Friday, February 26, 2010

The End Of Free Speech On The Internet?

Holy shit. Yet another radical retructuring of society and economies. The internet is going to be forcibly regulated into something not unlike television so tradtional media companies can squeeze every dime out of all the information on the web.

The US, Europe and other countries including New Zealand are secretly drawing up rules designed to crack down on copyright abuse on the internet, in part by making ISPs liable for illegal content, according to a copy of part of the confidential draft agreement that was seen by the IDG News Service.It is the latest in a series of leaks from the anticounterfeiting trade agreement (ACTA) talks that have been going on for the past two years. Other leaks over the past three months have consisted of confidential internal memos about the negotiations between European lawmakers.

Why the lack of transparency? What are the corporations/governments trying to pull with ACTA?As mentioned in this cautiously forward looking article:

The public has not been allowed to view any of the candidate treaties. Not only is it secret, but it also is being negotiated without congressional oversight. The justification for it being negotiated in secret by the executive is ostensibly that it does not change any existing domestic law in the United States.

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