April 20th, 2012

SIGNALBOOST

newsweek:

CISPA, a bill many are calling the return of SOPA and PIPA, heads to a vote Monday in Congress. Opponents say if it passes, you should kiss your privacy on the web goodbye.

February 14th, 2012
http://www.facebook.com/events/170835693019760/
ACTA protest, it’s in a few days, be nice if you came. if you like your internet not absolutely controlled by corporate interest and allowing generic drugs to be delivered to developing countries, ACTA is kinda a dick move towards you.

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http://www.facebook.com/events/170835693019760/

ACTA protest, it’s in a few days, be nice if you came. if you like your internet not absolutely controlled by corporate interest and allowing generic drugs to be delivered to developing countries, ACTA is kinda a dick move towards you.

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February 3rd, 2012
January 27th, 2012

greyusurper:

Loz Kaye, Leader, Pirate Party UK

Yesterday the European Union, the UK and over 20 other countries signed the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). ACTA is an international treaty, disguised as a trade agreement, whose purpose is to increase and harmonise copyright and trademark enforcement. Many of the goals of ACTA are similar to SOPA and PIPA - proposed laws which the US congress recently abandoned following a huge outcry. ACTA is, if anything, even more objectionable.

It is objectionable because of the process it has followed - secret negotiations, conducted without democratic oversight, a process so underhand it led to official criticism from the European Parliament [1] and the resignation of the Parliament’s rapporteur in disgust [2]. It is yet another example of the power of corporate lobby groups, who buy influence starting with the laughably corrupt US political body, and then foist extremist laws on the rest of the world.

It is objectionable in its content, as an assault on civil liberties. It is likely to require unprecedented levels of surveillance of ordinary Internet users by ISPs [3][4]. It insists that copyright infringement become a criminal offence in a worryingly wide range of situations.[5] It provides for massively disproportionate penalties, including mandatory imprisonment. Anyone who has followed settlements in copyright lawsuits over the past 10 years will find this hard to believe, but it allows rights-holders to make up even more astronomical figures when demanding “compensation” [6].

The extremist position of ACTA will make the Internet fraught with danger for ordinary users. For example, if a blogger innocently links to another website, and that website, without their knowledge, infringes copyright in some way, they may well face criminal charges and prison time for “aiding and abetting” copyright infringement. For a link.

The provisions on Digital Rights Management (“DRM”) are so extreme as to be laughable. ACTA continues to demand that attempts to circumvent DRM be criminal offences, meaning that blind people could face jail time for attempting to read e-books using text-to-speech, for example [7]. But new provisions mean that any tampering with information that identifies “the work, its author(s), producer(s) or right owners” also becomes an offence, so merely renaming a file could become illegal.

Enough is enough. The music, film and fashion industries make more money every year. Even if you assume that copyright must be enforced in all cases, that Something Must Be Done — just because ACTA is “something” does not mean we should do it. The way it was created is unacceptable, its content is destructive and it is against the public interest. The pirate party and I will do everything we can to stop it, and we urge others to join the campaign against ACTA [8][9]. We do not have to stand for this.

3liza:

ACTA passed one of the several voting gates it needs to get through before becoming law.
It was ratified in Poland last night.  This was the scene at Polish parliament afterwards, as (presumably) a bloc of anti-ACTA politicians expressed their displeasure and, perhaps without knowing it, foretell of the Anonymous repercussions to this bill.
Some things you should know:
Online petitions are meaningless.  While they are well-intentioned and organized, the signing of a digital petition takes about twenty seconds, and does not require that you leave your beanbag chair in the coal cellar.  Politicians know this, and pay just as much attention to online petitions as is warranted by a “political action” that is literally less strenuous than leaving a YouTube comment.
Nothing except direct action is going to do a goddamn thing.  This means getting out in the street, it means DDoSing, it means vicious and widespread boycotts, site blackouts, and other strongarm tactics that actually impact the flow of money from corporations to lobbyists to politicians.  How do you, as a tiny flailing consumer, do this?  You can’t, really.  You can join up with groups that are intent on doing actions that actually mean something, adding your voice to a chorus of hundreds or thousands, instead of screaming alone.  You can contact celebrities, the spokespeople of our time, as ask them to leverage their followers on the issue.  You can write to Tumblr and ask for more blackouts.  None of these things will be very effective, so don’t be too disappointed when they don’t work, but they sure as fuck are more effective than online petitions, and the intense response to SOPA by corporations and consumers was responsible for getting it “tabled” (not dead, but dreaming lies).
ACTA was already signed by Obama in September of 2011.  He had been praising the bill for over a year prior, and signed it without reservation.  Most of us didn’t hear about it, and he likely used the 9/11 coverage to make sure of that.
Eventually, one of these bills will pass, and the pro-corporate laws will go into effect.  Expect it.  Be prepared.  Learn to circumvent this garbage and you’ll have a leg up when the feds shut down the internet as we know it.
The best thing you can do now is install Tor and learn how to use it.  Tor is free software and an open network that helps             you defend against a form of network surveillance that             threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business             activities and relationships, and state security known as traffic analysis.  In order to circumvent the coming corporate takeover of the web, we’re going to have to go underground, creating a sub-internet of encrypted nodes known as a “darknet”.  It’s probably going to be like the internet was in the beginning, with most people only seeing what AOL wanted them to see, and only a small group of super-nerds existing outside of that bubble in the “real” internet.  It’ll take another twenty years for them to catch up to us again.
Welcome to the grim cyberpunk future.

3liza:

ACTA passed one of the several voting gates it needs to get through before becoming law.

It was ratified in Poland last night.  This was the scene at Polish parliament afterwards, as (presumably) a bloc of anti-ACTA politicians expressed their displeasure and, perhaps without knowing it, foretell of the Anonymous repercussions to this bill.

Some things you should know:

  • Online petitions are meaningless.  While they are well-intentioned and organized, the signing of a digital petition takes about twenty seconds, and does not require that you leave your beanbag chair in the coal cellar.  Politicians know this, and pay just as much attention to online petitions as is warranted by a “political action” that is literally less strenuous than leaving a YouTube comment.
  • Nothing except direct action is going to do a goddamn thing.  This means getting out in the street, it means DDoSing, it means vicious and widespread boycotts, site blackouts, and other strongarm tactics that actually impact the flow of money from corporations to lobbyists to politicians.  How do you, as a tiny flailing consumer, do this?  You can’t, really.  You can join up with groups that are intent on doing actions that actually mean something, adding your voice to a chorus of hundreds or thousands, instead of screaming alone.  You can contact celebrities, the spokespeople of our time, as ask them to leverage their followers on the issue.  You can write to Tumblr and ask for more blackouts.  None of these things will be very effective, so don’t be too disappointed when they don’t work, but they sure as fuck are more effective than online petitions, and the intense response to SOPA by corporations and consumers was responsible for getting it “tabled” (not dead, but dreaming lies).
  • ACTA was already signed by Obama in September of 2011.  He had been praising the bill for over a year prior, and signed it without reservation.  Most of us didn’t hear about it, and he likely used the 9/11 coverage to make sure of that.

  • Eventually, one of these bills will pass, and the pro-corporate laws will go into effect.  Expect it.  Be prepared.  Learn to circumvent this garbage and you’ll have a leg up when the feds shut down the internet as we know it.

  • The best thing you can do now is install Tor and learn how to use it.  Tor is free software and an open network that helps you defend against a form of network surveillance that threatens personal freedom and privacy, confidential business activities and relationships, and state security known as traffic analysis.  In order to circumvent the coming corporate takeover of the web, we’re going to have to go underground, creating a sub-internet of encrypted nodes known as a “darknet”.  It’s probably going to be like the internet was in the beginning, with most people only seeing what AOL wanted them to see, and only a small group of super-nerds existing outside of that bubble in the “real” internet.  It’ll take another twenty years for them to catch up to us again.

  • Welcome to the grim cyberpunk future.

(Source: 3liza, via lannistersroar)

wilwheaton:

murphysbride:

Wil Wheaton on The Young Turks, talking about SOPA and such things.

I’m making the mistake of looking at the comments on this video and trying not to say “JESUS FUCKING CHRIST QUIT MAKING STAR TREK REFERENCES THAT IS NOT WHAT THE DISCUSSION IS ABOUT DON’T TELL WESLEY TO SHUT UP YOU SHUT UP.”  I mean I’m really sorry if you have problems with him as an actor but can you just take a fucking minute to appreciate how intelligent and articulate he is I MEAN JUST A FUCKING MINUTE?

I got ranty.  Anyway.  This video rules.  Wheaton rules.

I want to elect him President.  President of Everything.

WHEATON FOR PRESIDENT OF EVERYTHING

You never read the comments, and you especially don’t read the comments at YouTube, which is home to the most idiotic comments in the history of the Internet. (Ob. XKCD)

Anyway, I’m proud of what I said on Young Turks, and that’s all that matters to me.

(Source: sidfromabove1975)

wilwheaton:

Reinforcing the fact that Chris Dodd really does not get what’s happening, and showing just how disgustingly corrupt the MPAA relationship is with politicians, Chris Dodd went on Fox News to explicitly threaten politicians who accept MPAA campaign donations that they’d better pass Hollywood’s favorite legislation… or else:

“Those who count on quote ‘Hollywood’ for support need to understand that this industry is watching very carefully who’s going to stand up for them when their job is at stake. Don’t ask me to write a check for you when you think your job is at risk and then don’t pay any attention to me when my job is at stake,”

This certainly follows what many people assumed was happening, and fits with the anonymous comments from studio execs that they will stop contributing to Obama, but to be so blatant about this kind of corruption and money-for-laws politics in the face of an extremely angry public is a really, really, really tone deaf response from Dodd. 

Wow. Chris Dodd is not only an asshole, he’s a stupid, tone deaf asshole.

It shows, yet again, that he just doesn’t get it. People were protesting not just because of the content of these bills, but because of the corrupt process of big industries like Dodd’s “buying” politicians and “buying” laws. To then come out and make that threat explicit isn’t a way to fix things or win back the public. It’s just going to get them more upset, and to recognize just how corrupt this process is. If Dodd, as he said in yesterday’s NY Times, really wanted to turn things around and come to a more reasonable result, this is exactly how not to do it

Not that it matters, and not that I’m some kind of rich mogul, but I’ll say this again: I have lost more money to creative accounting, and American workers have lost more jobs to runaway production, than anything associated with what the MPAA calls piracy. Chris Dodd is lying about piracy costing us jobs. Hollywood’s refusal to adapt to changing times is what’s costing the studios money. That’s it.

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January 23rd, 2012

If SOPA passes here are ways to access sites. REBLOG THIS

Here is how to access sites in the event of a DNS takedown.

  • Tumblr: 174.121.194.34/dashboard
  • Facebook: 69.171.224.11
  • Twitter: 174.121.194.34
  • LiveJournal: 209.200.154.225
  • Wikipedia: 208.80.152.201
  • Reddit: 72.247.244.88
  • Google: 74.125.157.99
  • Youtube: 74.125.65.91
  • Hotmail: 65.55.72.135

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by oxboxer: Aaaaand we’ve got a shitlist! Bonus material: RIAA members, ESA members, and MPAA members.
Black March(/year, if you got the GUMPTION for it) isn’t about NO JOY AT ALL, it’s about consciously avoiding these specific assholes. If that means not getting that pair of Nikes(nooo?), not getting getting ME3 at midnight (NOOOO), not seeing Hunger Games in theaters (I KNOW IT HURTS ME TOO HANG IN THERE), well… that’s what it’s gonna take.
DON’T TRADE YOUR INTEGRITY FOR A FEW HOURS OF DIVERSION. Especially when you live in a world where there’s musicians not beholden to a label, quality free games by independent developers, and independent filmmakers who would love your donations. Partake of the fruits the internet has borne for you! Spend your dollar on someone who doesn’t want to crush your freedom!

by oxboxer: Aaaaand we’ve got a shitlist! Bonus material: RIAA members, ESA members, and MPAA members.

Black March(/year, if you got the GUMPTION for it) isn’t about NO JOY AT ALL, it’s about consciously avoiding these specific assholes. If that means not getting that pair of Nikes(nooo?), not getting getting ME3 at midnight (NOOOO), not seeing Hunger Games in theaters (I KNOW IT HURTS ME TOO HANG IN THERE), well… that’s what it’s gonna take.

DON’T TRADE YOUR INTEGRITY FOR A FEW HOURS OF DIVERSION. Especially when you live in a world where there’s musicians not beholden to a label, quality free games by independent developers, and independent filmmakers who would love your donations. Partake of the fruits the internet has borne for you! Spend your dollar on someone who doesn’t want to crush your freedom!

(Source: beauty-in-the-attic)