Friday, July 29, 2011

Global Internet Control

Three items on controlling what we do, and who gets to see what we do, on the internet. This story about China: 'Grandpa Wen' left helpless as internet drives wave of unrest through China - Telegraph. The people are protesting. Too bad there isn't much of that here in the U.S. where a bill was just passed, 19 to 10, that allows ISPs to monitor our bank account numbers, credit card numbers, and our browsing history:
The House Judiciary Committee approved legislation on Thursday that would require Internet service providers (ISPs) to collect and retain records about Internet users' activity.
CNET reported the bill would require ISPs to retain customers' names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and temporarily-assigned IP addresses for 12 months.
Supporters of the bill say it's to track pedophiles (it's all about the children) but Democrat Rep.John Conyers said:
"This is not protecting children from Internet pornography. It's creating a database for everybody in this country for a lot of other purposes."
The article lists who supports the bill. Not surprisingly, cops:
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the National Center for Victims of Crime, the National Sheriff’s Association, the Major County Sheriff’s Association, the International Union of Police Associations and the Fraternal Order of Police.
And from Japan, this: Japan's attempts to control what people are saying on line about the aftermath of Fukushima, radiation, etc.:
(Thanks to piglipstick for that link)
Friday, July 15, the Ministry of Industry and Trade (METI) – Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, opened a call for bids (tender) regarding the “Nuclear Power Safety Regulation Publicity Project”, for contractors to monitor blogs and tweets posted about nuclear power and radiation.

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