As with any totalitarian government and government wannabes, (I'm looking at you Mafiaa!) the entire goal is controlling everything. Guilt, innocence, truth, lies are all irrelevant to them. Open software cannot be controlled, so it must be stamped out, by any means necessary.
The DOJ will take all this information and bury it in an archaic file system. It will be strangely unable to find any of this collected information, except when it's useful to the DOJ to have the information public.
Well, neither are most of the people who do it for a living, so you're in good company, Mr. Popick
That's only true if accuracy is a requierment for being a political commentator. From what I can tell, the main qualification required to be a commentator is the ability to spout off line after line of pure BS and still keep a straight face. Looking at the news today, I'd say there are a lot of VERY qualified political commentators out there.
As I recall, the USA has tried this before. In the 1980s, encryption was covered under the same export laws as munitions, and export of high strength (>40 bit keys) encryption was banned. The result? Since importing full strength encryption was legal, almost all encryption development moved offshore. If the USA starts to require backdoored encryption, the exact same thing will happen again.
Until that end of the exchange is taken more seriously, there's nothing stopping DMCA takedown companies from solemnly swearing that every single bogus URL is correct to the best of their knowledge, even when the most cursory review shows otherwise.
Well, that only shows that the DMCA encourages the takedown companies to know as little as possible about the copyright status of a given page. If they can honestly say they know nothing at all about the page they want taken down, then they can also honestly say they have no information that would contradict the assertion that that page is infringing.
given the current state of facial recognition software, and the lack of any provable science behind what they are claiming. I'm going to go out on a limb and predict they will have an error rate approaching that of a coin flip.
Around here, smart meters have been used to push through a hidden hike in the price of electricity. How? They were supposed to work by allowing the utility to charge more for peak power use, encouraging people to put off large power useage to off-peak times when the rates would be lower. The sneaky part was that the off-peak "lower" rate was set to exactly the same as the previous flat rate. This means that if you push all of your power use to off peak periods, you pay exactly the same as before the smart meter was installed. If you use any electricity at all during the peak hours, you end up paying more.