New Proposal Could Singlehandedly Cripple Free Speech Online

That proposal will never come

That proposal will never come to fruition. Well, never say never, but still....

Personally I think websites, which allow cyberbullying should be held legally responsible.

gagal wrote: That proposal

gagal wrote:

That proposal will never come to fruition. Well, never say never, but still....

Personally I think websites, which allow cyberbullying should be held legally responsible.

Although at the same time we the public can bully whomever as long as we don't threaten them. Telling someone what you think of them is the American dream, telling them you'll bury their children is not OK. Threatening to shoot up a school is a crime, and should be punished.

Quite the contrary, the

Quite the contrary, the proposal will indeed come true. Increasingly more information is being demanded before people can post on line. Webmasters are asking for this because they are being told that they can be threatened with legal action if they aren't careful. This makes those web site owners demand all kinds of information from those who input on their sites. This allows Google and Microsoft to collect every comment you make, as well as your name, phone number, and address, birth date, and so on, so that in the future they can basically penalize anyone for comments they made, even as far as 10 years after the fact. Few people seem to be aware that pretty well everything they say or do on a computer these days is being saved on the most efficient databases in the world for retrieval later, in the event that they wish to persecute/prosecute you perhaps only because they don't like what they say. This kind of thing has been happening in China for years. It would be silly to think it won't also happen here.

You have to wonder these days, if it's even possible at all to elect a government truly chosen by the public. All kinds of manipulation can happen with computers, including even even the manipulation of voting stats (as has been proven before and has also been suspected many more times). Even the fact that you paid your taxes could be manipulated if you didn't have a hard copy, and you could be thrown in jail or fined for that. Soon you WON'T have a hard copy. Most won't have a hard copy of the pension funds they paid to date either.

I do wonder how one party can takeover from another even, when every word a person puts into a computer or says on a telephone is monitored. Every site he visits is also tracked. Surely the ruling government of the day would have access to a lot of these words whereas the government hopeful of taking over would not, making it increasingly difficult to replace a dictating government with another unless that government was already prechosen by the corporations who run our world. (They are already prechosen but things are getting easier for them all the time).

Even people who apply for government jobs these days may not get them because of what they said on the Internet 10 years ago. Many people have also lost their jobs because of what was said, and they will never be told why.

If you want to take part in any kind of commenting such as this, you will increasingly be forced to sign a statement saying you understand that even after you delete your information, the company you have left it with has the right to keep your data forever. More and more sites that used to talk about how countries were being destroyed by self interests from corporations are also disappearing. You won't notice it unless you have been reading those sites, but one thing you WILL likely notice is in newspapers these days except for Hollywood gossip, murders, accidents, problems implied to be caused by nature, information copied and reworded from other newspapers, or the local girl in your community selling lemonade to raise funds for one thing or the other. Investigative reporters, like good doctors, are a dying breed. If you are aware of the REAL news around you (which most people aren't because they are deliberately diverted by so-called reality shows, soap operas, hockey games, etc.), you will be aware that this is happening not tomorrow, but today already.

gagal wrote: That proposal

gagal wrote:

That proposal will never come to fruition. Well, never say never, but still....

Personally I think websites, which allow cyberbullying should be held legally responsible.

While I'd agree in essence, there comes a legal dilemma with legislating such an action. This happened ~1999 when the Communications Decency Act was passed. From a strictly legal perspective, it held websites such as Yahoo! and MSN responsible for libel on their website, potentially including the content of email. These email hosting companies objected and an amendment was passed a couple of years later, giving host sites an exemption from responsibility for third party content.

Perhaps something along the lines of take down notices needs to be introduced for cyberbullying, if that can be defined without having to incorporate the context every time.

The ramifications of a

The ramifications of a proposal passing holding websites liable for content would be catastrophic in my opinion.

I just can’t see that happening.

Am I slightly paranoid about government surveillance, absolutely, but I’m not going to lose sleep over it.

I think most people are aware our information is passed around out there in the cyber world.

I’m sure we have all experienced those little advertising windows popping up, because we Googled something two days prior.

And why do I keep getting advertisements in my yahoo mail asking me if I want a boyfriend with pictures of hot men? I didn’t Google anything I swear. Innocent

Okay maybe once I clicked my age group just to see what’s out there, but only out of curiosity. Evil

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