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[News] Rumour: Corrupt Governments Scheme to Gag the Web, Await Cyber-9/11

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Law Professor: Counter Terrorism Czar Told Me There Is Going To Be An i-9/11
And An i-Patriot Act

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| Amazing revelations have emerged concerning already existing government plans 
| to overhaul the way the internet functions in order to apply much greater 
| restrictions and control over the web.  
| Lawrence Lessig, a respected Law Professor from Stanford University told an 
| audience at this years Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Half Moon Bay, 
| California, that "There’s going to be an i-9/11 event" which will act as a 
| catalyst for a radical reworking of the law pertaining to the internet.   
| Lessig also revealed that he had learned, during a dinner with former 
| government Counter Terrorism Czar Richard Clarke, that there is already in 
| existence a cyber equivalent of the Patriot Act, an "i-Patriot Act" if you 
| will, and that the Justice Department is waiting for a cyber terrorism event 
| in order to implement its provisions.     


Update on China/Tibet cyberattacks (and Russia/Georgia), and call for

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| Also on this same day, I received an interesting update from Greg Walton, a 
| SecDev Fellow at the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto who also edits 
| the Infowar Monitor.  
| He's currently in Hong Kong doing pro bono work for the advocacy group Human 
| Rights in China, briefing them on security issues and monitoring systems  
| during a sensitive time -- the Olympics, recent unrest in Tibetan and Uighur 
| regions, and other factors.  



A Czar for the Digital Peasants

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| One sure sign of a lack of political vision is a rise in the number of pieces
| of acronymic legislation. After September 11, the US Congress passed the
| euphoniously named “Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing
| Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act” the
| initials of which spell out “USA – Patriot.” The Patriot Act is a pretty bad
| piece of legislation, but at least its drafters worked hard on the acronyms
| so that opponents could be labelled “anti-patriot” – a perfect level of
| analysis for Fox News. Admittedly, in this administration, having public
| officials torturing acronyms rather than detainees might be counted as a
| plus, but I still find the whole practice distasteful. I'd suggest that
| politicians vow to vote against any piece of legislation with its own
| normatively loaded acronym, no matter how otherwise appealing. It might make
| them focus a little more on the content.
| In any event, Congress has been at it again. The House just passed, and the
| Senate is considering, the Prioritizing Resources and Organization for
| Intellectual Property Act of 2008 – or “Pro-IP” Act. (If it passes, a version
| is sure to be urged on Europe as a matter of “harmonisation.”) Are you
| pro-intellectual property? Then surely you must be for this piece of
| legislation! The name says it all.

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