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US Trade Office Calls ACTA Back From the Dead

“Major announcements from the US and Canada today give a clear indication that the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) is coming back with a vengeance. ACTA is an agreement negotiated and signed by 11 countries, carrying intellectual property (IP) provisions that would negatively impact digital rights and innovation by ratcheting up IP enforcement measures beyond existing international standards. It will not take effect until six countries ratify the agreement, and Japan is so far the only country to have done so.”

Via Activist Post

As CISPA Debate Rages Again, Obama Already Using Its Powers

“Just like most draconian legislation that politicians try to pass, the government has already been using the illegal powers and hopes to justify its actions with the passage of a new law. See warrantless wiretapping. Other even worse actions, like torture and assassinations of Americans without due process, are simply kept secret because they know a law for it would never be possible.

It was recently announced that the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, will once again be coming for a vote in the United States Congress. Lawmakers cited increased threats from hackers and cyber espionage as the motivation for its reintroduction.

This version of CISPA is reportedly identical to last year’s version that easily passed in the House by a count of 248 to 168. Congressman Jared Polis (D-Colo), who voted against the measure, said the law “would waive every single privacy law ever enacted in the name of cybersecurity.”

Other critics have pointed out that CISPA gives Obama a “kill switch” over the Internet in a “national cyberemergency”. “

Via Activist Post

Senate Defeats Amendment Protecting Internet and Phone Privacy

“After the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. government’s ability to identify and intercept national security threats became paramount. With this concern came the Patriot Act and its inclusion and extension of the Cold War-era FISA, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

Originally signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1978, FISA allowed electronic surveillance of individuals located inside the U.S. who were suspected of espionage. According to the law, the government could eavesdrop for a period of one year without a warrant if the subjects were not American citizens. If the government’s activities included eavesdropping on an American citizen, the government was required to obtain a warrant from a judge within 72 hours.

FISA came to national attention during President George W. Bush’s pursuit of the War on Terror. In 2005, a New York Times story reported that Bush had initiated a domestic surveillance program of wiretapping phones and reading e-mails of U.S. citizens, on the justification of tracking potential terrorists, but had not been using a judicial warrant as the 1978 act required. Bush’s program became colloquially known as “warrantless wiretapping.”

FISA was amended in 2008 with warrantless wiretaps in place and participating telecommunications companies immune from prosecution. FISA was renewed by the US Senate on Thursday with its 2008 amendments due to expire and included provisions that affect Americans’ internet and phone privacy.”

Via IVN

Global government now seeks total control over the internet

” What is arguably the very last bastion of totally free speech is once again under assault by the world’s tyrants, as the United Nations is now eying regulation of the Internet – as though it was in need of being regulated.

Why? It’s an age-old story.

Leaders of authoritarian regimes the world over hate the free flow of information that is disseminated via the Internet. They hate the fact that they no longer have a monopoly on ideas and opinion within their own country. They see notions of freedom and liberty as a threat. They despise any medium that undermines their grip on power. And their regimes are heavily represented in the U.N., of which the United States (once considered the bastion of liberty and freedom) is the largest contributor.

“Who runs the Internet? For now, the answer remains no one, or at least no government, which explains the Web’s success as a new technology. But as of next week, unless the U.S. gets serious, the answer could be the United Nations,” reports The Wall Street Journal.”

Via Natural News

U.N. to Seek Control of the Internet

“Next week the United Nations’ International Telecommunications Union will meet in Dubai to figure out how to control the Internet. Representatives from 193 nations will attend the nearly two week long meeting, according to news reports

“Next week the ITU holds a negotiating conference in Dubai, and past months have brought many leaks of proposals for a new treaty. U.S. congressional resolutions and much of the commentary, including in this column, have focused on proposals by authoritarian governments to censor the Internet. Just as objectionable are proposals that ignore how the Internet works, threatening its smooth and open operations,” reports the Wall Street Journal.

“Having the Internet rewired by bureaucrats would be like handing a Stradivarius to a gorilla. The Internet is made up of 40,000 networks that interconnect among 425,000 global routes, cheaply and efficiently delivering messages and other digital content among more than two billion people around the world, with some 500,000 new users a day. …”

Via The Weekly Standard

Federal judge blocks FBI’s attempts to hold back information on troubling surveillance program

“In a somewhat surprising move, U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg refused to allow the government to continue their drive to require Internet providers to build backdoors into their systems for government surveillance under a veil of secrecy.

This is especially shocking because a federal judge just ruled that police can place surveillance cameras on private property without a search warrant and another federal judge quickly overturned a previous decision blocking the indefinite detention provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2012.

The program, known as the “Going Dark,” is, according to Threat Level, aimed at “extend[ing] [the government’s] ability to wiretap virtually all forms of electronic communications.”

Judge Seeborg ruled on October 30 that the federal government “did not adequately respond to a Freedom of Information Act request from the Electronic Frontier Foundation,” according to CNET.”

Via Activist Post

Practical advice Friday: The easiest step you can take to regain your privacy

“One major assault against liberty over the last two years has been the steady erosion of online privacy. From Obama’s ‘kill switch’, to ACTA, SOPA and PIPA, to stasi tactics against people like Kim Dotcom, hardly a month goes by without some major action against Internet users.

It’s really getting absurd.

Perhaps the biggest looming threat to our online privacy is the yet-to-be-completed NSA data-centre, located in the middle of the Utah desert. We’ve discussed this many times before, and in case you’re not familiar, I recommend checking out this excellent report from Wired magazine.

Bottom line, people won’t be able to utter a single word or bit of data anymore, anywhere in the world, without it being monitored and stored by Uncle Sam.

And with ‘yottabytes’ of storage capacity (roughly 10 billion times the entire content library of the iTunes store) the NSA can archive every email, phone call, text message, voice mail, instant message, etc. forever.”

Via Sovereign Man

Stop UN regulation of the Internet

“Secretly, behind closed doors, the nations of the world are negotiating a treaty — initiated by Russia and China — to regulate the Internet through the United Nations. The only reason we know about these talks in the first place is through a WikiLeaks anonymous posting by a participant in the talks. That and the fact that a signing ceremony has been scheduled in Dubai in December of 2012.

The Russian and Chinese play to get control of the Internet is one of the major themes in our new book Here Come the Black Helicopters: UN Global Governance and the Loss of Freedom. The world learned of these negotiations only because Jerry Brito and Eli Dourado, George Mason University researchers, set up a website called WCITLeaks and encouraged anyone with knowledge of the negotiations to make an anonymous posting detailing their progress. Someone responded on June 12 of this year posting a 250-page synopsis of the proposed treaty and the talks surrounding it.”

Via The Hill

Son of CISPA: Lieberman Urges the President to Issue an Executive Order for Federal Takeover of Important Parts of the Internet

September 29, 2012 Leave a comment

“SOPA and CISPA were both defeated in Congress because the people of America rose up and told the legislators to keep their hands off of the Internet. People like the freedom the Internet provides in a world which is less and less free. It is the last bastion of liberty. It is the only part of the economy which has seen any real, tangible growth over the last decade—because it is largely free. But the Federal government sees the Internet as a huge threat potentially and come hook or by crook they want to seize god-like powers over cyberspace.

Since so much resistance was met in Congress from the American people those who wish to control the flow of information in the name of “cyber security” are now appealing to the President to just go around our legislature and issue a king-like decree, I mean executive order, to seize ultimate control over important parts of the Net.”

Via Against Crony Capitalism

Freedom Not Fear: Creating a Surveillance-Free Internet

September 14, 2012 Leave a comment

“Privacy rights face a crisis. Governments around the world have been taking overreaching, fear-based surveillance measures against essential online freedoms. Organizing an international resistance demands a complex understanding of both the latest online surveillance trends and of long-standing threats to privacy.”

Via Activist Post

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