INTERNET, Technology, Control & Censorship

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Homeland Security |  Reinventing the World



April 2013

Windows cyber scam goes viral in Canada: “'Jack' phoned me the other day. Jack had some urgent news: our home computer was in big trouble. Our passwords, banking information, our entire cyber-lives were in serious jeopardy of being breached and chewed to bits by a 'malicious' virus.... Jack said he was with the 'computer maintenance department' for 'Windows operating systems.' Jack was going to fix the problem....

      "'Jack' is a naughty boy. He and 'Alex' and 'John', who had called previously with the same urgent news — and legions of other cyber-scammers — have been bombarding Canadians homes, and homes around the globe, with calls in what police believe is a widespread computer scam based in India." See Who defines Right or Wrong in today's corrupt culture?

Windows cyber scam goes viral in Canada: “'Jack' phoned me the other day. Jack had some urgent news: our home computer was in big trouble. Our passwords, banking information, our entire cyber-lives were in serious jeopardy of being breached and chewed to bits by a 'malicious' virus.... Jack said he was with the 'computer maintenance department' for 'Windows operating systems.' Jack was going to fix the problem....

      "'Jack' is a naughty boy. He and 'Alex' and 'John', who had called previously with the same urgent news — and legions of other cyber-scammers — have been bombarding Canadians homes, and homes around the globe, with calls in what police believe is a widespread computer scam based in India." See Who defines Right or Wrong in today's corrupt culture?

January 2013

Man who printed a gun in his own home says it ‘wasn’t that difficult’: "Using a $1,000 3D-printer, engineer Michael Guslick was able to adapt a design from the Internet to create an essential component of a semiautomatic rifle."

December 2012

 Free Internet Under Fire: "A Russian government proposal to amend a U.N. treaty at a meeting of the world body’s World Conference on International Telecommunications in Dubai next week contains a provision that calls for bringing 'IP-based networks' under U.N. control. The U.N. treaty, called the International Telecommunications Regulations (ITR), is currently limited to regulating international telecommunications services. The Russian proposal to amend the treaty has the support of other non-democratic states such as China and Iran....

     "The conference will be held from Dec. 3 to 14 in Dubai. ...the Russian proposal.... would basically move to governments the right to route traffic, to review content... more censorship.” See Rockefeller & Global Media Censors


The Danger of International Internet Regulation: "Regulating the Internet is something Americans have resisted here at home. Now that fight is going global. The United Nations—of course—has an agency that oversees international telecommunications. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) was founded in 1865, when the telegraph was its main concern. Now it’s trying to expand its influence over modern-day communications. Starting on Monday, the 193 member states of the ITU will meet in Dubai to update the 1988 International Telecommunications Regulations." See George Orwell's 1984

November 2012

Global row as UN body vies for internet control: "The little-known UN body, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), is pushing to regulate the internet, and has suggested a range of reforms which would potentially stifle free speech and make users pay extra to use things like Skype and email. ...[The plan] could allow countries to shut down the internet if they felt sensitive information might be made public.' far negotiations have been behind closed doors, 'to try to basically get a change in international law... to control how the internet is used.'"


One month until they regulate the Internet: "A U.N.-sponsored conference [in Dubai ] next month in Dubai will propose new regulations and restrictions for the Internet, which critics say will censor free speech, levy tariffs on e-commerce, and even force companies to clean up their “e-waste” and make gadgets that are better for the environment.... To dispel concerns, the ITU played damage control in early October..."


One month until they regulate the Internet: "A U.N.-sponsored conference [in Dubai ] next month in Dubai will propose new regulations and restrictions for the Internet, which critics say will censor free speech, levy tariffs on e-commerce, and even force companies to clean up their “e-waste” and make gadgets that are better for the environment.... To dispel concerns, the ITU played damage control in early October..."

September 2012

Obama Ready to Sign Internet Control Executive Order: "Cyber crimes such as identity theft are real, but giving the Obama administration more power to control the internet is not the answer. Their desire to regulate and oversee everything that people are doing and saying on the web has more to do with their need to censor things they don’t want people to see.... They want to be able to filter the internet in the same way the mainstream media filter information."

June 2012

New ‘Digital Divide’ Seen in Wasting Time Online: "In the 1990s, the term 'digital divide' emerged to describe technology’s haves and have-nots. ...As access to devices has spread, children in poorer families are spending considerably more time than children from more well-off families using their television and gadgets to watch shows and videos, play games and connect on social networking sites, studies show. This growing time-wasting gap... is more a reflection of the ability of parents to monitor and limit how children use technology than of access to it." See The Power of Suggestion

May 2012

You don’t need to be religious to appreciate the dangers of the Internet: "Facebook and the future of marriage is an issue that finally is getting some much-needed attention. As Quentin Fottrell... pointed out, more than a third of divorce filings last year contained the word 'Facebook'....'I see Facebook issues breaking up marriages all the time,' says Gary Traystman, a divorce attorney.... Of the 15 cases he handles per year where computer history, texts and emails are admitted as evidence, 60% exclusively involve Facebook....

     "...'Affairs happen with a lightning speed on Facebook.' In the real world, [Krafsky] says, office romances and out-of-town trysts can take months or even years to develop. ' On Facebook,' he says, 'they happen in just a few clicks.'...

     "Facebook romances are often based on fantasy. That's why they seem so much more appealing than our real-life connections. We are far quicker to give a thumbs-up 'like' to someone we don't really know, but create in our own ideal image, than to a flesh and blood person before us who comes with the mixture of the qualities as well as the flaws of a normal human being.... And the Internet continues to alter the landscape of sexual relationships....

     "...the idea [Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google] felt most important to share with them was to challenge them to 'take the radical step of tearing their eyes away from their smart phones and computer screens.

March 2012

Site asks social networkers to rethink revelations: "As more people reveal their whereabouts on social networks, a new site has sprung up to remind students and others that letting everyone know where you are — and, by extension, where you’re not — could leave you vulnerable to those with less-than-friendly intentions. has become so easy to use that people are sharing too much online without even realizing it."

January 2012

China's Cyber Thievery Is National Policy—And Must Be Challenged: "In fact, the Chinese are the world's most active and persistent practitioners of cyber espionage today. Evidence of China's economically devastating theft of proprietary technologies and other intellectual property from U.S. companies is growing. ...The threat of economic cyber espionage looms even more ominously....The report is a summation of the catastrophic impact cyber espionage could have on the U.S. economy and global competitiveness over the next decade....

     "China has a massive, inexpensive work force ravenous for economic growth. It is much more efficient for the Chinese to steal innovations and intellectual property—the source code of advanced economies—than to incur the cost and time of creating their own. They turn those stolen ideas directly into production..." See America's Perilous Partnership with China

How Google and Facebook Hide What You Like. "...showing us what it thinks we want to see, but not necessary what we need to see....You don't get to see what it filters out." And the filtering is based on its analysis of your personal, political and social values!

Facebook Gives Politico Deep Access to Users’ Political Sentiments: "A partnership between Facebook and Politico announced today is one of the more far-reaching efforts. It will consist of sentiment analysis reports and voting-age user surveys.... Most notably, the Facebook-Politico data set will include Facebook users’ private status messages and comments. While that may alarm some people, Facebook and Politico say the entire process is automated and no Facebook employees read the posts."

November 2011

US Government About to Control Internet: "Obama has been pushing for the federal government to take control of the Internet in the US....On Sunday, Nov. 20, ‘Net Neutrality’ will take effect.... Many believe the ultimate goal of net neutrality is to eliminate all private internet service providers resulting in the US government ending up as the only internet provider left. And as the only provider, [the government] would regulate who does and who doesn’t have access to the internet as well as regulate website content.... They refer to it as net neutrality when in fact it is anti-neutrality....It’s George Orwell’s ‘Big Brother’ becoming a reality."

The Net Neutrality Coup: "The Federal Communications Commission has voted to impose the controversial 'Net Neutrality' regulations on the Internet, by a vote of 3-2. It was a partisan vote, three Democrats against two Republicans."

September 2011

Some cartoons bad for kids' brains: "Some children's television shows may be bad for young kid's brains.... It appears that children may not concentrate and focus very well after watching fast-paced programming. ...The pre-schoolers who watched the fast-paced shows did much worse on the thinking tests than those in the two other groups, who scored about the same. " The Power of Suggestion

August 2011

Internet Control.  Beijing's Crash Course in News Censorship. "China's inability to control new media has emboldened the traditional press.... Beijing's failure to cover up the fatal collision of one high-speed train into another near the city of Wenzhou last month exposes the growing gap between government diktats and facts on the ground. tens of millions of blogs poured on the criticism of the authorities, the Central Propaganda Department sent directives to the media to stop coverage. Journalists were told not to 'investigate the causes of the accident' or to 'question' the official account.... An infant was found alive after authorities called off the search for survivors....

     "The Central Propaganda Department sent the media a new order limiting coverage to 'positive news or information released by the authorities.'...Instead of following the order, journalists used their micro-blogging accounts to quote the directive: "All local media, including newspapers, magazines and websites, must rapidly cool down the reports of the incident."

July 2011

The Danger Of Making Facebook, LinkedIn, Google And Twitter Public Utilities: "Are social networking sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter 'information monopolies' that should be regulated as public utilities? ...public utility regulation is the arch-enemy of innovation and competition." See Reinventing the World

Google is altering your brain: "...our growing dependence on the Internet has changed how -- and what -- our brains choose to remember. When we know where to find information, we're less likely to remember it -- an amnesia dubbed The Google Effect by a team led by psychologist Betsy Sparrow of Columbia University....Sparrow disagrees with Nicholas Carr, whose alarming 2008 article 'Is Google Making Us Stupid?' explains what he sees as the brain-corrosive side effects of digital devices."

June 2011

Facebook Now Knows What You Look Like As It Rolls Out Facial Recognition Software Secretly: "Facebook is at the centre of another privacy row after bringing in facial recognition technology to automatically identify users in pictures. The world's leading social network has begun rolling out new technology that automatically identifies and 'tags' people in photos uploaded to the website....'Facebook users will rightly be alarmed.... This is yet another nail in the coffin for online privacy." See George Orwell's 1984

Writer urges Internet junkies to 'switch off' and think: "Like tens of millions of others, US technology writer Nicholas Carr found the lure of the worldwide web hard to resist -- until he noticed it was getting harder and harder to concentrate. He set out his concerns in a celebrated essay headlined 'Is Google making us stupid?' And his latest book 'The Shallows' explores in depth what he fears the Internet is doing to our brains. 'The seductions of technology are hard to resist,' Carr acknowledges..."

March 2011

Google Sets Role in Mobile Payment: "Google Inc. is teaming up with MasterCard Inc. and Citigroup Inc. to embed technology in Android mobile devices that would allow consumers to make purchases by waving their smartphones in front of a small reader at the checkout counter....The idea is to turn the phones into a kind of electronic wallet."

February 2011

Amendments passed to eliminate Obama Czars and defund FCC Net Neutrality rules: "In December, the FCC set controversial new regulations to empower itself to regulate private sector networks and companies. On Wednesday, Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee Fred Upton (R.-Mich.) introduced a resolution to overturn the FCC rules.... Upton said that he and Walden 'believe these rules will hurt innovation and the economy.'

      '"It’s not appropriate for the unelected FCC to regulate Internet services without any input from the United States Congress,' said Stearns.... 'So Congress must stop the FCC.” See Ban truth - Reap tyranny

Digital activists in Egypt being trained by internet experts in New York: "Training Central for digital activists is the Alliance for Youth Movement (AYM), a non-profit organizmoting, connecting, and supporting digital activists from around the world. ...the main mastermind behind the violent protests in Egypt has roots in the Alliance of AYM—tentacles of which reach all the way into the US State Department....

     "Jared Cohen, AYM’s co-founder... an Adjunct Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations...was a close adviser to both Condoleezza Rice and later Hillary Clinton....

     "AYM has already held three international conferences to arm the digital activists—including members of the Egyptian opposition. The US and British governments fund the groups....Generations indoctrinated by the US’s left-leaning public education system are now 30-year-old Internet executives who wield a power far more deadly than the globe’s most dreaded Armies."

January 2011

Social networking under fresh attack as tide of cyber-scepticism sweeps US: " is threatening to dominate our lives and make us less human. Under the illusion of allowing us to communicate better, it is actually isolating us from real human interactions in a cyber-reality that is a poor imitation of the real world.....But [others]...point out that emails, Twitter and Facebook have led to more communication, not less..."

Facebook increasingly implicated in divorce: "One expert said she had dealt with 30 cases in the last nine months and Facebook had been implicated in them all." See Conforming to the culture, not to truth

Obama's Internet passport: "....Instead of logging onto Facebook or one's bank using separate passwords established with each individual company or website, the White House will take the lead in developing what it calls an 'identity ecosystem' that will centralize personal information and credentials. This government-approved system would issue a smart card or similar device that would confirm an individual's identity when making online credit-card purchases, accessing electronic health care records, posting 'anonymous' blog entries or even logging onto one's own home computer....They can not only improve security, but, if done properly, can enhance privacy as well.' Put another way, Mr. Locke is saying, 'Trust us, we're from the government, and we're here to help.'

      "Congress, the technology industry and the public need to run as far away as they can from this purported assistance. The government is no more capable of securing information than it is of protecting airports. Just look at the WikiLeaks case.... Civil-service employees, who can't be fired, have little reason to be careful with sensitive medical records, or even nuclear secrets." See Forging a New Global Consciousness

When Technology Turns Against Us: "...we are heading into a full-blown surveillance society. ...Obama is eyeing the Internet to ID all Americans....White House Cybersecurity Coordinator Howard Schmidt says, 'This is the perfect spot in the U.S. government to centralize efforts toward creating an 'identity ecosystem' for the Internet."

Obama Eyeing Internet ID for Americans: "President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today. It's 'the absolute perfect spot in the U.S. government' to centralize efforts toward creating an 'identity ecosystem' for the Internet."

December 2010

Global Management. Big Brother tightens choke hold on Internet: "The United Nations is now joining the Obama administration and Democratic commissioners on the FCC in an attempt to regulate the Internet.... 'The U.N. is reacting to concerns of member governments, including the United States, that the Internet has made companies like WikiLeaks possible, while the FCC is more concerned about conservative news outlets on the Internet...' Corsi wrote.

      "...the U.N. is considering whether to set up an inter-governmental working group to 'harmonize' global efforts by policymakers to regulate the Internet. The U.N. claims authority to regulate the Internet under a U.N. Economic and Social Council resolution passed in July that invited the U.N. secretary-general to begin discussions on coordinating government efforts to regulate the Internet on a global basis. 'Obviously, the U.N. is uncomfortable with anything like the Internet that the globalists cannot control.'"

Chavez defends plan for Internet regulations: "Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez defended plans for a law that would impose broadcast-type regulations on the Internet....Chavez's congressional allies are considering extending the 'Social Responsibility Law' for broadcast media to the Internet, banning messages that 'disrespect public authorities'... or are aimed at creating 'anxiety' in the population."

Mind Control. Nothing neutral about this unholy scheme: "The fixers here [in America] are pursuing something called 'net neutrality'....'Net neutrality'....must be accomplished by a seizure of authority to do so, a seizure not by Congress...but by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

     "...this would be a first step toward revival of the so-called Fairness Doctrine, sought by Barack Obama and the Democrats since he first arrived in Washington. The Fairness Doctrine would require broadcasters, definitely including the cable-TV networks, to provide airtime for anyone criticized by someone else on the air....[No freedom to expose global, regional and national problems? No right to question the rising power of Islam and the persecution of Christians?]

     "The new 'net-neutrality' regulations here, which will have the force of law...."

Wave goodbye to Internet freedom: "The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is poised to add the Internet to its portfolio of regulated industries. The agency's chairman, Julius Genachowski, announced Wednesday that he circulated draft rules he says will 'preserve the freedom and openness of the Internet.' No statement could better reflect the gulf between the rhetoric and the reality of Obama administration policies....

      "Mr. Genachowski suggested that government red tape will increase the 'freedom' of online services that have flourished because bureaucratic busybodies have been blocked from tinkering with the Web....Mr. Genachowski's draft document has over 550 footnotes and is stamped 'non-public, for internal use only' to ensure nobody outside the agency sees it until the rules are approved in a scheduled Dec. 21 vote. So much for 'openness.'" See UNESCO's "Memory of the World"

August 2010

A Threat Worse Than 9/11: "Cyber attacks...are responsible for 'the biggest transfer of wealth through theft and piracy in the history of mankind,' according to Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D.-R.I.). The senator also warns the nation’s total dependence on our automated infrastructure—electric grid, air traffic control, manufacturing, and business—and our national defense networks are dangerously vulnerable to this accelerating and insidious threat....

      "...the computer networks controlling our electric grid are plagued by widespread security flaws that allow our cyber enemies to manipulate the grid and steal critical data.... 'Malicious cyber activity is occurring on an unprecedented scale with extraordinary sophistication.'...

      "China is developing the ability to launch pre-emptive attacks against enemy computer networks....'”

June 2010

Swimming in the digital shallows -- What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains: "A modern child’s existence is all digital.... They have constant access to stimulation — on their laptops, on their iPods, on their cell phones.... Their brains are wired to expect more stimulation....

    "My current household technological battle involves making certain the kids turn off Facebook and cell phones when studying. They believe this to be not only unnecessary but rude: In an age where no one is ever really out of contact, how could they possibly be inaccessible to their friends?

    "And then there is the disturbing question of how the era of virtual communications affects friendships and personality. Kids prefer text over talk.... But the inability to discern tone and inflection enhances the possibilities of misunderstanding, and...lowers the barrier for hurtful speech. students today are about 40 percent lower in empathy... than their counterparts 20 and 30 years ago." See Reinventing the World

May 2010

Learning a new language? Try Globish: "From Barack Obama's simple 'Yes We Can' countless Chinese people sending text messages using English letters, 'Globish' is fast becoming the dominant language of this century.... Japanese language schools use Obama's speeches to teach English."

February 2010

Rolltop - Future Designer laptop: Video

September 2009

Internet censorship going global: "On June 4, 1989, the Chinese government implemented lethal force against students peacefully protesting for political reform. It is thought that thousands of unarmed students were killed [by government order] in the melee, which remains a taboo topic within China.... '...the Chinese authorities want to quash any chance of its citizens discussing the historic event..." See Brainwashing and "Education Reform"

W.H. collects Web users' data without notice: "The White House is collecting and storing comments and videos placed on its social-networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube without notifying or asking the consent of the site users, a failure that appears to run counter to President Obama's promise of a transparent government and his pledge to protect privacy on the Internet." See the next three links -- and notice the tax-exempt foundations that help fund the global agenda:

The Plan for Government-Funded Socialist Media: "... the.Ford Foundation is a major underwriter of the Center for Social Media of American University, a project headed by left-wing activist Patricia Aufderheide, who says that 'Taxpayer funds are crucial...' to creating new 'public media.' This group got money under a $50 million Ford Foundation program to create and strengthen 'public media.'...

     "The Benton Foundation, another major liberal foundation, is spearheading efforts to get the federal 'stimulus' money into the hands of 'progressive' groups and state and local governments....

     "A Columbia Law School Professor and member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Wu claims the U.S. Constitution is flawed because the founders did not anticipate the problem of 'the abuse of private power.' He coined the term 'net neutrality,' an attempt to justify federal control of the Internet in the name of guaranteeing equal access to it. Crawford was on Obama's FCC transition team and is the founder of something called 'OneWebDay,' whose slogan is, 'One web. One world. One wish.'

      "It's a reminder of the proposal which came out of the World Economic Forum, outlining 'a new global network' with 'the capacity to connect the world, bridging cultures and peoples, and telling us who we are and what we mean to each other.'....

       "In terms of federal initiatives, conservatives don't have the votes in Congress to stop any of what is coming. Plus, Obama will soon have his FCC majority Our focus has to be... to try to prevent further government interference in the new media..." See The Global Media Censors

The Internet. Benton Foundation: Reaching for the American Dream by Connecting our Nation : "As president, I will set a simple goal: every American should have the highest speed broadband access - no matter where you live, or how much money you have." [Presidential candidate Obama, 2008].

     "...the new Administration must launch a well-planned, concerted national effort to deploy robust and affordable broadband to every corner of the nation... His Administration should then immediately begin the process of designing and successfully executing a coordinated and effective National Broadband Strategy (NBS), a 'coherent roadmap of policies and goals that complement and accelerate efforts in the marketplace to achieve universal adoption of affordable high-speed Internet connections.'...

     "By promoting both the supply of and the demand for broadband, the NBS will establish a 'virtuous circle' in which an increased supply of robust and affordable broadband stimulates creation of applications that produce wide-ranging, valuable social benefits.... He will deliver to all our citizens the opportunity they seek for their children and themselves: to reach for the American Dream in the Digital Age." See George Orwell's 1984

Regulatory Czar may target internet for "fairness": "Cass Sunstein, is in support of a form of internet fairness doctrine. Read: Censorship.... He has proposed, among other things, a 'notice and take down' law. - Essentially a provision that would require websites to take down 'falsehoods' upon notice from the federal government. And what is considered a 'falsehood,' and who determines what falls into this category? ... Would information representing a Public official (Say, maybe a Czar) in bad lighting be considered a falsehood? Sunstein has claimed the notion that Barack Obama ‘paled around with terrorists’ is a lie, despite the documented connection between Bill Ayers and the President. The term 'falsehood' could easily be used as a tool to silence politically inconvenient reports.
       "So, would his evaluation of what determines a 'falsehood' be directed at limiting the choices or opinions on the internet? Most assuredly. It does not take a conspiratorial mind to think the man appointed with creating regulations and implementing new regulations would be a supporter of more regulations. The Czars so far appointed, seem aimed at limiting the freedom of many individuals for the common 'good. Executive pay czars, a Czar for science, a regulation Czar, and auto Industry Czar, etc. ... They are an intimidation tactic (as they always have been) used to manipulate the public into compliance with the world view of the President's administration.

  What about sharing God's Word? Could that be considered an intolerable 'falsehood' that calls for censorship? It reminds me of the apostle Peter's response to leaders who despised Jesus: "... we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard.” Acts 4:19

May 2009

EU wants 'Internet G12' to govern cyberspace: "The European Commission wants the US to dissolve all government links with the body that 'governs' the internet, replacing it with an international forum for discussing internet governance and online security."

March 2009

U.S. regulatory czar nominee wants Net 'Fairness Doctrine': "Barack Obama's nominee... has advocated a 'Fairness Doctrine' for the Internet that would require opposing opinions be linked and also has suggested angry e-mails should be prevented from being sent.... Sunstein also has argued in his prolific literary works that the Internet is anti-democratic because of the way users can filter out information of their own choosing. 'A system of limitless individual choices, with respect to communications, is not necessarily in the interest of citizenship and self-government'... Later, Sunstein rethought his proposal, explaining that it would be 'too difficult to regulate [the Internet] in a way that would respond to those concerns.'

        "'As one of America's leading constitutional scholars, Cass Sunstein has distinguished himself in a range of fields, including administrative law... and behavioral economics,' said Obama at his nomination of his regulatory czar. 'He is uniquely qualified to lead my administration's regulatory reform agenda..." See The Rockefellers, Morgans and the Global Media Censors

Notice the broad implications of Jay Rockefeller's Cybersecurity bill (introduced in the Senate). It recommends that Obama's team of advisers include representatives from liberal institutions [academia, advocacy groups, etc.). Would these advisers defend the right of conservatives (often demeaned as "r-wing extremists" or "fundamentalists") to express their views on the Internet? See next two links:

A bill to shift cybersecurity to White House: "Forthcoming legislation would wrest cybersecurity responsibilities from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and transfer them to the White House, a proposed move that likely will draw objections.... CNET News has obtained a summary of a proposal from Senators Jay Rockefeller ... that would create an Office of the National Cybersecurity Advisor, part of the Executive Office of the President. That office would receive the power to disconnect, if it believes they're at risk of a cyberattack, 'critical' computer networks from the Internet."

       Could websites that disagree with the Obama administration be shut down to "stifle political" dissent? Or will this new White House authority only be used to fight genuine threats? See next link:

Rockefeller Cyber Security Bill: ["...which in its vagueness gives the power to shut down the networks of the U.S. to the President."]

     "S.773 SEC. 2. FINDINGS. The Congress finds the following: (1) America's failure to protect cyberspace is one of the most urgent national security problems facing the country....

(5) John Brennan, the Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism wrote on March 2, 2009, that `our nation's security and economic prosperity depend on the security, stability, and integrity of communications and information infrastructure that are largely privately-owned and globally-operated.'...

(13) President Obama said... on July 16, 2008, that `every American depends--directly or indirectly--on our system of information networks.... We know that cyber-espionage and common crime is already on the rise. And yet while countries like China have been quick to recognize this change, for the last eight years we have been dragging our feet.'...

SEC. 3. CYBERSECURITY ADVISORY PANEL. (a) ...The President shall establish or designate a Cybersecurity Advisory Panel.

(b) QUALIFICATIONS- The President-- (1) shall appoint as members of the panel representatives of industry, academic, non-profit organizations, interest groups and advocacy organizations, and State and local governments who are qualified to provide advice and information on cybersecurity research, development, demonstrations, education, technology transfer, commercial application, or societal and civil liberty concerns...."

November 2008

An Orwellian future in store for the internet: "If the world-wide trend continues, 'Web 3.0' will be tightly monitored, and will become an unprecedented tool for surveillance. ... The future of the internet... will be monitored by 'gatekeepers' to verify the accuracy [or the political correctness?] of information posted on the web." See Surveillance

September 2008

How the EU plans to regulate blogs: "Eurocrats instinctively dislike spontaneous activity. To them, 'unregulated' is almost synonymous with 'illegal'. The bureaucratic mindset demands uniformity, licensing, order. Eurocrats are especially upset because many bloggers, being of an anarchic disposition, are anti-Brussels....

     "Back in June, MEPs began to complain that unlicensed blogs were 'polluting' cyberspace with 'misinformation and malicious intent'. ... At the time, I dismissed it... Not even the European Parliament, I thought, would actually try to censor the internet. I was wrong. We now have the full report and, sure enough, it wants to .clarify the status, legal or otherwise, of weblogs., and to ensure their 'voluntary labelling according to the professional and financial responsibilities...'"

China's Internet Culture Goes Unchecked, for Now: "While the Chinese government keeps a tight grip on Internet news and political discussion here, it has done little to prevent online defamation and invasions of personal privacy.... The use of the Internet to achieve social shaming, monitoring and ostracism, or for private revenge by private citizens, has become prevalent in Chinese society."Human Nature

August 2008

DHS stays mum on new 'Cyber Security' center: "The Bush administration's newly created National Cyber Security Center remains shrouded in secrecy, with officials refusing to release information about ... how its mission relates to Internet surveillance." No Place to Hide?

January 2008

Home Sec in anti-terror plan to control entire web: "UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has decided to mount a push against cyber terror, in which the internet itself will somehow be ... [She] reiterated the Brown government's promise of technical measures against web terror:

      "'The internet is a key tool for the propagandists for violent extremism... Let me be clear. The internet is not a no-go area for Government. We are already working closely with the communications industry to take action against paedophiles... we should also take action against those who groom vulnerable people for the purposes of violent extremism... I will be talking to industry... about how best to do this. Where there is illegal material on the net, I want it removed."

August 2007

 Banning Jihad Watch: "Jihad Watch was also blocked, readers informed me, on the computers of the State of Connecticut; the City of Chicago; Bank of America; Fidelity Investments... JPMorgan Chase... This is an attempt to silence us.... Jihad Watch is dedicated to the defense of human rights for all against those who would impose Islamic law, with its institutionalized discrimination.... There is no 'hatred' in this, except when we report the words of hatred and supremacism of the Islamic jihadists." See Chronology of Conquests in the Name of Allah

June 2007

An Independent Newspaper: "'Don't believe the man who tells you there are two sides to every question. There is only one side to the truth.' So wrote William Peter Hamilton, one of the first men to hold the job of editorial page editor of The Wall Street Journal.... That's a point worth stressing amid the news that the Bancroft family may soon sell the Journal's parent company to Rupert Murdoch's News Corp....

     "The Bancrofts have been exceptional stewards of this newspaper for more than a century. But capitalism is dynamic, and those of us who extol the virtues of Joseph Schumpeter's 'creative destruction' for others can't complain when it sweeps through our own industry. That's what is happening as the Internet breaks up long-time media business models....

      [In contrast] "...the influence of [NY] Times Publisher... extends to selecting not merely the editorial page editor but columnists, political endorsements and, as far as we can tell, even news coverage priorities. We don't see how this differs from most of what Mr. Murdoch is accused of doing with his newspapers. The same lack of independence also applies to most non-family media companies such as Gannett...."

December 2006

Do You Speak Globish?: "...I observed a group of Korean men talking boisterously in a language I did not understand — Korean I presume. Next to them sat a Chinese couple also speaking a language I did not understand — Mandarin perhaps. But when the Koreans and the Chinese struck up a conversation, it was in... a broken-down and very basic English.... And why English? We were in France.....

     "Globish is a term coined to describe global English. It’s English, but not as we know it.... In the Gulf it is commonplace, you hear it daily.... It gives us the minimum we need in order to cut the deal and leave, without the opportunity to experience genuine cultural exchange....

     "...the more English becomes an international language, the more the ownership of the language will move away from the Anglo-Saxons.... In the next decade, we are likely to see English become increasingly influenced by the way it is spoken by the millions who today may only speak Globish..." See The Power of Words

November 2006

Is Comcast blocking conservative e-mails? "If your e-mail service provider is blocking your conservative newsletters, you may not be alone. Under the guise of protecting customers from 'spam,' Internet services may be blocking important and wanted e-mails from customers without their knowledge....'I don't understand these people. I get spam about drugs, sexual enhancements, real estate, lottery scams, and e-mails purporting to be from EBay, PayPal and various national banks asking for private financial information but Comcast blocks my alerts and e-mails from like-minded associates? It doesn't make sense,' said Spingola."

October 2006

Computers taught to sort opinion from fact: "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is funding a research project designed to teach computers to scan text and then sort opinion from fact. The project involves Cornell University Professor of Computer Science Claire Cardie and associate professors of computer science Janyce Wiebe of the University of Pittsburgh and Ellen Riloff of the University of Utah. ...The scientists will use machine-learning algorithms to give computers examples of text expressing both fact and opinion and then teach them to tell the difference."

     Do you wonder who will teach these computers what qualifies as fact? Or what to dismiss as mere opinon? See UNESCO's "Memory of the World"

July 2006

 India bloggers angry at net ban: "The country's 153 internet service providers (ISP) have blocked 17 websites since last week on federal government orders.... Indian bloggers say that the decision is an attack on freedom of speech.... Bloggers say the ban has meant that people do not even have access to blogs like the one set up to help the relatives of the victims of the recent train bombings in Mumbai (Bombay)."

January 2006

Don't Take Our Internet Away: "Giant companies, like AT&T and Verizon, that offer high-speed Internet service want the right to decide what web sites, services, and applications you can get on the Internet....

    "A few big telephone and cable companies own the lines that connect you to the Internet. That gives them the ability to control whether and how fast you can get to what you want on the Web." See Reinventing the World

November 2005

US Retains Control of Internet - for Now: "...the issue has been kicked into the future rather than settled permanently.... Gross has taken the lead in resisting moves by a number of nations -- some of them among the world's most egregious abusers of human rights -- to internationalize what is known as 'Internet governance.' Critics of this push worry about the implications of allowing countries which censor and rigorously control the Internet, such as China and Iran, to have a say in how it operates. ...

     "E.U. information commissioner Viviane Reding said the agreement would 'pave the way for a progressive internationalization of Internet governance.'"


War for the World Wide Web: "Apparently oblivious to the deep irony involved with hosting a conference on digital freedom in a country where such freedom is suppressed, U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan describes the main goals... in lofty terms: 'The main objective of the World Summit on the Information Society to be held this month in Tunisia is to ensure that poor countries get the full benefits that new information and communication technologies -- including the Internet -- can bring to economic and social development.'...

     "In the past, the U.N. has allowed notorious human rights violators like Libya and Zimbabwe to serve on its Commission on Human Rights. Now it is allowing information-repressive regimes like Cuba and Iran to influence the outcome of a conference on Internet governance and freedom. It also hosted the conference in a country where free speech is an oxymoron, proof positive that U.N. bureaucrats, and those who put stock in them over the U.S., must never be allowed to govern the World Wide Web."

August 2005

A World Wide Web of Oppression: "'At issue for the world body is who runs the Internet and how it can better serve the world.'  ...the UN's real stake in the issue is not how the Internet can better serve the world, but how it can better serve world government. For an Internet effectively controlled by the UN is an Internet effectively controlled by government. That the UN-appointed panel was called the Working Group on Internet Governance gives this away.

     "To see what an Internet effectively controlled by government looks like, one need look no further than to a permanent member in good standing of the UN Security Council, Communist China. Through both technology and regulation, Communist China has severely limited access to the Internet from within its borders, creating what has been called the Great Fire Wall of China. Yet the building of this Great Fire Wall has not disqualified China from membership in the highest ranks of the United Nations. How will it serve the world to turn over the Internet to a body that tolerates such tyranny?" See The UN Plan for Your Mental Health

June 2005

Black Market in Stolen Credit Card Data Thrives on Internet (Registration required): "...what Zo0mer is peddling is stolen account information - name, billing address, phone - for Gold Visa cards and MasterCards at $100 apiece. It is not clear whether any data stolen from CardSystems Solutions, the payment processor reported on Friday to have exposed 40 million credit card accounts to possible theft, has entered this black market. But law enforcement officials and security experts say it is a safe bet that the data will eventually be peddled at sites like ...a swaggering shorthand for International Association for the Advancement of Criminal Activity....

     "The players come from all over the world, but most of the Web sites where they meet are run from computer servers in the former Soviet Union.... Alongside advertisements for cobs are pitches from malicious-code writers, who sell their services to the con artists, known as phishers, who contract with spammers to send out millions of increasingly sophisticated phony e-mails designed to lure victims into revealing their account information." (NYT, 6-21-05)  


Info on 3.9M Citigroup customers lost: "Citigroup said Monday that personal information on 3.9 million consumer lending customers of its CitiFinancial subsidiary was lost by UPS while in transit to a credit bureau -- the biggest breach of customer or employee data reported so far."


Security Breach Could Expose 40M to Fraud: "A security breach of customer information at a credit card transaction company could expose to fraud up to 40 million cardholders of multiple brands, MasterCard International Inc. said Friday. ... The credit card giant said its security division detected multiple instances of fraud that tracked back to CardSystems Solutions Inc., which processes credit card and other payments for banks and merchants. ...

      "A flurry of disclosures of breaches affecting high-profile companies including Citigroup Inc. (C), Bank of America Corp. (BAC) and DSW Shoe Warehouse has prompted federal lawmakers to draw up legislation designed to better protect consumer privacy. CardSystems was hit by a virus-like computer script that captured customer data for the purpose of fraud...."


Microsoft under fire for censoring China blogs: "Microsoft Corp.'s new MSN China Internet venture is censoring words such as 'freedom,' 'democracy' and 'human rights' on its free online journals.... The world's largest software maker said that its 'MSN Spaces' service operated out of China, which allows users to set up their own blogs, or online journals, was acting in accordance with local laws....

    "The move comes as the Chinese government attempts to tighten control over the Internet. Last week, a media watchdog group said China would close unregistered China-based domestic web sites and blogs. ...

    "Words and phrases banned in the subject line of entries for Microsoft's MSN Spaces on Tuesday also included 'Taiwan independence' and 'demonstration,' which returned an error message saying 'prohibited language, please remove.'" See Persecution

May 2005

The World According To Google: "...with power comes scrutiny. Many of us feel a touch of discomfort at Google's ability to unearth long-forgotten facts about ourselves, preserving them in an Internet time warp. And disappointed entrepreneurs aren't alone in asking how Google decides what to display and what to leave out. 'Google essentially determines what exists on the Internet and what doesn't,' says Harvard law Prof. Jonathan Zittrain....

     "Google's largely secret criteria may not always serve up what is most important on the Web but what is most popular. They are calling on Google and other search engines to be more open about how they rank sites. Otherwise, those critics say, we are entrusting what amounts to our biggest public library to pure market forces--forces that are sure to intensify." See the next link:


EU Fears U.S.--Google World Dominance: "Europeans have long bemoaned the influence of Hollywood movies on their culture. Now plans by Google Inc. to create a massive digital library have triggered such strong fears in Europe about Anglo-American cultural dominance that one critic is warning of a 'unilateral command of the thought of the world.' ...

     "The project, announced in December, involves scanning millions of books at the libraries of four universities - Oxford, Harvard, Stanford and the University of Michigan - as well as the New York Public Library and putting them online....

     "So great is the concern that six European leaders have jointly proposed creating a 'European digital library' to counter the project by Google Print....Failing to digitalize - declared the heads of state in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Poland and Hungary in an appeal to the European Union - is to risk that 'this heritage could, tomorrow, not fill its just place in the future geography of knowledge.'" Unesco planned such a digital library years ago. See UNESCO's Memory of the World

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