Posts Tagged ‘Net Neutrality’

Today Is The Day To Kill ACTA

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

As posted by Cory Doctorow over at BoingBoing today is the international day of action to KILL ACTA.

Here’s a snip from Cory’s post:

Today is the day of global protest against ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a copyright treaty negotiated in secret (even parliaments and other legislatures weren’t allowed to see the the working drafts), and which many governments (include the American government) are planning to adopt without legislative approval or debate. ACTA represents a wish-list of legislative gifts to the entertainment industry, and will seriously undermine legitimate users of the Internet. It imposes criminal sanctions — with jail time — for people who violate copyright, including remixers and other legitimate artists and creators. ACTA requires governments to shut down legitimate websites whose users “aid and abet” copyright infringement, creating a regime of fear and censorship for sites that accept comments and other media from users and curtailing discussion and debate in order to maximize entertainment industry profits.

The arts should always be on the side of free expression. Creative industries should always be against censorship. This secret, undemocratic agreement that seeks to “preserve the creative industries” by imposing censorship and surveillance on the whole Internet lacks all legitimacy and should be rejected. If the entertainment industry wants laws passed to its benefit, let it use the same democratic mechanisms that all bodies use in free societies. Smoke-filled rooms and crony capitalism have no place in a free society.

Go to the post and use the form that is there to add your name to the growing list of people opposed to corporations deciding how to use government to seize control of your rights to free speech, free thought and free expression on the net.

Note: I tried posting the form here on my pages but I kept fucking something up so now I’m just linking to Cory’s post – one extra step – big fucking deal – click the link and sign the damn thing already.

Other people around the world are taking to the streets to loudly protest ACTA (and other similar secretive measures) and while it ain’t the equal of the desperate and bloody fights going on in Egypt or Syria it is just as important because ultimately if any of these corrupt treaties are enacted and acted upon it will be the gross legitimizing of corporate ownership of you and your children – and you’ll have no one to bame but yourselves.

Tell your friends, tell your family, stop strangers in the street, share links, sign petitions and if there are actual physical real world events happening near you then for fuck sake go to them and add your body to the movement and be counted.

And remember, TODAY will not be the only day needed to stop bullshit like this dead in its tracks. This is a fight that is going to continue on for the next few years until every single greedy weasel pushing for corporate control of our nervous system finally gets it into their pointy little heads to shut the hell up and sit the fuck down.

It’s a fight folks.

Cheers.

Rebecca MacKinnon – Consent Of The Networked – TED Talk

Sunday, February 5th, 2012

Rebecca MacKinnon is the author of “Consent Of The Networked – The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom” and this is her TED Talk which summarizes the vast panoply of issues surrounding, embedded within and erupting from the linking of the world via the internet. Even if you don’t read the book – watch this and share it.

You can watch a longer, more in-depth interview, in this BoingBoing post by Cory Doctorow.

And there’s her interview with Nora Young on CBC’s Spark.

Or – you could just read the book.

Cheers.

Fight Against ACTA Heats Up

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

First, here’s a news report on the growing worldwide outrage over the ACTA treaty which, if implemented, will censor the internet and destroy freedom of speech at the behest of a handful of corporations.

And then there’s a talk given by Prof. Michael Geist which lays out the fight – thus far – against legislation like SOPA, PIPA, TPP and ACTA and what needs to happen to continue defending human rights to communicate freely against corporate corruption of government bodies.

I’ll post links here for you to go to petition sites and info sites and all that crap – when, if you really do give a shit (and you should), all you have to do is Google ACTA or do a search on BoingBoing for ACTA – so you can add your voice to the growing clamour for governments to stop being ignorant rubber stamp toadys of their corporate circle-jerk partners.

When shit like this gets people out on the streets in the middle of winter you know they are fucking angry. And if the cumtwads in suits who fancy themselves the new aristocracy think they’re going to actually get away with this shit they will be SO surprized when the dissent on the streets reaches through the tubes of the interwebz and chokes the bejeezuz out of their scrawny little testicles.

Fuck them.

But also be aware – they will NEVER stop trying. Evar. So we have to constantly be in the mode of kicking those fuckweeds in the gonads – hopefully on a daily basis. It’ll be good exercise for our democratic muscles and probably eternally entertaining to listen to them whine and squeal as we put the boots to them. Yes – it’ll get tiring from time to time but in the end it will be worth it.

So – want to help keep the world free? Make every day “Kick A Corporate Weasel In The Nuts Day”.

Fuckers.

Have a nice day.

Yochai Benkler On SOPA, PIPA and MegaUpload

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Bill Moyers – The Net At Risk

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

This PBS documentary hosted by Bill Moyers was originally broadcast in 2006 – yet despite being 6 years old it is still painfully relevant to what is happening today with the war against the net being waged with increasing ferocity by governments and media corporations.

Give it your time. Watch and learn. And then act.

The threat is real.

Cheers.

Clay Shirky – Why SOPA Is A Bad Idea – TED Talk

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

As per the description on the TED site:

What does a bill like PIPA/SOPA mean to our shareable world? At the TED offices, Clay Shirky delivers a proper manifesto — a call to defend our freedom to create, discuss, link and share, rather than passively consume.

Take it away, Clay:

Sheesham & Lotus Trio – “Givin’ It Away”

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Welcome back from the SOPA blackout.

Here’s a little something to make your day a happy slappy don’t sass yer pappy toe-tappin’ one:

Sheesham and Lotus Trio – ‘ Givin It Away ‘ – Live in an Orchard on Wolfe Island from Lenny Epstein on Vimeo.

Whilst listening to the boys’ musical blandishments you might want to pay a visit to oatmeal.com and watch their amazing animated GIF which is the best SOPA protest EVAR.

And, by the way and in case you were wondering, Congressman Lamar Smith, the so-called corrupt hypocritical douchenozzle author of SOPA is guilty of copyright infringement and under his law his own website would be arbitrarily taken offline. What a fucking putz.

Have a great day, Interwebz!

Cheers.

P. S. If you’re still not sure what SOPA and PIPA and ACTA and all the other bullshit laws to fight online piracy are really about – and why it matters to you – please give a read to Dan Gillmor’s Guardian article which lays it out pretty plainly.

Legislation like Sopa, or its US Senate companion, the Protect IP Act (Pipa) – and a host of activities around the world – share a common goal. These “fixes” are designed to wrest control of these tools from the masses and recentralize what has promised to be the most open means of communication and collaboration ever invented.

It’s not about piracy – it’s about freedom of speech and the control of information. The folks who currently wield power don’t want you to be able to hear or say anything they can’t control and profit from.

Welcome to the future folks – be prepared to fight for it.

New Stuff Coming

Friday, January 13th, 2012

I’ve been busy over the holidays doing the usual things: wrestling with trees in the living room, eating too much, enduring overlapping fractured conversations in rooms full of simultaneously speaking family members and stuff like that.

tired santa

During that time I’ve also been reorganizing my office/edit suite and lining up my production agenda for the coming year.

One of the first things I want to do here on these pages is summarize the entire process of making Ruffus The Dog’s Christmas Carol and the ongoing work involved in promoting and distributing the project.

This will include all the upcoming efforts I’ll be applying to the Ruffus Project as a whole – including a slate of new episodes made exclusively for release on the web and a series of print-to-order books based on the original shows. That post will be put up here soon – I promise.

I’m also in the process of setting up a whole new blog site at robbomills.net which will – eventually – take over from this site. Millsworks will fade away and get archived somewhere but I’m not going to worry about that right now.

On the horizon for the coming year are numerous web-based productions I’m involved in and will enjoy sharing with you here as they become more presentable. These will include Rubber Chicken Players and Fred Stinson’s My Fuzzy Bunny.

Both of those projects evolved from our creative incubation process with the Rhino Group – a semi-weekly gathering of our core colleagues at Parkdale’s Rhino Bar & Grill.

More ambitious plans lay in wait for some longer form projects and I’m looking forward to being able to reveal them as they get closer to reality.

On top of all that I’m also looking for some kind of job because none of these works are paying my salary – yet.

There’s a lot of commentary I want to offer up since we are entering the year where the War On The Internet truly erupts. The Occupy Movement which sprang from the Arab Spring is just the tip of the iceberg of the disruptive nature of social media and the new ability of citizens to bypass traditional corporate and state controlled media to receive and disseminate information and culture. The interwebz hold the distinct possibility to make fundamental changes in how not just our individual lives are lived but how we as human beings think, operate and interact with each other and the planet we share. That’s big stuff. And believe it or not, kids puppet shows – and other offerings from indie producers like myself – have a place in all that. We are at the cusp of “use it or lose it” with respect to the Net – and also, believe me, of “defend it or die”.

That material will have a better home on the new RobboMills site.

There are many others playing in the same cultural media sandbox as yours truly. I’m privileged to know and work with quite a few remarkable people here in Toronto who are increasingly active in establishing what we do online as a serious industry. You’ll be hearing more about them too. They are awesome.

But – between now and then I have to get all the shit in the boxes on my office floor up on the shelves, all the spaghetti of wires under/over/across my standing desk organized into a reasonable facsimile of a non-combustible electrical array, all my outstanding contracts and other legal documents vetted and signed, and I think there’s also this little thing called back taxes.

Blah blah blah. There’s always going to be something to do.

Soooooooo – bear with me as I get my proverbial shit together and we’ll have a fun and entertaining ride in Robbo’s culture bucket from now to the end of 2012. What happens after that is between you and your local faux-Mayan bullshit distributor.

Predictions for the coming year? Everything is going to get very dark and scary and mean and bloody – and there will be puppets. Keep smiling, tell the ones you love that you love them, and speak out loud against lies, intolerance and hypocrisy. And eat more vegetables.

And now – here’s a video of a crow tubing on a rooftop.



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Welcome to the New Year.

Cheers.

Internet Rising

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Internet Rising is an utterly awesome documentary which describes itself as

a digi-documentary investigating the evolving relationships between the Internet and collective consciousness of humanity. It provokes many questions about ancient and modern paradoxes of life, its pleasures and pains… and the gray area contrasts in between – but most of all it is meant to be an inspiring conversation starter; a launchpad for future remixes of a collective search for some meaning/mindfulness. It is also spiced with a bit of humorous satire to give our *overloaded* BIG DATA _information_ dump() brains a little break from the daily race :)

Watch it. Pass it on.

Henry James Ferry – Grounded News – Occupy Wall Street vs. Tea Party

Sunday, October 9th, 2011

Henry James Ferry of Grounded News reports from Liberty Park in New York City, comparing the growing protest movement and accompanying police response to previous Tea Party events. Concise and to the point, Ferry debunks the corporate media bulshit and points out the obvious differences between the actions of the far right and the popular revolt which is spreading across America.

Well done.

I’ve nattered on in these pages before about how Net Neutrality equals Free Speech and needs to be vigorously protected by an engaged and active citizenry. Watching the major news outlets ignore and then distort the events unfolding in New York serves as a very strong example of precisely what I was taking about.

Can you imagine what would happen if the only access to news we had was through the papers, radio and television networks?

Back in the 1960′s and early ’70′s there was still a modicum of journalistic integrity which allowed news unfavourable to the corporate classes to be broadcast and discussed freely. Reports on riots in the streets, mass arrests and use of the National Guard on campuses – as well as front line footage which brought an un-embedded view of the Vietnam war into the living rooms of America, and the rest of the world – played a decisive role in slowing the corporate takeover of U.S. democracy and ending the profitable and tragic debacle in Vietnam.

The lessons from those days was obviously learned by authorities within the police and news industries – just as it was within the music and other entertainment industries (you won’t find any anti-war songs on the Top 10 these days) – and more pervasive and monolithic controls of these information sources has been corporatized to craft a simple, bland and diverting flow of stories that pass for news and culture.

The net eludes that control and will continue to do so as long as it remains free and out of the controlling hands of corporate power and corrupt governments. Otherwise we’ll just be listening to more Justin Beiber tunes sung in reality show competitions while the few who choose to stand up against corruption and theft get the snot smacked out of them by police thugs with no one paying attention – or being able to pay attention – or being allowed to pay attention.

So – pay attention.

Thankfully we are at a cusp where the ability to control the net has not been entrenched and cannot be enforced – yet – and the lies or non-news being spewed by old media is readily being shown to the world as the truckload of rancid horseshit it actually is.

I don’t care who’s side you’re on or what your personal political perspectives are. What I do care about is the ability of everyone to engage in free and open debate. That will not be possible without a neutral net.

Net Neutrality is Free Speech.

Cheers.