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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.

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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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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.

 

Manufacturing Consent in India


Man follows faith and it requires necessary illusions connected by emotions which is created by myth makers to keep them on course. In a military state or a feudal state people are controlled by force, but when voice of people can be heard we have a serious problem because people can think and discriminate things thats imposed on them, here arises the reason to control what they think, which is done by executing a propaganda through various means spearheaded by Media.

Major Decisions on Economy, Education, Entertainment or any other thing in this world are taken by a relatively less number of people  whose interest takes form as the propaganda.
The Decision making class in charge never want the other 80% of ordinary class to focus on things which they don’t want them to know. Our function is to follow orders and not to think.

The Major Media are the Agenda Setting Media, they Set the tone which others adopt. this is done by Selection of topics, Word Limit, Pictures, News Framing, Etc.
They Decide, They Determine, They Select, They Shape and They Control notes Noam Chomsky.

1)  Nearly 300,000 Slum Dwellers were removed by force, their lands grabbed to build Stadiums for Common wealth games. Beggars rounded up and arrested, kept in special cells, to showcase our country as the best place on earth [Ref: Outlook Nov 21, 2010] (Still we stink big time thanks to CWG Scam)
Are we aware about that ? Most of us were busy reading about Mukesh Ambanis costliest home not making it to the Forbes list.

2) We are aware of Youth Icons selected by Mtv in US of A but are we aware of the young inventor striving to get sponsor for this new invention in India? the answer is No! Countries far apart have been brought closer to enable corporate interests which helps chronic capitalism and we fail to notice our own neighborhood.

3)There have been protests against Coca cola in India

But we are busy doing the Coca Cola Brrrrrrrrrrrrr !
They fund the All Major sporting events, Cricketers, Media Agencies, Advertisers etc..  Now who is going to show us these protests that happen everyday in our own city ? No One!

4) How often do we see Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Sharuk Khan? their images are thrown at us every hour because that keeps us busy and gives the other self renounced elite class to quietly do their work.

5) Everyone is Watching T.V to know about Rajinis Speedy Recovery, MSD’s New Haircut, Vijay Mallyas Yacht, Aishwarya rais Designer Out fit, Apple Iphones Latest Release these have been a result of constant culturing of thoughts by the people in power.. it works like this

We are shown things that make us envious. we chase them every day to reach whats unreal, we fail to notice that in a way we help them to live their lives.

In our own place right next to us there are far more bitter truths which always fail to make the headlines in our  Media. even issues which accuse Media lie down unnoticed, issues like Paid News, Twittergate, Lobbying, etc are serious allegations which our media channels will never dare to highlight.

Now with us occupied or kept entertained, informations on corporates are forced on to us every second, every minute, every day in a year [Ref Ipl Sponsors] we are influenced, most importantly we are held together to serve the few.

Define: ‘Indian’ Democracy


Being a citizen of the worlds largest democracy I felt guilty in not knowing the true meaning of Democracy, I was quick enough to search the term “Democracy“, and got this : The term democracy comes from the Greek language and means “rule by the (simple) people”. Well… then I searched the term “Simple” in an Indian Dictionary and got this :

  • Simple people who enjoy being in a PARTY (usage either way).

  • Simple people who can just resign and get away with money fraudulence and scams worth billions.
  • Simple people who can can run Private shows in  Media Channels  to prove themselves Right!
  • Simple people who have accounts in Swiss Bank and loot money provided by World Bank.
  • Simple people who earn  Rs 50,000 per month, MISCELLANEOUS Excluded.

  • Simple people who roam in multiple cars , whose visit is guarded by a hundred people, traffic stopped for hours.
  • Simple people who travel only once in a sub urban train and boast it off

  • Simple people who own private companies that work on government schemes for the welfare of society.

We made them Simple.