Hollywood's war on consumers is more about content control than anything else.
It's why MPAA Members sued CleanFlicks and other film sanitizers out of existence even though those services clearly benefited film makers' bottom line.
Netflix has some of that same dysfunction by their decade long refusal to implement a search by rating, even though it's a top requested feature.
Netflix may have looser reins but they still like to hang on to some of that "Just Because" control.
"Criminals and terrorists now have access to a dizzying array of information, with devastating implications"
Most people on the planet have access to "a dizzying array of information" and yes, a few of them are criminals and terrorists. However, the devastating implications that worries power brokers isn't really tied to the safety of citizens.
I'll rehash the 'Internet = Wild West' analogy and remind Mr. Clegg that new frontiers are always a bit uncivilized. In America's Wild West, the higher risks were eventually mitigated by building safer institutions, not by intimidating the civilian population with government thuggery and a layer of constant surveillance.
I will grant that there were times when 19th Century American Government did over-flex it's muscles. Usually it involved sending the Military in to slaughter and relocate inconvenient Native Americans, often in response to deep-pocketed campaign donors who wanted the land for their own purposes.
Mr. Clegg can easily find parallels in Britain's own colonial history. (Assuming his look at history consists of more than cherry picked details from a rewritten past.)
"Holder’s Justice Department has actually had a very impressive record on civil rights cases."
Holder's pro-civil-rights record is a lot like Obama's pro-whistleblower record.
That is, they're aggressive in pursuing anyone outside the administration, vicious in protecting abuses committed by inside the administration.
Erodogan could learn some subtlety from the US. The US Gov doesn't blame the Social Media for an educated citizenry.
Instead, US Gov officials heap praise upon the Internet while partnering with corporations to increasingly chill it's use through control, monitoring and judicial actions.
Meanwhile: CFAA forces join up to form monster org representing Billions in pro-CISPA, max-CFAA interests.
ABM, the association of business information and media companies, and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announced today that they plan to merge in order to form the comprehensive, global business information and media industry association.
The CFAA was the subject of several proposed legislative reforms in 2012, and SIIA has been engaged, seeking to preserve the ability of SIIA members to use the CFAA to deter and prevent unauthorized access to or misuse of databases, subscription services and cloud services.
The CFAA carries civil as well as criminal provisions, and it has long been considered an effective tool for protecting business databases.
(sadly) Lobbyists for employees have sought to narrow the CFAA to prevent its use against employees.
But their proposed narrowing of the statute could also diminish its usefulness in protecting private databases, and ABM has joined other database companies in opposing the amendment.
I'm sure the best is yet to come and we'll be hearing from our new Global Business Information and Media Industry Association overlords soon enough.