Aaron Swartz: Reddit Co-Founder Killed Himself Due to Government Censorship and Harassment?

14 January 2013 — Washington’s Blog

In His Honor, Can Reddit Stop Censoring?

Reddit co-founder and free speech activist Aaron Swartz killed himself due to government censorship and harassment.  (He was probably clinically depressed and apparently committed suicide; no one is alleging that he was murdered.)

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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 in UK: 10 years in jail for ‘illegal downloads’

3 March, 2012RT

SOCA parked page on former RnBxclusive.com file-share service

SOCA parked page on former RnBxclusive.com file-share service

UK web surfers have caught a grim glimpse of the future with Internet users being threatened with 10 years in jail for “illegal downloading” after a prominent music file-sharing site was shut down shortly after Britain signed the notorious ACTA bill.

It is the first time such a move has been made against Internet users in the UK. The British government introduced regulations in 2009 enabling Internet providers to track users who downloaded illegal content from the web and disable their connection if warning letters had no effect. But signing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has brought the conflict to a whole new level.

In Europe, people are taking to the streets in protest at the contradictory Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, with some countries refusing to sign it.

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SOPA author strikes back with Internet surveillance bill; no one is safe By Sebastian Haley

18 February 2012SOPA author strikes back with Internet surveillance bill; no one is safe | VentureBeat

SOPA author Lamar Smith is sponsoring a new bill named the ‘Protecting Children From Internet Pornographers Act of 2011″ (H.R. 1981). The bill is not brand new, mind you, but with so many other oppressive attempts by the government to invade privacy and control the Internet lately, it has managed to slip by relatively unnoticed until now.

The bill (which can be read here) would alter U.S. code Chapter 18 section 2703 ‘Required Disclosure of Customer Communications or Records’ so that all Internet service providers would need to store your IP address for at least 12 months, along with any highly sensitive personal information such as credit card data.

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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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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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