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Thank god we don’t live in Vietnam or China or Iran

Vietnam is reportedly due to issue a new decree in June entitled “Decree on the Management, Provision, Use of Internet Services and Information Content Online”. It will among other things,

Force foreign companies that provide online services such as social networking, blogging, discussion forums and chat to cooperate with the Vietnamese government and provide it with the information it needs to crack down on activities banned by the decree.
(Reporters Without Borders)

It’s what we have come to expect from authoritarian undemocratic communist regimes. Thank god we have the Free West to protect our freedom, free speech and privacy. All that’s happening in the US is the Internet Rogering Act (otherwise known as Representative Michael Roger’s Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act – CISPA). And of course all CISPA does is allow companies like Facebook and Microsoft and Google and ISPs to share our personal data freely without just cause or due process or legal redress with themselves and the government because they feel like it.

Well at least we’ve got the UK, with its mother of parliaments, habeas corpus, proud history of tolerance, freedom, justice and other detriments to effective government. All the UK government (you remember, that one that condemned Labour’s authoritarian attitudes when it was in opposition) is doing is the preparation of an unnamed bill to be presented at the earliest opportunity and designed to force all ISPs to provide total traffic information on demand, in real-time, without just cause or due process or legal redress, on all UK citizens to the government’s spy agency (GCHQ). That’s everyone you speak to and every website you visit.

So they’ll know if you speak to a criminal (or terrorist) even if you don’t know it’s a criminal (or terrorist), and you will forever be associated with that criminal (or terrorist) even though you don’t know it. And they will know which websites you visit, whether it’s politically subversive (ie, not in line with government thinking), or pornography (eg, Sun Page 3), or whatever. They’ll know you’re going there probably before you even get there.

But don’t worry. All of us real criminals and terrorists will easily get round both the US and UK laws with encryption and foreign proxies and the onion web – so it’s only the innocent citizens that will actually be affected. Thank god we don’t live in Vietnam or China or Iran.

Categories: All, Politics, Security Issues
  1. April 15, 2012 at 8:24 pm


    I wanted to express how eye-opening I found your post today titled, “Thank god we don’t live in Vietnam or China or Iran”.

    As you may know, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, was introduced on November 30, 2011 by United States Representative Michael Rogers and is supported by over 800 private companies. Of those major companies includes telecommunications and information technology giants like AT&T, Verizon, Facebook, Intel, IBM, Microsoft and Oracle. CISPA will allow the government to access all of one’s personal information at the drop of a hat without a legal due process or probable cause, much like police officers showing up and entering your home without a search warrant or warning. Our rights as American citizens are being stripped right before our eyes.

    In your post, you emphasized how the government will have the ability to know one’s Internet consumption and patterns before they have even logged on. This really resonated with me. I urge you to log on to Avaaz.org (http://www.avaaz.org/en/stop_cispa/?fp) and join the thousands who have petitioned against CISPA thus far.

    I also wanted to share with you a video about the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act that I think you will find relevant and supplemental to your coverage. I hope you enjoy it, as I included the link below.

    “New House Internet Bill Brews Controversy”


    The clip does a great job of concisely sourcing and compiling news reports to emphasize the scope and context the content being reported on. Newsy synthesizes and analyzes news into neutral comprehensive video clips showing a variety of opinions on the story.

    I hope you will embed this video into your blog and maybe in the future, we could swap blogroll links and widgets.

    Thank you so much for your time and consideration. I look forward to working with you in the future,

    Lyndsey Garza
    Community for Newsy
    Twitter: @newsyvideos


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