Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 15th Mar 2012 22:06 UTC
Legal "If you download potentially copyrighted software, videos or music, your Internet service provider has been watching, and they're coming for you. Specifically, they're coming for you on Thursday, July 12. That's the date when the nation's largest ISPs will all voluntarily implement a new anti-piracy plan that will engage network operators in the largest digital spying scheme in history, and see some users' bandwidth completely cut off until they sign an agreement saying they will not download copyrighted materials." One day, years from now, historians are going to debate whether this was the point of no return.
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RE: encrypted network time
by bornagainenguin on Fri 16th Mar 2012 18:37 UTC in reply to "encrypted network time"
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bnolsen posted...

ahh what fun, no more wild west, eh?


What are you kidding me? All this is going to do is bring more people to encrypted networks and lead towards more people making use of darknets. Evolutionary pressure will force things more underground and make for smarter and more dangerous things because the wild west will be even more wild (wilder?) than ever before.

Worse, whereas before and currently it is easier to keep an eye on dangerous individuals as they act out in public more or less, by adding to the volume of encrypted traffic those people will be able to hide in the mass of bits generated by people looking to download the latest Bieber album. The MAFIAA has just made it that much harder for LEA and INTERPOL to track dangerous people by adding so noise to the system...

Not that this matters to them:

"Child pornography is great," the speaker at the podium [Johan Schluter] declared enthusiastically. "It is great because politicians understand child pornography. By playing that card, we can get them to act, and start blocking sites. And once they have done that, we can get them to start blocking file sharing sites".


You can read the rest of this disgusting admission over at techdirt.com:
http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20100427/1437179198.shtml

So yeah, the wild west is not gone; it's just been moved from Kansas towards Colorado and Nebraska...

--bornagainpenguin

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