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Today: Mon, September 26 2016  -  Last modified: April, 26 2007
10 February 2016
Government Drags Us Back in Time – Because Cronies and Ideology Tell It To
by Seton Motley
 sub-topic» Internet Freedom

Government by ideological fantasy – at the expense of actual facts – is a terrible idea. So too is government of, by and for the donors. Far too often government regulators and bureaucrats ignore Reality – to tilt at ideological windmills. And WAY too often government becomes one giant stenographer for contributors – writing laws and regulations to accommodate their check-cutters’ every whim and wildest dream.

13 February 2015
Hands Off the Internet - Or Else
by L. Neil Smith
 sub-topic» Internet Freedom

For the first time in ten thousand years, thanks to the Internet, that verticality and its unidirectionality has ended. The Internet has made communication lateral. No longer do I, the son of a secretary and an aircraft mechanic have to bow, take a knee, or tug my forelock to malignant slime like Obama, Putin, or Michael Bloomberg. Their wealth and power count for nothing, only the clarity and truth of their communication.

If they persist in current attempts to cut off free speech, they will prove to everyone we've spent long, frustrating decades trying to convince that not only is there no legitimate or beneficent use for government, government is the direst threat that the human species has ever confronted. Government is at the top of the food chain, not humanity.

22 January 2015
The UK Government Plans to up their Spying Game
by Daniel Harding
 sub-topic» Internet Freedom

Under new plans announced by David Cameron and co., the UK government is planning on ‘improving’ their spying game, with plans to ban all forms of media which are encrypted and cannot be viewed by state security organisations such as GCHQ (see here). In an effort to protect us from scary people, popular mobile phone apps such as WhatsApp, iMessage, Facetime, and SnapChat could all be banned from the UK as they have protected their customers consistently, and have even increased efforts to avoid snooping since Edward Snowden revealed what the NSA were doing in the US.

21 December 2014
A Small Guide To Protecting Your Privacy
by Elias Garcia
 sub-topic» Internet Freedom

Below is a mini-guide to different software, private services, and other tools that can help preserve your privacy, conceal your online activities, and protect your fourth amendment rights by taking a stand.

06 November 2014
They Hate Our Freedom
by L. Neil Smith
 sub-topic» Internet Freedom

What this two-for-a-penny would-be succesor to Anthony Comstock (look him up) really desires is clear. He desires what every other dictator desires: control over every single aspect of everybody else's lives. What he doesn't know, but what drives him crazier than the bedbug he morally resembles, is that the Age of Authority is over. Nobody likes the Bosses any more or has an ounce or a picosecond of patience or respect for them after an unbroken century of lies and betrayals, hundreds of millions of deaths. Politics is a tragic filter: governments on this planet are operated solely by the most evil, stupid, and insane among us, That's the final sad result, the last, ironic reward, of democracy, plain and simple.

21 August 2014
Allowing Google to Police the Internet
by Jeff D. Opdyke
 sub-topic» Internet Freedom

The latest example of evil occurred earlier this month when Google revealed the name of a Houston man whose email account held images of child pornography. Now, to be unambiguously clear from the outset, I am not defending child pornography or the people who collect and trade in it. Period.

27 July 2014
DRIP, DRIP, DRIP - and now our rights are gone
by Liberty
 sub-topic» Internet Freedom

We’re representing two MPs from opposite sides of the Commons chamber – David Davis and Tom Watson – and taking the Government to court on their behalf, to challenge DRIP.

Our lawyers will be arguing that the legislation is incompatible with both the European Convention on Human Rights and EU law, in a bid to make Ministers think again.

26 July 2014
Down the Memory Hole
by John Engle
 sub-topic» Internet Freedom

While it may be embarrassing to have damaging information floating forever online, it is a necessary component of the openness demanded by the people born into this era. The press cannot be silenced because what they say is embarrassing. People have a right to access the information made public online and journalists have a right to publish their work without fear of it being shut down for sake of those they would expose.

21 July 2014
Why is No Snoopers' Charter Important?
by Liberty
 sub-topic» Internet Freedom

The two governing principles of our unconsolidated Constitution are parliamentary sovereignty and the Rule of Law. This Bill disrespects the first principle by containing a programme agreed between party leaders, denying the legislature time for scrutiny, amendment or even proper debate. The Bill shows contempt for the second principle by attempting to overrule rather than comply with a Court judgment.

19 July 2014
DRIP, DRIP, DRIP - where did our rights go?
by Liberty
 sub-topic» Internet Freedom

Well, the status quo is bad enough. It’s also unlawful, as the EU Court of Justice confirmed in April when it said that blanket data retention was a breach of our basic human rights.

DRIP ignores the Court and recreates blanket surveillance powers that’ll affect all of us – allowing the Government to command retention of the entire population’s communications data for 12 months.

But the Bill goes much further. It grants Ministers astonishing new powers to pursue their thwarted “Snoopers’ Charter” – not just in the UK but across the globe.

14 July 2014
While Government Watches You, Who Watches the Government?
by Liberty
 sub-topic» Internet Freedom

Today the Government revealed it will rush through “emergency” legislation, allowing the Home Secretary to require blanket and indiscriminate retention of our personal communications data by phone and internet providers.

That’s information about your phone calls, text messages, emails and more.

David Cameron and Nick Clegg insist they’re only maintaining capability. But their existing blanket surveillance policy has been found unlawful in the courts for breaching human rights.

We’re assured this is a paedophile and jihadi “emergency”, but the Court of Justice of the European Union judgment the Government is ignoring was handed down over three months ago.

And this isn’t just snooping on suspects but on each and every one of us.

13 July 2014
This isn't snooping on suspects but on everyone
Fury at David Cameron's snoop laws "stitch-up"
by James Lyons
 sub-topic» Internet Freedom

Mr Cameron said firms were weeks away from deleting records after the Euro decision that holding data interfered with respect for private life.

But senior Tory David Davis accused the coalition of staging a “theatrical emergency”, since the ruling was in April.

At a meeting today Mr Miliband’s decision to back the laws was questioned by Shadow Cabinet ministers including policy chief Jon Cruddas.

And in the Commons Shadow Minister Steve McCabe branded Home Secretary Teresa May “Mrs Snoop”.

03 April 2014
Protecting Children, Enslaving Adults
by Sean Gabb
 sub-topic» Internet Freedom

This is the intention of the proposed law on pornographic video. Hardly anyone likes to admit to masturbating. Almost no one likes to say what he watches while masturbating. Having to prove identity before watching something would, for many people, have the same effect as an outright ban. The problem with an outright ban is that enforcement has to go before a jury, and juries will not usually convict for anything unless it involves children or animals or considerable violence. It also looks bad. Our modern rulers are squeamish about censorship laws. Where possible, they like to censor at one or more removes. Forcing people to identify themselves – “for the sake of the children” – is the perfect cover for stopping adults from masturbating at home.

03 February 2014
Netherlands Court Orders End to Pirate Bay Ban
by the BBC
 sub-topic» Internet Freedom

A Dutch court has told local internet service providers they can restore access to The Pirate Bay.

The ISPs had been ordered in 2011 to stop internet addresses linked to the file-sharing site working.

But the Hague Appeals Court has reversed the decision on the basis it had proved "ineffective" at reducing copyright infringement.

26 January 2014
A Breach of Our Most Sacred Right
by M B Slack
 sub-topic» Internet Freedom

But there is a much bigger point in all of this. There are strong suspicions that the FISA court has reinterpreted the Fourth Amendment to allow it to grant these warrants.

In doing so, it twists and manipulates the vision of the Founding Fathers.

If the Fourth Amendment was altered in such a way, it means that American citizens no longer have a right to privacy. And without privacy, there can be no freedom.

26 December 2013
How private is your private life?
by Liberty
 sub-topic» Internet Freedom

In May 2013 the Draft Communications Data Bill was notable by its absence from the Queen’s Speech. It would have required internet and phone companies to retain records of our calls, emails, texts and web visits.

It now appears those who failed to make the case for the Draft Comms Bill already smuggled a more intrusive Snoopers’ Charter for blanket surveillance through the back door.

Liberty has filed a claim against the British security services for their role in PRISM and Tempora. We will be lobbying and campaigning for urgent amendment to the outdated laws governing surveillance and an end to blanket surveillance of the population. Please donate or join Liberty today to ensure this vital campaign work continues.

01 December 2013
Britain's Idiotic "Opt-in" Porn Ban
by Brendan O'Neill
 sub-topic» Internet Freedom

It is one thing for the adults in an individual household to take measures to prevent their children from seeing porn; many do that, and good luck to them. But it is another thing entirely for ISPs, cajoled by officialdom, unilaterally to enforce child-protection measures on almost every home in Britain.

That interferes with private life, with parental authority, with the sovereign rights of individual families to determine, relatively free from everyday social mores and expectations, what their values and ideals should be. Using children as a moral shield, Cameron is sticking his foot in the door of family life, assuming the authority to switch off porn on everyone’s internet just as surely as our mums would switch off our TV sets when it got ridiculously late.