This is sort of a New Year's resolution... In no particular order:
Oh, and one more thing: Do the most important duty as a citizen of any democratic country — help to save democracy by killing voting computers.
Yeah, so that makes six things I plan to do in 2007. Sue me.
Let me take a quick break from all the technical posts to turn to a more political topic for a minute.
Chat rooms monitored. Blogs deleted. Websites blocked. Search engines restricted. People imprisoned for simply posting and sharing information.
The Internet is a new frontier in the struggle for human rights. Governments – with the help of some of the biggest IT companies in the world – are cracking down on freedom of expression. Amnesty International, with the support of The Observer, is launching a campaign to show that online or offline the human voice and human rights are impossible to repress.
There are many ways you can help, e.g. by
Fore more information, you might also want to read this BBC NEWS article.
And finally, here's the whole text of the pledge. Repeat after me:
I believe the Internet should be a force for
political freedom, not repression. People have
the right to seek and receive information and to
express their peaceful beliefs online without
fear or interference.
I call on governments to stop the unwarranted
restriction of freedom of expression on the
Internet – and on companies to stop helping them do it.
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Yes, I've seen V for Vendetta today. Very impressing movie, highly recommended! Makes you start to think...
What kind of sick joke is this? The German government seems to want to sell the personal information of 80 million German citizens to interested companies.
They wanted to introduce a new digital identity card with biometric data and possibly also an RFID chip on it for quite a while now (you know, all those evil terrorists out there, blah blah blah). And now they dream about selling the data records stored on that card for 40-50 cents per record to interested companies? WTF?
I don't think I have to elaborate on the abuse-potential this can have, and on what this means for the privacy of all 80 million citizens affected...
He states very clearly a huge number of (unlawful, illegal, or immoral) things the current US president Bush and/or his administration have done. For example:
A quote of Al Gore, from a small Reuters summary of the speech:
We still have much to learn about the NSA's domestic surveillance. What we do know about this pervasive wiretapping virtually compels the conclusion that the president of the United States has been breaking the law repeatedly and insistently.
Although I'm not very political usually (or at least I don't write too much about it), this is really something I highly recommend listening to. I cannot imagine why a president of a democratic country can still be in charge, after all these things have become publically known...
(via Tim Pritlove)