A 13 minute rant that is worth your 13 minutes, especially if you're in the dark about Net Neutrality. If you're done watching, there's also things you can do to try and save the internet; please submit your own rant here (I did). Let the FCC know that they're a bunch of shameless shitlords (I did).
EFF asked the companies in their 'Who Has Your Back Program' what they are doing to bolster encryption in light of the NSA’s unlawful surveillance of our communications. They were pleased to see that four companies—Dropbox, Google, SpiderOak and Sonic.net—are implementing five out of five of EFF's best practices for encryption.
Also, if this sort of thing, privacy, safe communication etc interests you, have a look at my earlier post 'Let me aid you taking back a bit of your online privacy.'
With a 288 to 127 vote, this legislation allows companies to share customers' personal information with any company or any government entity, including the National Security Agency. Of course the events in Boston were hailed as a reason to pass the bill. Next to that, it increasingly seems the case we're made to believe that when we are exercising our rights is proof of guilt. Now the fight will continue in the US Senate, to hopefully eventually be veto'd by Pres. Obama.
Here is some dirt;
A last minute amendment by Congressman Perlmutter, adding verbiage stating no employer/government could ask info without a court order preventing mechanisms akin to China's great firewall, was laughed off by CISPA co-author Mike Rogers saying: "Save it for employment laws"... Pro-CISPA interest groups have given $67,600,000 to the House since 2010. New co-sponsors have received 38x as much money from supporting interests than from interests opposed to CISPA. Mike Roger's wife certainly seems to benefit from the CISPA.
I don't think it's a big secret I support freedom of speech and openness of the internet in particular. Many regard the internet as the last truly open medium, a medium that destroys paradigms, forces us to re-evaluate how we communicate and should even make us feel humble. (But we don't). It's like watching universes from earth. Only, everything we encounter on the internet is somewhat within reach. It has flattened our world in such incomprehensible ways! It gives people a voice. We learn or hear stuff we'd never hear about. We question how we learn and what's important to the self. Many of us walk around with it in our pockets. I realize this sounds like incomprehensible gibberish, but I assure you, I feel it isn't. :)
I've always enjoyed movies by John Cusak, and I'd even go as far as saying he is one of my top 10 actors ever. Recently I stumbled across his iAMA ('I Am ... Ask Me Anything') where I learned he is on the board of directors of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. Fellow board members include (amongst others) whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald and Electronic Frontier Foundation founder John Perry Barlow.
Like with so many things, press nowadays (with TCP/IP and all...) has gotten so many more layers. The term journalism has gotten so many new meanings. (Am I, yours faithfully, a journalist?). Free and independent press is just so hard to come by now. And if there ever was a time when this was important, it has to be now. Right. fucking. now. There are many initiatives to cut down on the freedom of press, speech and internet and this is a real challenge for humanity. If it is one thing the press should do, and do well, it's to inform the general public of the ongoings of and in our governments. They're the publics' watchdogs. As democratic voters, we have the right to know what is happening, yet all that happens that matters, is surrounded in secrecy.
Anyway. I guess what I'm saying is that an organisation that promises: