Saturday, February 04, 2006

Paranoia Watch

First there's this from The Nation:

The nation's largest telephone and cable companies are crafting an alarming set of strategies that would transform the free, open and nondiscriminatory Internet of today to a privately run and branded service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online.

Verizon, Comcast, Bell South and other communications giants are developing strategies that would track and store information on our every move in cyberspace in a vast data-collection and marketing system, the scope of which could rival the National Security Agency. According to white papers now being circulated in the cable, telephone and telecommunications industries, those with the deepest pockets--corporations, special-interest groups and major advertisers--would get preferred treatment. Content from these providers would have first priority on our computer and television screens, while information seen as undesirable, such as peer-to-peer communications, could be relegated to a slow lane or simply shut out.

And if that weren't bad enough, now we have Kellog, Brown and Root building "temporary detention facilities"... These would be used, the story said, in the event of an "immigration emergency."

An immigration emergency?


At 3:54 AM, Blogger CyberKitten said...

WTF is an 'immigration emergency'... is that another Rumsfeldism like 'extraordinary rendition'...? Maybe they have a team in a room somewhere coming up with these names?

Anyone else have a bad feeling about all this...???


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