Digital Economy Act sets UK gov't on the path to ever-more-punitive Internet laws

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7 Responses to “Digital Economy Act sets UK gov't on the path to ever-more-punitive Internet laws”

  1. Ugly Canuck says:

    So like TV or radio, not a tool for the mass of individuals, (only for Government or Business “use as tool”), but for the typical individual only a means of entertainment, as well as a means for Gov and Biz to track their eyeballs and wishes and opinions?

    Include me out of this cunning and viscious bait-and-switch…so the internet is NOT for anonymous free debate or exchange of plans and info, but is FOR tracking the anti-gov, anti-biz dissidents, and to help disrupt them and their attempts to use this medium to co-oordinate and activize?
    For this is the true prize for governmental/big business internet monitoring.
    The control of the noosphere…
    DARPA knew what they were about: as did those far-sighted politicians who decided to criminalize the mere possession of certain types of information (cough – child porn – cough) in the late 1980s, in order to – ten years later – “make it reasonable” that police and Governments engage in widespread monitoring of all citizen-to-citizen communications on the Internet.

  2. koichan says:

    maximise the profits of a few [insert type here] companies (no matter what the public expense)

    Pretty much explains our recent governments actions for the past few decades in entirety :(

  3. Anonymous says:

    Spot on. The old lady analogy is virtually flawless.

    So what happens when free-minded people are completely stripped of access to communication & info technologies? Either we go off the grid willingly or are forced off; we become either Amish spin-offs or go Rebel Alliance.

    What nobody seems to register is that neither scenario is palatable for corporate interests, since both take away our capacity to be good little consumers.

    And when every means of peaceful resistance is taken away, then what? Again the choice I see is pretty bifurcatious (although I’m not sure I’ve spelled that correctly).

    • pixleshifter says:

      I’m not sure you’ve entirely phrased it correctly either.
      Something can be bifurcated, or you can bifurcate something. So I guess in a way most stuff could be construed as bifurcatious, or bifurcatable perhaps.

      Anyhow, I believe the corporate interests are confident enough that we’ll all end up as happy consumers if we’re kept dazzled and entertained by shiny new things. I hope they prove to be wrong.

      They used to call us citizens. Now they call us consumers.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Dumb move, the network is made of meat and you cannot regulate Wetware.

  5. bersl2 says:

    Should have gone with “Hadrian’s Firewall”?

  6. Beelzebuddy says:

    and so on until you swallow a horse – and every toddler knows that happens next.

    They move to France?

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