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    The beginning of the end for the web…

     Posted in Anger Level 4 & Breaking News & Censorship & Public Information & Technology & Tragedies at 16:43 on Saturday, January 21st, 2012 by Mr. Rant

    This week saw widespread blackouts on some prominent websites, including this one.

    The blackouts were in protest to the now, possibly defunct Sopa and Pipa movements chaired in the US law system. The bill had now been dropped or at least put on the backburner for now, but the Internet is changing.

    On Wednesday, the file sharing website MegaUpload was shut down by the FBI and it’s creators arrested and it’s content destroyed, the people behind the action was once again the MPA and the copyright Nazi’s.

    Now I hate people stealing my work as much as the next person but the US administration is going after the wrong people. They’re fighting the site owners, data centre’s and hosting companies and accusing them of breaking the law, when they didn’t put the content there it was the users who did.

    Yes, you can argue that they should be more proactive and stop users uploading copyrighted material but it’s not as easy as that.

    Take this website, the servers are US based so therefore we fall under their jurisdiction and have to adhere to their laws, however its developed and ran in the UK so has to adhere to the UK’s laws too, so where does it stop?

    Do we need to adhere to everything to keep everyone happy? In short, yes but that’s practically impossible.

    Just expect more sites to disappear over the next few months as the governments fight a loosing battle, and a backlash is likely to rise.


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    Rights to snooping on you…

     Posted in Censorship & Politics at 8:27 on Monday, August 16th, 2010 by Mobile Rant

    It’s been a mad few weeks for Research In Motion the creators of the BlackBerry mobile platform.

    They’re in a bitter battle with several governments over the encryption and privacy they offer their users.┬á RIM use a secure sever set up to transmit data from their devices, this is what has angered the governments.

    RIM categorically say that even they do not have access to the encrypted data that runs through their server, but as you can guess this isn’t enough.

    Governments love to snoop on people, they love to look at what you’re doing and who you’re talking to, and do they do this just for the sake of a nations security.

    The question must be asked: what measures are put in place to prevent random access without a justifiable need?

    In the US the government must get a court order to access the data and must provide reasons as to why they want to view it.

    Will this happen in other countries?

    National security is an important issue but should it be protected at the sake of ones privacy. You could argue that accessing usage data is as far it should go, but governments always want more to quench the thirst they have for keeping an eye on people.

    The UK for example as the highest amount of CCTV in Europe and its been allowed because it ‘helps’ protect national security, but does it?

    Should a government be allowed to keep an eye on everyone at all times, I guess we have to live with being monitored but it doesn’t entirely make you trust the people running your country.


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    Censorship

     Posted in Censorship & The Religion Police at 7:35 on Tuesday, February 10th, 2009 by Mobile Rant

    In England one of our basic rights has always been freespeech an ability to do ad you wish or at least within the law.

    Who has the right to say what we can and can’t say?

    I feel that much of this censorship is being caused by fear of being repremanded for your actions. We shouldn’t have to think about and censor everything we say.

    In today’s England fear of retribution is high on the agenda but should it be? Should we be able to say what we want to who we want when we want as long we don’t offend.

    This of course is a contentious issue and one which is continually discussed.


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