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Old 10-02-2010, 12:34 PM
Location: Planet Eaarth
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"When it really matters to them, Congressmembers can come together -- with a panache and wry wit you didn't know they had. As banned books week gets underway, and President Obama admonishes oppressive regimes for their censorship of the Internet, a group of powerful Senators -- Republicans and Democrats alike -- have signed onto a bill that would vastly expand the government's power to censor the Internet."

Congress Has Plans for an Internet Blacklist in the Works -- Let's Stop This Now | Media and Culture | AlterNet
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Old 10-02-2010, 06:31 PM
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It's really pathetic how politicians all over the world want to "protect" their citizens from the mean ugly perverted Internet. The government in general knows where it's bread is buttered and it sure ain't protecting our rights. This is just another example of where this country is headed.

Freedom of speech and the press are NOT privileges, they are our rights. Unfortunately our politicians don't see it that way. Definition of a politician:

poly = many, tic = bloodsuckers

You don't like something, navigate away from the web site.

Afraid your kids will stumble on something on the net? Put the right controls in place on your computer. And for pete's sake do some research on what the government/media expouses.... don't take for granted they are telling you the whole truth.

Find out who in the government signs off on this AND VOTE THEM OUT OF OFFICE.
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Old 10-03-2010, 09:30 AM
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This is simply a proposal heavily lobbied by the entertainment industry in order to black list p2p exchange. However you may feel about pirating, the fact is that this proposal is extremely vague and like most government regulations, leaves interpretation up to those implementing it which results in extreme abuse.

I read about how they classify such lists and according to their definitions, a site like youtube, even though it does not condone or aid in the spread of copyrighted material (they take them down as soon as they notice them or there is a complaint filed), it could be black listed.

Not only that, but there are two lists. One list is an official list that is mandated to ISP's, the other list is a recommended list by the government to which ISP's can choose to ban or not at their own discretion with no "legal" repercussions by the government (note I specified "legal" and did not mention that political pressure and obstructions made by the government against the ISP can result and likely will).

This honestly is nothing more than a means to gain control and power over the internet and considering that it is primarily lobbied by the big companies in the entertainment industry, I think you get the idea of who is actually going to have the power here. That is, government is simply a tool used by powerful organizations to dictate its will upon the people.
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