These companies probably legitimately care about Internet freedom, and they are probably sick of being pushed around by the Feds, but this letter has everything to do with business. If people can’t trust that their Gmail is secure (and boy is it not) this will eventually affect Google’s bottom line. If people think that doing business with Microsoft also means giving the NSA a back door into the heart of their enterprise, people will stop buying Microsoft.
The French have spring for protests. Looks like Americans now prefer Fall.
If you care about freedom, if you care about liberty, you owe both of these men a debt of gratitude. I know I owe them.
3D printing is a massively disruptive technology. Sure, one can print a gun with this technology but one can build a gun if one really wants to from materials at a hardware store. “Zip guns” which are made from everyday industrial materials have been around since the gun was invented. But there is a much bigger issue in play here.
Have no doubt, Aaron Swartz’ leadership in the anti-SOPA effort was what drove the overzealous pursuit of a grandstanding federal prosecutor. Never let the controllers take the Internet. Never.
There are very good arguments, both for and against copyright. Our founders thought that such rights were vital to encourage innovation and creative exploration.
Government representatives from around the world gathered last week in Dubai to chart the future course of the Internet. They voted to kill it as we now know it.
The governments of the world are relentless.
So who cares about the 4th Amendment to the Constitution. I mean, how passe can you get? Privacy and respect for the dignity of the average American citizen? Please.
CISPA (the “cyber security bill” currently being kicked around Congress) is a dangerous piece of legislation. Like SOPA before it, which was defeated by the sheer deluge of opposition from the public, it seeks to hand ultimate control over important parts of the Internet to the federal government and would also allow the government to monitor whatever communication over the Internet that it wishes without a warrant or judicial oversight.