Anonymous and other various Internet freedom groups are calling on people to boycott the corporate media for the entire month of March 2012 in efforts to affect the bottom line of organizations calling for the imposition of The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement. ACTA will profoundly restrict the fundamental rights, freedom of expression and communication privacy of Internet users the world over.
For those of you who intend to participate in the boycott, there is plenty of public domain and Creative Commons licensed media that, for now, is freely available for you to download and enjoy, enough for the entire month of March.
The following is by no means an exhaustive list of sources to help you remain entertained while participating in the Black March Boycotts.
In the video below, we note that the massive protest this week against SOPA and PIPA should not merely be about government and corporate curtailment of freedom of expression on the internet.
It also crucial that it be about resistance against an all-out effort by the elite and their technocrats to turn the internet into an all-encompassing panopticon surveillance and control grid. Contrary to common belief, the internet was not built to be a networked computer system designed to withstand a nuclear war, but as a surveillance and control grid. It was not happenstance that the platform found its way into public use.
In addition to a master networked surveillance tool, the internet is now a weaponized system that will be used to take out enemies of the state, as the Pentagon made abundantly clear following a concerted propaganda campaign hyping the dubious threat of cyber attacks on the power grid and national infrastructure. The system is not designed to attack remote cave dwelling terrorists, as the government would have us believe, but those of us designated as domestic terrorists.
Following the introduction of the internet and more specifically the world wide web in the early 1990s, the technocrats began engineering aspects of the surveillance and control grid that are now increasingly embedded in much of our everyday technology – from “smart phones” that use GPS to track and trace our every move to home appliances networked across the internet and televisions with onboard cameras and microphones in TiVo DVRs and other devices that surreptitiously record our conversations and movement.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has canceled the January 24 vote on the “PROTECT IP Act” (PIPA).
This is what democracy looks like: Following Wednesday’s mass online blackout protest against the “Stop Online Piracy Act” (SOPA) and the “PROTECT IP Act” (PIPA), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has canceled the January 24 vote on PIPA, first reported in a tweet from Think Progress. The vote postponement comes after 19 senators came out against PIPA, amidst the blackout, seven of whom are former co-sponsors of the bill.
SOPA, which resides in the House, and PIPA are anti-piracy bills aimed at curbing the illegal distribution of copyrighted material by websites that operate outside the US. Opponents say the ambiguous wording of these bills could wreak untold harm on the Internet by stifling legitimate free speech, harming online innovation and the technology startup investment environment, and potentially damage the underlying framework of the Internet by requiring Internet service providers to tamper with the domain name system (DNS).
The federal government, with help from police abroad, came down on Megaupload.com with the online cop fury of an Old Testament God. But why Megaupload? And why now?
There are plenty of players in the no-questions-asked online storage game: HulkShare, MediaFire, YouSendIt. They’re all staples of web sharing—and they’re all still up and running today. Partly because they’re smaller than Megaupload, partly because they’re smarter, but mostly because they’re don’t operate like sloppy drug kingpins.
The Justice Department’s whopping 72-page indictment against Megaupload—or as it’s tellingly referred to in the document, the “Mega Conspiracy”—illuminates a cavalier operation of opulence, carelessness, and tons of money. The Mega Conspiracy crew—which spanned continents, and was lead by flamboyant fatboy millionaire conman Kim Dotcom—was openly, wittingly rich off of copyrighted music. They were flagrant about their intentions to squeeze cash out of Simpsons episodes and 50 Cent albums, rewarding their most piracy-pushing users, laundering money through the site, and spending the cash in the most conspicuous ways imaginable.
Wikipedia, together with thousands of other websites, has gone dark at the start of a 24-hour protest against proposed legislation which the online encyclopedia believes “could fatally damage the free and open Internet.”
Wikipedia’s English-language website has gone dark at the start of a 24-hour protest against proposed anti-piracy legislation in the US. Around 7,000 other websites, including Boing Boing and Reddit, are also joining the protest.
The websites are protesting against the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), two bills currently being debated in the House and Senate respectively and which many fear could fundamentally alter the nature of the Internet – and not in a good way. Supporters of the proposed laws include many music and movie companies who believe they’re needed to prevent online theft of its products.
At midnight ET, Wikipedia replaced its usual homepage with a predominantly black design together with a short body of text, which read:
“Imagine a world without free knowledge. For over a decade, we have spent millions of hours building the largest encyclopedia in human history. Right now, the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that could fatally damage the free and open Internet. For 24 hours, to raise awareness, we are blacking out Wikipedia.”