OK, this is getting very, very scary.
A while ago, I wrote about a proposed idea to alter the way Canadians access the internet: instead of ‘connecting’ to the ‘Great Wide Web’ and navigating it freely, this ‘model’ would more closely resemble the way Cable companies allow customers to access various TV channels. The internet denier provider would ‘bundle’ the most ‘desirable’ websites, just like TV channels are ‘bundled’ by Cable providers. Accessing anything outside of these bundles would be either very, very expensive – or not available at all.
Couple this with the calls by Barbara Hall of the Ontario ‘Commission for the propagation of virtue and prevention of vice’ Human Rights Commission to shackle ALL journalists and bloggers with a ‘Canadian Broadcast Standards Council’– like body which would censor ALL the written (virtual or printed) words in Canada! Not a pretty picture!!!
Yet, my beloved Canada is not the only place under siege!
This would mean that unless a website or blog was ‘influential enough’ to muscle its way onto the ‘approved’ list for a particular ‘bundle’ of websites ‘offered’ by an ISP, it would be 100% invisible and unaccessible to the UK internet subscribers!
Yes, this is even more limiting than the Canadian proposal, which sought to make ‘non-approved’ sites economically unavailable. This model would make them ‘virtually non-existent’!!!
And, let’s not forget UK’s recently adopted policy of allowing the police to routinely hack into private people’s internet accounts without a warrant….
And, that is barely the tip of the proverbial ice berg!!!
Let’s look at the laws proposed for New Zeland: at the end of March (miracle notwithstanding), ALL internet service providers will be legally forced to cease to provide any and all internet access to any IP address which has been ACCUSED of a copyright violation!
No, you did not misread this. The mere ACCUSSATION by the movie/music industry that a person MIGHT be in violation of a copyright held by them (third party accussations would be ‘acceptable’) will LEGALLY BIND the ISP to STOP providing any and all internet access to that IP address!
All this is made ‘possible’ by Section 92A of the Copyright Act of New Zealand. It was supposed to come into force at the end of February, but, due to the online petition opposing it, the NZ parliamentarians delayed the implementation for one month.
THEY have passed laws giving up any and all internet privacy rights – and the access to the internet – years ago. These laws were passed in the name of ‘protecting children’ from the evils of the internet: pornography and pedophelia. Right… As a parent, I take active part in the raising of my kids: and I do NOT need ANYBODY ELSE to monitor my kids’ online activities! And, I really, really resent the implication that I am (or, rather, the Australian parents are) so irresponsible or incompetent that the state has to step in and raise my kids for me!!! This is insulting in the extreme!
Of course, most of the people in Australia had been lulled into a false sense of security because these laws had not actually been applied – to the full letter of the law – for quite a while. So, if people NOW started to protest these laws – even though these had been in place for years – they would look silly…. Yet, it is only now that the Australian government has announced that they plan to enforce these laws to the EXTREME LETTER of the law!
This is a beautiful trick. Governments draft a law – like the Australian government did with this law – to ostensibly ‘protect our children’. Nobody (especially politicians) wants to look like they want to ‘enable pedophiles’ – so these types of laws often get passed quickly, with little dissent and little close examination.
Yet, as I am fond of pointing out, if there is an ‘extreme’ way to interpret a law – especially if this extreme gives some decisionmakers the power over the populace – it WILL (eventually) be applied to such an extreme!!!
Of course, now we also have the UN attempting to FORCE its member states to make its ‘Blasphemy Resolution’ legally binding within their jurisdiction.
PLEASE – PUT ALL THIS TOGETHER!!!
Soon, we may loose the internet – in the form where we know it now!
Which is why I am putting out a challenge to each and every one of you: let’s find a non-IP-dependant alternative!!!
Just like ‘ham radios’ operate without a central service provider, but rather form a wireless peer-to-peer network, so WE need to find a similar way to build an alternate internet network.
OK, so the’ham radio’ bandwidth is very, very narrow, and thus subject to jamming and environmental disruptions and all kinds of other problems. Yet, it provides a useful model for us to emulate.
We need some of you, brilliant young scientists and hackers, to think long and hard – and find a working solution.
Yes, there was the idea of consumers actually owning their own internet connection….yet, under the current political climate, I doubt this will ever come to be – even if the technology is perfected and affordable.
So, please, get started on developing this new idea – no-provider, no-censor, no-control new-fangled version of the internet! Because what we have now is about to die…and, without a ‘new generation’, this whole past 30-year period will be consigned to be no more than a note in dusty, locked-up and guarded (lest people read them) history books!!!