Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 16th Dec 2011 20:34 UTC
Internet & Networking It was fun while it lasted. This internet thing became too powerful, and shifted the balance of power too much to the people. Politicians found a partner in the content industry, and here we have it. After a mysterious unexplained 180 by a Dutch political party, ACTA has been signed by all 27 members of the EU. In the meantime, it's looking like SOPA, despite delays, is going to make it through, despite fierce opposition from the technology industry (except Apple and Microsoft, who don't care about a free and open web) and the very architects of the internet. To top it all off, UMG apparently has complete control over YouTube's content, allowing them to remove any video they don't like without even having to invoke the DMCA.
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It's a pity I can't vote this up anymore, cos it's so true. I've been saying this for at least the past 5 years now. Our collective governments do NOT serve us, the people, and they CANNOT be trusted. They will not let their power go willingly, so the only way this can be fixed is to aggressively re-take it back. I suspect that our current governments and businesses would rather destroy this world than relenquish it.


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