Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd Dec 2010 21:58 UTC
Internet & Networking Guess I'm not the only one who thinks a war is brewing between 'the internet' and the establishment. "Early this morning, the WikiLeaks Twitter feed reposted a tweet from EFF cofounder John Perry Barlow. 'The first serious infowar is now engaged,' Barlow wrote. 'The field of battle is WikiLeaks. You are the troops.' Barlow is no stranger to theatrical overstatement; this, after all, is the guy who in 1996 penned "A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace" that opened with the lines: 'Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather.' Barlow was wrong about sovereignty. Despite its name, 'cyberspace' runs on physical infrastructure that sits in various governmental jurisdictions, and when sites like Wikileaks start irritating those governments, sovereignty is quite powerfully brought to bear. Still, his recent tweet is accurate. There's a war on for WikiLeaks, and it's being fought all over the world."
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Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Sat 4th Dec 2010 03:54 UTC
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2007-03-30

I thumbs up'd this story because I think it is important. The war over net neutrality is also being fought, and not coincidentally at the same time. These "infowars" are being fought now because the status quo, the establishment if you like, is changing.

Powerful organizations, whether government or corporate, have for 20 years not known what the internet is. They have great knowledge and power over the "real world" if you want to call it that, but this internet thing had them befuddled for 20 short years.

The befuddlement is no more. Critical knowledge mass is finally being reached by these organizations. Finally they are able to wield their great power over the digital world known as "internet."

Can I do anything about it? I can start by bookmarking the EFF blog ( http://www.eff.org/deeplinks/archive ) or by following @EFF on twitter ( http://twitter.com/eff ).

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RE: Comment by Luminair
by jjmckay on Sun 5th Dec 2010 04:59 in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
jjmckay Member since:
2005-11-11

I thumbs up'd this story because I think it is important. The war over net neutrality is also being fought, and not coincidentally at the same time. These "infowars" are being fought now because the status quo, the establishment if you like, is changing.


Well, the 'establishment' wants Net Neutrality. It's a power over the Internet by governing authorities who will decide what is allowed and what is not. Notice how they only allow 'legal' content to be neutral. Net Neutrality in its current form is Orwellian. It's been sold to the public extremely well, by those who stand to gain from it, namely: Big Content. Treating all packets neutrally was never how the Internet was designed.

Look at the high-ups who support NN in the US. Obama, Pelosci, etc, etc.. All the puppets of the globalist central banks and globalist corporations.

Edit: The need for NN has been blown way out of proportion. Sure, there's some concern, but the real solution isn't policing every router's routing table.

Edited 2010-12-05 05:05 UTC

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Sun 5th Dec 2010 05:29 in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

Conspiracy theory nutso: check

Edited 2010-12-05 05:29 UTC

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