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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    Anonymous Coward, 10 Aug 2012 @ 10:19pm

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    Ummm, you seem to fail here.

    What I was pointing out was that the source is biased, and went looking for the story in the way they wanted to present it. They clearly ignored other points of view, or other people who would have negated their point of view.

    Further, they ignored the basic fact that, in their home region, the internet is censored, blocked, controlled, and sometimes even disconnected at the whim of the various governments, dictators, and Royal Families.

    So the question remains: Why use an incredibly biased source to support your point of view? Don't you think it makes it clear that Mike's view on this is just as biased as a result?

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