Monday, January 30, 2012

Another ACTA post

I do not want this to be an Anti-ACTA board, it's just so happens to be a big current issue when starting up this blog.

The world needs more awareness of the evils of this treaty. We need all to spread the word.

Friday, January 27, 2012

A Temporary Loss of Freedom

On my way home, I overheard two old ladies, walking their dog in the park, talking about how their hard drives are filled up and they now have to delete movies to create some free space. It's a strange thing to encounter, as this isn't exactly a well known topic for old ladies.

This shows us though, that everyone in the world who's got a computer and access to the internet, embraces it fully and makes use of it in so many different ways. And if even old ladies are hooked on the internet, it has become a full social platform, a fundamental human network that inspires creativity and freedom of speech.

Letting this all be controlled by huge media companies will put all of our futures at risk. So if there's any time to make your voices heard, it sure is now. There are protests lined up in Paris and Brussels for tomorrow (28 jan), if that's too soon for you, I've also heard about a possible global protest on Feb 15th. Keep your eyes and ears peeled for it! Oh, and if you've not already signed the Anti-ACTA petition, please go here:

People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people. ~ V

Thursday, January 26, 2012

A Sad Day: ACTA vs. the World

Today has been a sad day for the internet. The Mayans were partly right anyway i guess, 2012 is the end of the free world. ACTA has been signed by the EU, lots of other countries still will follow, there seems no way back now. It's a sad day for the internet.

It seems none of the politicians are even willing to bring it up, and this while they should be representing us. It's remarkable that they didn't even asked us our opinion. Not the European government cared about its citizens' opinions, neither did the national governments care. They didn't even care to inform us about what ACTA entails, how it will affect us all and how we can learn to live with it. They just signed it and cracked a little smile while they stuffed the money down their pockets. It's a sad day for democracy.

What's also remarkable, is how little media attention was generated by the anti-ACTA protests, both in Poland as the online protests on twitter and facebook, and with other actions like multiple online petitions. It feels like journalists cannot or will not speak about this, either by external pressure, or by their own benefits in ACTA. They too should be the voice of the people, and bring an honest, objective look at the world to their readers. It's a sad day for our freedom of speech, and indeed all our liberties.

George Orwell will become a prophet.