Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette
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Big Brother Is Watching Again

So now ISPs are supposed to identify users who are pirating files and cut off their service.  This is hideous because 1) they will have to look at that information to see what it is before determining whether it is legal or not, 2) which is bad because records of people's reading material have been used for harmful purposes before, and 3) if this starts with illegal "pirated" files, there's nothing to stop it from being applied to other information that somebody doesn't want somebody else to have later.  Like, say, how to avoid pregnancy or STDs, or the fact that gays can live a healthy life, or religions other than Christianity, or that Americans have a constitutional right to overthrow their government if they dislike it.
Tags: activism, cyberspace theory, news
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