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Control freaks want web licences to end bloggers' anonymity – be very afraid
Telegraph.co.uk ^ | 2-12-10 | Gerald Warner

Posted on 02/15/2010 9:08:52 PM PST by 444Flyer

The American blogosphere is going increasingly “viral” about a proposal advanced at the recent meeting of the Davos Economic Forum by Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer for Microsoft, that an equivalent of a “driver’s licence” should be introduced for access to the web. This totalitarian call has been backed by articles and blogs in Time magazine and the New York Times.

As bloggers have not been slow to point out, the system being proposed is very similar to one that the government of Red China reluctantly abandoned as too repressive. It was inevitable that, sooner or later, the usual unholy alliance of government totalitarians and big business would attempt to end the democratic free-for-all that is the blogosphere. The United Nations is showing similar interest in moving to eliminate free speech.

The recent uprising in the blogosphere that resulted in the overturning of the Global Warming consensus can only have focused our rulers’ attention more acutely on this infuriating challenge to their totalitarian control. “What will go next?” they must be asking themselves. Unrestricted immigration? Punitive taxation? Even the European Union? With the helots exploiting a loophole in the PC Curtain that has otherwise been so remorselessly drawn down over freedom of expression, the internet represents a dangerously subversive force, fulfilling the role in the West that was formerly performed by samizdat publications inside the Soviet Union.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: anonymity; craigmundie; davos; firstamendment; foundingfathers; freedomofspeech

1 posted on 02/15/2010 9:08:53 PM PST by 444Flyer
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To: 444Flyer

“This totalitarian call has been backed by articles and blogs in Time magazine and the New York Times”

That comes as no surprise to me. I despise those rags and you can toss in newsweek and a few others while we are at it.


2 posted on 02/15/2010 9:11:52 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: Parley Baer

Newsweak,Time-Lies, and The NYet Times and SeeBS News and the LA Times have all be exposed on the net fabricating falsehoods as “news”.

No wonder they want to crack down on the critics.


3 posted on 02/15/2010 9:15:22 PM PST by a fool in paradise (DON'T SAY "Happy Valentines' Day". It's Happy Holidays! This is the Holiday Season (Prez Day Feb15))
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To: 444Flyer

I pay my ISP good money.They’re not going to like this at all.


4 posted on 02/15/2010 9:15:31 PM PST by onedoug
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To: 444Flyer

They fully understand that the last two obstacles standing in the way of government control are the blogs and talk radio. They have to silence us so that they can work “anonymously” behind the scenes to subvert our rights. Ironic isn’t it? They want to destroy the bloggoshpere’s anonymity to preserve their own.


5 posted on 02/15/2010 9:16:05 PM PST by Lexluthor69 (I think, therefore I am Conservative.)
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To: Parley Baer

Of course they’re against it. A free blogsphere eats into their power and influence. Not to mention they regularly get taken to task in said blogsphere for all their slant and bias.


6 posted on 02/15/2010 9:16:21 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (obama out now! I'll keep my money, my guns, and my freedom - you can keep the change.)
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To: 444Flyer

There’s not even a license for being a “journalist,” a “reporter,” or an “editor.”

Why should there be one for scribbling on the Internet, unless it is to shut people up?


7 posted on 02/15/2010 9:19:37 PM PST by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
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To: 444Flyer

Mundie should concentrate on taking care of all those patent infringement cases Microsoft is always fighting off and leave the internet to the rest of us.


8 posted on 02/15/2010 9:20:37 PM PST by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: onedoug

If your ISP is TimeWarner or one of several others, they are the very ones who want this.


9 posted on 02/15/2010 9:21:08 PM PST by ConservativeMind (Hypocrisy: "Animal rightists" who eat meat & pen up pets while accusing hog farmers of cruelty.)
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To: 444Flyer

Ping


10 posted on 02/15/2010 9:24:38 PM PST by TheVitaminPress (as goes the Second Amendment . . . so goes the Constitution.)
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To: ConservativeMind

Add Verizon, the first ISP to intentionally throttle downloads because they think their customers are “thieves”. TW has the same mentality.


11 posted on 02/15/2010 9:25:12 PM PST by max americana
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To: 444Flyer

The internet is our liberty tree.

Video very much related >>> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw49E263ORk


12 posted on 02/15/2010 9:26:34 PM PST by ResearchMonkey (Enlightenment© being diagnosed.)
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To: 444Flyer

bump


13 posted on 02/15/2010 9:26:40 PM PST by Semper Mark (Doesn't play well with others.)
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To: 444Flyer

Why do I despise anyone who has anything to do with Davos ?


14 posted on 02/15/2010 9:30:15 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Waste and fraud are synonymous with gov't spending)
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To: 444Flyer

With all the pervs in our gov’t, I suspect this ain’t going far here in the US.

parsy, who figgers they have more to hide than us


15 posted on 02/15/2010 9:33:09 PM PST by parsifal (Abatis: Rubbish in front of a fort, to prevent the rubbish outside from molesting the rubbish inside)
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To: 444Flyer

Craig Mundie, chief research and strategy officer for Microsoft

Het Craig, I see MS stock has been flat for the last nine YEARS. How's that outsourcing to Turd world and Communist countries workin' for ya?

16 posted on 02/15/2010 9:35:22 PM PST by Moe Tzadik
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To: parsifal
With all the pervs in our gov’t, I suspect this ain’t going far here in the US.

Don't kid yourself, they'll exempt themselves. But sites the FR will require a special license to access, let alone contribute to. Oh yeah, some of us could expect special attention.

Next thing, they'll require talk-radio to have caller-id and log all callers.

17 posted on 02/15/2010 9:52:09 PM PST by ThunderSleeps (obama out now! I'll keep my money, my guns, and my freedom - you can keep the change.)
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To: ThunderSleeps

Not worried, myself. All kidding an hyperbole aside, I’m certain that this would violate rule .308 if anyone ever attempted to implement it.


18 posted on 02/15/2010 10:30:08 PM PST by absalom01 (Claire Wolfe, call your office.)
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To: 444Flyer

I think we should issue licenses to donkeys before they can poop on Obama’s head.


19 posted on 02/15/2010 11:00:25 PM PST by StopObama2012 (CLICK ME to expose Osaudi)
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To: ResearchMonkey

That was a great one, wasn’t it?

CA....


20 posted on 02/15/2010 11:00:27 PM PST by Chances Are (Whew! Seems I've found that silly grin again!)
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To: 444Flyer

There is perhaps no speech more important to free speech then anonymous speech. As anonymous speech is the only speech completely free from potential reprisals.


21 posted on 02/15/2010 11:05:24 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: Moe Tzadik

Ever wonder what all those new updates from Microsoft really are? I don’t trust them at all. I disregard most updates and deleted most of them that were done after November 2008. Our computer tech does all Dell in our area and he said 95% of those updates are BS and you don’t need them. I don’t know if he’s right but I never have computer issues, never had a virus, spyware free due to Spyware Doctor running constantly but I know plenty of people that let it install updates automatically that have had major issues with their computers.


22 posted on 02/15/2010 11:05:45 PM PST by mojitojoe (“Medicine is the keystone of the arch of socialism.” - Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Monorprise

The only reason any-man should be held responsible for what he or she says is if some other man or woman wishes to make it a crime to say something. The doors of tyranny are not more transparent then in the suppression of free thought and speech.


23 posted on 02/15/2010 11:07:52 PM PST by Monorprise
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To: 444Flyer

It was during the last Great Depression that radio faced FCC control.

It is NOT a coincidence that in this coming Depression, more control of free speech will be sought.

Can’t have the people knowing too much, can we?


24 posted on 02/15/2010 11:12:16 PM PST by TruthConquers (Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: 444Flyer

Already want to know every website everyone goes to. Already want to track every cellphone.

Think about it.


25 posted on 02/15/2010 11:19:19 PM PST by GeronL (Dignity is earned from yourself. Respect is earned from others.)
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To: a fool in paradise

NYSlimes= Pravda. And just about as relevant, too.


26 posted on 02/15/2010 11:35:37 PM PST by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: 444Flyer

And then we just proxy through another country.


27 posted on 02/16/2010 12:30:32 AM PST by digital-olive
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To: 444Flyer
'Control freaks'.. .i.e. and more honestly addressed: 'the Totalitarians.
28 posted on 02/16/2010 12:40:09 AM PST by cricket (Proud to be in the 'Party of NO')
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To: 444Flyer

Anonymous commentary has a long and honorable history in America. Plus our libel laws are weaker that than the UK and by extension Europe. Is that correct?


29 posted on 02/16/2010 12:47:33 AM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: GeronL
Yes, and don't have to think about it. Intentions clear when the 'smoke and mirrored' their criticism of President Bush per his legitimate security initiatives.

They were drooling then; imagining success per their feeding their desire/need to to ursurp, intrude; violate and control.

30 posted on 02/16/2010 12:50:23 AM PST by cricket (Proud to be in the 'Party of NO')
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To: cricket; GeronL; All

corr: typo: ursurp: reads better as ‘usurp’/lol. ..


31 posted on 02/16/2010 12:52:38 AM PST by cricket (Proud to be in the 'Party of NO')
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To: 444Flyer
Craig Mundie is a poopy face.

(uh-oh, now I've done it)
...............

32 posted on 02/16/2010 3:35:51 AM PST by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A. Einstein])
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To: 444Flyer

Political elitists fear the power of instant free speech on the internet. The internet can often within hours find the truth behind almost any political propaganda.

Too many miilions of voters that are getting too smart is too dangerous for those that thrive on being in control.


33 posted on 02/16/2010 3:40:21 AM PST by Eye of Unk ("Either you are with us or you are for the terrorists." ~~George W. Bush)
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To: 444Flyer
Maybe the govt is afraid we'll make unkind comments about their proposed policies. Maybe they should be very afraid.


34 posted on 02/16/2010 3:44:45 AM PST by paulycy (Demand Constitutionality. (Hi Mom.))
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To: 444Flyer

bookmark


35 posted on 02/16/2010 5:49:52 AM PST by massmike (...So this is what happens when OJ's jury elects the president....)
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To: GeronL; All
“Already want to know every website everyone goes to. Already want to track every cellphone.

Think about it.”

President Big Bro is getting all his little duckies in a row.

4/27/09

“Obama names Schmidt, Mundie as advisors”

http://www.thestandard.com/news/2009/04/27/obama-names-schmidt-mundie-advisors

“... But those who fear snooping may not be happy. They will likely distrust the head of Google as counselor to the President on information gathering about individuals. They may also note that Mundie was a key player in Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing program, which some critics saw as an attempt by Microsoft to control the content on their computers, specifically to block the playing of downloaded music and videos.

But critics looking for a conflict need only point to his employer's role in Washington: “in any country the government is usually the biggest customer,” Mundie told the Seattle Times in March, “and that's true for Microsoft.”

April 28, 2009

“Obama enlists Microsoft, Google execs to help in push to boost R&D spending”

http://www.computerworld.com.au/article/300930/obama_enlists_microsoft_google_execs_help_push_boost_r_d_spending/?fp=39&fpid=27594&pf=1

“...., two of the people who will help him shape the government's science and technology policies are top executives from Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc.

Obama Monday appointed Google CEO Eric Schmidt and Craig Mundie, Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer, to the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. PCAST is the president's top scientific advisory body, and its 20 members include executives and academics with a wide range of business and scientific expertise...”

36 posted on 02/16/2010 7:21:24 AM PST by 444Flyer (Save the SEALs!(Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew McCabe, Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe/ Julio Heurtas))
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To: 444Flyer

Will the MSM require a state license too? How about requiring the state MSM be subject to the rules of criminal procedure?


37 posted on 02/16/2010 7:25:48 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: ConservativeMind

The NYC journalist hub wants to be able to attack the bloggers and websites.

Remember what they did to joe the plumber.


38 posted on 02/16/2010 7:38:07 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: digital-olive

“And then we just proxy through another country.”

If I fine your ISP $10,000 per day per unlicenced user, they will find a way to stop you or turn you in.

The internet is not like the wind or sunlight, it comes from the machines people make and the people who pay for them.


39 posted on 05/21/2010 7:56:58 AM PDT by DBrow
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