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.
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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Join Us in Solidarity! http://www.facebook.com/OccupyCanada
Revolution 2.0 always starts on the internet. It will be livestreamed, tweeted, facebooked, YouTubed liked and shared. If your government shuts down the internet. Shut down your government.
As of Friday evening, Occupy Canada’s Facebook page had more than 13,000 “likes” and more than 21,000 “talking about this” hits. A YouTube video shot in Toronto’s downtown Dundas Square features someone with Occupy Canada preaching to Canadians to join rallies in their cities as part of a rising “global consciousness.”
“We wrestle not against flesh or blood, not against Muslim, not against Christian, not against black, not against white — but against powers, against spiritual wickedness in high places, against the rulers of darkness of this world, and that is the truth — and we wrestle not against each other but … against the corrupt powers of this world,” the man shouts.
Song used/Credit: Window – The Album Leaf
Federal Reserve Private banking system which answers to no one not even the government, as stated by Allan Greenspan.
Goldman Sachs was top Obama donor
US Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner shocked global markets by revealing that Washington is “quite open” to Chinese proposals for the gradual development of a world reserve currency run by the International Monetary Fund.
IMF discusses plan to replace dollar as reserve currency
World Bank makes case for new reserve currency
The G20 moves the world a step closer to a global currency
Dollar to Be ‘Discarded’ by World: China Rating Agency
There is no time left to be complacent. The world is changing now. Not tomorrow. Be part of the change for good. Embrace The love. Not the fear. Let go your attachment to the old world and embrace the new.
BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE – Join Occupy WallStreet
“Before this victory is won, some will have to get thrown in jail some more, but we shall overcome. Don’t worry about us before the victory is won, some of us will lose jobs, but we shall overcome. Before the victory is won, some will be misunderstood and called bad names and dismissed as rebel-rousers and agitators But we shall overcome.
And I’ll tell you why.
We shall overcome because the arch of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” – Martin Luther King]