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Archive for October, 2010

My endorsement for “fringe candicate” Jimmy McMillan

Posted by invizweb on October 16, 2010

I usually do not openly endorse political candidates on this blog but now I am very serious.  If you live in NY State or can vote in New York elections, I implore you to vote for this guy.

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Internet Censorship and Copyright Bill

Posted by invizweb on October 3, 2010

The following post is from the Electronic Frontier Foundation site here:

The “Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act” (COICA) is an Internet censorship bill which is rapidly making its way through the Senate. Although it is ostensibly focused on copyright infringement, an enormous amount of noninfringing content, including political and other speech, could disappear off the Web if it passes.

The main mechanism of the bill is to interfere with the Internet’s domain name system (DNS), which translates names like “www.eff.org” or “www.nytimes.com” into the IP addresses that computers use to communicate. The bill creates two blacklists of censored domains. The first is longer, and includes any sites where the DOJ decides that infringement is “central” to the purpose of the site. The bill gives ISPs and registrars strong legal incentives to censor the domains on that list. The Attorney General can also ask a court to put sites on a second, shorter blacklist; ISPs and registrars are required by law to censor those sites.

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