site,) thousands will get to see what a few have done in these actions. It affects national consciousness and conversations around the world. It’s important. And every day as more people turn to the internet over TV, and turn to the internet for news over print media, it becomes more important, more relevant, more essential. Virtual spaces are not going away. They are increasingly relevant and increasingly helpful for sharing visual information, and that will continue to be the case for the foreseeable future. Affecting the consciousness, being vigilant in making sure that the left is more involved than others, is important for shaping our society and the possibilities of our society going forward.
Direct action is extremely important, for obvious reasons. If you specifically want to get involved with direct actions regarding the keystone XL pipeline, the states that have the pipeline are probably your only option. If you have a free weekend and the capacity to travel, they relatively often have campaign events calling for participants to arrive for a series of coordinated actions over a weekend. Gracie & I were recently able to go to a blockade in East Texas; we were there for three days. See the above map for ideas of where you might be able to travel to get involved with some pipeline resistance. If there isn’t a campaign related to your nearest pipeline, you can organize with others to build one. You really can. No, really. You can. You can use this blog for help finding like minds if you decide to go in that direction.
But there are many other direct action campaigns in Portland, Oregon that you can get involved with. Here a few starting resources for finding environmental organizations in your area that you could potentially get involved with:
Aaron Swartz was an internet leader and free-speech advocate. He helped organize the worldwide movement to keep the internet free from censorship and corporate control. After Aaron downloaded a large number of scholarly articles from the JSTOR website without JSTOR’s permission, he was indicted for violating JSTOR’s terms of service. Facing long years in prison, Aaron committed suicide last month, at the age of 26. At a recent memorial service for Aaron in Washington, DC, Congressman Alan Grayson was invited to speak.
"And when no hope was left in sight,
On that starry, starry night,
You took your life, as lovers often do.
But I could have told you, Vincent,
This world was never meant for one
As beautiful as you.”
Aaron Swartz Worked Very Hard to Make Life Better for All of Us
- “We want a bill that people are comfortable with, that people fully understand what it does, not what they think it does, and then move it.”
This is what I actually hear -
“We want a bill that people are comfortable with, that people fully understand what we want them to understand, not what they know, and then move it.”
- Asked about the many negatives about CISPA, he replied: “Our job is to educate.”
This is what I actually hear -
- “our job is to obfuscate.”
CISPA is the contentious bill civil liberties advocates fought last year, which would provide a poorly-defined “cybersecurity” exception to existing privacy law. CISPA offers broad immunities to companies who choose to share data with government agencies (including the private communications of users) in the name of cybersecurity. It also creates avenues for companies to share data with any federal agencies, including military intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency (NSA).
EFF is adamantly opposed to CISPA. Will you join us in calling on Congress to stop this and any other privacy-invasive cybersecurity legislation?
As others have noted, “CISPA is deeply flawed. Under a broad cybersecurity umbrella, it permits companies to share user communications directly with the super secret NSA and permits the NSA to use that information for non-cybersecurity reasons. This risks turning the cybersecurity program into a back door intelligence surveillance program run by a military entity with little transparency or public accountability.”
Last year, CISPA passed the House with a few handful of amendments that tried to fix some of its vague language. But the amendments didn’t address many of the significant civil liberties concerns. Those remaining problems were reintroduced in today’s version of CISPA. Here’s a brief overview of the issues:
First, CISPA would still give businesses1 the power to use “cybersecurity systems” to obtain any “cybersecurity threat information” (CTI)—which could include personal communications—about a percieved threat to their networks or systems. The only limitation is that the company must act for a “cybersecurity purpose,” which is vaguely defined to include such things as “safeguarding” networks.
At the same time, CISPA would also create a broad immunity from legal liability for monitoring, acquiring, or sharing CTI, so long as the entity acted “in good faith.” Our concern from day one has been that these combined power and immunity provisions would override existing privacy laws like the Wiretap Act and the Stored Communications Act.
Worse, the law provides immunity “for decisions made based on” CTI. A rogue or misguided company could easily make bad “decisions” that would do a lot more harm than good, and should not be immunized.
Information provided to the federal government under CISPA would be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and other state laws that could otherwise require disclosure (unless some law other than CISPA already requires its provision to the government).
CISPA’s authors argue that the bill contains limitations on how the federal government can use and disclose information by permitting lawsuits against the government. But if a company sends information about a user that is not cyberthreat information, the government agency does not notify the user, only the company.
These are just a couple of reasons of why CISPA is a dangerous bill and why President Obama threatened to veto the bill last year. CISPA essentially equates greater cybersecurity with greater surveillance and information sharing. But many of our cybersecurity problems arise from software vulnerabilities and human failings, issues CISPA fails to address. For instance, the recent series of hacks suffered by New York Times were suspected to be from spearphishing and victims downloading malicious software masked as email attachments—the types of issues that CISPA doesn’t deal with.
We were heartened to hear that President Obama’s new Executive Order on cybersecurity will encourage government agencies to more readily share cybersecurity information with companies, and may even reduce unnecessary secrecy around cybersecurity information. Let’s use the momentum from the Executive Order to turn a new leaf in the cybersecurity debate, beginning a broader public dialogue about cybersecurity that doesn’t assume that surveillance is the right solution.
SOPA, PIPA, ACTA, TPP and ITU. And also, like Facebook and Google, they claim they are friends of the mouse (internet user), but sometimes we see them dating the cats (repressive government). So my conclusion is very simple. We Chinese fight for our freedom, you just watch your bad cats. Don’t let them hook [up] with the Chinese cats. Only in this way, in the future, we will achieve the dreams of the mouse: that we can tweet anytime, anywhere, without fear.
ITU: Where Countries Determine the Fate of the Internet Without Transparency in Favor of Surveillance, Advertising, Big Business, Privacy Violation and not by Popular Referendum But By Individuals Appointed by Those Elected with Dark Money
There’s a meeting between the world’s governments in a just a few weeks, and it could very well decide the future of the internet through a binding international treaty. It’s called the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT), and it’s being organized by a government-controlled UN agency called the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).
If some proposals at WCIT are approved, decisions about the internet would be made by a top-down, old-school government-centric agency behind closed doors. Some proposals allow for access to be cut off more easily, threaten privacy, legitimize monitoring and blocking online traffic. Others seek to impose new fees for accessing content, not to mention slowing down connection speeds. If the delicate balance of the internet is upset, it could have grave consequences for businesses and human rights.
Canada-EU Trade Agreement Replicates ACTA’s Notorious Copyright Provisions
The shadow of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is back in Europe. It is disguised as CETA, the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union. As reported by EDRI, a rather strange and surprising e-mail was sent this summer from the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union to the Member States and the European Commission. The e-mail explained that the criminal sanctions provisions of the draft CETA are modeled on those in ACTA.
A comparison of the leaked draft Canada-EU agreement shows the treaty includes a number of the same controversial provisions, specifically concerning criminal enforcement, private enforcement by Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and harsh damages. These provisions are particularly problematic, and were the key reasons why the European Parliament rejected ACTA. However, given the lack of transparency associated with the CETA discussions (both Canada and EU insist that the draft text remain secret), the concerns that CETA may replicate ACTA appear to be very real despite denials from some members of the European Commission.
CETA is a trade agreement designed to strengthen economic ties between Canada and the EU through “free” trade and increased investment. However, hidden within this treaty are provisions that were essentially lifted from ACTA word-for-word. And just like its close cousins, ACTA, KORUS, and TPP—and other trade agreements that are applauded by the entertainment industry for carrying expansive intellectual property provisions—CETA is being negotiated in secret.
once the Cybersecurity Act passes the Senate, it will have to be merged with CISPA during conference committee negotiations. There is a real danger that in order to placate extremists in the House, the conference committee will strip out all of the provisions in the Cybersecurity Act which have strengthened privacy protections.
Click Here to Send an email to your senators, telling them to vote “no” on the Cybersecurity Act. The vote is the week of July 30.
The measures included in the proposed Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, CISPA would essentially legalize military surveillance of U.S. citizens. “When they want to dramatically expand their ability to do these things in a so-called legal manner, it’s important to note what they’re trying to do is to legalize what they have already been doing.”
Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.
The House of Representatives is preparing to vote on legislation that would give the government, including military spy agencies like the National Security Agency, unprecedented powers to snoop through people’s personal information — medical records, private emails, financial information — all without a warrant, proper oversight or limits.
Death To CISPA, PIPA, SOPA and ACTA.
1) Americans are not the sharpest tools in the shed. We American’s spend the mostest money on education and we Americans are the dumbest no-minds walking. Americans fall for the condemnation of our government on the grounds specifically, that our government is too big.
American’s continued ignorance and American’s embrace of noncritical thought and no study gives life to the pervading myth that all America’s problems are explained by, “government is too big”, “government is inherently bad” or “it is government’s fault”. This ingrained long standing stagnant national mental illness, beats us down and holds us hostage to the will of the monied interests, giving the monied interests our life. Shackled by a lack of mental insight, no confidence and little understanding we Americans languish under a tremendous weight such a gullible idiocy festers. It is simply not true that government is cursed. We the people are free to think, but we must also be absolutely free to converse, share ideas, and no authority no mandate is greater than our freedom to communicate. We are too many to be stopped from using the Freenet as a bastion of free, open and uncensored communication for the people; all other considerations concerning the Internet should stand in the shadow of the people’s need to communicate. The people’s need to be part of America is the soul, the essence the heart and the reason within the US Constitution, “For the people, by the people and to the people”. The Constitutional message could be no clearer: America is for the people and belongs to the people and thus it certainly follows that if America is the people’s then the people without question and with the encouragement and sanction of our leaders must participate in America’s direction. These Internet crushing bills are promoted by traitors from both parties and yes that includes our incumbent traitor Barrack Obama.
The chant of the living dead is that, Government is bad. It is as if we are immature children in a gang picking on a lone child we never see and who never speaks. American state of mind is a degenerate mob mentality, encouraged of course by corporations. And corporations benefit greatly from American’s confusion and misplaced rage; corporations inherit the people’s power when a people condemn their government while not participating in their government.
2) Corporations will have no regard for the people, but a democracy is designed for just that purpose but only if the people participate. Actually, to corporations, people must serve the stock holders insatiable drive for profit or become enemies of the corporate state. Possibly, excessive corporate control of the media, our banks and our legislators and us is the reason our American government is ineffectual and dying. We the people have abandoned our duty to balance out those monied interests who would pervert our country by any means and to any extent possible.
3) Every 4 to 8 years we get a newbie as president. It takes the new Pres some time to find the reigns and if they do, at all, then they must soon step down. The corporations do not have a coup d’état every 4 or 8 years. There is no similar disruption to corporate power. Corporate influence on our government is escalating, persistent and seamless and profoundly harmful. And dare I say, anyone who would suggest that “corporations are people” is a loser born with a silver spoon in their mouth and gifted only with the ability to suck the “right” one.
Who must counteract this disruptive transition of power in our government that occurs every 4 to 8 years? We the people must take up the slack. And unequivocally, we don’t participate in our democracy. We whine, we blame, we hate.
We the people, like George Bush, are not that bright to begin with. We Americans are thwarted again by corporations, by the corporate owned Dumbing Down American Media (DuhDAM). England, for example, has racism like America does and England’s racial problems are all over the BBC, but very little of America’s racism problem is seen on ABC, CBS and NBC, the US mainstream corporate media. Racism is a problem in America and we Americans intentionally ignore it. By any measure, American media and American’s adherence to our media is a corruption of the human spirit to learn. In Iran, Iranians say their media will not criticize their government, the only news for Iranians is on the Internet. Likewise, the only news for American’s is on the Internet. The Internet is the reason Obama was elected. The Internet is the reason the Republican right wing is on the skids. The Internet is the only way the people can participate in their country.
4) Our legislators and Obama want to destroy the Internet. So lets be clear, when you hear someone blame the government for the destruction of the Internet, you are listening to a lie. Obama and legislators who are corporate owned or indifferent to the will of the people and we the people who are indifferent will kill the Internet. People are responsible for the death or survival of the Internet. There is no “big government”. There is an erosion of of government effectiveness by corporations owning public officials due to indifferent Americans and this disconnect and ignorance is multiplied greatly by the people’s information system being owned by those same harmful lying corporations that want to own our minds, our communication and our Freenet.
5) The corporate and legislative push behind SOPA, PIPA, ACTA and CISPA is not founded upon illegal downloading of movies and music. The number one reason for these Internet destroying bills is to cripple the Internet and squash government transparency; the number two reason is that China is hacking into government and corporate web sites. Obama and Congress could effortlessly deal with China’s misbehavior by means other than destroying the Freenet. However, Obama and our Legislatewhores want to squash government transparency. Most of our politicians are corrupt failures, fearing government transparency, aware that their life in office would die like a Vampire in sunlight under the humiliating Wikispotlight.
6) We the people have a window of opportunity to become a part of America’s direction. No one in government, including Obama will help keep the people “in the game”. The powers that be must be convinced that America is ours. We must keep up the fight.
It truly is about the 1% ruling with greed and arrogance. Saving the Freenet is the only way the people of the United States can win. We must stay in the game.
The DEA acknowledged that it was investigating a Montana state lawmaker for potentially conspiring to violate federal anti-marijuana laws. The lawmaker, Rep. Diane Sands – a Democrat from Missoula, Montana – served as the chairwoman of a 2011 interim legislative committee that sought to enact statewide regulations governing the production and distribution of medical pot, which has been legal in the state since 2004. “Can you say McCarthy?” she told The Missoulian newspaper. “This sounds like stuff from the House Un-American Activities Committee and Joe McCarthy. So once you talk about medical marijuana in reasonable terms, you’re on some sort of list of possible conspirators. … It’s ridiculous, of course, but it’s also threatening to think that the federal government is willing to use its influence and try to chill discussion about this subject.”
Worse, it looks as if Obama is setting up big pharma to take control of marijuana, resulting in pot not only staying illegal, but staying illegal with its “heroin classification” intact just so an obamacorporation can profit from Americans use of this truly recreational drug.
ACTA, SOPA, PIPA and CISPA are all Internet destroying bills or treaties that will violate privacy rights of Americans, destroy the openness of the Internet, destroy the free exchange of the internet, reduce the virtual real time discussion of information on the Internet and destroy the interactivity, the give and take of the Internet (as opposed to, “sit and listen to a corporate employee tell you what to think…one way monologue”).
Most importantly, what will be protected by destroying the Internet is a lack of government transparency. And a lack of government transparency is what Obama is all about: remember Obama’s hunt for whistleblowers? A destruction of government transparency by Obama and his associate legislatewhores is veiled thinly by their slight of hand argument for protection against online theft. Theft, greed and alakazam, corporations design the Internet, the same corporations that created peer to peer software, the same corporations that made billions from peer to peer software, the same corporations that wiped their asses on the Internet creating peer to peer software facilitating all the illegal downloading.
Obama would have the Internet be a lackey to corporate greed and the Internet be thereby castrated in its ability to effect government transparency. Obama, like most of our elected officials operates within a culture of incompetence: remember Wikileaks? No one died because of Wikileaks but a great number of public officials were embarrassed due to the Wikispotlight on their incompetence. Wikileaks is the essence of the Internet. Wikileaks is the greatest creation of the Internet and this our pitifully incompetent public servants fear rather than embrace as it could herald a rebirth of citizen participation and a rebirth of America’s health and vigor. Obama and our legislatewhores are cowards.
Yes, Obama and legislatewhores like him are definitely shallow, cowardly, small minded, greedy, corporate sycophants but mostly our politicians simply suck at what they do. If ACTA, SOPA, PIPA and CISPA are enacted, you the people, my fellow Americans are back to watching corporate state TV and maybe one of the laughing hyenas you put in office will throw you a biscuit.
The Freenet is the only way to bring more people back into participating in their country. That these useless talking heads, like Obama, would destroy the constitutional powers at the core of the Internet is clearly an indication of what these abject traitors, like Obama think of Americans, the essence of The US Constitution and all those Americans that sacrificed greatly, down through the years. It is not what politicians say; it is what politicians do and a politician supporting anything like ACTA, SOPA, PIPA or CISPA believes that Americans are little more than cattle.
In Many Ways, Obama, Like George Bush, Is Just One More Sick Bastard in Public Office.