Microsoft Execs for Orwellian internet

From a recent story on Chase Hunter’s “American Patriot Daily” blog:

Orwell on the Beeb -- a future whose time has come?

“New World Order elites and their corporate yes men are increasingly irate with the loud clear voice of the free internet, spawning as it has, a genuine grassroots lashback against Obama White House socialism, the American Tea Party Movement. That same movement may soon need to muster it’s resources and it’s loudest clearest voices again to make sure the internet which voices the will of the American people remains a free and open forum, untainted by corporate ownership and “licensing” of websites under an Orwellian sounding suggestion from Microsoft executive Craig Mundle:

“We need a kind of World Health Organization for the Internet.”

The hell we do, Craig. You need to butt out. Microsoft does not represent the best interests of the internet, and it never has. Microsoft only represents it’s own best interests in all situations and everyone knows it. That’s nothing new.

Chase Hunter

See http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=17433 [for embedded links and the full article which is excerpted below]

Will recent successes in fighting internet controls be enough to stave off tyranny?

The focus is back on Internet censorship this week as a pair of articles from Time Magazine and The New York Times came out almost simultaneously advocating for licences to operate web sites. These articles were skillfully skewered by Paul Joseph Watson as lame attempts to shore up a disintegrating establishment media in the face of a blogosphere that is increasingly replacing them.

The articles follow on calls by Craig Mundie—Microsoft’s chief research and strategy officer—for an Internet licencing system. Introducing the idea, he said “We need a kind of World Health Organization for the Internet.” Evidently unaware of the ongoing investigation into the WHO’s role in manufacturing the H1N1 pandemic hoax to line the pockets of Big Pharma, Mundie added that an international Internet authority should be given the same kind of authority that the WHO has in dealing with a pandemic. “When there is a pandemic, it organizes the quarantine of cases. We are not allowed to organize the systematic quarantine of machines that are compromised.” These calls are worrying because they represent only the latest instance of influential figures proposing increasingly tyrannical controls on free speech on the Internet.

The Obama presidency has seen an increase in hype over cybersecurity threats, with the influential CSIS “think tank” having written white papers proposing cybersecurity as a key issue for the 44th president. As we reported last July, CSIS argued for “minimium standards for securing cyberspace” because “voluntary action is not enough.”

Shortly after Obama took office last year, Senator Jay Rockefeller introduced a Senate bill (S.773) that would give the president the power to “declare a cybersecurity emergency” and shut down the Internet. The bill would also require network administrators in the private sector receive licencing from the federal government after taking a federally-mandated certificagtion program. During Committee hearings, Rockefeller went so far as to say that it would have been better if the Internet had never been invented.

In November of last year it was reported that an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) being negotiated by the world’s leading economies would force ISPs to cut off subscribers who were found to have shared copyrighted content on more than two occasions. Recent reports indicate that this proposal was not discussed at an ACTA meeting last month, but the so-called “three-strikes rule” has already passed in France.

Orwell's licence to journalize?

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Obama’s information czar, Cass Sunstein, has blamed the blogosphere for spreading anti-government sentiments and advocated that the government actually employ people to infiltrate online communities and spread information favorable to the government in an effort to destabilize them. As remarkable as such a proposal may seem from a high-ranking government official, it is only one aspect of an official Pentagon strategy to fight the net as if it were an enemy weapons system.

All of these proposals and numerous other stories we have reported on the past (e.g.here and here) represent only the latest attempts to stifle free speech on the Internet. Although groups like the Electronic Frontier Foundation have been fighting such moves for a long time, the explosive power of the online community in derailing the carbon eugenics agenda and exposing the Federal Reserve has awakened many to the nascent medium’s potential…and its value. The value of the Internet is directly tied to freedom of speech, a principle that is opposed solely by the establishment media who thrived for decades in a virtually competition-free era before the rise of the Internet. As one commenter on the Time Magazine puff piece calling for Internet licencing notes, “There is NO grass roots movement anywhere calling for government intervention in the internet. It is not broken. It works too well, that is a problem for tyrants.”…”

Read the rest of this story on Global Research.ca

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2 responses to “Microsoft Execs for Orwellian internet

  1. thebovine

    This just in:

    Iceland’s main newspaper bans linking to specific stories:

    From BoingBoing:

    “Morgunblaðið, Iceland’s oldest newspaper and most-visited website (now co-edited by the former prime minister and head of the central bank) has just announced an anti “deep linking” policy saying that Icelanders aren’t allowed to link to individual pages on the site, only the front door. Which is to say, the people of Iceland can no longer talk about any news online unless it happens to still be on the front page of the newspaper. Ah, there’s the commitment to public service that makes journalism so critical to a free society! (Thanks, Halli!)”

    http://www.boingboing.net/2010/02/08/icelands-paper-of-re.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+boingboing%2FiBag+%28Boing+Boing%29&utm_content=Google+Reader

  2. Jackie Durkee

    fear that this bill will open the door for abuse of our freedom of speech in the future under the disguise of national security. It is happening in other parts of the world. I could happen here unless Americans unite to have their voices heard in Washington. Here is just one example: http://www.foxnews.com/scitech/2010/02/10/iran-shuts-gmail-announces-national-e-mail-service/

    FaithfulinPrayer @ wordpress

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