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I got this in an email newsletter from a highly respected local source; and it ties in with a chat I was having recently with K4 and versa about the use of double names, IP's etc and how does it get spotted, stopped etc. The last paragraph is quite significant, basically butt out and piss off!!


Last week Jacqui Smith promised 'technical measures' to stop the web from spreading terrorist propaganda and the UK ISP industry took in a deep breath. Breaking in a new home secretary is always difficult for the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA). The task of explaining why, almost by its very design, the internet is effectively uncensorable comes with every new Minister.


Websites that describe how to make a nuclear bomb from household appliances and sticky-back plastic can spring up anywhere, anytime and under any jurisdiction.UK ISPs can take them down when they appear on their servers but one assumes any terrorist that poses any real threat would be more cunning than to incite Jihad on the free web space he got with his home broadband package.

Perhaps the Government should put up a few fake sites themselves with information designed to identify those misguided enough to attempt DIY bomb construction.

Formulate devices to pre-detonate in the safety of the terrorist's own home while removing significant amounts of facial hair. The police can then just arrest anyone they see wandering around with no eyebrows.

This would perhaps be better than trying to block access to militant Islamic sites. Preserving the cornerstone of democracy, freedom of speech, is more important.

We need to distinguish between material that is illegal such as child pornography, and content that is merely objectionable, such how to create an explosion.

My school chemistry teacher would have been in jail long ago if spreading knowledge of explosive formulas was a crime. China keeps the largest population of net users behind a firewall, blocking any anti-establishment content from reaching its subjects. What is the difference between them blocking content about freeing Tibet and us blocking that from Islamic extremists?

No technology yet invented can distinguish between activism and terrorism.

Deciding what sites to block would be a manual process and before you know it you'll have reinvented the Stasi thought police and we'll all be too scared to blog and attract their attention.

To try and censor the internet is fool-hardy for companies and brands too, as any organisation that has tried to get unflattering content removed will know.

You don't have to be a techie to setup an anti-brand website anymore. Thanks to the social networking revolution, groups of like minded people can conspire to create significantly damaging content with impunity.

You've just got to hope more good things are written about your brand than bad things, which should be the case if your company mostly does no evil.

In this respect we have the internet to thank for the resurgence of corporate social responsibility. Demonstrating ethical practise can now improve profits!

It's perhaps the Government that needs banning from interfering with the internet as anything they do try will end up inconveniencing the vast majority, while the terrorists remain unaffected.
 

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I think Google should be policed.

Google brings you to all those sick unmentionable websites where people download disgusting unmentionable material.

Google? they are not in the wrong, they should be policed.
 
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You are always being monitored without you knowing it.



BT tested secret "spyware" on tens of thousands of its broadband customers without their knowledge, it admitted yesterday.

It carried out covert trials of a system which monitors every internet page a user visits.

Companies can exploit such data to target users with tailored online advertisements.

An investigation into the affair has been started by the Information Commissioner, the personal data watchdog.

Privacy campaigners reacted with horror, accusing BT of illegal interception on a huge scale. Yesterday, the company was forced to admit that it had monitored the web browsing habits of 36,000 customers.

The scandal came to light only after some customers stumbled across tell-tale signs of spying. At first, they were wrongly told a software virus was to blame.

Executives insisted they had not broken the law and said no "personally identifiable information" had been shared or divulged.

BT said it randomly chose 36,000 broadband users for a "small-scale technical trial" in 2006 and 2007.

The monitoring system, developed by U.S. software company Phorm, accesses information from a computer.

It then scans every website a customer visits, silently checking for keywords and building up a unique picture of their interests.

If a user searches online to buy a holiday or expensive TV, for example, or looks for internet dating services or advice on weight loss, the Phorm system will add all the information to their file.

One BT customer who spotted unexplained problems with his computer was told repeatedly by BT helpdesk staff that a virus was to blame.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=556068&in_page_id=1770
 
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Did you know? Timothy McVeigh conspired with Terry Nichols to destroy the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building by exchanging messages using the popular "Bit Torrent" internet program, which quickly and anonymously allows users to exchange large volumes of confidential documents.
 

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The_Red_Willy_Wonka said:
Did you know? Timothy McVeigh conspired with Terry Nichols to destroy the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building by exchanging messages using the popular "Bit Torrent" internet program, which quickly and anonymously allows users to exchange large volumes of confidential documents.
You're a bit odd ... :confused:

I just deleted 5 out of 6 of your posts because they had some odd stuff in them ...

Now you're banned ...
 
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