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Why Wikileaks Should be a P2P Network (and Not a Site)

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We’ve all heard about Wikileaks over the past few weeks and we’ve all been introduced to the owner of the site, Julian Assange.  We’re starting to hear details about his arrest, apparently for sex crimes (and by the time ‘they’ are done with him, we’ll all be believing that he had sex with pigs, too).

Unlike some people in this country and elsewhere who are calling for the ‘fatwa’ against Julian Assange (and why these people aren’t being fired, punished or reprimanded is beyond me), I believe that the intent of Wikileaks is more noble than vile.

The intent is to liberate information and to create a serious and adult conversation about diplomacy, foreign affairs and issues – yes – of national security.

That said, the concept should be taken to a new level.  WikiLeaks should become a tour-de-force in the P2P environment.

As mentioned, many people are suggesting that Julian Assange seems to be the only person on the planet who is capable of launching a web site that allows others to post and share confidential or unique information and he should be punished for being an ‘enabler’ of such breaches of security.

The reality is that Julian Assange is a nobody and unfortunately, he’s become a blackmailer.  Regardless, he’s taking the blows for the greater public and we should all step in to support the idea and not Assange, assuming of course, that we believe in information as a commodity that shouldn’t be locked in a vault somewhere.

The other issue that’s starting to rear it’s ugly head is the reminder that the Internet does not belong to ‘the people’.  It belongs to a small collection of elites that want to massage what we collectively do on a day to day basis.  They are not pleased with the release of documents that show that the world is dominated by an array of corporate cartels, including bankers, oil companies and other resource magnates.

Internet companies are starting to cut off the access to Wikileaks and most payment processing companies have ended the ability for people to make Internet donations to the organization.  As such, we should all consider boycotting Paypal and Mastercard for their cartel-like actions, but that’s a whole other story!

Within a few days, it’s very likely that Wikileaks will likely be no longer and the ‘threat’ of revealed information (and embarrassment) will be over.

However, if the information were shared across the entire Internet like a P2P file-sharing network, who starts or runs the network is no longer relevant.  What’s relevant is that the information is liberated, everyone around the world owns a chunk of the information and no one needs any money to keep it going because we’re all paying for it via our ISP subscriptions.

Of course, other information and sharing sites of this nature should also be converted to a P2P structure, where fragments of information are scattered across the digital universe, making it impossible for those that want hide their contempt towards society at large.

Cons Negotiating Secret Draconian ACTA Deal

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The Conservatives have been busy negotiating a secret with deal with ACTA (the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement).

For those who are not familiar with the ACTA, here’s a quick recap:

  1. The intended goal is to protect copyright materials.
  2. It forces ISPs to engage in warrant-free inspection of your online activities.
  3. Infringement of the conditions of the ACTA will result in removal of Internet access for up to three years.

What the ACTA represents is protection.  Protection for failed business models.  Protection for fascists that don’t want to provide reasons why they’re stripping Internet users of their right to access the world’s best invention since the wheel.  Protection of the right to cow people into submission.

People:  this pile of steaming hot turd for all Canadian Internet users must be resisted.  If you know of specific lobby actions, please post them in the comments below.

In the interim, here’s the full release from Charlie Angus, NDP MP from Timmins-James Bay (and another story here):

Please read below for the text of the press release from Charlie Angus, :

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DECEMBER 1st, 2009

SECRET ACTA NEGOTIATIONS WOULD CRIMINALIZE CANADIAN INTERNET USE

New Democrats call on government to come clean on covert negotiations

OTTAWA – A secret agreement being negotiated by the Harper Conservatives would allow corporations to deny internet access to Canadian citizens if they are accused on three occasions of improper downloading, says New Democrat Digital Issues Critic Charlie Angus (Timmins-James Bay).

The “three strikes and you’re out” policy would criminalize thousands of everyday Canadians without justification and without anything being proved in court.

“The agreement, which is being hammered out by Canadian trade negotiators, would completely override Canada’s domestic copyright policies.  It reads like a wish list for the U.S. corporate lobby. It overrides any flexibility in WIPO implementation,” says Angus. “It guts domestic copyright protections and imposes a mandatory ‘three-strike’ policy that would rob thousands of average Canadians from access to the internet.”

Speaking in the House of Commons today during Question Period, Angus said the Anti-Counterfeiting and Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations make a mockery of the government’s public consultation process on establishing new copyright legislation.

“The EU has leaked details of Canada’s involvement in the secret ACTA treaty negotiations. And guess what?  It has exposed the Conservative government’s so-called public consultation process on new copyright policy as a total sham.”

“Canadians need a Minister who will stand up for Canadian interests, not a hand puppet for the U.S. Embassy and corporate lobby,” he said. “Will the Minister come clean with Canadians, table the ACTA negotiation mandate letter in the House and admit he is using a foreign treaty to strip this Parliament from a transparent process of balanced copyright reform?”

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For more information, please contact:

Marc-André Viau, press secretary, 613-295-9228 or viaumar@parl.gc.ca

POUR DIFFUSION IMMÉDIATE

LE 1er DÉCEMBRE 2009

NÉGOCIATIONS SECRÈTES SUR L’Accord commercial relatif à la contrefaçon (ACRC) OU COMMENT TRANSFORMER DES CITOYENS ORDIANIRES EN CRIMINELS

Le NPD demande au gouvernement de dévoiler ses secrets

OTTAWA – Le gouvernement de Stephen Harper négocie présentement une entente secrète pour permettre aux entreprises de refuser l’accès aux citoyens canadiens à Internet s’ils ont été accusés à trois reprises de téléchargement inadéquat, affirme le porte-parole du NPD en matière de questions numériques, Charlie Angus (Timmins-Baie James).

L’approche selon laquelle vous êtes retiré sur trois prises équivaut à traiter des milliers de Canadiens comme des criminels, le tout sans justification et sans preuve.

« L’entente, élaborée par des négociateurs commerciaux canadiens, aurait préséance sur les politiques canadiennes de droits d’auteur », a déclaré Charlie Angus. « Cette entente correspond aux demandes des lobbys américains. Elle compromet toute flexibilité dans la mise en œuvre des politiques de l’Organisation mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle (OMPI) », a souligné M. Angus. « Par ailleurs, l’entente secrète va à l’encontre des mesures de protection canadienne des droits d’auteur et impose une politique de « retrait sur trois prises » qui empêcherait des milliers de Canadiens d’avoir accès à Internet ».

Durant la période de questions à la Chambre des communes, M. Angus a souligné aujourd’hui que les négociations sur l’ACRC constituent un affront au processus gouvernemental de consultation publique concernant l’élaboration d’une nouvelle loi sur les droits d’auteur.

« L’Union européenne a laissé échapper des détails relatifs à la position du gouvernement lors des négociations secrètes du traité de l’ACRC. Et vous savez quoi ? Cette fuite a exposé le faux processus consultatif du gouvernement conservateur relatif à la nouvelle politique sur les droits d’auteur », a déclaré Charlie Angus à la Chambre des communes.

« Les Canadiens doivent avoir un ministre qui défendra leurs intérêts, pas un ministre qui sera une marionnette à la solde des lobbys et de l’Ambassade américaine », a dénoncé le député du NPD. « Le ministre aura-t-il l’honnêteté de déposer dans cette Chambre la lettre qui précise le mandat des négociateurs canadiens concernant l’ACRC ? Le gouvernement avouera-t-il qu’il utilise un traité étranger pour contourner le processus transparent et soutirer à ce Parlement le privilège de déterminer les règles d’une réforme équitable des droits d’auteur ? ».

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Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec :

Marc-André Viau, attaché de presse, 613-295-9228 ou viaumar@parl.gc.ca


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