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'Content Industry' set to privatize net infrastructure: putting digital rights management in html-5

'Content Industry' set to privatize net infrastructure: putting digital rights management in html-5 | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it

It seems that the internet as we knew it is about to pass away, giving way to a much more controlled environment where websites can code what can and what can’t be done with so-called ‘content’, which becomes something akin to a controlled substance.

 

David Bollier, in his recent article

The Piecemeal Privatization of Web Infrastructure

 

relates how the governing entity for the web, the World Wide Web Consortium or W3C, is working on standards that will incorporate Digital Rights Management (DRM) right into the guts of the internet’s language. HTML-5, the next version of the language that displays websites and other things on the net, will be armed … with DRM.

 


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Digital rights management means you don't have control over what you download from the net ... even if you bought it. Your computer can tell you that you're not authorized to see this or to run this program, and the internet itself is adapted to become the watchdog.

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, October 23, 2013 12:58 PM

Digital rights management means you don't have control over what you download from the net ... even if you bought it. Your computer can tell you that you're not authorized to see this or to run this program, and the internet itself is adapted to become the watchdog.

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Judge Orders Conspiracy Re-Education For Lauryn Hill

Grammy award-winning singer Lauryn Hill has been ordered by a judge to "undergo counseling because of her conspiracy theories." What was her conspiracy theor...
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A Deadly Paradox: Scientists Discover the Agent Used in Gulf Spill Cleanup Is Destroying Marine Life

A Deadly Paradox: Scientists Discover the Agent Used in Gulf Spill Cleanup Is Destroying Marine Life | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it
Three years after the BP oil spill, new truths come to light—from deep down inside the ocean.
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Small Farmers of Heritage-Breed Pigs Are Under Attack

Small Farmers of Heritage-Breed Pigs Are Under Attack | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it

In Michigan, small farmers of heritage-breed pigs are affected by the majority of pigs raised for food in concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).Any farmer or other individual found to be in possession of such a hog could be charged with a felony and subjected to up to two years in jail and a $20,000 fine. But the real rub is that virtually any hog could be technically defined as feral under the MDNR's outrageous ISO.

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Breast Cancer Survivor Jailed Over Accidental Medical Bill

Breast Cancer Survivor Jailed Over Accidental Medical Bill | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it
The story of a breast cancer survivor who was jailed for an accidental medical bill shows the importance of staying healthy to avoid costly health care.

If you can't pay your bills, can you really go to jail? If you live in certain U.S. states, like Illinois or Colorado, yes. According to an analysis by the Wall Street Journal, more than 5,000 warrants for arrest were issued for debt-related charges since 2010.i

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Eben Moglen’s warning: Beware of media consuming you

Eben Moglen’s warning: Beware of media consuming you | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it

"Eben Moglen, a professor of law and history at Columbia University, made a haunting appeal to participants of the 6th re:publica conference that opened in Berlin this morning: Do not to fail in completing the fight for freedom of thought."

 

"Social networks like Facebook, search engines like Google, or online shopping malls like Amazon are “consuming” the users. Governments, large and small, are eager to re-use the profiling, predicting and persecuting activities and passing laws to store these data indefinitely, Moglen said."

 

“They own our search box, we are reported everywhere and every time,” and with mobile devices always on it is “confession 24/7”.


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Monsanto & Cancer Milk: FOX NEWS KILLS STORY & FIRES Reporters.

Monsanto & Cancer Milk: FOX NEWS KILLS STORY & FIRES Reporters. | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it
FOX NEWS Reporters (Reporters Steve Wilson & Jane Akre *** See below for more info on their status today) uncover that most of the Milk in the USA and across...
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Breaking Up with the Sierra Club

Breaking Up with the Sierra Club | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it

The hard truth: National Sierra Club served as the political cover for the gas industry and for the politicians who take their money and do their bidding. It had a hand in setting in motion the wheels of environmental destruction and human suffering. It was complicit in bringing extreme fossil fuel extraction onshore, into our communities, farmlands, and forests, and in blowing up the bedrock of our nation. And I can’t get over it.

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More Walmarts in an area, more hate groups: Study

More Walmarts in an area, more hate groups: Study | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it

The presence of big-box retail stores erodes a community's social fabric, according to a study out of Penn State university that found the number of Walmart stores in a U.S.county is significantly correlated with the number of hate groups in the area.

The reasons, Goetz and his colleagues posit, is that several community values start to break down.

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Deep cuts to Canadian food inspection announced

Deep cuts to Canadian food inspection announced | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it

With these cuts, Ottawa is unraveling many of the improvements made to the food safety system since the tragic events of the 2008 Maple Leaf Foods listerisosis outbreak which cost 23 Canadians their lives.

Ottawa will be firing as many as 100 food safety inspectors, more than it hired after it became painfully obvious that the inspector shortage contributed to the Maple Leaf disaster

 

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Canada Budget 2012: CFIA Cuts Mean Food Labelling Lies Will Have To Be Policed By Consumers

Canada Budget 2012: CFIA Cuts Mean Food Labelling Lies Will Have To Be Policed By Consumers | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it
The federal government’s decision to stop policing nutrition claims on food labels threatens Canadians’ health and leaves consumers with little recourse when food labels are wrong, the head of an agricultural union says.
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Arundhati Roy :  Capitalism: A Ghost Story    : Information Clearing House

Arundhati Roy :  Capitalism: A Ghost Story    : Information Clearing House | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it

However, the corporate or Foundation-endowed NGOs are global finance’s way of buying into resistance movements, literally like shareholders buy shares in companies, and then try to control them from within. They sit like nodes on the central nervous system, the pathways along which global finance flows. They work like transmitters, receivers, shock absorbers, alert to every impulse, careful never to annoy the governments of their host countries. (The Ford Foundation requires the organisations it funds to sign a pledge to this effect.) Inadvertently (and sometimes advertently), they serve as listening posts, their reports and workshops and other missionary activity feeding data into an increasingly aggressive system of surveillance of increasingly hardening States. The more troubled an area, the greater the numbers of NGOs in it.

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Many Still Live With Homesickness

Many Still Live With Homesickness | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it
People who leave home in search of better prospects often end up feeling displaced and profoundly depressed.Today, explicit discussions of homesickness are rare, for the emotion is typically regarded as an embarrassing impediment to individual progress and prosperity. This silence makes mobility appear deceptively easy.

Technology also seduces us into thinking that migration is painless. Ads from Skype suggest that “free video calling makes it easy to be together, even when you’re not.” The comforting illusion of connection offered by technology makes moving seem less consequential, since one is always just a mouse click or a phone call away.

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Militarization of the Internet: British MoD to recruit hundreds of IT warriors for cyber task force

Militarization of the Internet: British MoD to recruit hundreds of IT warriors for cyber task force | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it

Britain’s Defense Ministry has announced it is creating a military cyber unit and has welcomed tech-savvy hackers to consider taking the Queen’s virtual shilling in a recruitment drive starting October.

 

The UK is channeling part of its military budget on recruiting hundreds of computer experts to constitute the new Joint Cyber Reserve Unit, the country’s Defense Secretary, Philip Hammond, announced Sunday. 

 

For the first time, the UK’s would-be cyber warriors will be tasked with offensive missions. 



"In response to the growing cyber threat, we are developing a full-spectrum military cyber capability, including a strike capability, to enhance the UK's range of military capabilities," AFP reported Hammond as saying. 


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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, September 29, 2013 1:56 PM

This article is about the UK, but similar cyber forces, some defensive, but many offensive, already exist in a number of countries. 

So we can look forward to the Internet becoming a battleground in the strife of nation against nation. Of course our own use of the net will suffer.

Is it time to make those local user-owned networks and leave corporations and countries fighting it out over the big pipes? 

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USA: Government Secrecy Orders on Patents Have Stifled More Than 5,000 Inventions

USA: Government Secrecy Orders on Patents Have Stifled More Than 5,000 Inventions | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it
If the government thinks your patent-pending invention has national security implications, it can slap a secrecy order on it that prevents you from developing it. More than 5,300 such orders have been issued, with some of them in effect for decades.

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Often, the supposed protection of intellectual property turns into the opposite - a suppression of valid technology because someone in government believes that something should not be out there. 

 

Some avoid that problem altogether by going open source and publishing what they found without seeking patents...

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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, May 13, 2013 3:24 AM

Often, the supposed protection of intellectual property turns into the opposite - a suppression of valid technology because someone in government believes that something should not be out there. 

 

Some avoid that problem altogether by going open source and publishing what they found without seeking patents...

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Everything you need to know about the piracy-battling Copyright Alert System

Everything you need to know about the piracy-battling Copyright Alert System | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it

 

The internet providers and copyright holders have begun using peer-to-peer (P2P) surveillance methods to try to sniff out when copyrighted content is uploaded or shared illegally.

 

A company called MarkMonitor has been contracted to join BitTorrent networks (the most common way to illegally share files) and search for the names of copyright-protected movies, music, and TV shows. The list of those names is provided by the MPAA, RIAA, and NCTA.

 

When MarkMonitor finds a file in violation, they snag the IP address of the user who's sharing the file and send it off to that user's internet provider, who issues a series of escalating warnings.


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Sepp Hasslberger's curator insight, March 9, 2013 2:41 PM

Hollywood has found a way to criminalize sharing. But will all those efforts to catch the criminals who don't intend to be Hollywood's clients end up hastening the movie industry's demise?

 

Perhaps entertainment will be different tomorrow and there will be a more direct line - artist-to-fan and vice versa - that leaves no room for Hollywood.

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Biotech Companies' Immunity from Federal Law

Biotech Companies' Immunity from Federal Law | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it
If passed into law, the Farmers Assurance provision, or Farm Bill, will grant biotech companies like Monsanto free reign over genetically engineered crops.
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Fascism rises from the depths of Greece's despair

Fascism rises from the depths of Greece's despair | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it
It started, as many days do in Greece, with a trip to the kiosk to buy cigarettes. Still half-asleep, Panayiotis Roumeliotis was surprised to be asked to show his identity card by two young men with shaved heads.
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Scientist Predicts a Catastrophe in Crowdsourcing - Daily Crowdsource

Scientist Predicts a Catastrophe in Crowdsourcing - Daily Crowdsource | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it

In an interview with Research Scientist, Manuel Cebrian, from the winning team of the DARPA Red Baloon Callenge & the Tag Challenge, he revealed an ominous prediction. He predicted that crowdsourcing, like other high-profile technologies (nuclear, genetic-engineering, etc.), is due for an event, a bad event, a catastrophe, no less.

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Please help us expose the Conservatives' big CBC lie

I am writing to ask you to help FRIENDS expose the Conservatives' BIG LIE about their cuts to the CBC.

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Goodbye, anonymity: Latest surveillance tech can search up to 36 million faces per second

Goodbye, anonymity: Latest surveillance tech can search up to 36 million faces per second | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it
Read 'Goodbye, anonymity: Latest surveillance tech can search up to 36 million faces per second' on Digital Trends. Hitachi Kokusai Electric has built a...
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Harper’s cynical assault on democracy

Harper’s cynical assault on democracy | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it
Growing sense of powerlessness and frustration could undermine Canadian democratic institutions...
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New Cyberpills Send Text Messages If You Forget To Take Them

New Cyberpills Send Text Messages If You Forget To Take Them | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it

Helpful attention or Big Doctor breathing down your neck?

When you get old, you start having to take more and more pills. Sometimes some of the pills are pretty important and it would be bad if you forgot to take them one day. But people are busy, things slip their minds.

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Neighbors Spying on You? New Program Spreading Across the US Takes Neighborhood Watch to Scary New Level | Civil Liberties | AlterNet

Neighbors Spying on You? New Program Spreading Across the US Takes Neighborhood Watch to Scary New Level | Civil Liberties | AlterNet | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it
Suspicious Activity Reporting asks citizens to keep an eye out on their neighbors -- but the results could be terrible.

SAR guidelines categorize constitutionally protected, non-criminal and commonplace activities such as using binoculars, snapping photographs and taking notes as indicators of terrorism-related activity. The SARs are coupled with the LAPD’s iWatch program, a campaign the police pioneered to encourage regular citizens to report “suspicious” activity, including “a person wearing clothes that are too big or too hot for the weather,” or things that just plain old don’t “look right.”

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Why We Need to Defend Vaccine Exemptions

Why We Need to Defend Vaccine Exemptions | Coercive Culture Escalating | Scoop.it
Barbara Loe Fisher talks about the importance of vaccine exemption, and the unfair treatment of healthcare workers who are forced to get the flu shot.
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