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.

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