Posts tagged ‘Internet’

August 8, 2012

White House Considers Executive Order, Leaves Internet Takeover A Possibility

 
Barack Obama speech 9 SC  White House considers executive order, leaves Internet takeover a possibility

The White House has left open the possibility of enacting its Internet agenda via executive order after the failed effort to bring the Democrat-supported cybersecurity bill to a full vote in the Senate last week.  More…

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June 12, 2012

Wyden, Issa call for Internet bill of rights

 Speaking at a technology conference in New York on Monday, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) called for a “digital bill of rights” to protect Internet users from intrusive legislation.  More…
June 12, 2012

US ignites cyber warfare through Stuxnet

From BrasscheckTV.com

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June 6, 2012

Whiteout Press Closes due to lack of Funding

June 1, 2012. Chicago.
Whiteout Press is closed until further notice due to injustice, extreme poverty and little or no help. Your publisher is a homeless single parent with no family or friends to ask for even the slightest bit of help. After more than one amazing and exciting year, I have no choice but to close the doors, hopefully temporarily. This truly breaks my heart, as defending the defenseless and giving a voice to the voiceless is something that is drastically needed, and I love doing …More…
May 29, 2012

Another Attack on Internet Freedom

Opinion: Big Brother looms over House GOP’s ‘Orwellian’ cybersecurity bill

By Juan Williams – 05/29/12 05:00 AM ET

Imagine a country where every e-mail, every electronic banking transfer, every blogger’s political rant can be handed to the FBI and National Security Agency. There is no need for a warrant from a judge. There is no legal protection for personal privacy. It is simply up to your Internet service provider to decide what is suspicious and send it to the government.

Imagine that the Congress approves of this radical challenge to civil liberty by saying the new law is the best way to prevent terrorists from creating chaos in the financial system, plotting violence and hacking into big companies in a conspiracy to destroy the nation with a “Digital Pearl Harbor.”

 Well, there is no need for a modern-day George Orwell to imagine the scary story in which Big Brother, an authoritarian government, colludes with multinational corporations to trample civil liberty.  More…
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May 24, 2012

HANDS OFF THE INTERNET!

 

House to hold hearing on international control of the Internet

By Brendan Sasso – 05/23/12 06:24 PM ET

The House Energy and Commerce’s subcommittee on Communications and Technology scheduled a hearing for next Thursday to examine international proposals to regulate the Internet.

A witness list was not immediately available.

Some countries are pushing to give the United Nations’ International Telecommunication Union more control over the governance of the Internet. U.S. officials, including Larry Strickling of the Commerce Department and Robert McDowell of the Federal Communications Commission, have warned the proposal would undermine freedom on the Internet.  MORE…

May 11, 2012

ALERT: FBI wants flat-out totalitarian spying on the internet

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May 7, 2012

Dems Attempt to Control Internet AGAIN

Senate Dems modifying cybersecurity bill to pick up GOP votes

By Brendan Sasso – 05/06/12 06:05 AM ET

Senate Democrats are quietly revamping cybersecurity legislation in an attempt to pick up Republican votes.

The move is an acknowledgement that they currently lack the 60 votes needed to bring their preferred bill to the floor. 

 

“Undoubtedly we’ll make some changes,” a Senate Democratic aide told The Hill. But he said getting the legislation through the Senate “is not as hard of a lift as some people have made it out to be.”

The aide predicted that the entire Senate Democratic caucus will vote for the bill.

The House passed its own measure, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), last month despite a veto threat from the White House.  More…

April 18, 2012

Another Internet Attack

Second MEP Calls ACTA Internet Treaty A Threat To Liberties

“Cannot guarantee adequate protection for citizens’ rights”

Steve WatsonPrisonplanet.comApril 18, 2012

Second MEP Calls ACTA Internet Treaty A Threat To Liberties government stickers acta protest.n

A member of the European parliamnent who was appointed to oversee a controversial global internet treaty has called for the legislation to be scrapped, just weeks after his predecessor quit the post in disgust.

MEP David Martin denounced the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), saying that “The intended benefits of this international agreement are far outweighed by the potential threats to civil liberties.”  More…

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March 11, 2012

Why is there this sudden interest to know all about us?

ACLU warns of expanded spying powers in new GOP cybersecurity legislation

By Brendan Sasso – 03/11/12 05:00 AM ET

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is warning that a cybersecurity bill from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and other Republicans would give spy agencies unprecedented powers to snoop through people’s personal information.

McCain’s bill, the Secure IT Act, would encourage companies to share information about cyber threats with government agencies, including the National Security Agency (NSA) and U.S. Cyber Command. 

“The bill would allow the NSA to collect the Internet records of civilians who are not suspected of doing anything wrong,” Michelle Richardson, legislative counsel for the ACLU, told The Hill.  More…  

February 22, 2012

The U.N. Threat to Internet Freedom

Top-down, international regulation is antithetical to the Net, which has flourished under its current governance model.

By ROBERT M. MCDOWELL

On Feb. 27, a diplomatic process will begin in Geneva that could result in a new treaty giving the United Nations unprecedented powers over the Internet. Dozens of countries, including Russia and China, are pushing hard to reach this goal by year’s end. As Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said last June, his goal and that of his allies is to establish “international control over the Internet” through the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), a treaty-based organization under U.N. auspices.

If successful, these new regulatory proposals would upend the Internet’s flourishing regime, which has been in place since 1988. That year, delegates from 114 countries gathered in Australia to agree to a treaty that set the stage for dramatic liberalization of international telecommunications. This insulated the Internet from economic and technical regulation and quickly became the greatest deregulatory success story of all time.

Since the Net’s inception, engineers, academics, user groups and others have convened in bottom-up nongovernmental organizations to keep it operating and thriving through what is known as a “multi-stakeholder” governance model. This consensus-driven private-sector approach has been the key to the Net’s phenomenal success.

In 1995, shortly after it was privatized, only 16 million people used the Internet world-wide. By 2011, more than two billion were online—and that number is growing by as much as half a million every day. This explosive growth is the direct result of governments generally keeping their hands off the Internet sphere.  More…

February 6, 2012

The Internet – The Great Equalizer in Politics

By Juan Williams – 02/06/12 05:00 AM ET
The political realities of Capitol Hill got tossed head-over-heels in the last few weeks. And a successful model for the future use of Internet-based “People Power” in Congress has emerged.The story begins with the average American feeling pretty disconnected from his or her government.

Everyone knows that armies of well-paid lobbyists influence legislation to benefit wealthy clients. That is business as usual on the Hill. The average member of Congress must raise more than $5,000 per week to get reelected. Most of that money comes from PAC fundraisers and Beltway insiders — not from their constituents.  More…

January 29, 2012

New Google data policy raising MAJOR privacy concerns

January 28, 2012

European Parliament Official In Charge Of ACTA Quits, And Denounces The ‘Masquerade’ Behind ACTA

January 28, 2012

This is interesting. Kader Arif, the “rapporteur” for ACTA, has quit that role in disgust over the process behind getting the EU to sign onto ACTA. A rapporteur is a person “appointed by a deliberative body to investigate an issue.” However, it appears his investigation of ACTA didn’t make him very pleased:

I want to denounce in the strongest possible manner the entire process that led to the signature of this agreement: no inclusion of civil society organisations, a lack of transparency from the start of the negotiations, repeated postponing of the signature of the text without an explanation being ever given, exclusion of the EU Parliament’s demands that were expressed on several occasions in our assembly.

As rapporteur of this text, I have faced never-before-seen manoeuvres from the right wing of this Parliament to impose a rushed calendar before public opinion could be alerted, thus depriving the Parliament of its right to expression and of the tools at its disposal to convey citizens’ legitimate demands.”

Everyone knows the ACTA agreement is problematic, whether it is its impact on civil liberties, the way it makes Internet access providers liable, its consequences on generic drugs manufacturing, or how little protection it gives to our geographical indications.

This agreement might have major consequences on citizens’ lives, and still, everything is being done to prevent the European Parliament from having its say in this matter. That is why today, as I release this report for which I was in charge, I want to send a strong signal and alert the public opinion about this unacceptable situation. I will not take part in this masquerade.

Pretty rare to find such direct honesty in political circles. That’s quite a direct and clear condemnation of the entire process. In terms of process, it will be interesting to see if this has an impact. While the EU did sign on to ACTA today, it still needs to be ratified by the European Parliament (more on that in a little while). Having Arif quit makes a pretty big statement, and hopefully makes it easier for Parliament Members to speak out loudly against ACTA… Still, this is an uphill battle. The supporters of ACTA have been working to get ACTA approved for years. To them, this is basically a done deal.

January 28, 2012

No, no, no, no, no!

Obama Tries to Bypass Congress with Deadly Global Internet Treaty ACTA

   
Written by Raven Clabough   
Friday, 27 January 2012 16:00
 
Before the American people were protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect Intellectual Property Act, the president managed to sign an international treaty which would permit foreign companies to demand that ISPs (Internet Service Providers) remove web content in the United States without any legal oversight. Entitled the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), the treaty was signed by Obama on October 1, 2011, but it is currently a subject of discussion because the White House is circulating a petition demanding that senators ratify the treaty.

What’s worse is that the White House has done some maneuvering — characterizing the treaty as an “executive agreement” — thereby bypassing approval by members of Congress. Concerned by this action of the administration, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore., above left) sent a letter to President Obama in which he declared:  More…

January 27, 2012

Obama Signs Global Internet Treaty Worse Than SOPA

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White House bypasses Senate to ink agreement that could allow Chinese companies to demand ISPs remove web content in US with no legal oversight

Paul Joseph Watson/Infowars.com/Thursday, January 26, 2012

Months before the debate about Internet censorship raged as SOPA and PIPA dominated the concerns of web users, President Obama signed an international treaty that would allow companies in China or any other country in the world to demand ISPs remove web content in the US with no legal oversight whatsoever.


The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement was signed by Obama on October 1 2011, yet is currently the subject of a White House petition demanding Senators be forced to ratify the treaty. The White House has circumvented the necessity to have the treaty confirmed by lawmakers by presenting it an as “executive agreement,” although legal scholars have highlighted the dubious nature of this characterization.

The hacktivist group Anonymous attacked and took offline the Federal Trade Commission’s website yesterday in protest against the treaty, which was also the subject of demonstrations across major cities in Poland, a country set to sign the agreement today.  More…

January 22, 2012

Net Wars: Not in a galaxy far far away.

January 20, 2012

Government does what it wants without SOPA

CYBER WAR: Feds SHUT DOWN file-sharing website; No trial, no due process…

January 20, 2012/Source: Guardian

The US government has closed down one of the world’s largest filesharing websites, accusing its founders of racketeering, money laundering and presiding over “massive” online piracy.

According to prosecutors, Megaupload illegally cheated copyright holders out of $500m in revenue as part of a criminal enterprise spanning five years.

A lawyer for Megaupload told the Guardian it would “vigorously” defend itself against the charges, dismissing the criminal action as “a civil case in disguise”.

News of the indictment – being framed as one of the biggest copyright cases in US history – came a day after major internet firms held a 24-hour protest over proposed anti-piracy laws.

According to a Department of Justice release, seven people associated with Megaupload were indicted by a federal grand jury earlier this month over the charges.  Read More…

 

January 19, 2012

Lawmakers rush to drop piracy bills as websites go dark

 

By Gautham Nagesh – 01/18/12 08:50 PM ET

Support for two controversial online-piracy bills began to crumble Wednesday in the face of protests from thousands of websites, including tech titans Google and Wikipedia.

The unprecedented online demonstration against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA) — epitomized by a black censorship bar plastered over the Google logo — spurred a rush for the exits on Capitol Hill as lawmakers rapidly withdrew their support for the legislation.

Senate Republicans reacted quickly to the Web blackout, which exposed hundreds of millions of Internet users to the piracy bills for the first time.  More…

January 18, 2012

Lawmakers begin to retreat from piracy bills in face of Web blackout

By Brendan Sasso

In an unprecedented display of political muscle, thousands of websites went dark on Wednesday to protest two Internet piracy bills, the House’s Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Senate’s Protect IP Act.

The backlash seems to be slowing the momentum for both piracy bills on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a rising star in the Republican Party, on Wednesday dropped his support for the Senate version of the piracy bill and said lawmakers should take the time to craft new legislation that addresses the concerns “raised by all sides.”

Read the story here.

January 18, 2012

Rubio: On second thought, SOPA/PIPA’s a bad idea

1/18/2012 10:00:43 AM  Ed Morrissey
The SOPA/PIPA Internet blackout has delivered a message to at least one elected official in Washington, DC.  Tea Party favorite Senator Marco Rubio announced a few minutes ago on his Facebook page that he has abandoned his support for the Senate PIPA
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January 17, 2012

Why Is U.S. Media NOT Covering Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) In Congress?

January 16, 2012

Bad News re SOPA

Reid pushes online piracy bill despite White House concerns

By Brendan Sasso – 01/15/12 02:22 PM ET
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) vowed to move forward with a controversial online piracy bill on Sunday, despite the White House expressing concern with the measure.