Sit up and pay attention.
I have been ranting on and on, that we need to set up a parallel system to the internet: one so diffuse that it could not be controlled by any authority.
Because various governments have been attempting to strangle the freedom to exchange information which people all over the world have been exercising: and which has been a powerful weapon against suppressing information that various governments would rather not make public.
This coming Sunday will be the first anniversary of the murder of Neda Agha-Soltan. If her death was not caught on video and posted on the internet for all the world to see, would we know as much as we do about the protests against the rigged elections in Iran? (On this note – the demonstration which is taking place in London, England, to mark the anniversary of her death this Sunday has had its location moved by the police at the last minute: instead of Trafalgar Square, it will be held at Richmond Terrace junction with Whitehall opposite Downing Street.)
Of course, this is just the tiny tip of a huge iceberg!
It usually starts with ‘protecting children’ – after all, who could be against protecting our children?!?!
So, filters and tracking traps go on.
Then it’s pornography.
And black lists.
Of course, history has shown us (the last revelations were from Australia, were they not?) that most of the sites that are blacklisted and censored do not actually have anything to do with paedophilia or even pornography. Rather, most have been political sites critical of the ruling government and/or the censorship bodies.
After these two biggies comes ‘security’.
Again, it is an emotional appeal that precludes any reasonable argument without being accused of siding with terrorists and criminals and other ‘enemies’.
And it is exactly this reasoning that lies behind the PCNAA (Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act) that Joe Lieberman, with vigorous support from Jay Rockefeller (the guy who thinks the world would be better off without the internet) is pushing through!
Remember that saying – the one about people who are willing to give up freedom for security not deserving either?
So, any ideas on an alternate method of connecting up?
If we get a few good ideas, we can take this off-line: you know, before the line goes dead….