So after reading this (www.abovetopsecret.com...
) and related threads, I've noticed where it talks about videos of police
brutality being rapidly removed from YouTube.
We cannot expect YouTube to be supportive of the public's political freedom. It is a subsidiary of Google, a corporation that can only be expected to
co-operate with governments and other corporations to the hilt, as at times, we have already seen.
It is time to make a return to the original, decentralised protocols of the Internet, for video publishing. Even more than Bit Torrent, there must be
a revival of protocols such as Internet Relay Chat and Usenet; protocols that are truly decentralised, and which the corporations and governments can
have no control over.
Have none of you ever noticed the trend where Internet applications are concerned? In the beginning we had email, newsgroups, IRC. All three of
these were decentralised; there was no central point of control, so because of that, the governments and corporations could not control them. They
could not censor their traffic, and it was much more difficult for them to trace, suppress, or arrest individuals who did things which they did not
Now, on the other hand, we have Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Dropbox/Mediafire, and Web based forums. What do all of these applications have in
- They are centralised. There is a single point of control, which means it is easy for the corporations or governments to delete any traffic they do
not want anyone else to see, or trace the people who published/uploaded it.
With the older protocols, this was not the case. In terms of IRC or Usenet, individual servers were run by entirely different organisations, which
were often non-profit, and the entire network was viewed as a neutral public resource. None of the organisations which ran individual servers,
therefore had any control over the traffic of the network as a whole.
- They are corporate owned. Corporations are always going to co-operate with governments first and foremost in the repression of the people.
Remember Mussolini's own definition of fascism as the merger of state and corporate power. Remember also, the willingness of mobile phone carrier
Nokia to de-activate its' mobile coverage immediately on request of the Egyptian government during the revolution against Mubarrak, and Nokia's public
defense of that action.
- In the case of Web-based forums, they allow repression and censorship of expression. When Usenet was used instead of Web-based forums, it was much
less possible for anyone to censor or repress supposedly undesirable speech. About the only thing you could do was add someone's name to your own
personal killfile, which would prevent you as a single individual from receiving what they wrote. There was no system-wide control, however.
With Web-based forums, this is very different. I myself have recently been banned from two different forums, one of which was largely due to my
continued objection to support from the other posters there, of repressive government behaviour. The staff of said forum didn't like that, so after
some time, I was removed.
- They are Web-based. The single main reason why the World Wide Web has come to predominate over all other Internet protocols, is because of its'
comparitive ease of use, which allows technophobic, lazy, and/or less intelligent users the ability to access the Internet in a convenient/instant
As is usual for convenience, however, there is a price. That price is an increased level of centralisation, and because of that, a much lesser degree
of resilience than the older Internet application protocols. It is much, much easier on the Web for repressive organisations, whether governmental or
corporate, to remove material they dislike, and trace (and therefore retaliate against) individuals who attempt to publish it.
If you record video of police brutality, or have other information which you need the public to see, you cannot depend on any of these centralised,
corrupt, corporate services to carry your data, and refrain from removing or destroying it on government request, or submit your identity to
governmental agencies on request.
- This is IRChelp.org, a website which can offer a large amount of information to users who are unfamiliar with Internet Relay
Chat. IRC is an older, decentralised chat protocol, which was widely used in the early to mid 1990s, until it was usurped, first by corporate instant
messaging programs, and later, by Twitter.
- How to get started with Usenet in three simple steps.
- How to create torrents, so you can seed files with public or private torrent tracker sites, so that
people can download your files.
If you don't know about these things, please take the time to learn about them. A time may very well come when YouTube cannot reliably be used as a
medium for material which governments consider objectionable or undesirable at all. When that time comes, you will need to know how to use the
edit on 3-9-2011 by petrus4 because: (no reason given)