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  • Putin: The Internet Is A ‘CIA Project,’ Russia Needs Greater Control

    04/24/2014 8:22:02 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 10 replies
    A.P. ^ | April 24, 2014 | No Attribution
    MOSCOW (AP) — President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a CIA project and made comments about Russia’s biggest search engine Yandex, sending the company’s shares plummeting. The Kremlin has been anxious to exert greater control over the Internet, which opposition activists — barred from national television — have used to promote their ideas and organize protests. Russia’s parliament this week passed a law requiring social media websites to keep their servers in Russia and save all information about their users for at least half a year.
  • It's time to click "cancel" on ceding ICANN authority - it really is a big deal

    04/23/2014 7:41:35 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 1 replies
    The Thanks Project ^ | 4/23/2014 | Steve Berman
    There's been a few headlines decrying the Obama Commerce Department's decision to cede control of ICANN to "the world". Most people react to these with some mild foreboding or irritation. It really is a big deal though. If the US really does transfer ICANN control to some international body, it could permanently and irretrievably destroy trust in the entire Internet. In fact, it probably will.
  • Clinton Admin Feared Internet's Ability to Democraticize News 3 Years Before Drudge Bombshell

    04/21/2014 6:25:32 PM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 19 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | April 19, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Three years before Matt Drudge changed the world and how news would be consumed, President Bill Clinton's White House feared that the Internet was allowing average citizens, especially conservatives, to bypass legacy gatekeepers and access information that had previously been denied to them by the mainstream press. The infamous 1995 "conspiracy commerce memo" tried to demonize and discredit alternative media outlets on the right to mainstream media organizations and D.C. establishment figures. The memo notes that the "Internet has become one of the major and most dynamic modes of communication" and "can link people, groups and organizations together instantly." (snip)...
  • Meow! Internet Cat Video Festival Returns to Oakland

    04/20/2014 12:52:22 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 04/18/2014 | Jessica Yadegaran
    The spot: Oakland Internet Cat Video Festival, 3-10 p.m. May 10, Great Wall of Oakland, West Grand Avenue between Telegraph Avenue and Broadway. The vibe: It's so hard to find like-minded couple friends, isn't it? People who share your interests. Your values. Your love of cats. You might just find them on May 10, when Uptown Oakland transforms into a feline frenzy, and the funniest and cutest Internet cat videos
  • On Second Thought, Maybe HealthCare.gov Is at Risk from Heartbleed

    04/19/2014 9:17:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Breitbart's The Conversation ^ | April 19, 2014 | John Hayward
    It seems like only yesterday that the federal government assured us that none of its big public websites - and especially not HealthCare.gov, the ObamaCare exchange site - were at risk from the Heartbleed security flaw, which can allow hackers to steal passwords and personal data. Actually, those assurances came last Friday, April 11, in the form of a blog post from the Department of Homeland Security. "The government's core citizen-facing websites are not exposed to risks from this cybersecurity threat," we were assured by DHS National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center director Larry Zelvin, as quoted at Nextgov. One...
  • Clinton Admin Feared Internet's Ability to Democraticize News 3 Years Before Drudge Bombshell

    04/19/2014 5:05:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 19, 2014 | Tony Lee
    Three years before Matt Drudge changed the world and how news would be consumed, President Bill Clinton's White House feared that the Internet was allowing average citizens, especially conservatives, to bypass legacy gatekeepers and access information that had previously been denied to them by the mainstream press. The infamous 1995 "conspiracy commerce memo" tried to demonize and discredit alternative media outlets on the right to mainstream media organizations and D.C. establishment figures. The memo notes that the "Internet has become one of the major and most dynamic modes of communication" and "can link people, groups and organizations together instantly." "Moreover,...
  • Google: the unelected superpower

    04/18/2014 8:09:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The London Telegraph ^ | April 17, 2014 | Katherine Rushton
    Researchers at Princeton and Northwestern universities have pored over 1,800 US policies and concluded that America is an oligarchy. Instead of looking out for the majority of the country’s citizens, the US government is ruled by the interests of the rich and the powerful, they found. No great surprises there, then. But the government is not the only American power whose motivations need to be rigourously examined. Some 2,400 miles away from Washington, in Silicon Valley, Google is aggressively gaining power with little to keep it in check. It has cosied up to governments around the world so effectively that...
  • Chinese blogger jailed under crackdown on 'internet rumours'

    04/18/2014 9:16:15 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 14 replies
    Agence France-Presse ^ | April 18 2014 | Not Attributed
    A Chinese court has jailed a blogger for three years, state media has reported – the first person to be sentenced in a government-led crackdown on so-called internet rumours. Qin Zhihui, one of hundreds of bloggers reportedly detained in an official campaign to assert greater control over China's popular social media, was found guilty of "slander" and "picking quarrels and provoking troubles", state broadcaster CCTV said on Thursday.
  • Maryland Puts Up Roadblocks to Online Ed

    04/18/2014 8:13:18 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 21 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 04/17/2014 | Walter Russell Mead
    After explaining how Maryland regulates out-of-state providers, the letter presents them with three options: Confirm that the institution enrolls students in Maryland, then pay an annual registration fee of $1,000 and a bond valued at five times the average cost of tuition; confirm that the institution is interested in enrolling students in Maryland, and pay the same fee; or decline any interest in enrolling students in Maryland, thereby barring those students from enrolling altogether. [...] According to the letter, recipients have until April 25 to respond—even if they don’t enroll students in Maryland. [One] provost therefore described the letter as...
  • Google Knew About Heartbleed and Didn’t Tell the Government

    04/16/2014 12:55:45 PM PDT · by george76 · 11 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 14, 2014 | Brendan Sasso
    Federal systems remained vulnerable to hackers even after researchers identified the bug. Google knew about a critical flaw in Internet security, but it didn't alert anyone in the government. Neel Mehta, a Google engineer, first discovered "Heartbleed"—a bug that undermines the widely used encryption technology OpenSSL—some time in March. A team at the Finnish security firm Codenomicon discovered the flaw around the same time. Google was able to patch most of its services—such as email, search, and YouTube—before the companies publicized the bug on April 7. The researchers also notified a handful of other companies about the bug before going...
  • Keeping the Internet Free—for Now

    04/14/2014 8:20:13 AM PDT · by Kenny · 18 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | April 13, 2014 6:51 p.m. ET | L. Gordon Crovitz
    Less than a month after announcing its plan to abandon U.S. protection of the open Internet in 2015, the White House has stepped back from the abyss. Following objections by Bill Clinton, a warning letter from 35 Republican senators, and critical congressional hearings, the administration now says the change won't happen for years, if ever. "We can extend the contract for up to four years," Assistant Commerce Secretary Lawrence Strickling told Congress last week, referring to the agreement under which the U.S. retains ultimate control over the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, known as Icann. If the administration...
  • 4 Ways to Make Your Blog Stand Out from the Pack

    04/13/2014 3:45:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Search Engine Watch ^ | April 13, 2014 | Jayson DeMers
    Whether it's attached to a small business, a large corporation or maybe as a business in itself, a blog is a reflection of its owner. But you're not the only one blogging. There are an estimated 68,124,670 WordPress sites, and for good reason; an active blog is necessary for a successful SEO initiative. Add to the mix the sites that run LiveJournal, Blogger, TypePad or one of the other blogging platforms, and there are easily over 150 million blogs on the Internet; so how do you get yours to stand out from the pack? Many say that if you write...
  • Fun Number; Apple Has Twice As Much Cash As The US Government

    04/13/2014 8:19:56 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | 4/13/2014 | Tim Worstall
    And, for good measure, Microsoft has more cash at hand that Uncle Sam does. [snip] It’s a very fun number, to be sure, but it’s not quite right for a number of economic reasons. It’s true that when you look at the balance sheets then Apple, say, has $160 billion in cash available, that Microsoft MSFT has a little under $85 billion and the Treasury only has $49 billion to hand to keep the government working. But it’s not really true for a couple of reasons that we’ll get to. [snip] The first and most obvious being that the government...
  • An army of liberal trolls: Elmore warns we mustn't discount 'tidal wave of hate' presented online

    04/10/2014 2:04:06 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WorldNetDaily ^ | April 9, 2014 | Phil Elmore
    There’s a reason popular culture matters. It’s because it is not what politicians say that changes minds. The opinions of your fellow human beings are formed through their interactions with technology. From the moment you first get your news from Twitter to the hours you while away looking at shared opinions and entertainment on Facebook, from the stories that are carefully selected for your television news to the radio commercials you listen to, from the pop-up “surveys” you see on your monitor to the lyrics in the pop songs you play on Pandora, your default opinions are formed in this...
  • I just Dumped Firefox

    04/09/2014 9:24:23 PM PDT · by occamrzr06 · 48 replies
    Firefox Input ^ | 04/09/2014 | Self
    I just dumped Firefox. I didn't like what the did to their CEO, forcing him out. Dennis Praeger is encouraging everyone to uninstall Firefox, so I did. I then went to their feedback site and told them why. I was gracious, some of the comments were not.
  • United Nations May Tax and Censor Post-U.S. Internet, Experts Warn

    04/09/2014 4:57:47 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 23 replies
    The New American ^ | 09 April 2014 | Alex Newman
    UN May Tax and Censor Post-U.S. Internet, Experts Warn 09 April 2014 Following the Obama administration’s decision to cede control over key elements of the Internet, the UN is already plotting to tax and censor the Web.... Full Articlehttp://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/computers/item/18004-un-may-tax-and-censor-post-u-s-internet-experts-warn
  • Government Agency: If 9 Substations Are Destroyed, The Power Grid Could Be Down For 18 Months

    04/08/2014 1:24:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 66 replies
    The Economic Collapse blog ^ | March 18, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    What would you do if the Internet or the power grid went down for over a year? Our key infrastructure, including the Internet and the power grid, is far more vulnerable than most people would dare to imagine. These days, most people simply take for granted that the lights will always be on and that the Internet will always function properly. But what if all that changed someday in the blink of an eye? According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's latest report, all it would take to plunge the entire nation into darkness for more than a year...
  • Dangerous Erosion of Freedom as Obama Cedes Control of the Internet

    04/07/2014 11:54:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 7, 2014 | Rachel Alexander
    Since the Internet now permeates our lives in every possible way, it is disturbing that Obama has relinquished U.S. control over its underlying structure. Control will be turned over to a global panel, which will include totalitarian countries that do not value our First Amendment protection of free speech. Since 1998, through a contract with the U.S. government, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a nonprofit corporation, has administered the IP numbering network and domain name system (DNS) worldwide, controlling .com, .gov, etc. ICANN has done a fairly respectable job administering the rules and standards. Its board...
  • How the Internet Is Taking Away America’s Religion

    04/06/2014 7:35:23 AM PDT · by Yollopoliuhqui · 84 replies
    Back in 1990, about 8 percent of the U.S. population had no religious preference. By 2010, this percentage had more than doubled to 18 percent. That’s a difference of about 25 million people, all of whom have somehow lost their religion. That raises an obvious question: how come? Why are Americans losing their faith? Today, we get a possible answer thanks to the work of Allen Downey, a computer scientist at the Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts, who has analyzed the data in detail. He says that the demise is the result of several factors but the most controversial...
  • GOOGLE'S DISCRIMINATORY LEFTISM

    04/04/2014 8:31:49 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | April 4, 2014 | By Ben Shapiro
    On February 6, Google revealed not only its dramatic bias against conservatism, but against reality. How else to explain an email received by WorldNetDaily’s Joseph Farah with regard to the Google AdSense policy? The email announced that AdSense would be cancelling WorldNetDaily’s account thanks to a “policy violation email this morning regarding negative/hate speech particularly with the repeated references to ‘black mobs,’ although I don’t know that this is specifically what it’s limited to.” According to Farah, Google wrote, “The reviewers cited a number articles [sic] with usage of this term specifically and in general asks that no ad code...
  • Opening Minds to the Spheres Among Us

    04/04/2014 10:21:58 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 14 replies
    Linux Journal ^ | 02 April 2014 | Doc Searls
    Linux can't be understood in terms of hierarchy. Neither can the Internet. That's because both are examples of heterarchy at work. Flatland, an 1880 novella by Edwin A. Abbott, is about a world with just two dimensions, inhabited by lines and polygons. Trouble starts when a sphere shows up. For business, the same kind of trouble started when Linux and the Internet showed up in the mid-1990s. No matter how useful Linux and the Internet prove to be, business still has trouble getting its head around a virtual world composed of end points that are all autonomous, self-empowered and at...
  • White House slams Samsung's Obama-Ortiz selfie [Suddenly BO decides when selfies are ok]

    04/04/2014 4:48:59 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | 4/4/14
    Samsung has gone one selfie too far with its viral marketing, earning a rebuke from the White House after it distributed a photo of President Obama and Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz. The selfie was taken during a visit to the White House this week by the 2013 World Series winners. Ortiz, who has an endorsement deal with Samsung, put the photo on Twitter, and the electronics company re-tweeted the post to its 5.2 million followers...
  • The Internet Is Tolerant. Don't Agree? Keep Out

    04/03/2014 4:04:07 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 3, 2014 | Debra J. Saunders
    Mozilla's new CEO, Brendan Eich, gave $1,000 to Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure passed by a majority of California voters to limit marriage to one man and one woman. The U.S. Supreme Court voided the measure, but the hate campaign against its supporters lives on. There's a Twitter campaign to force Eich to step down. "I'm an employee of @mozilla and I'm asking @brendaneich to step down as CEO," one employee tweeted. Rarebit CEO Hampton Catlin and his husband announced a boycott against Mozilla Firefox applications. It will cost the business money, but, Catlin wrote, "as a gay couple...
  • Government-run UTOPIA is not good for Utahans

    04/03/2014 2:26:07 PM PDT · by ThethoughtsofGreg · 14 replies
    American Legislator ^ | 3-27-14 | Alex Rued
    A new bill seeking to curb Utah’s government-owned broadband networks incited anger among observers, indicating confusion remains regarding the policy—and the state of broadband. Promoting broadband is in the public interest, but government-run broadband networks like Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency—termed UTOPIA—are not the way to broadband paradise. In 2002, local government leaders commenced work on UTOPIA—the nation’s largest government-owned wholesale fiber operation—as a reaction to private telecommunications providers’ supposed unwillingness to make available high-speed broadband services. Altogether, 11 communities pledged approximately $500 million over several decades to back the bonds UTOPIA sold to finance network development. However, UTOPIA never...
  • It's good to finally be back.

    04/03/2014 11:26:21 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 53 replies
    Self | 4/3/'14 | Zionist Conspirator
    Finally! I was without a computer all week last week and then found out frday that the old computer was beyond repair. I got this one for a good price and it seems a much better computer; videos play well for one thing. Right now there are only two problems: 1)Although I set up my two e-mail accounts on Outlook Express correctly and exactly as I'm supposed to, one of them refuses to work (fortunately, not my main one). The other one resolutely refuses to do so even though there is absolutely no logical reason for this. Also, this is...
  • Obamacare Supporters Troll Ted Cruz on Facebook

    04/03/2014 9:15:53 AM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 32 replies
    ABC News ^ | Wednesday, 02 April 2014 9:34PM
    (WASHINGTON) -- It appeared Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, expected something entirely different from Facebook when he asked whether his Facebook followers were better off with Obamacare than they were four years ago, suggesting they “Comment with YES or NO!”Post by Senator Ted Cruz.Comment they did. By late Wednesday afternoon, the status update had more than 55,000 replies.   “I and a few million other people are a lot better off,” said one user. “I hope you are enjoying your Cadillac plan given to you by your wife’s employer, Goldman Sachs.” “YES, best law ever! And way overdue!” read another one....
  • Journal Times editorial: Obama shouldn't give away control of the Internet

    04/03/2014 6:08:14 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 7 replies
    President Barack Obama has a penchant for being a “big picture” guy who is sometimes short on details. No, we’re not talking about the Affordable Health Care Act today — although we could. The administration’s latest initiative is to cede American control over the administration of the Internet. Under the still-murky plan, the Commerce Department would relinquish U.S. authority over the system of Web addresses and domain names that organize the Internet and give it over to some vague international group of as-yet-undefined “stakeholders.” It would end the long-running contract between the Commerce Department and the Internet Corporation for Assigned...
  • ‘Cuban Twitter’ secretly built by US to stir unrest

    04/03/2014 4:37:18 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 18 replies
    The U.S. government masterminded the creation of a “Cuban Twitter” — a communications network designed to undermine the communist government in Cuba, built with secret shell companies and financed through foreign banks, The Associated Press has learned. The project, which lasted more than two years and drew tens of thousands of subscribers, sought to evade Cuba’s stranglehold on the Internet with a primitive social media platform. First, the network would build a Cuban audience, mostly young people; then, the plan was to push them toward dissent.
  • Republicans Fear Obama Will Let Russia Seize Internet Power

    04/02/2014 5:41:17 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 18 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 2,2014 | Brendan Sasso
    An Obama administration plan to give up oversight of certain technical Internet functions could open the door to a takeover by authoritarian regimes, Republican lawmakers claimed Wednesday. If Russia or China gain new influence over the management of the Internet, they could begin censoring content or blocking websites, the Republicans warned.
  • France is the latest country grappling with a deadly online drinking game

    04/01/2014 2:52:51 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 16 replies
    GlobalPost ^ | March 26, 2014 | Marie Doezema
    Ask someone what they associate with the words "France" and "alcohol," and you'll probably hear some admiring answers about Champagne and fine wines. But there's a new trend in French imbibing that's a far cry from the sophisticated stereotypes. "Neknomination," a dangerous binge-drinking game spreading from country to country through social media, has hit the French-speaking web at a worrying pace. The "Neknomination France" Facebook page and several offshoots went up just last month. Together, they've racked up tens of thousands of followers. Like similar pages elsewhere, they're designed to gather binge drinkers and to give them a platform to...
  • Dividing one nation into pieces [government gridlock]

    03/31/2014 4:37:14 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 31, 2014 | Judd Gregg
    In the past, those at the political fringe were limited in their ability to communicate beyond their cliques. Now, with social media, the shouters on the left and the right have taken center stage with the largest megaphone in history, the Internet.USA Today proclaimed in a front-page headline last week that Americans are not all that upset the federal government is functioning at a dead slow pace. “More Americans say polarization in Congress is good,” the newspaper proclaimed. There can be no question that there is today, and always has been, a substantial group of folks, mostly conservative, who think...
  • Spiritual ED

    03/29/2014 4:32:02 PM PDT · by EscondidoSurfer · 1 replies
    overcoming-lust.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | Jim Vander Spek
    Struthers’ book points especially to the dangers of pornography and the way it can become extremely habit forming and harmful. He is not alone in sounding the alarm about this. In fact, A TED Talk viewed by millions and a related website have pushed this truth into the mainstream. The most alarming recent realization is that when men give themselves over to internet pornography, eventually their plumbing stops working. Not only are they no longer able to enjoy conventional sex but even porn use fails them. It turns out that Erectile Dysfunction (ED) in healthy men because of porn use...
  • Obama’s Move to Surrender Control of the Internet Endangers Freedom Here and Abroad

    03/26/2014 4:04:40 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2014 | Bob Barr
    +++++In his freedom-charting essay Common Sense, one of the most famous works of the revolutionary era, Thomas Paine describes government as a necessary evil in society. "For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver," wrote Paine; who concluded, "but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest." In other words, we all sacrifice a small amount of individual liberty in order to establish a governing body designed to protect liberty overall. As we...
  • Reid: We Only Extended Obamacare Because People Don't Know How to Use the Internet

    03/26/2014 3:36:29 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 26, 2014 | Sara Jean Seman
    Sen. Harry Reid (D., Nev.) had an excellent reason for the latest Obamacare deadline extension—thousands of Americans just aren’t “educated on how to use the Internet.” Despite the fact that Obamacare has already been delayed 28 times, Reid told a reporter Wednesday “there’s no hiccup or delay.” The problem is not the glitchy Healthcare.gov or the fact that nobody wants the insurance being offered, according to Reid. The real issue is that many people just aren't as tech savvy as his grandchildren...which doesn’t really help Reid’s argument seeing as millennials are abandoning Obama along with his managerial legislation. There is...
  • Harry Reid: People Aren’t Educated on How to Use the Internet

    03/26/2014 10:39:12 AM PDT · by don-o · 75 replies
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) said the fault of struggling to sign up on the Obamacare exchanges didn’t lie with the faulty website, but with the people who weren’t “educated on how to use the Internet.” Explaining the reasoning behind the latest Obamacare delay, Reid said too many people just didn’t know to use their computer properly and needed more time. Apparently, it had nothing to do with the well-documented failings of the website that have embarrassed the White House for months. “We have hundreds of thousands of people who tried to sign up who didn’t get through,”...
  • NJ Dem Congressman: Bill Clinton Probably Right About U.S. Ceding Internet Authority

    03/25/2014 5:31:34 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | March 25, 2014 | Kerry Pickett
    Congressman Bill Pascrell (D - NJ) appears to be siding with former President Bill Clinton and Republicans on Capitol Hill who are concerned about the administration's plans to cede U.S. oversight of the internet to an international body. "I haven’t come to any conclusion. I think it’s an interesting concept, but I don’t know if I’m supporting it. I’m not leaning in favor of it—right now," Pascrell told Breitbart News on Monday. According to recode.net, Clinton bucked the Obama administration and told an audience at a meeting sponsored by the Clinton Global Initiative last Friday, "A lot of people who...
  • 5 Things Americans Should Still Be Ashamed Of Doing

    03/25/2014 4:29:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 25, 2014 | John Hawkins
    16 There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: 17 haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18 a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, 19 a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community. -- Proverbs 6:16-19 The only time most people hear the word "shame" in any setting these days is when someone tells them, "You don't have to be ashamed." Unfortunately, in a society full of reality TV shows, overhyped marketing, and millions...
  • US should 'keep control of net' says Clinton

    03/24/2014 5:05:48 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 24 Mar 2014
    Net freedom could suffer after the US steps back from its role as ultimate overseer of the global network, former US President Bill Clinton has said. Many of the governments keen to help oversee the net just wanted to use it to silence dissent, he said. Mr Clinton made his comments during a debate sponsored by his charitable foundation, Clinton Global Initiative. The US had been a good steward of the net and had helped keep it open and accessible, he said. Free speech Mr Clinton said it was clear ongoing revelations about National Security Agency surveillance had fuelled demands...
  • YouTube Censors Major Anti-Obama Channel

    03/23/2014 12:37:29 PM PDT · by Main Street · 74 replies
    ConservativeByte.com ^ | March 23, 2014 | conservativebyte
    Unreal. This is outrageous that government has been given this power. Check it out: A major anti-Obama YouTube channel with 55 million views was shut down yesterday just days after a new policy went into effect handing governments the power to flag “extremist” content on the video sharing website. Media commentator and activist Mark Dice, whose channel had 55 million views and 265,000 subscribers, had his account suspended yesterday for what YouTube described as “severe terms of service violations”. The channel was not deleted due to copyright issues. The most popular videos on Dice’s channel lambasted supporters of Barack Obama....
  • .gop Helps Republicans up Their “Game”

    03/23/2014 11:54:40 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 23, 2014 | Matt Walter
    Since Howard Dean’s 2004 primary campaign first showed us the potential of online organizing, the political world has been taken over by technology designed to spread messages and organize supporters. This transformation has caused technology to go from a side-show within normal campaign operations to a mainstay of any operation worth its salt. The Obama reelection campaign, the gold standard of technology in politics, raised an astonishing $504 million through digitally generated donations. It also showed Republicans that our data and digital “game” needed improvement. In 2011, the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) saw a unique opportunity to secure a...
  • Michelle Obama says internet access should be 'universal right'

    03/23/2014 9:14:03 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 43 replies
    Guardian ^ | March 23, 2014 | By Daniel Boffey, policy editor
    Michelle Obama has declared that access to the internet should be a universal right, in a rare and controversial foray into the world of international politics during a cultural visit to China. The US first lady, who is on a week-long trip to the communist state with her daughters and mother, risked upsetting her hosts in Beijing by declaring access to information as a birthright. During a speech at Peking University's Stanford Centre, she called for greater freedoms while refraining from a direct attack on the controls over information in China. The so-called "great firewall of China" blocks access to...
  • Comcast Cable Miseries!

    03/23/2014 7:13:24 AM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 85 replies
    Meshuge Mikey | March 23 2014 | Vanity
    Yesterday... Comcast cable...my internet service provider...for the TIME BEING....had a Planned Outage,...in order to upgrade equipment that services this area. No Prior Notice was given to paying customers, During my call to :customer service" Yesterday...no mention was made of that fact that this WAS a planned outage. This Morning I experienced another Outage. Today's call to comcast customer service was Unbearably frustrating. The representative told me...that this was a planned outage...and an unplanned outage. AGAIN no announcement was made PRIOR to the outage. They do have an EMAIL SERVER dont they? Would it have taken a tremendous effort and great...
  • Report: Turkey cuts off a key Twitter workaround by blocking Google DNS

    03/22/2014 1:08:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    PC World ^ | 3/22/2014
    Earlier this week, the Turkish government blocked access to Twitter inside the country in response to a YouTube video that alleges Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s involvement in a corruption scandal. Citizens found a number of ways to circumvent the ban, but according to a new report, one of the easiest ways around the block is apparently no more. The Turkish news site Hurriyet Daily News reported Saturday that Erdogan’s government has apparently blocked access to Google Public DNS, which Turkish citizens had been using to access Twitter, ban be damned. (snip) Google’s DNS service was not impacted by the...
  • Internet Control in an Anti-Free Speech World

    03/21/2014 9:41:03 AM PDT · by RetiredArmy · 20 replies
    Front Page Magazine ^ | March 20, 2014 | Arnold Ahlert
    Last Friday, U.S. officials announced plans to relinquish control of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which manages Internet infrastructure to the so-called “global community.” Despite denials from the administration, the consequences of that move do indeed include the possibility of the Internet falling under U.N. control. That reality has been pursued for years by pro-censorship factions led by Russia and China. As such, enormous questions exist about the future of the Internet under the stewardship of international interests — questions that the Obama administration seems wholly unconcerned with. The consequences of relinquishing control of the Internet...
  • Tech Question: Windows XP end of life

    03/21/2014 5:39:38 AM PDT · by RangerM · 26 replies
    Me
    I have a Windows XP machine using Apache as an HTTP webserver. It is primarily used as a way for me to provide large files to clients who cannot receive large attachments. It is strictly a one-way street. I do not allow FTP uploading. Nor is this machine used for anything else (no web surfing, etc) Other than the HTTP server port(s) and a couple for UVNC (which provides multi-layer password protection and encrypted connections), I have the firewall pretty buttoned up. The system itself runs reliably, and beyond installing a decent antivirus (which I already have), I cannot see...
  • How the Web Affects Memory (Internet Hive Mind Emerging)

    03/20/2014 3:06:36 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 17 replies
    Havard Magazine ^ | 11-12/2013 | Havard Magazine
    Google and other search engines have changed the way we use the Internet, putting vast sources of information just a few clicks away. But Lindsley professor of psychology Daniel Wegner’s recent research proves that websites—and the Internet—are changing much more than technology itself. They are changing the way our memories function. Wegner’s latest study, “Google Effects on Memory: Cognitive Consequences of Having Information at Our Fingertips,” shows that when people have access to search engines, they remember fewer facts and less information because they know they can rely on “search” as a readily available shortcut.
  • Crestwood Court(St. Louis): Dead Mall in its Final Days (A Walkthrough)

    03/20/2014 2:56:28 PM PDT · by DallasBiff · 64 replies
    YouTube ^ | 2/29/12 | The Elevator Channel
    Quite sad, small business owned retail establishments in malls going out of business, but yet the keystroke is much easier than walking to a retail business.
  • What's Happening to the Internet?

    03/20/2014 8:43:14 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 13 replies
    Jewish Policy Center ^ | March 20, 2014 | Shoshana Bryen
    It sounds like something you don't want to know too much about. When you type an address into your computer's browser, you go to that address. How your computer knows where to find the Google image of kittens and puppies isn't your problem, is it? Well, it might be. Not kittens, perhaps, but what if you want to find the Israeli Ministry of Tourism or the American Constitution?DNS and ICANN are acronyms you should know. DNS is the Internet domain name system -- a single list that gets you to the server that runs the program you're looking for. ICANN...
  • America's Internet Surrender

    03/20/2014 5:14:07 AM PDT · by lbryce · 8 replies
    Wall Strret Journal ^ | March 18, 2014 | L Gordon Crovitz
    The Internet is often described as a miracle of self-regulation, which is almost true. The exception is that the United States government has had ultimate control from the beginning. Washington has used this oversight only to ensure that the Internet runs efficiently and openly, without political pressure from any country. This was the happy state of affairs until last Friday, when the Obama administration made the surprise announcement it will relinquish its oversight of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or Icann, which assigns and maintains domain names and Web addresses for the Internet. Russia, China and other...
  • Sarah Palin: Obama's Relinquishing of America's Internet Control a 'Gift' to Dictators

    03/19/2014 7:53:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/19/14 | Tony Lee
    Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said even the biased mainstream media cannot justify the ultimate gift that President Barack Obama gave to authoritarian regimes and dictators around the world when he relinquished America's control of the Internet last Friday. Palin said that this "is nothing more than a gift to authoritarian regimes who seek to stifle the freedom the internet gives to voices around the world fighting for basic human rights. No amount of Obama/liberal media spin can justify this." "Evidently relinquishing America's control of the internet via our Icann control of domain names was what Obama meant when he...