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Internet Censorship set to become U.S. Law

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ygtbk
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Michael Geist has a short summary of SOPA provisions here:

http://www.thestar.com/business/article/1085475--geist-internet-belongs-...


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Michael Geist's excellent article, cited above, is a must read for anyone who thinks this US law is confned to the US. It gives final control over Canadian websites:

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Second, it defines “domestic Internet protocol addresses” — the numeric strings that constitute the actual address of a website or Internet connection — as “an Internet Protocol address for which the corresponding Internet Protocol allocation entity is located within a judicial district of the United States.”

Yet IP addresses are allocated by regional organizations, not national ones. The allocation entity located in the U.S. is called ARIN, the Americas Registry for Internet Numbers. Its territory includes the U.S., Canada, and 20 Caribbean nations. This bill treats all IP addresses in this region as domestic for U.S. law purposes.

To put this is context, every Canadian Internet provider relies on ARIN for its block of IP addresses. In fact, ARIN even allocates the block of IP addresses used by federal and provincial governments. The U.S. bill would treat them all as domestic for U.S. law purposes....



It was clear many years ago that increased copyright restrictions on the internet would be one of the several feet in the back door that would be used to enforce global censorship by the US.

This is a prime example of corporate interests joining forces with the Government's desire for censorship  in undermining the last medium not to be totally under control by the corporate mega-media/Government in its propaganda alliance.

A good resource for SOPA stories is here:

http://www.techdirt.com/blog/?tag=sopa


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Google at least tries to be true to their "don't be evil" motto (not so sure about Facebook):

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-11-15/google-friends-facebook-to-figh...


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This ██ ████ the Internet will ████ like if SOPA passes


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Quote:
The bills [SOPA and PIPA] would empower the attorney general to create a blacklist of sites to be blocked by Internet service providers, search engines, payment providers and advertising networks, all without a court hearing or a trial. The House version goes further, allowing private companies to sue service providers for even briefly and unknowingly hosting content that infringes on copyright - a sharp change from current law, which protects the service providers from civil liability if they remove the problematic content immediately upon notification. The intention is not the same as China's Great Firewall, a nationwide system of Web censorship, but the practical effect could be similar.

New York Times


Bec.De.Corbin
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Internet porn will never be the same...Frown


Fidel
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M. Spector wrote:

 

This ██ ████ the Internet will ████ like if SOPA passes

Almost looks like the beginning of a declassified CIA or US Mil.-Government document released after decades of FOI requests ignored,  except that the above has far fewer words blacked out by general appearance.

The Glasnost is half full.


radiorahim
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It's worth watching this video of Cory Doctorow's keynote address to the Chaos Computer Congress held in Germany a few weeks ago.

The coming war on general computation


6079_Smith_W
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Speaking of Doctorow, there are a number of sites, including boinboing.net, which he is associated with, that are going black on the 18th as a protest against SOPA.

 

 


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Very good news, if it turns into a veto:

 

http://boingboing.net/2012/01/14/white-house-rejects-sopa-and-p.html

 

And surprising too, because Obama had some strong proponents of heavyhanded internet policing in his circle.

 

 


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6079_Smith_W
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I would still like to see everything shut down tomorrow, just as a little demonstration.


M. Spector
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Will Rabble shut down as well?


ygtbk
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SOPA is dead-for-the-time-being, but the Senate version continues to shamble on:

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/12/01/16/1457237/house-kills-sopa

So continued protest is probably in order.


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M. Spector wrote:

 

This ██ ████ the Internet will ████ like if SOPA passes

How do you do that (blackout)?

 


M. Spector
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I dunno. I copied the line off a website, pasted it into the Infernal Comment Box, prayed to the FSM (pbuh) as I usually do, and that's how it came out.


Unionist
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█ ████████ ██ ███ ███████ █ ████████!!!!!!!!!█!!!

 


Fidel
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Hey try this. Press and hold down ALT key and type the number 219, and then let go of ALT. Copy and paste that █ one repeatedly until your keyboard buffer has a line full of those bad boys.

Hint: decimal 219 (Hexadecimal db) is extended ASCII code for

 


Unionist
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You forgot to mention that you have to type 219 on the keypad, not the QWERTY way. Thanks, Fidel.

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Fidel
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Oops! Ya I just get a bell sound when I use alt + 2nd row keybd keys. 

Here's another coded control character which in ancient times was used to send an audible bell sound to teleprinters and teletypes alerting operators to incoming messages: ^G

If you open a command window and type: echo ^G 

and then press the enter key, it might cause your puter to output something.  ^G is entered by pressing the CTRL key and the letter G at the same time. 


contrarianna
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Wikipedia (english) goes black for a day
from the referred page:

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Isn't SOPA dead? Wasn't the bill shelved, and didn't the White House declare that it won't sign anything that resembles the current bill?

    No, neither SOPA nor PIPA is dead. On January 17th, SOPA's sponsor said the bill will be discussed in early February. There are signs PIPA may be debated on the Senate floor next week. Moreover, SOPA and PIPA are just indicators of a much broader problem. In many jurisdictions around the world, we're seeing the development of legislation that prioritizes overly-broad copyright enforcement laws, laws promoted by power players, over the preservation of individual civil liberties.
....

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:SOPA_initiative/Learn_more


M. Spector
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M. Spector wrote:

Will Rabble shut down as well?

Why not?


wage zombie
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Yeah Rabble should have shut down for the day.  I assume they didn't because decision makers at Rabble don't really follow this stuff, and it's not like we babblers were making it any kind of issue.


contrarianna
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The bipartisan political/corporate pro-SOPA lobby:

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In his SOPA advocacy, Dodd has resorted to holding up Chinese censorship as the desired model, mouthing the slogans of despots, and even outright ..... Like virtually all extremist, oppressive bills backed by large industry, SOPA and PIPA have full bipartisan support; among its co-sponsors are Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy and GOP Rep. Lamar Smith, with many Senators from both parties in support and Harry Reid pushing it forward (to its credit, the White House expressed opposition to several of the worst provisions, though has not yet issued a veto threat)....


http://www.salon.com/2012/01/18/chris_dodds_paid_sopa_crusading/singleton/


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I think it is a bold statement that a cornerstone of internet service like Wikipedia shuts down. On the other hand, the guy who is running that show, Jimmy Wales, told twitter that they should not shut down.

Service is one thing, the transfer of information and newsgathering - particularly that which promotes an alternative analysis -  is another. 

I have no problem with Rabble being online and monitoring this protest. I think it would have been a pointless move it fhey had silenced themselves today. Who would notice? Who would be affected? Who would be pressured to change their opinion by that move? 

After all, are CNN, Fox, and other networks going down? 

 

 

 

 

 


M. Spector
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Is Rabble "monitoring" it? Is this "monitoring" a unique service that nobody else is doing?


6079_Smith_W
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You and I  are talking about it right now. What do you call that? 

If you think they should be shut down then why are you posting?

And I will repeat my main point - who would be most affected, and in what way would it change anyone's mind?

Sorry, I have no use for jumping on a bandwagon just for the sake of jumping on a bandwagon.

 


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