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Lawmaker urges regulations for file-sharing

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posted on Jul, 30 2009 @ 11:44 AM
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Lawmaker urges regulations for file-sharing


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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A senior U.S. lawmaker said on Wednesday that it may be time for the government to regulate companies that provide online file-sharing services after a number of people managed to access FBI files, medical records and Social Security numbers.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Edolphus Towns said during a hearing on the safety of peer-to-peer software that he was astonished at privacy breaches involving LimeWire,
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posted on Jul, 30 2009 @ 11:44 AM
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So, is this how it starts? Regulation of the interweb because some sensitive material was left out there without proper protection. Now it the fault of the file-sharing services.
Will the free exchange of information on sites such as this need to be monitored or regulated?
In all actuality I'm surprised the free internet has lasted this long. WWW. RIP

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posted on Jul, 30 2009 @ 11:50 AM
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Perhaps there pathetic security should be upgraded to an extent that stops people from gathering that information in the first place. That or the information was deliberately leaked.

I think this is just another way for the music industry to clamp down on file sharing.



posted on Jul, 30 2009 @ 12:00 PM
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Why cant the government do the correct thing and disconnect.

Nobody forced anyone to use the internet.

They can create a WAN that we dont have access too anyways but they wont as this was always the agenda.

They are full of it.

They are quick to say to citizens that if you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear.

Shows somebodies scared doesnt it.

[edit on 30-7-2009 by XXXN3O]



posted on Jul, 30 2009 @ 12:10 PM
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This leads one to assume that intelligence wasn't a prerequisite for the senior law making job.

IRM



posted on Jul, 30 2009 @ 03:58 PM
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I would argue that the government (think back to Bush 1 years and earlier) had no real technical know-how to think things through. Yes, DARPA which created the Internet was a government project, but it was composed mainly of nerds, right? the Big Government didn't really start using the internet for their own networks until around the Clinton years (I'm going based on memory of news events, so if someone can correct this please do). And even then, and during Bush II to some extenct, the US government has acted more like a "user" than an expert with the internet.

So what they have been doing is basically taking over more control over the public internet as their own techs discover how to exploit, control and abuse the network protocols, habits of people, and other internet-based technologies and customs. The chinese, russians and other nations had hackers invading servers around the world years ahead of the US government.

Think back to pre-google days - the internet was simpler, more information was freely available (even though it was harder to search for and find), and the internet really was public and free (as in speech). Enter google, facebook, myspace, et al, and suddenly commerce on the internet goes through the roof, everyone and their mother (and grandmother) is freely posting their personal information, habits, and naming friends and neighbors on "social" websites (which are nothing but giant databases quietly collectingt information) and we all find ourselves with what seems like many "free" webpages, but in reality we're limited to shopping, socializing, reading blogs (more personal information devulged), or reading conspiracy forums (dont forget porn). and on and on and on.

the Government has a lot of toy projects sitting around being built by nerds. The internet was one such toy - it became incredibly popular, and by the time government realized this, they picked a few select projects to take advantage of the data mining possibilities and made sure the rest of us followed by using the same tactics advertising uses: sell sell sell, and tell us how much better our lives will be if we join.

sound paranoid? Do a search for google + cia, or facebook + cia, etc. see google "do no evil" as they take pictures of your neighborhood, keep track of your search-, shop- and viewing habits, and the kind of entertainment you seek (google/hulu "we're aliens and going to control you") etc.

and back to OPs point - they have tried (and almost succeeded) in killing Usenet to protect children, they made sure we all go through google (and not really allow for alternatives) to have ease of access to people's searches, and now file-sharing to protect.. government secrets??? it makes no ratinal sense, yet it is happening, and i think we stay incredulous (and sometimes doubting) because "our government wouldnt do that", right?

right?



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