Information Control in the Digital Age: The Journey From Internet Piracy to Full Spectrum Tyranny
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The online community has clearly stated its opposition to all government attempts doing the bidding of mega entertainment corporations, despite a massive lobbying effort by the industry. The economic concerns stated by organizations such as RIAA that have resulted in a massive number of lawsuits have also been called into question as entirely fallacious (infographic).
An extremely well-done short history of this journey that Internet controllers have embarked upon – first through anti-piracy legislation, and now cybersecurity – can be seen in a 25-minute video from AlJazeera’s ‘Fault Lines’ posted below.
As this video reveals, both forms of oppression have very little to with the stated protections which they claim to offer, and much more to do with a concern over the free-flow of information itself.
As this journey continues, we are faced with a familiar position taken by those who seek control; one that is perfectly revealed by Brian Boeting of the FBI’s Cyber Investigative Task Force:
Any type of activity online can be considered a security threat; because, as we said, the technology can be used for both good and for bad, and any type of activity we see – even that smaller and less exciting type of criminal activity – can be used as a bridge or a tool by anyone to facilitate some type of greater cyber attack.