Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 24th Sep 2012 17:19 UTC
Legal "A leaked document from the CleanIT project shows just how far internal discussions in that initiative have drifted away from its publicly stated aims, as well as the most fundamental legal rules that underpin European democracy and the rule of law. The European Commission-funded CleanIT project claims that it wants to fight terrorism through voluntary self-regulatory measures that defends the rule of law. The initial meetings of the initiative, with their directionless and ill-informed discussions about doing 'something' to solve unidentified online 'terrorist' problems were mainly attended by filtering companies, who saw an interesting business opportunity. Their work has paid off, with numerous proposals for filtering by companies and governments, proposals for liability in case sufficiently intrusive filtering is not used, and calls for increased funding by governments of new filtering technologies." I'll just leave a link here to one of the most popular OSNews articles of all time.
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It's brain-dead simple
by marcp on Tue 25th Sep 2012 14:56 UTC
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2007-11-23

There are two major causes for this situation:
1. Politicians are dumb when it comes to IT. It's easy to convince someone to something, when he/she doesn't get it. You can then use things like "security" and "terrorism", and it usually works.
2. There are big money and big corporations involved. Lobby groups are making preasure on governments, sometimes they act hand in hand with government.

How to solve this problem?
1. Educate, educate, educate people. Both politicians, decision makers and regular Joes. Teach about alternatives, teach about truly open and free culture, teach about standards and values of society.
2. Boycott big corporations. This is the ONLY way to show your huge disagreement to their practices. Stupid preasures? bad laws? oppressive IT regulations? NO MONEY FOR YOU APPLE, MICROSOFT, FACEBOOK and other CISPA/ACTA/post CISPA/ACTA supporters. Give your money to the people who respect you and your freedom. As long as you buy their products you are helpless and this situation will evolve to even worse direction.

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