Tuesday, 17 April 2012 20:18 Basil Venitis Editorial Dept - Free Speech
Avaaz points out that right now the US Congress is sneaking in a new law that gives them big brother spy powers over the entire web, and they're hoping the world won't notice. Netizens helped stop their Net attack last time, let's do it again.

On October 18, 2010, the Greek government stole my computer and my life at gunpoint. Mr. Papademos, bring my computer back! Enough is enough! Needless to say, I also demand my life back. Greece, the bully of blogosphere, has crossed the Rubicon against civility, terrorizing and robbing dissident bloggers.

Giving ACTA, CISPA, SOPA, AND PIPA to blogbusters is giving gin to alcoholics! Blogbusters galore! Freak! Freak! Freak! The freakish government of Greece, the most corrupt country in Occident, steals computers! Robbing dissident bloggers and locking them in jail is a freakish behavior that does not belong to the European Union, not even to this galaxy! No wonder some vain Greeks boast they come from Andromeda galaxy!

Over 100 Members of Congress are backing a bill (CISPA) that would give private companies and the US government the right to spy on any of us at any time for as long as they want without a warrant. This is the third time the US Congress has tried to attack our Internet freedom. But netizens helped beat SOPA, and PIPA, and now netizens can beat this new Big Brother law.

Netizen's global outcry has played a leading role in protecting the Internet from governments eager to monitor and control what we do online. Let's stand together once again and beat CISPA for good. Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) points out kleptocrats hope for a return to the traditional levers of power, where the laws are written by lobbyists, and sold by back-room deals negotiated behind closed doors. They want to frame the debate on internet as the comfortable story of a dispute between companies in Silicon Valley and companies in Hollywood, that would doubtless be resolved on the basis of who's more connected or has better lobbying budgets; or so they hope.

But It wasn't the technology companies who broke the back of blacklist bills, PIPA and SOPA. To be sure, Internet companies played a critical role; Google, Wikipedia, Reddit, Mozilla, Craigslist and over a hundred thousand other websites changed their home pages, informed their users about the bills and facilitated the users' communications to Congress.

Avaaz notes that under the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), if a cyber threat is even suspected, companies we use to access the Internet will have the right to collect information on our activities, share that with the government, refuse to notify us that we are being watched and then use a blanket immunity clause to protect themselves from being sued for violation of privacy or any other illegal action. It's a crazy destruction of the privacy we all rely on in our everyday emails, Skype chats, web searches and more.

But we know that the US Congress is afraid of the world's response. This is the third time they have tried to rebrand their attempt to attack our Internet freedom and push it through under the radar, each time changing the law's name and hoping citizens would be asleep at the wheel. Already, Internet rights groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation have condemned the bill for its interference with basic privacy rights. Now it's time for us to speak out.

EFF notes the dramatic and unprecedented sea change in opposition to blacklist legislation on the Hill came about because of the users themselves. Millions of users; and voters; like you spoke as one, and demanded that freedom of the Internet not be sacrificed on the altar of outdated business models. The opposition was grassroots, not astroturf.

EFF asserts the answer to maintaining an open, thriving Internet does not lay in legislation, but rather in fostering innovative and oftentimes disruptive business models that allow content creators to get paid and consumers to have easy and efficient access to content. We've seen time and again that consumers are willing to pay at a price point that makes sense for them – this is Economics 101. When new business models emerge, artists and fans win.

It's only the traditional distributers and gatekeepers who lose, so it's no wonder that those parties desperately tried to ram through dangerous legislation to stop disruptive new business models, with no regard for the attendant serious potential collateral damage. Remember, these are the lobbies that have a history of attacking nascent technologies as far back as the player piano.

Yogurted Graecokleptocrats galore! Graecokleptocrats are scared to walk in public, because Greeks hurl yogurt at them. If you are Greek, do not leave home without yogurt, because you could have the enormous pleasure of hurling yogurt at a Graecokleptocrat you might meet that day. This is the best way to release the elastic energy of discontent accumulated inside you. Tomatoes, eggs, coffee, bottles, leftovers, garbage, and stones could also do the job.

Phooey you Graecokleptocrats! You are the socialist robber barons that stole my computer, my files, and my life, but you couldn't steal my soul. Pooh on you yogurted shitscum of planet Earth! You thought you could shut me up, but blogosphere declared a war on you. You thought you could bend my spirit of freedom, but millions of free spirits are now against you. I demand my life back!

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