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goodbye internet, hello mandatory surveillance technolgy

at the age of 36, i undertook the self-directed effort to learn html coding so that i could make the transition into the digital realm. i've always felt the urge to be involved in "people's" media - community radio like kboo, and occasional bursts of zine publishing.

i felt compelled to get into it because i knew it was only a matter of time before the openness of the internet was taken away from us. i knew that the main obstacle to internet access was economic - it was a little pricey for people who did not have an "entertainment" budget. but i knew it would only be a matter of time before technological innovation removed that obstacle for most working people.

the internet was way too powerful a vehicle for widespread communication to left in the hands of the public, and would eventually be seized and tightly controlled.

it was great while it lasted. i'd be surprised that it took so long , but if they hadn't left it open for as long as they have, they wouldn't have years of incriminating information against hundreds of million people with enough access to resources to challenge the power of the institutions - government, business and banking - to who've been running things for us for so long.

try to use it as much and as wisely as you can in the coming months, cuz it's going bye-bye.

what could have been the development of technology to enable undreamed-of advances in education and science will soon become an omniscient - perhaps mandatory - method of oppression.

i love the web, and think it's the greatest innovation since libraries. future generations will curse its existence for every second of their miserable, sad lives.
If you download potentially copyrighted software, videos or music, your Internet service provider (ISP) has been watching, and they're coming for you.

Specifically, they're coming for you on Thursday, July 12.

That's the date when the nation's largest ISPs will all voluntarily implement a new anti-piracy plan that will engage network operators in the largest digital spying scheme in history, and see some users' bandwidth completely cut off until they sign an agreement saying they will not download copyrighted materials.

Word of the start date has been largely kept secret since ISPs announced their plans last June. The deal was brokered by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), and coordinated by the Obama Administration. The same groups have weighed in heavily on controversial Internet policies around the world, with similar facilitation by the Obama's Administration's State Department.

The July 12 date was revealed by the RIAA's CEO and top lobbyist, Cary Sherman, during a publishers' conference on Wednesday in New York, according to technology publication CNet.

The content industries calls this scheme a "graduated response" plan, which will see Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Comcast, Verizon, AT&T and others spying on users' Internet activities and watching for potential copyright infringement. Users who are "caught" infringing on a creator's protected work can then be interrupted with a notice that piracy is forbidden by law and carries penalties of up to $150,000 per infringement, requiring the user to click through saying they understand the consequences before bandwidth is restored, and they could still be subject to copyright infringement lawsuits.

reposted from end times news:

Participating ISPs have a range of options for dealing with customers who continue to pirate media, at that point: They can require that an alleged repeat offender undergo an educational course before their service is restored. They can utilize multiple warnings, restrict access to only certain major websites like Google, Facebook or a list of the top 200 sites going, reduce someone's bandwidth to practically nothing and even share information on repeat offenders with competing ISPs, effectively creating a sort of Internet blacklist although publicly, none of the network operators have agreed to "terminate" a customer's service.

The $8 billion iPod - copyright math

Giving a recent TED Talk, author Rob Reid, creator of the online music subscription service Rhapsody, illustrated for the audience exactly why so-called "copyright math" is almost completely bogus.

"Copyright math" is a term used for the extrapolations published by groups like the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), or the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), which lobby Washington for tougher laws on copyright infringement by claiming exorbitant financial and job losses due to online piracy.

Of course, it's hard to claim those losses when so many executives are seeing their largest salaries ever, with box office profits continually spiraling higher.

Yet in 1999, the content industries got together to lobby for an "improvement" to copyright law that put a $150,000 price tag on every single act of infringement, and Washington granted their wish.

"Now when this law first passed, the world's hottest MP3 player could hold just 10 songs, and it was a big Christmas hit because what little hoodlum wouldn't want a million and a half bucks-worth of stolen goods in his pocket?" Reid asked, using copyright math to illustrate the absurdity of their claims.

"These days, an iPod classic can hold 40,000 songs... Which is to say, eight billion dollars worth of stolen media, or about 75,000 jobs," he deadpanned. "Now you might find copyright math strange, but that's because it's a field that's best left to experts."

Both the MPAA and the RIAA have weighed in heavily on other nations' copyright laws in recent years, facilitated by the Obama Administration. They also recently brokered a deal with all the major Internet providers to set up network operators as the de facto copyright police, who will begin spying on customers to detect piracy later this year.

see the TED.com video for more:

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