Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Declaration of Internet Freedom

(Mod: Something to think about for this 4th of July. You might or might not be aware of it, but there are a few unfortunate initiatives in the works that could change the ways the Internet is made available to folks like you and me. Today it is pretty much everything goes, which is how it should be. As a source for unfettered coverage of all topics of interest, there is no other place quite like it. However, the celebration of so much freedom is not something all participate in, and there are those who would, for whatever reasons, put an end to it. I picked up the following from an interesting site called Tekka.com, though articles just like it appear today on websites and blogs all over the internet. I figured The Tattler should probably join in on all of the action.)

Internet lines up behind The Declaration of Internet Freedom. A growing number of tech companies and names are demanding basic, unalienable digital rights.

Declaration of Internet Freedom

It's no secret that various parts of the internet have been under attack for some time. Traditional media companies respond with terror at the thought of losing even more business to piracy (though it is questionable just how much they're actually hurting - click here). Cable internet providers want the right to control what speeds you're allowed to access what sites at. And the U.S. government, meanwhile, wants to help these companies out by making streaming copyrighted content punishable by up to five years in prison.

Some major names on the internet have had enough of playing defense. That's why they're launching a new initiative called the Declaration of Internet Freedom. It's a short five-point document - a Bill of Rights of sorts - that lists out the basics of what humanity should expect and deserve from the internet. It reads:

"We stand for a free and open Internet. We support transparent and participatory processes for making Internet policy and the establishment of five basic principles:

Expression: Don't censor the Internet.
Access: Promote universal access to fast and affordable networks.
Openness: Keep the Internet an open network where everyone is free to connect, communicate, write, read, watch, speak, listen, create and innovate.
Innovation: Protect the freedom to innovate and create without permission. Don't block new technologies, and don't punish innovators for their users' actions.
Privacy: Protect privacy and defend everyone's ability to control how their data and devices are used."

The Declaration of Internet Freedom is supported by a number of well-known, high-tech names, such as Mozilla (creators of Firefox), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), left-wing political opinion site Daily Kos, and right-wing blogging heavyweight Patrick Ruffini. By backing the document, the organization hopes to promote understanding and build support for the cause. Private individuals are urged to take action through partner sites such as the non-profit Electronic Frontier Foundation (click here).

(Look at it this way: one fine morning you go to your computer to access The Tattler so you can read a fine cussing out of some local miscreants, but instead of being taken here you find yourself on a site for Wal*Mart. You try again and you find yourself on a site for Nissan. Try again and this time it is for Stonegate at Sierra Madre. Only after numerous attempts would you be brought here. Those are the sorts of consequences these folks are talking about. If you click here you will be taken to the actual Declaration itself, which you will be asked to sign. I did, and I hope you will as well. They will ask for your organization, so feel free to use The Sierra Madre Tattler should you so wish. )

Questioning the Messianic Conception of Smart Growth

(Mod: Over on one of our favorite sites, New Geography, there is a great little piece entitled "Questioning the Messianic Conception of Smart Growth." It is intriguing stuff, though I doubt the Green Committee or Mayor Moran will be taking it up anytime soon. It certainly is not in line with their current high-density "Transit Village" development agenda. Here is how the article begins:)

A new analysis from the United Kingdom concludes that smart growth (compact city) policies are not inherently preferable to other urban land use policy regimes, despite the claims of proponents. "The current planning policy strategies for land use and transport have virtually no impact on the major long-term increases in resource and energy consumption. They generally tend to increase costs and reduce economic competitiveness." The article goes on: "Claims that compaction will make cities more sustainable have been debated for some time, but they lack conclusive supporting evidence as to the environmental and, particularly, economic and social effects."

(If you wish to read the rest of this inconvenient article, feel free to do so by clicking here. So far you can still find it on the Internet. See you at the parade tomorrow.)

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58 comments:

  1. I am 100% for the internet to be free - except I pay a monthly fee for it. But I get the point.
    How do we deal with Bob Matheson and his ilk?

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    1. Register him as a sex offender, of course. Except in Sierra Madre. There you let him work his influential connections in hopes that people will eventually forget, and then invite him to the 4th of July parade.

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    2. Would registration keep him off the internet?

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    3. Keeping Matheson off the internet is not censorship. It is police work. Of course, so is registering him as a sex offender. Which I guess means if the SMPD were in charge of the internet Matheson's photo collection would be featured on Yahoo.

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  2. Al Gore created the internet and it is up to him what should be done with it.

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    1. In that case, we need to ban the internet. All that heat generated by our personal computers is causing global warming.

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    2. I've been reading about the next round of computer technology, which are internet glasses. Rather than having to carry around a bulky iPad everywhere (Sir Eric), you can view your favorite websites on your glasses. Which very well could be rose colored if you view the more positive websites.

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  3. The internet requires the same kind of policing as real life does.

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  4. If I sign the Internet Declaration of Freedom, does that make me more green? Or does it make me a Right Wing Radical?

    This is soo confusing.

    Josh

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    1. Depending on your bank balance, it makes you either a libertarian or an anarchist. Now excuse me, we are have an insect infestation and I need to get out the Black Flag.

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    2. Green trumps all Sierra Madre laws. Including Measure V. And if you don't believe me, just go ask the UN.

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  6. I have to blame this on George Bush.

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    1. Most sensible people do. The rest blame Obama.

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    2. Balderdash 9:00. It seems when one doesn't have anything intelligent to say, then the attacks start on Bush, or Obama, or MaryAnn, or Chris.

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    3. Yeah, Bush was such a great president...

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  7. The more rights we have the more we need to teach our children cybersafety. Remember Megan Meier. Google and read her full story. Innocence & horrific bullying by an adult mother.

    The internet is a fast moving train we are all on.

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  8. Sad news - Andy Griffith died today. He was an icon and role model for generations. I was just thinking of him recently and had a feeling he was next. Glad I have so many of his episodes. RIP ANDY!

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    1. The spirit of Mayberry will always live on here.

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    2. Did Otis Campbell ever become the mayor of Mayberry?

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    3. Good question. I do know that both Otis and Josh have downtown sleeping quarters.

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  9. It is interesting that we deal with all kinds of Planet Earth's problems by dueling over symptoms while eschewing the thing causing all the turmoil. ie. Population. the Planet will soon be uninhabitable except for some weird souls that like to be packed like sardines.

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    1. People confuse the survival of the planet with the survival of our species. They aren't the same thing.

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    2. In fact, the planet would be much better off without our species...

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    3. How would we know?

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    4. Some of us would hide and God wouldn't know that we're still here.

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    5. The best place to hide would be City hall. God doesn;t go in there.

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    6. Kind of dicey to have a picky God.

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    7. If you were almighty wouldn't you be picky? Let me ask you this, why do you think heaven has gates?

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    8. Is that an eye witness description, 4:59?

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    9. Oh c'mon now! Everybody knows about the pearly gates!

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  10. A different kind of council meeting:
    Bustamante Arrest Disrupts Santa Ana City Council Meeting
    http://voiceofoc.org/oc_central/article_b50ee832-c51e-11e1-8486-0019bb2963f4.html

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    1. The District Attorneys have been wonderfully active lately, haven't they?

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    2. I do wish they would come and visit here.

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  11. You hear about internet censorship in places like Iran and China, but not so much here. Is it really possible?

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    1. What!? You think the U.S.is still a free country? That our liberties have not been usurped by the benevolent government who knows best?
      Learn to love the smiley face of gentle fascism.

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    2. We have been taken over by the corporations! The military industrial complex owns us.
      Keep wanting a smaller government, less "benevolent"... see what that gets us....

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    3. Is there any truth to the rumor that Buxton has shared our consumer informatiuon with Homeland Security?

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    4. Where do you think Buxton gets its information? Do you think they go door to door and collect it? Foolish rabbit.

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    5. Very good point. If our consumption habits were to fall into the hands of terrorists, Sierra Madre would become more vulnerable to an attack.

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    6. The government can't make us buy something!

      Oh wait, yes they can.

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    7. Try doing anything in this town without buying a permit first.

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    8. So you are driving without insurance, 12:53?

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  12. For anyone truly interested in understanding the "Big Picture" as to what is really going on, I recommend reading Behold a Pale Horse by William Cooper. It's available on Amazon.com. Book stores don't keep it on their shelves anymore because it was the number one, most stolen book.

    However, if you can't handle too much truth, don't read it. There's way too much factual information that might scar you for life.

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    1. Cooper and Goss have something in common. Both broadcast their version of truth on a home made radio station.

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  13. All we are saying
    Is give V a chance!

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    1. You know- the tv show where the aliens come from space.

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  14. Another reason for shopping at Taylor's Meats. Unlike the super markets in Pasadena, they'll put your purchases into a plastic bag.

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    1. Gotta say, after all the chatter here about Taylor's I stopped in last week to scope it out. Their meat is corn-fed, mass-farmed and from Nebraska. No less mediocre than FnE. I'm sticking with Simon from Creston Valley- I order online and he hand delivers to Hastings Ranch every other week. The real old-school natural stuff.

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  15. Plastic bags suck!

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  16. Try lining your garbage pail with paper...

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    1. The Looney Views News is twice as absorbent as the daily papers.

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    2. Try composting your garbage.

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