The EyeOpener- The Future of the Web (and what you can do about it)

26 June 2012 — www.boilingfrogspost.com

In mid-2012, in the wake of the ratification of ACTA and the proposal in the US of bills like SOPA and PIPA, in an age where the war on terror is gradually morphing into a cyberwar and database hacks, password leaks and identity thefts are reported on breathlessly, it is difficult to imagine the promise that the very idea of the Internet once aroused in the public. Just 20 years ago, in the age of the much-vaunted “Information Superhighway,” people could pontificate with a straight face on the potential for online communities to give rise to a Jeffersonian revolution and spawn a new flowering of civic participation.

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Official: US govt already seized hundreds of foreign domains

11 March, 2012RT

US government has taken control of 750 domains over the past few years

US government has taken control of 750 domains over the past few yearsUS seizure of a Canadian gambling website caused online outcry as it was registered abroad and thought to be outside American jurisdiction. But this is far from isolated; it has emerged that the US has seized hundreds of foreign domain names.

US customs official Nicole Navas confirmed that the US government has taken control of 750 domains, “most with foreign-based registrars” over the past few years.

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ACTA: “Usurps Congressional Authority”, “Threatens Numerous Public Interests”, “Backroom Special Interest Deal”, a “Masquerade”

30 January 2012 — Global ResearchWashington’s Blog

SOPA, PIPA, ACTA … What’s Next?

We just beat back SOPA and PIPA with the web blackout. Now everyone is talking about ACTA. But – because ACTA is complicated, and is just starting to receive coverage – most are not sure exactly what ACTA really is, or why we should be concerned about it. We’ll give you an executive summary of what you need to know.

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Anonymous calls for anti-ACTA rallies, Poland suspends bill — RT

4 February 2012Anonymous calls for anti-ACTA rallies, Poland suspends bill — RT

A wolf in sheep’s clothing – that’s how ACTA opponents have described the international copyright treaty. Thousands are to protest in Sweden on Saturday while in Poland the legislation has been suspended after attacks on government websites.

­Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk said on Friday that a wider discussion should be held before the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement comes into force. The talks should involve both Internet users and privacy protection agencies, Tusk added. Ratification of the document has been postponed pending the results of those talks.

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Meet ACTA- PIPA and SOPA’s Big Brother

25 January 2012Access Now

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If you thought SOPA and PIPA were bad, let us introduce you to their Big Brother, ACTA.

We helped stopped SOPA and PIPA. Now let’s help defeat their Big Brother, ACTA! Sign the Petition

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is an international treaty that threatens free speech and your privacy online. Imagine if your ISP could censor their networks, police what you did online, and with greater ease turn your information over to authorities. That’s the danger that ACTA poses, and it’s got to be stopped. Continue reading

SOPA, PIPA and now ACTA Newslinks 19-24 January 2011

25 January 2012williambowles.info

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As cyberspace turns its attention to the SOPA and PIPA bills in the US, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, has been quietly signed or ratified by most of the developed world and is arguably the biggest threat to Internet freedom yet
Max Keiser and Stacy HerbertYesterday at 17:57
An ACTA of war: secret censor tool to shake up world wide web

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An ACTA of war: secret censor tool to shake up world wide web

24 January 2012RT

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A demonstrator with ACTA stickers on his mouth takes part in a protest against Poland's government plans to sign international copyright agreement ACTA (Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement), in front of the European Union office in Warsaw on January 24, 2012 (AFP Photo / JANEK SKARZYNSKI)

As cyberspace turns its attention to the SOPA and PIPA bills in the US, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, or ACTA, has been quietly signed or ratified by most of the developed world and is arguably the biggest threat to Internet freedom yet.

­ACTA has – officially – been in the works since 2008, and was signed by the US, Australia, Canada, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore and South Korea in 2011. All negotiations were held behind closed doors, and it is mostly thanks to Internet hacktivist groups like Anonymous that news of the potential damage ACTA could cause has spread.

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Global Research Week in Review 19 January 2012: Nuclear Insanity, Web Censorship and Global Tensions

19 January 2012 — Global Research

The Globalization of War: The “Military Roadmap” to World War III

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– by Michel Chossudovsky, Finian Cunningham – 2012-01-31
The Pentagon’s global military design is one of world conquest. The military deployment of US-NATO forces is occurring in several regions of the world simultaneously. Continue reading

SOPA: Anti-Piracy or Censorship? Wikipedia’s Jimmy Wales vs. Copyright Alliance’s Sandra Aistars

19 January 2012 — Democracy Now!

Congressional support for a pair of anti-piracy bills is weakening after Wednesday’s historic online protest in which thousands of websites went dark for 24 hours. Hollywood film studios, music publishers and major broadcasters support the anti-piracy legislation, saying it aims to stop the piracy of copyrighted material over the internet on websites based outside the United States. But critics say the bills could profoundly change the internet by stifling innovation and investment, hallmarks of the free, open internet. We host a debate between Sandra Aistars, executive director of the Copyright Alliance, whose members include the Motion Picture Association of America, NBCUniversal, Time Warner, Viacom, ASCAP and BMI, and Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Sales. Watch/Listen/Read