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Britain's new Internet law

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Britain's new Internet law -- as bad as everyone's been saying, and worse. Much, much worse.

 

 

The British government has brought down its long-awaited Digital Economy Bill, and it's perfectly useless and terrible. It consists almost entirely of penalties for people who do things that upset the entertainment industry (including the "three-strikes" rule that allows your entire family to be cut off from the net if anyone who lives in your house is accused of copyright infringement, without proof or evidence or trial), as well as a plan to beat the hell out of the video-game industry with a new, even dumber rating system (why is it acceptable for the government to declare that some forms of artwork have to be mandatorily labelled as to their suitability for kids? And why is it only some media? Why not paintings? Why not novels? Why not modern dance or ballet or opera?). So it's bad. £50,000 fines if someone in your house is accused of filesharing. A duty on ISPs to spy on all their customers in case they find something that would help the record or film industry sue them (ISPs who refuse to cooperate can be fined £250,000).

But that's just for starters. The real meat is in the story we broke yesterday: Peter Mandelson, the unelected Business Secretary, would have to power to make up as many new penalties and enforcement systems as he likes. And he says he's planning to appoint private militias financed by rightsholder groups who will have the power to kick you off the internet, spy on your use of the network, demand the removal of files or the blocking of websites, and Mandelson will have the power to invent any penalty, including jail time, for any transgression he deems you are guilty of. And of course, Mandelson's successor in the next government would also have this power.

What isn't in there? Anything about stimulating the actual digital economy. Nothing about ensuring that broadband is cheap, fast and neutral. Nothing about getting Britain's poorest connected to the net. Nothing about ensuring that copyright rules get out of the way of entrepreneurship and the freedom to create new things. Nothing to ensure that schoolkids get the best tools in the world to create with, and can freely use the publicly funded media -- BBC, Channel 4, BFI, Arts Council grantees -- to make new media and so grow up to turn Britain into a powerhouse of tech-savvy creators.

 

 

 

Lobby organisation The Open Rights Group is urging people to contact their MP to oppose the plans. "This plan won't stop copyright infringement and with a simple accusation could see you and your family disconnected from the internet - unable to engage in everyday activities like shopping and socialising," it said.

The government will also introduce age ratings on all boxed video games aimed at children aged 12 or over.

There is, however, little detail in the bill on how the government will stimulate broadband infrastructure.

 

 

 

http://www.boingboing.net/2009/11/20/britains-new-interne.html

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things will have to change if this goes forward. so many people will get the boot due to violations that the ISPs will start bleeding money...

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wait...

 

 

how the fuck are sites like 4chans various porn image boards and 888chans jailbait board still up???

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BLIMEY.

 

im in ireland, so more than likely, we are next.

 

How will this be enforced though?

 

i mean, if i download a song, or watch an episode of something, who will follow it up?

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wait...

 

 

how the fuck are sites like 4chans various porn image boards and 888chans jailbait board still up???

 

 

I'm going to tell you a big secret that I have alluded to before on here. This is not tinfoil hat conspiracy theorist garbage, either.

 

The chans are filled with intelligence people. From low level cops doing CP investigations to CIA running (organizing) DDoS attacks against Iran.

 

Not even joking.

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BLIMEY.

 

im in ireland, so more than likely, we are next.

 

How will this be enforced though?

 

i mean, if i download a song, or watch an episode of something, who will follow it up?

 

 

You never know. Use Peerblock. All of you, whether you're a Brit or not.

http://www.peerblock.com/

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listen to casek

 

what about for mac?

only windows DL at that link

 

FOR MAC PEOPLE

http://phoenixlabs.org/pgosx/

 

If it doesn't load any ip blocklists, check

here http://blocklistpro.com/download-center/

 

you can download and import the lists into peerguardian.

 

I'm bored so I'm going to cobble a little security shit

together for the Brits. If Shai or anyone wants to contribute,

go on. I'm not going into great detail.

 

Plugins for firefox that will keep yo' shit secure:

 

adblock plus

http://adblockplus.org/en/installation

 

betterprivacy

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6623

 

torproxy

https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5833

 

 

 

TorFOX for googling securely

http://torfox.org/

 

Ixquick for searching without having your search logged or ip stored (same as torfox, maybe better)

http://ixquick.com/

 

portable pidgin (like aim, yahoo, irc, etc in one...but this one comes with encryption)

http://security.ngoinabox.org/pidgin_portable

 

Tor Browser package....portable and not (securely browse the web)

https://www.torproject.org/torbrowser/

 

Notice that in the last pack, you can also download it with pidgin which will also use the tor network....

tor makes you anonymous...or moreso than you are now....

 

be warned, it can be slow.

 

 

Torrentprivacy. Haven't used this, but torrentfreak likes it

https://torrentprivacy.com/?id=start

 

 

 

I'll let someone else talk about VPN's because I'm yawning and getting bored typing to you fools.

If I get a wild hair up my ass and decide that fish n' chips can't be all that bad, and the redcoats

didn't really mean it, I'll tell you more about hiding yourselves.

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Did you seriously just post some IRA shit in this thread?

Are you a fucking mick? Motherfucker.

 

Motherfucker.

 

 

 

 

nah, I'm just kidding. Look at this shit I just saw on digg.

It's Lady Gaga before she got a strap on to fuck Kanye with...err....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7j2jWS_Vcw

 

 

Oh shit, I just watched it and want to firebomb her Tori Amos acting self.

And firebomb Tori Amos while I'm at it. But first I want to see those two

lesbians do an ass to ass while sucking off Emmanuelle Lewis and Gary Coleman.

Hellz yeah.

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yo wtf??? someone sent me that youtube vid last night...

must be making the rounds right now in the www

lets call the IRA, they will bomb da lady gagaz

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I don't see this lasting very long. It penalizes the vast majority of people that have had unrestricted web access all this time and weren't breaking the law. Once they start getting cut off for whatever reason, expect a significant backlash as people are relying on ISPs more and more for all of their entertainment and communication services (VOIP, TV over IP, telecommuting, etc.)

 

As far as making yourself somewhat transparent or anonymous online, I don't think casek missed anything besides maybe encrypting your media hard drives and installing passwords on them. Also, lock down your wifi routers with a good password.

 

I'd also add NoScript to the Firefox plugin list.

 

edit- Oh yeah, use a good firewall. I've used Outpost (Windows) for a while, it's pretty good. There's a firewall called DoorStop for Mac but I don't know anything about it. Also, OpenDNS is a good tool, it takes a little know how to set up though.

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