An interesting goal for a community that screams blue murder when the White House suggests it might stop hand-feeding them printable news bites.
Pluralistic? When they all print the government line, in minor variations? Free, when they believe that their survival depends on government-handouts ('Link-Tax' is just another word for government subsidy, or, less friendly, government bribes for presenting our leaders in a favorable light).
Ironically, free and pluralistic is what they are trying to destroy with their link - tax: For the first time in centuries, everybody has a platform to publish their information, their view of the world. Some may be fake, some may be questionable - and we all need to learn how to manage this flood of information. Many of the blogs are good reporting, and the fact that Joe Average now has the same or better sources than the 'quality media' is the biggest achievement of the internet - and the biggest threat to publishers and governments.
With the same reasoning, they can abandon the warrant requirement for searching homes - after all, the keys to the front door are freely available in the accused's trouser pocket or hand bag, and can easily be retrieved with minimal invasion of privacy and no disclosure of knowledge he might have or to speak his guilt.
If the US Government sees it appropriate to charge Dotcom with 'conspiracy to commit copyright infringement', they should come up with more serious charges against a public overseer who abused his role to protect the guilty and covered up serious, possibly criminal activities at one of the most sensitive agencies the US of A operates.
If the Russian FSA faxes a warrant signed by a Russian judge over to the State department, will the FBI close the investigations on the Russian hackers? Following DOJ's rule book, they'd have to: the hacking would be perfectly legit as long as any Judge anywhere in the world agrees it is necessary based on local laws.
Two points: a) The diagram is wrong: Mainstream news were fake, too. Hillary lead in the forecasts? Russian hackers? WTF? b) Never mind Facebook. The real threat are fake news created from the Pentagon's $5 bn PR-budget. The propaganda spread by 'economists'. And the 'news' created by media who find it easier to just copy everybody else without much fact-checking. Printing a lie today and a correction tomorrow means two great stories for the price of one.
After the next terrorist attacks, a scapegoat will need to be sacrificed.
The obvious choice will be Comey, for 'not doing enough'. His only way out is to ask for more support than congress and government are prepared to give him. 'If only you had given me the money/people/encryption breaking powers I told you I need, the massacre would not have happened.'
Refusing Comey's request is not really an option, though: 'If only congress had allowed the FBI to crack terrorist phones, those people would not have died.' So their only choice is to give in, however ridiculous the request may seem.
At which stage Comey has to ask for more powers his base, and the circle begins again ...
Such activity is not new to [Washington]—the [Americans] have used similar tactics and techniques across Europe and Eurasia [- in fact, across the entire world], for example, to influence public opinion there. We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only [America]'s senior-most officials could have authorized these activities.
It is not exactly a vote of confidence into their Ultra-HD 4K Superquality formats if the Sony/Disney folks see Handy-cam copies of half a movie as a threat worth fighting with high-tech weapons and rent-a-cops ...
Maybe the committee did not think this through before writing their report: The report tells us a lot more about the state of the American security apparatus thsn about Snowden. Imagine what a qualified hostile hacker could do if a Highschool failure, army dropout and unreliable employee can walk away with the nations secrets, and the worst the United States of America can do to him is have some clueless politicians write a petty report.
While the University of Manitoba is happy to charge overseas students $17 - 30 K in tuition fees, they do not seem to be prepared to have one of their law professors or the legal department stand up to the trolls and refuse to forward the letters unless their comply with both Canadian and international law.
Supporting the extortion tactics of the trolls, and then have a 'copyright strategy director' explain that probably, they are safe (but take this at your own risk) is nothing less than siding with the extortionists.
>> Publishers might have legitimate concerns about their decreasing revenues.
Indeed they might. On the other hand, their job has changed. Before the internet, it could take millions of Euros and a lot of skill to produce and launch a new album or book in the form of physical copies in every retail outlet in Europe.
Now, Youtube and other have taken over the job, and eliminated most of the upfront investment. What's wrong with Youtube taking a part of the publisher's share in return?