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Internet is the new Oil; Your Liberty is its payment.


Dear People,

Even before we realize the power of Internet, It is being usurped by various interest groups that never project themselves in the mainstream. Be it the ITU, Independent UN body, Individual governments etc. the main focus is on who gets to control the Internet.
As we share our contents everyday, “like” our friends statuses and comment on photographs, there are organizations that project themselves as saviors of internet and get support from similar organizations and form a network within themselves. They then negotiate with governments across the world to push for their policies. It gets deeper and more sophisticated every year as we turn a blind eye to whats happening around us.

Everything happens secretly and without considering public opinion. They don’t consider public opinion because it has been that way all the time. They are pretty sure that we will accept everything in the name of law and act civilized within the set of rules framed by them. Which in other words is “Liberty” in real world.  The freedom that we enjoy in the virtual medium is slowly but skillfully being pushed in to a closed cage by projecting  “terrorism” “cyber war” “abuse” etc. as our immediate threats.

euro_internet_privacy

Too soon, we will have balloons flying over our heads, white spaces penetrating trees and mountains, providing seamless connectivity, access, interactions, etc. Everything at the cost of our “Liberty”.

The dark age for internet is over. The Internet experiment is now moving to its next phase and it can be even more darker if we don’t act now.
The real concern is in allowing people to handle power by themselves.
Let us do something. 

Think.

“How long do we expect rational people to accept using terrorism to justify and excuse endless executive and state power?”- Actor John Cusack

“Everyone’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s really an easy way: Stop participating in it.”
– Noam Chomsky

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Fools by choice: Manipulation of public in a democracy


Media has always been the secret geeky programmer that would install a new message or keep repeating the same message every day in the minds of people on how to think, what to do and where to see. Its job is too subtle that most of us fail to recognize it in our day today life. It is the numero uno force in controlling chaos by projecting a smoke screen.

Ever since the 2012 doomsday was proved wrong, The Indian media set their eyes on the 2014 elections and started their campaign by constantly repeating news stories of two gentlemen everyday.
The self-proclaimed “Responsible” media have already started to direct us to take sides. They got to do this because we have the choice to choose our leaders and they have the power to direct us on whom to choose. (Under the assumption that we are too busy with our lives and have too less time to think about whats going around us) Well, Giving us options is not profitable for the investors as well as invisible governors of our day today life.

Illusion of Freedom
Illusion of Freedom

The coverage the two personalities get is stupendous, their air time as well. We are constantly bombarded with these two names round the clock, experts discuss their strategies, their ideas, their bull shit etc.  because when we stand in line under the scorching sun with the hope for better governance and change there should just be two names in our mind. Just two names because you know your vote for an independent candidate is never going to matter, the rest others have already been manipulated and guided to vote.

Even if the majority would be an average 60% with 31% for party A and 29% for party B, and that would still mean the joint 700 million consisting of people who chose not to vote and who vote for party B would be ruled for another 5 years by the manipulated public of party A.

Democracy is a Funny game.

“You wish to be free, but there is no such thing as freedom. You can redecorate dungeon to give illusion of freedom, but you are still in dungeon.” “I should’ve had the choice.” “Choice is illusion, same as happiness and freedom.”

– Carolyn Crane

Don’t forget to choose your masters this 2014!
We got no choice other than believing we got choice.

The Fight for Internet: Let the battle begin!


Down through the centuries, this trick has been tried by various establishments throughout the world. They force people to get involved in the kind of examination that has only one aim and that is to stamp out dissent.

Pete Seeger

When the internet was introduced, we were all promised a level playing field which not only triggered information and digital revolution but also revolutions against oppressive regimes around the world, our voice only grew louder with everyone Jumping into the bandwagon to be part of this huge experimentation, to create a global community that would allow one to develop, cherish connections, be an entrepreneur, be an activist, have a voice and freedom of thought.
But, now that the results have come out and experiments have reached their conclusion part, its time for us to get back to our routine and follow orders, Immerse ourselves in unreal reality shows, read and watch opinions thrown at us. (At least that’s what we are doing now)
The World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT) to be held in Dubai this December will be attended by 193 countries meeting to decide on the fate of internet which none of the media houses consider worth giving coverage. From hereon we will be mute spectators, Diverted from the main battlefield that would be fought between oppressive countries, corporate owned countries, anonymous and civil society activists. Perhaps its the disinterest of a majority of people that provides support to improper governance and corruption and its interesting to watch how different governments frame each sentence in their proposals which promise no harm to liberty and freedom of its own citizens and yet shamelessly hang and suffocate freedom of speech in the real and digital medium. (P.S: Even if you “Like” it you will be put in Jail)
My question is “If people own the internet, Why are the serving governments fighting to gain control over the internet?”
Government actions across the world raises more concerns,
  • Do they really want us to speak or restrict ourselves from making any comments?
  • Are our freedoms restricted within the framed rules?
  • Is freedom all about hearing and watching what is thrown at us? and
  • Do governments serve people or people elect the government to serve them?
Back in the battlefield, while the corporate owned country want its corporate to thrive and retain power in the pretext of freedom to people, the oppressive regimes (not surprisingly, includes Russia, China, Brazil, India, Iran and plenty more) are lobbying for region specific restrictions on the internet. Though their ways are different, their motive is to bring an order to the chaotic internet space that’s ever-expanding and connecting people at a rapid pace, unimaginable.
What if the chaotic crowd in the internet realize that governments across the world do the same with different country names?  What if they realize their borders are only to divide and rule? and What if they protest at the same time across the world? This can be facilitated only by the people owned Internet medium and not by corporate owned media houses and hence it becomes necessary to put an end to the chaotic mob when it is distracted by celebrity gossips and trivial issues.
So will the governments gain control over the boundary less crowd ? or will there be  a common ground to work on?
All depends on the active participation of the real stake holders, the 2.45 billion people who use the internet to connect but if the participating governments prefer to neglect the billion stakeholders, Revolution is the only option.

Power to the People.

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Cunning fox and the Internet: The Story of Internet Freedom and Government Policy towards Internet in India


 

When a fox preaches, take care of your geese.

The cunning fox have preached us for long about the internet, we are told not to trust the internet for they knew when we do, distance will never matter, secrets won’t be kept, corrupt governments will never succeed.

The cunning fox, our Indian government has pushed for strict regulation of Internet Policies since the crowds swelled in Ram Lila Maidan for the Anna Hazare’s protest coördinated widely through the Internet. Revolutions in Egypt, Occupy Wall street movement in US, Riots in England, were a grim reminder to the governments across the world; people who stopped listening to them are now speaking to each other and forming a leaderless opposition.

In India Sibalification is the synonym for Internet Censorship. As per Initial reports, when Kapil Sibal publicly called for Pre-Screening of internet, he showed Facebook page that maligned ruling Congress Party chief Sonia Gandhi and told them it was “unacceptable”.  Having realized he had no strong case to prove, he went ahead and gave it a religious overtone saying “Social media sites risked fanning tensions in India, which has a long history of deadly religious violence.”

The Cunning fox then silently (Negligible Coverage in Traditional Media) went ahead and submitted a proposal in the General assembly in New York on October 26, 2011 by which,

India has argued for a radical shift from the present model of multi-stakeholder led decision-making, to a purely government-run multilateral body that would relegate civil society, private sector, international organisations as well as technical and academic groups to the fringes in an advisory role. The proposal has been floated sans any public consultation, despite the move impacting the country’s 800 million mobile and 100 million Internet users.  – The Hindu

The Censorship that followed and the Anonymous Invasion of India have been registered here in detail.

Though the Internet Service Providers provided access to the blocked websites after prolonged protests across the country by members and supporters of Anonymous recently, the cunning fox again found a brilliant opportunity in the recent NE Exodus to put forth its argument on Internet Censorship.

The sadistic smile of the cunning fox and Karan Thapars iterated question on whether Kapil Sibal was right when he called for Internet Censorship highlights the urgency with which our government is working to curtail freedom of expression.

The past few days have been very interesting for our country, what we have witnessed is one more case of political impotency which has again completely shifted its focus from the core issue of exodus and has turned its head on Censorship of Social Media.

How does it tally?  North East Exodus & Social Media Censorship.

Our government needs to answer this,

Would they have fled had they felt Safe?
All the assurance from our government couldn’t pacify the crowd from fleeing; they didn’t feel safe in their own country which is unfortunate. Ministers, Policemen rushed to Railway stations and shouted on top of their voice requesting them to stay, but why did they leave?

Because the ministers were too late to react, the government was too late to notice the growing fear in the eyes of its own people. What people across the border could notice, which prompted them to create these Hate materials, was noticed late by our Intelligence Bureau & politicians.

People didn’t leave because we had no internet censorship and 5 SMS Per day rule, People are not coming back because we have internet censorship and 5 SMS per day rule now. It’s the Safety that matters! Not the social media.

The amount of Goodwill messages which flooded the internet by now would have negated the Hate Messages, that’s the power of social media. Even before the creation of special community centers by our government (Which is doubtful) to bridge the gap between its own people, hundreds of pages and groups have been created by Indians for Indians to join hands, that’s the power of social media.

Writing Derogatory comments and inflammatory messages are not new to us Indians! Show me a wall, bench which is clean in Railway toilets, Government Offices, Schools, Colleges, and Elevators! As a kid I learnt bad words from what was written in my school benches, Can the government promise to clean every single property in its possession before cleaning social media walls?

If our government finds SMS, MMS messages the main reason for the spread of Panic, why are they planning to give more mobile phones to people Below poverty line (bless them) and increasing its reach? Read Here.

Why is our government not focusing in creating a stronger Cyber Army like US  to fight Cyber-terrorism and guard people of their fundamental rights, instead of grabbing all their rights in the name of providing freedom? And

If our government still feels Social media are too loud spreading hate messages, derogatory statements, morphed pictures of politicians, then why not create a website called Irecievedabribe.com similarly on the lines of ipaidabribe.com that would significantly bring down the amount of Hate messages!

Think. 

When a fox preaches, take care of your geese.

 

Virtual Hackting: The Story of Dhanush Confronting Hacktivists Anonymous


What a Month it has been for the hacking world!

A real drama unfolding in the virtual space, spread across continents, involving world countries, Hacktivists, Pirates, Indian National Congress, Production Houses and The film which had “Why this Kolaveri di” Song – 3 (Moonu)
This has every ingredient to be an Super Hit Bio Pic.

Actors: Government, The Pirate Bay, Anonymous
Supporting Actors: Courts around the World. Internet Service Providers, Department of Telecom (India), Copy right Agencies.

Scene 1:
April 30:

Uk’s High court on a case filed by People from Music Industry and Copy right agencies ordered UK Internet service providers (ISPs) to block access to The Pirate Bay.

( The Pirate bay changed from .Org to .Se domain to avoid being taken down by the US Government just like megaupload and library.nu taken down citing SOPA and PIPA )

Scene 2:
May 8:

Hacktivist group Anonymous take down Internet service provider Virgin Media UK with a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack.

Tweet by Group Anonymous:

#Anonymous have just taken down #VirginMedia website again because of their involvement in the #Censorship of The Pirate Bay#TPB #OpTPB

Though this attack by Anonymous was in support of The Pirates Bay, TPB had other viewes.

TPB was quick with its response in its facebook page, it said

Seems like some random Anonymous groups have run a DDOS campaign against Virgin media and some other sites. We’d like to be clear about our view on this:

We do NOT encourage these actions. We believe in the open and free internets, where anyone can express their views. Even if we strongly disagree with them and even if they hate us.

So don’t fight them using their ugly methods. DDOS and blocks are both forms of censorship.

Clearly TPB doesn’t support Anonymous and their way of approach to fight Censorship.

Scene 3:
May 15:

Indian Government Proposes control over internet based on the IT Rules 2011, the Commission on Science and Technology for “Development” without full discussion or debate over the issue on the control over Internet, proposes the bill in UN General Assembly. Unfortunately(or you never know) like always our 24X7 National Media remains silent over the issue.

In its proposal submitted to the General Assembly in New York on October 26, 2011, India has argued for a radical shift from the present model of multi-stakeholder led decision-making, to a purely government-run multilateral body that would relegate civil society, private sector, international organisations as well as technical and academic groups to the fringes in an advisory role. The proposal has been floated sans any public consultation, despite the move impacting the country’s 800 million mobile and 100 million Internet users. – The Hindu

This move would deny a participative medium but our government seems to be happy about it. Sibalising the Internet is top on their agenda as a top down voice would also enable them the control over its people.

Scene 4:
May 16:

WikiLeaks and The Pirate bay is taken down by a Mystery Hacker( Though not sure if its by the same hacker). Service is stopped around the world and TPBs main page read

Access to this site has been blocked as per Court Orders.

Though there were some rumors that Anonymous was behind the attack after a stupid response from TPB for taking down Virgin Media. TPB cleared the air saying

Just to clarify, we know that it is not Anonymous who is behind the DDoS attack. Stop spreading rumours like that,” it added later. “We may not agree with Anonymous in everything, but we both want the internet to be open and free.

Scene 5:
May 17:

Operation India Engaged
Hactivists Anonymous brought down the websites of the Supreme Court and the ruling Congress party to protest against Censorship, their tweet read

Namaste #India, your time has come to trash the current government and install a new one. Good luck. |#SaveTPB#Anonymous #Censorship

Recently, the Production company named Copyright Labs won a case in Chennai High court against illegal distribution of Films “3(Moonu)” and “Dhammu” and had asked for blocking service to File sharing sites across India. Anonymous now intends to take down the website of Department of Telecommunication and Copyright Labs (for filing the case and issuing the John Doe order)

Here is the latest Video and Message Uploaded by Anonymous:

Message Posted by Anonymous:

Citizens of India and World,
We are Anonymous.
We are a collective bent at serving free will and justice.

It has been known that the Government of India and its ministers are commiting Aristrocracy.
The idea of democracy remains an idea only.

We were and are watching closely on all activities of the Goverment and its ministers.
Many ministers were and are charged with severe cases of corruption.
They do not care.
They do not care for the injustice happening.
They do not care for the freedom being snatched.

The Government has been covering up its activities and hiding the facts from its citizens.
It has imposed IT Act which allows it to censor the internet as it seems fit.
None other than Department of Telecommunications need to be blamed.
One cannot block on purview of security concerns.

Free will is endangered…

….Its time you wake up.
Its time you take charge.
Its time you say, “Enough is enough”
Its time you change your fate.
Its time you show that this won’t go un-noticed.
Its time you take charge.

Its time for Operation India.
Join us if you may.

We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Expect us.

IRC: webchat.anonops.com
CHANNEL: opIndia

Response from Congress:

“The site is not hacked at all. It was not opening for sometime because the load on the particular server was too heavy due to huge number of hits after the news of website hacking spread. It went slow at that time due to over- traffic,” Chairman of AICCs Computer Department Vishwajeet Singh, a former Rajya Sabha MP said.

How Dumb!
The websites were brought down through DDoS attack…  The huge number of Hits claimed by “Chairman of AICCs Computer Department” is because of the DDoS attackWho else in India will access their website in huge numbers?

Scene 6:
May 17:

The Pirate Bay returns after Ddos attack!
What the world governments failed to implement was done by one single user (or at least claimed to be)

Twitter user @AnonNyre started Tweeting 19 hours ago that he was the one responsible for the DDoS attack on The Pirate Bay.
You must be wondering why did I attacked The Pirate Bay..

I am Nyre. I am highly against Anonymous. I do not support Anonymous anymore. I sometimes help the feds.

The Pirate Bay was a press-release website for Anonymous, then I had a idea, why not take it down? Why not make it impossible for Anonymous?

Get on your knees, Anonymous. I am a one-man army. I am not a hacker. I am a security killer.

He claims himself to be a former member of Anonymous. But seriously one guy taking out The Pirate Bay through a DDoS attack seems highly impossible 😀

Twist in the Story:

Well In the end the Villain is not Government or the Production house!
Its one single guy operating from a coffee shop or something.

~ Part 1 Ends Here ~

My Take:

  • Both The Pirate Bay and Anonymous fight against internet Censorship, While their intentions sound good their way of achieving it makes it more worse. (Recently we had wikipedia, WordPress and other major sites protesting Internet Censorship)
  • While all the action happen inside closed doors and Bills are passed to prevent people from raising their voice, We are kept busy and ignorant with the help of Media (Am sure most of us in our country are busy Crunching numbers and analyzing who will make it to the top four in IPL)
  • These attacks won’t even make it to the top 10 news in our country and only top 5 news gets covered throughout the day in 24X7 National news channels. For that the Hacktivists best chances would have been a Rape, or Corruption, or Misbehaved during IPL, or Rash driving or should have test launched a missile from China or Pakistan. they can still ask Aamir Khan to Speak about this issue in his new show! but wait! We will talk about the show and Not the Issue.!
  • Attacking websites and bringing down Government websites won’t even bother our government and governments across the world.
  • People are for Open Internet and are against Censorship, Hacktivists individual divides and in fight wont help the cause it will only make the governments stronger.
  • The fight against censorship can only be won with the help of Masses
  • Time for the Hacktivists to try something different and inform the World on whats happening behind the doors.