15 March 2012 – Technology
July 12, 2012: The Day ISPs Start Spying On Customers
By David K. Sutton
If you are in the habit of downloading copyrighted media, including software, music and videos, be warned that beginning on Thursday July 12th your ISP will start spying on your activity. The Raw Story reports, “That’s the date when the nation’s largest ISPs will all voluntarily implement a new anti-piracy plan that will engage network operators in the largest digital spying scheme in history, and see some users’ bandwidth completely cut off until they sign an agreement saying they will not download copyrighted materials.”
Of course the usual suspects are behind this plan including the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Motion Picture Association of American (MPAA). The plan is backed by all major ISPs (Comcast, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, AT&T) and has the support of the Obama administration.
Penalties for offenders can include reduced bandwidth, access reduced to a limited number of websites, and complete internet service cut-off. ISPs can require customers to attend “an education course” if they want service restored. And of course offenders can be charged with copyright infringement by the studios.
A CNET News article quotes RIAA CEO Cary Sherman, “Each ISP has to develop their infrastructure for automating the system.” Sherman said ISPs are developing systems to keep track of repeat infringers which will allow them to send “first notice or the third notice.” CNET reports that ISPs will use a “graduated response” approach. This approach requires ISPs to “send out one or two educational notices to customers accused of downloading copyrighted content illegally. If the customer doesn’t stop, the ISP is then asked to send out ‘confirmation notices’ asking that they confirm they have received notice.” If accused customers continue to pirate material the ISP can then begin to impose the before mentioned restrictions.
Published on May 18, 2012 by sabineprogram
‘Propaganda’ (95min) – Part 1
Here is the formal statement I gave to Police on 16 June, 2012: On a trip to visit family in Seoul in April, I was approached by a man and a woman who claimed to be North Korean defectors. They requested a meeting the following day to hand over a film that needed to be translated, and I agreed to meet with them. They presented me with a DVD disc that recently came into their possession via the recent arrival of a defector into their group. They asked me to translate the film and “make sure the world saw it” and an agreement was made to protect their identities (and mine). Despite my concerns about what I was viewing when I returned home, I proceeded to translate and post the film on You Tube because of the film’s extraordinary content. I have made public my belief that this film was never intended for a domestic audience in the DPRK. Instead, I believe the ‘defectors’ specifically targeted me because of my reputation as a translator and interpreter. Furthermore, I now believe these people work for the DPRK. The fact that I have continued to translate and post the film in spite of this belief does not make me complicit in their intention to spread their ideology. I chose to keep posting this film because – regardless of who made it – I believe people should see it for the issues it raises, and I stand by my right to keep sharing and discussing this film.
If you have questions for me or want to discuss the content further, please go to: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Propagandafilm/427263763965283
Uploaded by Posthumanmusic on Jul 14, 2010
Posthuman – The Ottawa Object, set to footage from Event Horizon
Just a little note to say hi, and thank you to all who started to follow this report. I spontaneously began a chronicle of events on Facebook on NYE, 2011, just as the ignoble Barack Obama signed the treasonous NDAA against not only America but every citizen of this Blue Planet. I will be reporting on Fukushima, coverups, protests, and ideas critical to the revolution which was long in the making, ever since Socrates was poisoned by Hemlock by the authorities or possibly even before that. My focus will be on the Platonic philosophical prejudices underlying neo-Illuminism,* or the esoteric radical pseudo-religious group who have usurped the project of the Enlightenment, the subject of my current project. My realtime reports can be had on Facebook, and you are also welcome to follow me there as I have not started a Twitter yet. Disavowing the spectres of hope and belief for truth and for freedom, I will try to give the most accurate picture of events as I can until the work is done.
I look forward to sharing ideas with you, see you on the other side of freedom.
*From Plato’s Cave to The Heraclitean Revolution (Toronto, 2012)
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn – The Abduction of Proserpine (1631)
A demonstration against tycoons outside Tel Aviv’s Azrieli Mall yesterday. The sign reads “From slavery to freedom.”
On Wednesday, Israel Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino met with officers at the Yarkon regional police headquarters in Tel Aviv, following criticism of police conduct during last weekend’s protest. Danino was told by officers that coverage did not reflect the reality police faced. The police commissioner expressed support for the police but cautioned against the use of violence.
Following the posting of a video clip showing a policeman, Chief Superintendent Yossi Sperling, choking a female demonstrator, police announced that he will be summoned for clarification of the incident.
Meanwhile, protesters continue to plan a range of unofficial “Black Night” events to counter this evening’s municipal-sponsored White Night festival in Tel Aviv, in protest at violence they say was directed at protesters by police officers and municipal inspectors during last weekend’s protest.
“There’s a protest here that is alive and kicking despite the fact that over the course of the year the government did everything to destroy it,” Stav Shaffir, one of the leaders of last summer’s social-justice protests, told Haaretz on Wednesday.
“We don’t want a violent protest,” said Shaffir, “and don’t want them to drag us into violent protest or to drag us by the hair in the street, so we will take every possible step to do what we are doing without allowing the police to precipitate such violence.”
Shaffir said she and her colleagues must focus attention now on the issue of next year’s state budget. “We have to apply the right pressure, come up with solutions and suggest good, reasonable proposals on how to improve things, so that we are able to already see the effects of the protest in the coming year,” she said.
“We need a change in taxation, a progressive corporate tax, fewer of the indirect taxes that [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu loves so much, massive construction of public housing, the beginning of affordable housing in Israel, a complete halt to the privatization of the education and health systems,” she added.
Reacting to the Tel Aviv municipality’s consent this week to the presence of a protest tent encampment near the Tel Aviv central train station at Namir Road and Arlosoroff Street, Shaffir said protest should be possible anywhere in the city where people wish to support it. “Putting us at the end of the city, near the border with Ramat Gan shows exactly what [Tel Aviv Mayor] Ron Huldai and city hall think of us – that we’re marginal, as far from the center of things as possible.”
As part of the Black Night event, at 6 P.M. on Thursday, a public advocacy vigil will be held in the center of Tel Aviv followed at 9:30 P.M. by a “tent march” from Habima Square, down Rothschild Boulevard – the scene of last year’s protest tent encampment – to south Tel Aviv, where street parties and cultural events are planned.
A bar on Nahalat Binyamin Street is hosting what is being billed as a freedom of speech party with an open microphone, available to anyone seeking to express an opinion. Among other events is a 3 A.M. pajama party in Rabin Square.
On Saturday night another protest march is planned in Tel Aviv. “I assume we will encounter different treatment from the police,” one of the protest organizers Yonatan Levi said. “They won’t violently assault people and choke them,” he said, adding that the protesters will refrain from violence and hope the police do too.
By Ofra Edelman, Yaniv Kubovich and Jonathan Lis | Jun.28, 2012 | Haaretz | Photo by Daniel Bar-On
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