Posts Tagged ‘communications’

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Filmmaker Alex Winter presents a radical and potentially disturbing take on the web beyond the law, the secretive parts of the internet nicknamed the “dark web.”

Winter already did a film favorable to Napster, calling it a “revolution” and giving a one-sided view of file sharing.

 

What strikes me is the total contempt and opposition to the music artists (and other copyright holders) who want to get paid so they can survive.   There is no balance to his presentation, and his fawning description of a web beyond the law, the realm of drugs, organized crime and terrorism, sort of gives pause.  Just what is he advocating?  Some laws are a good thing.

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I remember a documentary from 1970 about the Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin touring across Canada.  Just after Woodstock, when the massive crowds tore down the fences and the concert turned free – the bands met up with Canadian crowds who only wanted free concerts.  The kids tried to tear down fences in several shows, and Jerry Garcia discussed it with others about how the band needed to get paid so they could tour at all.   The musicians do need some compensation, and the expectation of free everything is childish and unrealistic, actually detrimental to all concerned.  If artists can’t survive then they will be out of the game.  Some compensation needs to be part of the system, or else it validates the claims of music corporations that downloading is “theft.”  Many people hate corporations with a knee jerk response, and the big ones deserve it.  But the musicians themselves are a part of this equation.

Alex Winter’s new project Deep Web is described here:

Deep Web: The Untold Story of BitCoin and The Silk Road

His pitch for a $10,000 sugar daddy is another moment to give pause.  Seems like someone oblivious that he’s playing with fire.  Or else he’s a bit of a pyromaniac.  Something to consider, anyway.

How can we balance the needs of free communications with the need to uphold the law and fight crime?  The new age is scary, for so many reasons.  The rise of hackers, government and corporate sponsored, as well as individuals and straight out criminals has us all at a disadvantage.  The modern condition is hackers 1, citizens 0.  As systems become more complex and pervasive that score is going to get a lot worse.

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NSA Chief: Reporters Must Be Stopped
NSA monitored calls of 35 world leaders after US official handed over contacts
Edward Snowden: Comic Books and Video Games Inspired, Motivated Whistleblowing
Why We Should Think About the Threat of Artificial Intelligence

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Be the virus.

The 5 Common Characteristics of Ideas That Spread

 

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CNET:

Feds tell Web firms to turn over user account passwords

The U.S. government has demanded that major Internet companies divulge users’ stored passwords, according to two industry sources familiar with these orders, which represent an escalation in surveillance techniques that has not previously been disclosed.

Is there anyone in the entire Federal Government of the United States of America who takes their Oath seriously?

Are these people incapable of understanding the Bill of Rights in the Constitution, taught to 4th graders around the nation?

Is there anyone who will stand up for the People and their rights and arrest those who knowingly commit crimes under color of authority?

I’m chronicling the rise of Totalitarianism, daily here.  If these Sheeple don’t give a flying fuck if they live in a techno-fascist dictatorship, well fuck them.  This is utter absurdity.  The law that protects us going back to the mother fucking Magna Carta is being erased in front of your eyes, assholes.  Wake the fuck up, you useless, fucking eating, shitting machines.  God dammit.

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Communications Management Units are the new black hole for “domestic terrorists” who say things the government doesn’t like.  You see their communications are managed.  Hence the name.  Political prisoners can be assured their stories will remain untold and silenced.  This is the open and accountable utopia Mr. Obama blathered about endlessly.  And the suckers lined up in droves.

Government Acknowledges Secretive Prisons for “Domestic Terrorists,” Proposes Making Them Permanent

“The [Prison] Bureau’s proposal makes clear that the CMUs are intended to keep these cases isolated, and to keep political prisoners with “inspirational significance” from communicating with the communities and social movements of which they are part.”

Gulag Amerika is going strong. And yes I know I’m on their list for having the audacity to tell the truth.
 

Department of Homeland Gestapo and their National Operations Center have leaked a verboten list of words that you should not be associated with on your social media, lest you incur the interest of the secret, unaccountable repression organs of the federal tyranny.

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Your beloved Obama presides over this police state abomination, and you mindlessly cheer on his every abuse.

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