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Protest against Mass Surveillance Raised

Protest against Mass Surveillance Raised

Added: Thursday, December 26th, 2013
Category: Bit Torrent Freedom > The Right To Share
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Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the Internet, in cooperation with over 100 free speech groups and leading activists, has written an open letter to protest against the surveillance by governments across the world.
In the letter to the Open Government Partnership, they condemned the hypocrisy of member nations in signing up to an organization which aimed at preserving freedom and somehow ran one of the largest surveillance networks at the same time.

The letter was signed by such outfits as Oxfam, Privacy International and the Open Rights Group, and by such people as Satbir Singh of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative and Aruna Roy, an Indian social activist. The document calls on member governments to overhaul their privacy legislation, protect whistleblowers and ensure the transparency around their surveillance methods.

The letter says that the practices governments use today erode the checks and balances on which accountability depends. They also complain that such practices have a chilling effect on freedom of expression, information and association. The document underlines that the United Kingdom and the United States have maintained that regimes like China and Iran should ease restrictions on the Internet, while NSA leaks revealed that they themselves have been intercepting private communications.

Of course, the legislation to limit the state’s power to spy on its citizens is fundamental to democracy’s checks and balances, but the current laws are already outdated. Today digital technologies make it extremely easy to gather and store billions of pieces of information on entire populations, so the system of checks and balances on state power is approaching a breaking point. The initiative is calling for an urgent public debate to review and strengthen the safeguards which will keep the societies open.

The Open Government Partnership was created two years ago to help reformers committed to making their governments more accountable, open and responsive to people. Britain and America were first to join, and the outfit has since grown to include more than sixty nations from Australia to Mongolia.

December 26th,2013

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Date:  Thursday, December 26th, 2013

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posted by (2013-12-26 19:04:33)
No avatarNice to hear of these things. The United States is a Constitutional Republic. The people govern by their constitution. The constitution is the chains that bind down the elected representatives. Unfortunately, we the people are just awakening to this responsibility of ours. Democracy is 3 wolves and 1 sheep voting on what's for dinner.

posted by Blocked (2013-12-27 03:11:46)
No avatarSir Tim Berners-Lee did NOT invent the internet. the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency - DARPA - did. Berners-Lee "invented" the World Wide Web, which is only one of several internet services. Usenet is an example of another.

posted by ET junkieET loverSupermanmen (2013-12-27 19:56:44)
sn3h1t87 avatarThe thing that I do not like about this whole surveillance thing is that there clearly is a guilty one, I think that there is a lack of reaction coming from the countries that were victims of this whole system. I most certainly hope a change is on its way.

@2 The point is not tht who is the inventor of internet tim or al gore...everyone know this story WWW (The Internet was created through a collective effort involving many folks, and Tim is credited with the Web ( ie HTTP, HTML,WWW etc ) rather than the internet.)

posted by ET junkieET loverTurtle (2013-12-30 00:31:54)
fusseltier avatarthanks #2, you are correct. he did not invent the internet, only the web.
its hard to believe that people out there still don't know that the internets predecessor was the arpanet and originally used to connect military and research institutions (and universities)in the US.

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