From Global Research:
A Seamless Global Surveillance Web
by Tom Burghardt
In a further sign that Barack Obama’s faux “progressive” regime will soon seek broad new Executive Branch power, The New York Times disclosed last week that FBI chief and cover-up specialist extraordinaire, Robert S. Mueller III, “traveled to Silicon Valley on Tuesday to meet with top executives of several technology firms about a proposal to make it easier to wiretap Internet users.”
Times’ journalist Charlie Savage reported that Mueller and the Bureau’s chief counsel, Valerie Caproni, “were scheduled to meet with senior managers of several major companies, including Google and Facebook, according to several people familiar with the discussions.”
Facebook’s public policy manager Andrew Noyes confirmed that Mueller “is visiting Facebook during his trip to Silicon Valley;” Google, on the other hand, “declined to comment.”
Last month, Antifascist Calling reported that the U.S. secret state, in a reprise of the crypto wars of the 1990s, is seeking new legislation from Congress that would “fix” the Communications Assistance to Law Enforcement Act (CALEA) and further curtail our civil- and privacy rights.
When the administration floated the proposal in September, The New York Times revealed that among the “fixes” sought by the FBI and other intrusive spy satrapies, were demands that communications’ providers build backdoors into their applications and networks that will give spooks trolling “encrypted e-mail transmitters like BlackBerry, social networking Web sites like Facebook and software that allows direct ‘peer to peer’ messaging like Skype” the means “to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.”
And with a new “security-minded” Congress set to convene in January, chock-a-block with Tea Partying “conservatives” and ultra-nationalist know-nothings, the chances that the administration will get everything they want, and then some, is a sure bet.
“All Your Data Belongs to Us”
Posted by samzenpus on Monday November 22, @04:43AM
from the brutal-honesty dept.
destinyland writes “FCC chairman Julius Genachowski says that net neutrality rules ‘will happen,’ promising the FCC ‘will make sure that we get the rules right… to make sure that what we do maximizes innovation and investment across the ecosystem.’ But the same week, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps announced that the public should not stand for deals ‘that exchange Internet freedom for bloated profits,’ mocking the tiered-data plans of the ‘Verizon-Google gaggle’ and accusing them of wanting ‘gated communities for the affluent.’ Speaking at a New Mexico hearing, the commissioner warned the audience against proposals that would ‘vastly diminish’ the Internet’s importance, blasting ‘special interests and gatekeepers and toll-booth collectors who will short-circuit what this great new technology can do for our country.’ (The text of his speech is available as a PDF file at FCC.gov.) He concludes by acknowledging that ‘you can’t blame companies for seeking to protect their own interests. But you can blame policy-makers if we let them get away with it!'”
Posted by Soulskill on Saturday October 30, @02:37PM
from the hippie-talk-two-point-oh dept.
Pickens writes “In 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin made a promise: ‘We believe the issue of advertising causes enough mixed incentives that it is crucial to have a competitive search engine that is transparent and in the academic realm.’ Now, Micah White writes in the Guardian that the vast library that is the internet is flooded with so many advertisements that this commercial barrage is having a cultural impact, where users can no longer tell the difference between content and advertising, and the omnipresence of internet advertising constrains the horizon of our thought. And at the center of it all, with ad space on 85% of all internet sites, is Google. In the gleeful words of CEO Eric Schmidt, ‘We are an advertising company.’ The danger of allowing an advertising company to control the index of human knowledge is too obvious to ignore, writes White. ‘The universal index is the shared heritage of humanity. It ought to be owned by us all. No corporation or nation has the right to privatize the index, commercialize the index, censor what they do not like or auction search ranking to the highest bidder.’ Google currently makes nearly all its money from practices its founders once rightly abhorred. ‘Now it is up to us to realize the dream of a non-commercial paradigm for organizing the internet. … We have public libraries. We need a public search engine.'”
Boing Boing – Canada’s telcoms regulator gives bloated, throttling incumbent the keys to the kingdom
From Boing Boing:
Cory Doctorow at 12:15 AM Saturday, Oct 30, 2010
The CRTC, Canada’s telcoms regulator, had handed Bell Canada, the incumbent former state monopoly, a giant, giftwrapped early Christmas present. Bell — whose infrastructure was built with tax-dollars — is required to share its lines with independent ISPs, so that there can be competition in Canada’s ISP market. Bell itself provides a distinctly inferior sort of retail ISP service, with secret throttling and filtering (“traffic shaping”), as well as bandwidth caps, making Canada one of the worst places to get network access in the developed world.
But Bell’s competitors have responded by competitive offerings that deliver a neutral network — one that gets you the bits you asked for, as quickly as possible. But that’s not going to last.
The new CRTC ruling allows Bell to charge the same rates to its resellers that it charges to its retail customers — in other words, a third party ISP will pay the same to buy a line as one of Bell’s customers would (meaning that they have to charge more than Bell charges in order to turn a profit). And Bell will be allowed to impose the same network filters and throttling on these ISPs as it subjects its own customers to.
The Globe and Mail has an interview with Rocky Gaudrault, CEO of TekSavvy, one of Canada’s best independent ISPs.
DoD Study Contradicts Charges Against WikiLeaks on Sunday October 17, @03:35PM
Posted by samzenpus on Sunday October 17, @03:35PM
from the offical-story dept.
Voline writes “Last Summer, after WikiLeaks released 90,000 leaked internal US military documents in their Afghan War Log, Pentagon officials went on a media offensive against WikiLeaks, accusing it of having the ‘blood on Its hands’ of American soldiers and Afghan collaborators who are named in the documents. The charge has echoed through the mainstream media (and Internet comment threads) ever since. Now, CNN is reporting that after a thorough Pentagon review, ‘WikiLeaks did not disclose any sensitive intelligence sources or methods, the Department of Defense concluded.’ And, according to an unnamed NATO official, ‘there has been no indication’ that any Afghans who have collaborated with the NATO occupation have been harmed as a result of the leaks. Will the Pentagon’s contradiction of the charges against WikiLeaks get as much play in the media as those original accusations did?”
The Obama administration wants to force Internet e-mail and other communications companies to build in encryption backdoors for government surveillance, The New York Times reports.
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Posted by Soulskill on Tuesday September 07, @01:27PM
from the self-proclaimed-internet-police dept.
“The United States has a responsibility to take a leadership role in securing the Internet against both internal and external attackers, a duty that the federal government takes very seriously, the country’s top military cybersecurity official said Tuesday. However, Gen. Keith Alexander, director of the National Security Agency and commander of the US Cyber Command, provided virtually nothing in the way of details of how the government intends to accomplish this rather daunting task. ‘We made the Internet and it seems to me that we ought to be the first folks to get out there and protect it,’ Alexander said. ‘The challenge before us is large and daunting. But we have an obligation to meet it head-on.’ It’s unlikely that any of Alexander’s comments Tuesday will do much to quiet the criticisms of the Obama administration’s security efforts thus far. Speaking mostly in generalities, Alexander emphasized the administration’s commitment to the Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative, a plan developed by the Bush administration and recently partially de-classified by Obama administration officials.”