From SOPA To Cybersecurity: All About Trying To Control The Internet

from the watch-this dept

Al Jazeera English recently did a very well done episode on its Fault Lines program about attempts by Hollywood and the US government to control the internet. It's about 24 minutes long and includes interviews with a bunch of people who were involved in protecting the internet discussing what happened. The first half is about the SOPA/PIPA fight, and how it was basically about Hollywood trying to hold back the internet:
Halfway through, it shifts to talk about the various cybersecurity bills and attempts to crackdown on Anonymous. Basically, it's about the government completely overreacting to what they believe are "threats" to the internet. Towards the end it also talks about how the government can and does abuse its powers, highlighting the case of Thomas Drake. It's a great video with some fantastic interviews, though it could do without the overly dramatic music. Still, it's good to see more people connecting the dots, and recognizing that much of what we're seeing these days is really just an attempt to "control" a platform that has been so successful because it was so wide open. Many of us believe that it needs to stay that way to remain a powerful tool for speech and for progress.

Filed Under: control, cybersecurity, internet, sopa


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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 12 Aug 2012 @ 9:05pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Yes, but it doesn't change the cost to make what is being transported, and that is still the big end of the deal. Don't get trapped into thinking that marginal distribution costs are the start and the end of it. Even economics professors and theorists agree that the supply demand curve calculations fail when your product is almost entirely an up front cost, not a marginal cost.


    Computers do that, we reached the point where you can carry all the studio equipment in your pocket.

    The cost of producing that crap is minimal.

    Now lets see how many musicians were making a living before and after the tech came along.

    I want the music industry to die already.
    I don't care if there are 5, 10 or 20 billion in it, it is not worth it if it comes at the expense of civil liberties and individual rights.

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