Sunday, 2 December 2012

Internet Defense League

When you visit my site during an Internet Defense League campaign, you may see a pop-up asking you to join. This is not a scam, or a trojan, or some nefarious scheme I have thought up to part you from your money or personal information.

The IDL is an organisation whose aim is to ensure that the Internet remains free and open. When open attempts to regulate the Internet failed, like SOPA and PIPA,  governments are now trying to slip internet regulation into less threatening sounding legislation. Go to www.internetdefenseleague.org for more information.

In New Zealand we have the TPP being negotiated. This is ostensibly a free trade agreement, and who doesn't like the idea of free trade. If free trade is so good, why is it being negotiated in secret with none of the agreement clauses being made public. There have been some leaks of whats on the table and they look less like free trade and more like restriction on internet activities. Go here to find out more.

My general rule of thumb is that if governments do something in secret, be afraid, be very afraid.