Google co-founder Sergey Brin is warning that there are “very powerful forces that have lined up against the open Internet on all sides and around the world. I am more worried than I have been in the past. It’s scary.”
Brin claims the threat to the freedom of the Internet comes from “a combination of governments increasingly trying to control access and communication by their citizens, the entertainment industry’s attempts to crack down on piracy, and the rise of ‘restrictive’ walled gardens such as Facebook and Apple, which tightly control what software can be released on their platforms.”
The Guardian report continued, “The 38-year-old billionaire, whose family fled anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union, was widely regarded as having been the driving force behind Google’s partial pullout from China in 2010 over concerns about censorship and cyber-attacks. He said five years ago he did not believe China or any country could effectively restrict the Internet for long, but now says he has been proven wrong.”
“I thought there was no way to put the genie back in the bottle, but now it seems in certain areas the genie has been put back in the bottle,” he said.
Mysterious Chinese Internet outage
Was it an earthquake, or did the Chinese government flip the Internet kill switch?
Internet users in Hong Kong and Japan were also reported to have difficulty accessing Chinese sites. Could the cause have been an 8.7 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia last Wednesday that could have damaged undersea cables?
China’s major telecommunication companies – China Telecom and Unicom – reported that wasn’t the case, with China Telecom saying the earthquake did not interfere with the submerged cables.
Facebook was against SOPA, but supports CISPA – read why
Facebook’s official blog issued from its Washington D.C. office’s U.S. public policy VP Joel Kaplan stated there are several bills under consideration in Congress that would notify Internet companies of any “critical threats” of a cyber attack.
Kaplan said Facebook is supporting CISPA, partly because it would not make Facebook share any more of its own data than is currently required: “The concern is that companies will share sensitive personal information with the government in the name of protecting cybersecurity. Facebook has no intention of doing this, and it is unrelated to the things we liked about HR 3523 in the first place – the additional information it would provide us about specific cyber threats to our systems and users.”
I urge you to click on the embedded links I’ve provided for you and familiarize yourself with CISPA. Protect your Internet. Let your congressional representative know what you think of this bill and Congress’ never-ending attempts to regulate the only open method of free speech we have while we still have it! Head to Grade gov.com, where founder Elizabeth Letchworth has the legislators’ live, inner-office email addresses – as opposed to the standard computerized system members of Congress use that spit out the auto reply letters we all just love to get. And while you’re there, grade the legislators too.
I’ll take “Popular Corporations” for a thousand, Alex
Guess who’s going to be providing livestream coverage and a social platform for the Republican National Convention later this summer? If you guessed Google, you move on to final Jeopardy.
In its press release, Google announced: “The 2012 Republican presidential nominating convention in Tampa will be a convention without walls. Google and YouTube viewers will get an exclusive backstage pass to connect with Republican leaders off the podium via Google+ Hangouts, bringing convention conversations directly to voters. We will also be livestreaming key events right into their living rooms. We are excited to partner with the 2012 Republican National Convention and serve as the official social platform and livestream provider.”
Facebook viewed as too establishment, even Orwellian – “Big Friend”?
“Something strange happened Monday on the Internet.”
Got your attention? Evidently it got a lot of folks’ attention and stirred up a lot of ill will toward what many say is no longer a “cool” operation.
The social network just spent a billion bucks to buy competitor Instagram, a smallish photo-sharing app. And when it did, “it stirred up a cauldron of ill will that the ‘People of the Internet’ have been harboring toward Mark Zuckerberg’s once-hip company.” To find out why they’re saying that, click here.