Federally Funded Boffins Want To Scrap The Internet
Seeking further funding from Congress
for "clean slate" projects
Tuesday, April 16, 2007
Researchers funded by the federal government want to shut down
the internet and start over, citing the fact that at the moment
there are loopholes in the system whereby users cannot be tracked
and traced all the time.
magazine has reported that several foundations and
universities including Rutgers, Stanford, Princeton, Carnegie
Mellon and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are pursuing
individual projects, along with the Defense Department, in order
to wipe out the current internet and replace it with a new network
which will satisfy big business and government:
One challenge in any reconstruction, though, will be balancing
the interests of various constituencies. The first time around,
researchers were able to toil away in their labs quietly. Industry
is playing a bigger role this time, and law enforcement is bound
to make its needs for wiretapping known.
There's no evidence they are meddling yet, but once any
research looks promising, "a number of people (will) want
to be in the drawing room," said Jonathan Zittrain, a law
professor affiliated with Oxford and Harvard universities. "They'll
be wearing coats and ties and spilling out of the venue."
The projects echo moves we have previously reported on to clamp
down on internet
neutrality and even to designate a new form of the
internet known as Internet
This would be a faster, more streamlined elite equivalent of
the internet available to users who were willing
to pay more for a much improved service. providers
may only allow streaming audio and video on your websites if you
were eligible for Internet 2.
Of course, Internet 2 would be greatly regulated and only "appropriate
content" would be accepted by an FCC or government bureau.
Everything else would be relegated to the "slow lane"
internet, the junkyard as it were. Our techie rulers are all too
keen to make us believe that the internet as we know it is "already
Google is just one of the major companies preparing for internet
2 by setting up hundreds of "server
farms" through which eventually all our personal
data - emails, documents, photographs, music, movies - will pass
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However, experts state that the "clean slate" projects
currently being undertaken go even further beyond projects like
Internet2 and National LambdaRail, both of which focus primarily
on next-generation needs for speed.
In tandem with broad data retention legislation currently being
introduced worldwide, such "clean slate" projects may
represent a considerable threat to the freedom of the internet
as we know it. EU directives and US proposals for data retention
may mean that any normal website or blog would have to fall into
line with such new rules and suddenly total web regulation would
become a reality.
In recent months, a chorus of propaganda intended to demonize
the Internet and further lead it down a path of strict control
has spewed forth from numerous establishment organs:
- In a display of bi-partisanship, there have recently been calls
out mandatory ISP snooping on all US citizens by
both Democrats and Republicans alike.
- Republican Senator John
McCain recently tabled a proposal to introduce legislation
that would fine blogs up to $300,000 for offensive statements,
photos and videos posted by visitors on comment boards. It is
well known that McCain
has a distaste for his blogosphere critics, causing
a definite conflict of interest where any proposal to restrict
blogs on his part is concerned.
During an appearance with his wife Barbara on Fox News last
slammed Internet bloggers for creating
an "adversarial and ugly climate."
The White House's own recently de-classified
for "winning the war on terror"
targets Internet conspiracy theories as a recruiting ground
for terrorists and threatens to "diminish" their influence.
In a speech last October, Homeland Security director Michael
Chertoff identified the web as a "terror training camp,"
through which "disaffected people living in the United
States" are developing "radical ideologies and potentially
violent skills." His solution is "intelligence fusion
centers," staffed by Homeland Security personnel which
will go into operation next year.
The U.S. Government wants
to force bloggers
and online grassroots activists
to register and regularly report their activities to Congress.
Criminal charges including a possible jail term of up to one
year could be the punishment for non-compliance.
A landmark legal case on behalf of the Recording Industry
Association of America and other global trade organizations
seeks to criminalize
all Internet file sharing
of any kind as copyright
infringement, effectively shutting down the world wide web -
and their argument is supported by the U.S. government.
A landmark legal ruling in Sydney goes further than ever
before in setting the trap door for the destruction of the Internet
as we know it and the end of alternative news websites and blogs
by creating the precedent that simply linking
to other websites is breach of copyright
The European Union, led by former Stalinist and potential
future British Prime Minister John Reid, has also
to shut down "terrorists" who use
the Internet to spread propaganda.
The EU data retention bill, passed last year after much controversy
and with implementation tabled for late 2007, obliges telephone
operators and internet service providers to store information
on who called who and who emailed who for at least six months.
Under this law, investigators in any EU country, and most
bizarrely even in the US
, can access EU citizens'
data on phone calls, sms', emails and instant messaging services.
- The US government is also funding research into social networking
sites and how to gather and store personal data published on them,
according to the New
Scientist magazine. "At the same time, US lawmakers
are attempting to force the social networking sites themselves
to control the amount and kind of information that people, particularly
children, can put on the sites."
We are being led to believe that a vast army of maniac pedophiles
or terrorists are on the loose and we must do away with all forms
of privacy in order to stop them. This is akin to saying that
blanket cctv prevents crime. As if to say "if we film everyone
all the time, even innocent people, then no one will ever commit
Increasingly we are seeing this in every aspect of our lives.
Recording, tracking and retaining our data in the name of keeping
us all safe. Everyone is now treated as guilty until proven innocent.
Make no mistake, the internet, one of the greatest outposts of
free speech ever created is under constant attack by powerful
people who cannot operate within a society where information flows
freely and unhindered. Both American and European moves mimic
stories we hear every week out of State Controlled Communist
China, where the internet is strictly regulated and virtually
exists as its own entity away from the rest of the web.
The Internet is freedom's best friend and the bane of control
freaks. Its eradication is one of the short term goals of those
that seek to centralize power and subjugate their populations
under a surveillance panopticon prison, whether that be in Communist
China, Neoconservative America or the Neofascist EU.
BECAUSE THERE'S A WAR ON FOR YOUR MIND