Trans-Pacific Partnership Discussed FurtherAdded: Sunday, March 24th, 2013
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A few days ago, the 16th round of negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement started in Singapore, where delegates and private stockholders from a dozen countries have gathered to discuss the details of the agreement.
Six months ago, some of the copyright limitations and exceptions from the Trans-Pacific Partnership leaked online, thus providing a glimpse on what the treaty envisions. After this, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), alongside with other outfits, has manifested concerns regarding the agreement, because it apparently contains provisions which will turn ISPs into copyright police. In addition, the treaty could also impose harsher criminal and civil penalties for copyright infringers, as it also expanded protections for Digital Rights Management (DRM).
The Office of the US Trade Representative claimed that the Trans-Pacific Partnership will be ready in a few months. In the meanwhile, the secrecy surrounding the partnership makes it difficult to accurately determine what it suggests. However, the leaks mentioned above pointed to the fact that the US could have been pressured into approval of the exceptions and limitations. Worse still, the US Trade Representative expressed its support for harsher international IP standards, whatever their effects can be.
According to EFF, the Trans-Pacific Partnership or any other trade agreement which carries copyright provisions can become dangerous for the users because IP enforcement is just one of the issues negotiated within such treaties. This is how countries may trade away their sovereign ability to make copyright regulations if other conditions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership are more appealing to the local powerful industries.
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|I really need a good VPN i can trust, and fast!!!|
|posted by (2013-03-25 02:54:02)|
|^What he said....|
|posted by (2013-03-25 16:41:00)|
|US Homeland Security To Monitor More Private Civilian Web Traffic and Email|
Saturday, March 23, 2013 - by Seth Colaner
This sounds like the definition of a slippery slope: According to Reuters, the U.S. government is expanding its Internet traffic-scanning cybersecurity program to include more private sector workers, such as those at large banks, utility companies, and “key transportation” companies, and the NSA will use the Department of Homeland Security as a data-gathering middleman.
The DHS will send the data on to certain telecommunication companies and cybersecurity firms for processing; those groups will aggregate certain statistics and report back to the government, which should keep some sensitive data veiled from federal eyes. This screening and data collection will be used to hunt for cybersecurity and cyberespionage threats.
L to R: FBI Director Robert Mueller, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director John Brennan (Image credit: NBC News)
"That allows us to provide more sensitive information," a senior DHS official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. "We will provide the information to the security service providers that they need to perform this function." Participation for companies appears to be voluntary.
There is no doubt that cybersecurity is the most pressing threat to national security today, and the government should be applauded for pushing hard to protect the country. Companies providing cybersecurity services and those offering critical infrastructure services are doing their patriotic duty by working with the government to bolster national defense (even though doing so is in their best interests regardless).
Image credit: Reuters
However, there are some obvious and serious civil liberty issues that this program is threatening. Even if, for example, big banks opt in to the program, the bank’s customers aren’t--or they won’t realize they are because they aren’t reading the fine print. Further, there’s a huge element of “Trust Your Government” here, which generally makes most people uncomfortable: if the government is culling a certain type of data from the emails and Web traffic from its private citizens (that work for key companies), who would know if it decided to feast on other types of data?
It’s good that the NSA, DHS, and the White House say that they’re sympathetic to privacy rights, and it appears as though the program is cleverly designed to support those rights, but when the rubber meets the road in regard to the behind-the-scenes of national security, the words of politicians mean very little.
|posted by (2013-03-26 01:42:33)|
|"I really need a good VPN i can trust, and fast!!!"|
Damn right. And you can find a couple of very good lists on TorrentFreak.
You'll want one that supports OpenVPN at a minimum, with SSL and SSH as a bonus. They should have at least one router setup guide, since it's best to run your VPN on *ALL* of your devices- not just one computer. Kinda defeats its purpose if you don't. Also, make sure it accepts Bitcoin and really, you should be paying with that currency instead of with dollars through a corrupt banking institution. Another thing is it shouldn't be based in the same country as you're in. That means Americans should look to VPN services based outside of the US. And lastly, and probably most importantly, it shouldn't keep any logs. I don't think that last point needs to be explained.
Privacy is a God-given *RIGHT* that needs to be protected. But you need to exercise your own rights and freedom in order to protect it. The government is the very last place you should be looking for protection in this area.
|Adolf Shicklegruber had his own DHS called the SS (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schutzstaffel)It seems quite ironic that a black president should adopt the same strategy as a man bent on world domination, but this seems to be the case with Homeland security having Helicopter gunships,Armoured personnel carriers and automatic weapons outside of the military as well as spying on domestic citizens and the right under the Patriot act to incarcerate and deny basic civil liberties indefinitely,I am glad I do not live in a country which treats its war veterans and citizens in such a poor and unconstitutional way as Obama treats those less fortunate than his upper middle class background.The only thing more Ironic than a Black Nazi would be a jewish one.!!|
|As #4 pointed out when choosing a VPN it should be one that doesn`t keep logs since the country and server you have your VPN in may well bend over for the Americans and have the server shutdown and hard drives forensically examined without warning or correct legal procedure as has happened in the past,bearing in mind that most of Europe has given into the USA in regard terrorist traffic they only have to pull the` we believe the server to be putting through communications detrimental to state security` and its taken down in a heart beat and logs are then tracked back to owners as well as payment transactions.So be as vigilant as possible in your choices.when selecting a VPN in Europe especially.|
|posted by (2013-03-29 22:16:57)|
|Herr Shicklegruber's SS didn't acquire 1.6 billion hollow points before World War II. Barry Barack Hussein Soetoro Obama's DHS has already done so. And counting.||
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