(This is the first of two posts regarding an extremely dangerous free trade treaty, known as the Transpacific Partnership, that is being negotiated in total secret – and a new treaty, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, that China and some ASEAN nations are promoting)
I've been banned from a few political blogs and forums in my day, mostly from right-wing ones on which the site owners pretend to be liberal, but by their words and their actions reveal their utter devotion to defending all that is right-wing — be it in the form of enforcing false civility to protect scum who call us terrorists ad communists from getting their non-existent feelings hurt, or by defending policies implemented by Obama but which these same people denounced when done by Bush-Cheney. These include FireDogLake, Daily Kos, Smirking Chimp, Liberal Forum, On the Left, and Open Left. Read more about Why is saying that the DLC is still in charge taboo?
if it's inaccurate or misleading , please. But the way I read it, the fuckwits in power are determined to destroy the internet one way or another.
I only just discovered the ACTA ("worse than SOPA") treaty and am still trying to sort it all out. If anyone here knows more, feel free to console me! Read more about Take This Down
Wow, I thought this sort of thing was down the road a little ways ...
My colleague Rebecca MacKinnon explains why that's a good thing.
To be honest, I was shocked that Google decided to get a spine and stop censoring its service into China. (They'd been blocking info that was "sensitive" to the Chinese government, like Tienanmen Square). Read more about Google's Outta Here
Iran's Web Spying Aided By Western Technology
[...]the Iranian government appears to be engaging in a practice often called deep packet inspection, which enables authorities to not only block communication but to monitor it to gather information about individuals, as well as alter it for disinformation purposes, according to these experts.
The monitoring capability was provided, at least in part, by a joint venture of Siemens AG, the German conglomerate, and Nokia Corp., the Finnish cellphone company, in the second half of 2008 [..]