Linked by snydeq on Tue 31st Jan 2012 22:14 UTC
Legal With so many threats to a free and open Internet, sooner or later, people will need to arm themselves for the fight, writes Deep End's Paul Venezia. 'If the baboons succeed in constraining speech and information flow on the broader Internet, the new Internet will emerge quickly. For an analogy, consider the iPhone and the efforts of a few smart hackers who have allowed anyone to jailbreak an iPhone with only a small downloaded app and a few minutes,' Venezia writes. 'All that scenario would require would be a way to wrap up existing technologies into a nice, easily-installed package available through any number of methods. Picture the harrowing future of rampant Internet take-downs and censorship, and then picture a single installer that runs under Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux that installs tor, tools to leverage alternative DNS servers, anonymizing proxies, and even private VPN services. A few clicks of the mouse, and suddenly that machine would be able to access sites "banned" through general means.'
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RE[3]: Good article.
by StephenBeDoper on Wed 1st Feb 2012 18:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Good article."
StephenBeDoper
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The problem is: figthing piracy IS also censoring and figthing privacy ...


Exactly. A great example of this are the results when BMG Canada attempted the same style of "John Doe" lawsuits that had been used in the US, trying to force ISPs to reveal the identity of their customers. A judge denied the request on the grounds that several conditions needed to be met (and hadn't), including:

"the public interests favouring disclosure must outweigh legitimate privacy concerns."

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BMG_v._John_Doe#Federal_Court_decision

Of course, any nationalistic pride I might feel about that is undermined the fact that our current federal government is gung-ho to jump on the ACTA bandwagon and doing everything in their power to bring our copyright system & enforcement in line with the US (see also: Bill C-11, which might as well be called SOPA.ca - http://www.michaelgeist.ca/tags/c-11).

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