Chances are, that by now you’ve heard of the concept of “Net Neutrality“. It basically means that everyone connected to the internet should have equal access to all web sites on the internet. Right now, we are quite dependent on the internet as a society, and can currently find infinitely unique sources of information. But the big telecommunications players want to change that, just as they did with radio waves and televisions decades ago.
In the future, will you be able to rely on broadcasting your voice via universally public lanes? Will you be able to afford getting your voice heard through mainstream toll roads? We must continue to fight to maintain our net’s neutrality, and we have recently seen threats like the big Google-Verizon deal. So if you like cat videos, and you haven’t already, please go to SaveTheInternet.com NOW to sign their petition, and call your representatives in Congress to tell them to protect net neutrality.
When the internet was invented, everyone fell flat on their face they were so thrilled and the world began to do business in a different way. Now both President Bush’s Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, who I greatly respect, and President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence Admiral Blair, who I greatly respect, have labeled cybersecurity perpetrated through the internet as the number one national hazard of attack on the homeland…. So I mean it really almost makes you ask the question, “Would it have been better if we had never invented the internet, and had to use paper and pencil or whatever?” – and that’s a stupid thing to say, but it has genuine consequence. – Jay Rockefeller on CSPAN
There are some basic threats parroted by political leaders to justify centralizing command for ”cybersecurity,” including claims like…
#1. Common email spam and computer viruses are a significant problem. But I argue these issues are inherit in our free internet and we will continue to combat them by downloading software patches and spam filters as needed.
#2. Hackers (or cyber-warriors, cyber-spies, cyber-terrorists, or cyber-criminals), foreign or domestic, will continue trying to hack into publicly web-accessible banking systems and the Open Government Initiative, Gov 2.0, where we see more government forms and services going online. But I argue this does not justify changing how the rest of the internet works…those services are responsible for their own security if they wish to interact on the public internet. Furthermore, as well-known computer security and cryptography expert Bruce Schneier says, “in the cryptography world, we consider open source necessary for good security; we have for decades…. For us, open source isn’t just a business model; it’s smart engineering practice.”
#3. Hackers might hack into our country’s power grid and bring down large swaths of our access to electricity and other core infrastructure. But I argue just as with highly sensitive military systems and top secret information, there is no reason that these systems should be connected to the public internet if they are so vulnerable. Such systems should be on completely separate networks using Open Source security solutions, and should not need to infringe on the free internet.
Cyber war is going on in some sense right now. … And we need this capacity in a time of war. We need the capacity for the president to say, Internet service provider, we’ve got to disconnect the American Internet from all traffic coming in from another foreign country, or we’ve got to put a patch on this part of it. The president will never take over — the government should never take over the Internet. Listen, we’ve consulted, Senator Collins and I, who are proposing this bill, with civil liberties and privacy experts. This is a matter of national security. A cyber attack on America can do as much or more damage today by incapacitating our banks, our communications, our finance, our transportation, as a conventional war attack. And the president, in catastrophic cases — not going to do it every day, not going to take it over. So I say to my friends on the Internet, relax…(LAUGHTER)… take a look at the bill. And this is something that we need to protect our country. Right now, China, the government, can disconnect parts of its Internet in a case of war. We need to have that here, too. – Joseph Lieberman on CNN, 6/20/2010
So instead of keeping critical and “vulnerable” infrastructure systems off the public internet, the solution being promoted is to give the White House a kill-switch for the web (via the big Internet Service Providers). This may only apply to emergency situations, but we also know very well that such situations can be easily manufactured by rogue elements of the corporate-industrial complex (see Episode 3 of the Wiki World Order report on False Flag attacks). It is also ridiculously difficult to transparently prove the source of sophisticated cyber attacks, so today’s cyber emergency situations can be easily manipulated.
Surely, as internet users we should keep educating each other to stay safe online, and to some extent our government will always need to spend resources on cyber defenses (ideally in fully open source processes). But similar to the War on Terror and “defensive” biological weapons research, we cannot fuel industries for yet another arms race. We do not want to design offensive cyber-weapons to be used preemptively against other countries or groups (as it appears we already are). We do not want such programs in the hands of secretive organizations like the National Security Agency. We must instead use more of our resources to work towards resolving the root causes for which such terrorism is a symptom.
Sure, very few bills will end up passing right now, so late in this session. But on September 21st, a spokeswoman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told Reuters that the draft bill of the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act is “something that we hope to be able to pass before the end of the year, if we can.” So whether you like online news, games, sitcoms, soap operas, sports, cat videos, or researching the Council on Foreign Relations and the Bilderberg Group…your free access is at risk.
And remember, last year the Patriot Act was renewed under President Obama and we are still LOSING the fight to restore our Constitution and non-digital rights. So please tell your representatives in Congress to reject the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act and help defend against recent attacks on net neutrality. Tell them we should instead move any vulnerable infrastructure systems to separate, secure networks based on open source security.
We must constantly defend our internet, because it is the single biggest threat to the establishment, the Corporate-Industrial Complex. And remember…
Every time you trade cyber-privacy for cybersecurity… the NSA kills a kitten video.
We are stuck in a truly epic saga between “good and evil”, but almost all sides believe they work for some greater good…so I am searching for perspectives beyond what we know, and fresh chess moves on the grand board. I’m generally trying to avoid one-dimensional analysis where discussions get a severe bipolar disorder. Nonetheless, these battles might be best reduced to transparency against secrecy.
Many of us see true beauty in all of humanity and want to minimize oppression, while unlocking and unleashing the inner passion and genius inside of each and every one of us. But very clearly, there exist those who consciously seek to mold humans into sheeple, even cattle, treating the masses with great contempt, both publicly and privately, both with words and laws.
Open source software is really built by communities of end-users, so on a long enough time-scale, these solutions better meet the needs of these end-users. And they are also not built to break a few months after a warranty expires. The level of bottom-up collaboration humans have achieved in Wikipedia alone is wildly impressive, but it is only the first step. I want to see almost EVERY industry start trending much faster towards open source domination.
You might have seen some TED talks, where many very powerful solutions are presented to some of the world’s most urgent problems. One key way I envision us surviving here is if some of those technologies of a certain societal significance are not made patentable, but instead made free for reuse and remix under open source or creative commons licensing. Such open source blueprints will be translated into languages and materials of people around the world.
We urgently need to replace greed with collaboration for sustainable energy, food and water technologies. These will all inevitably be issues of life and death for our species on this planet…or anywhere we travel. So screw trinket capitalism, boycott it! And why build up a police state instead of preventing these inevitable crises. Let’s replace the CIA and privatized/corporate intelligence with open source intelligence.
What If we had British Petroleum and General Motors give up any and all intellectual property rights related to alternative energy creation, storage and usage…and then re-released it under some kind of Open Source/Creative Commons license? Don’t they both owe us enough?
We do not go along with solutions A or B: both promoted, bought and paid for by the same set of corporate interests with the most hide or gain. Campaign finance reform is an absolute LYNCHPIN which could open up countless legislative avenues for us, but the Supreme Court sure hasn’t been helping there. Therefore, we really need to step it up and start focusing more on voting DAILY with our dollars to de-fund the mega-corporations which own our governments.
At this point in my studies of various slivers of the world, the only solutions I can consistently support are open source and/or increase transparency. It is for this reason that I’m naming this growing counter-force to oppression, the ‘Wiki World Order.’ Infinitely boosted by the internet, this global movement has already taught me a great deal, collaboratively shedding light on the darkest of blind spots and promoting solutions from the bottom-up.
BUT my time and perspective cannot report on this progress alone, it is collaborative by definition. So just in case any one of YOU out there want to start a little web-base show on related issues, you are free to reuse and remix my episode template graphics and music (please see link in video notes). Anyone can upload their own reports to You Tube and email the link for the video and/or podcast or blog/transcript to reports~AT~WikiWorldOrder.org, and I will be happy re-post all your work on WikiWorldOrder.org. I welcome you to this experiment, and a huge Thank You in advance to anyone who takes me up on this offer, or even lends their ear to this Morgan’s random ideas.
But to avoid getting too heavy in my first episode, I will leave you with these quotes used in the theme song in the background, “And You’ve Got To Let Freedom Ring,” which is based on some of my favorite tasty beats by Alex Gopher, Demon and Squarepusher.
“There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart that you can’t take part, you can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus. And you’ve got to make it stop, and you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free the machine will be prevented from working at all.” - Mario Savio: Sproul Hall Steps, December 2, 1964 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcx9BJRadfw
“Let freedom ring. And if America is to be a great nation, this must become true. So let freedom ring. From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring.” - Martin Luther King Jr: I Have a Dream speech, August 28, 1963 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iEMXaTktUfA
“I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the streets. All I know is that first, you’ve got to get mad! You’ve got to say, I’m a human being, goddamn it! My life has value!” - Peter Finch in Network (MGM, 1976) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90ELleCQvew
“Well up next on world business today, you may not have heard of it, but some say Bilderberg is secretly trying to take over the world. We’re trying to find out why some of the biggest names in business and politics are currently meeting very discretely in Germany.”
- Charles Hodson, CNN: Bilderberg Group News Report, 2007? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I3sqpRtKUA
“The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant, in a free and open society.”
- John F Kennedy: Secret Societies speech,
American Newspaper Publishers Association,
Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York City, April 27, 1961 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhZk8ronces
“In other news, LeBron James is moving to Florida to play for the Miami Heat, and that fact will not affect your life in any way.”
James Corbett: Internet Strikes Back, LeBron Who?, Israeli Nukes
Sunday Update, July 11, 2010 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ymmWFcixME
“So of the various kinds of state capitalism that are around, which are the best? I don’t honestly think that’s the kind of question we should be asking. Like in the 18 – Suppose you’re in the 18th century, should you be asking ‘Which is the best kind of feudalism?’ I mean that’s all it was. So which is the best kind of feudalism, and slavery and monarchy and so and and so forth? That just wasn’t the right question. I mean the right question is, ‘Is there something better, like say, parliamentary democracy?’ Even there were no examples of it.”
Noam Chomsky: Alternatives to Capitalism
Source unknown, removed from YouTube, backed up on AltBib.Com: http://altbib.com/bak/youtube/swf/1761.swf
“But today we might better look at geopolitics in the world as the same globe with roughly 200 countries and huge clouds drifting around it, knowing no national borders, following no specific sets of laws. These are the big corporations. They strike deals with the Chinese, and the Taiwanese, and the Tibetans, and the Israelis and the Arab nations. They strike deals with anybody who has resources or markets that they covet. And they have really taken over the planet. They are calling the shots. Wherever you go, the big corporations are calling the shots, make no mistake about it. And the good news is, that the big corporations are totally dependent on you — or your tax dollars. They can’t survive without you. And the marketplace is democratic, if we only choose to make it such.”
“Every time you buy something, or don’t, you’re casting vote. And it’s a very important vote, in fact, I would dare say it’s equally important as or maybe more important than any vote in the voting polls.”
“Let’s change this world! Let’s create a sustainable, just and peaceful world! Let’s not just talk about it, let’s not just look at movies about it, let’s not just theorize about it, LET’S DO IT!”
“This empire has been created without most of us realizing that it’s been happening, and I think that’s extremely dangerous. We claim to be a democracy, and yet a democracy is built on the premise that you have an informed electorate.”
“..he can’t possibly hope to inherit a sustainable, just and peaceful world unless every child growing up in Botswana and Bolivia and Indonesia and Palestine AND Israel has that same expectation. We MUST realize this. We have to understand that we can’t have homeland security here, until we recognize that the whole planet is our homeland. We are truly one people.”
“We know there are conspiracies. There was a conspiracy to keep us all in the dark about weapons of mass destruction.”
“You know the most important thing that you can do, is to follow your passion.” John Perkins: Economic Crisis – The Hit Men Strike Home
Mt. Diablo Peace & Justice Center, Walnut Creek, CA, February 22, 2010
Side-Note: I attended and gave Mr. Perkins a copy of my DVD with an offline backup of InfowarDocs.org. http://fora.tv/2010/02/22/John_Perkins_The_Hit_Men_Strike_Home
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