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Superb speculative fiction short film about digital surveillance in the year 2023: PLURALITY

-IainB (October 07, 2012, 06:07 AM)
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That was superb!  :Thmbsup:  :Thmbsup:  :Thmbsup:  :Thmbsup:  :Thmbsup:

From the YouTube page:

Directed by: Dennis Liu
Written by: Ryan Condal
Produced by: Jonathan Hsu, Dennis Liu
Cinematography by: Jon Chen
Music by: Pakk Hui
Starring: Jeff Nissani, Samantha Strelitz, John Di Domenico

2 years of filmmaking with very little money and my friends and I made this.
We're a tiny production so please help spread the word! =) Please facebook/tweet/write to some big blogs so we can make more! (slash film, collider, gizmodo, engadget, wired., etc!)

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I09.COM -
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The IO9 link is:

It would make a great TV series.

Oh, BTW - do check my sig below. ;)  (1:45)

Potentially threatening moves afoot: see discussion thread Re: Major ISPs to implement "Six strike" rule

- the discussion stems from the post at Demand Tell ISPs: No Punitive "Six Strikes" Plan -- Or We'll Take Our Business Elsewhere

I personally wonder if this isn't a pincer move - likely to be a fait accompli - by the State in collaboration with the **AA.
It otherwise rather looks like the thin end of a very big wedge.
The implications could be pretty stunning. Assign regulation and monitoring responsibility to the **AA or those service providers selected by the **AA. At the moment, there may be some possibility that an Internet services user/consumer could "take their business elsewhere", but watch this space and see if that potential doesn't evaporate to become a myth.
For example, consider the possibility that only "licensed" ISPs will be approved to provide Internet services, and they won't get a licence if they don't enforce the "Six Strikes" policy (or whatever it mutates into) in its entirety.
The US$35 you would have to pay to even start to assert your rights would seem to be unconstitutional. If it goes ahead, then you might be able to expect that price to multiply a hundredfold to make it prohibitively expensive to fight for your rights. Best to just capitulate then.

Where I wrote:
How bad could the loss of Intenet freedoms get?
Try this for size - maybe coming to a State near you soon...
Google Users in Pakistan Suffer as ISPs Block Sites Without Reason
I guess it couldn't be all that bad really - I mean, you'd at least still be able to browse the local government websites and government-approved websites.
-IainB (October 02, 2012, 03:07 AM)
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- I couldn't really have foreseen that a US "free-market" prototype version of the Iranian model - i.e., along the line of this Six Strikes model - was already on the drawing-board.

- I couldn't really have foreseen that a US "free-market" prototype version of the Iranian model - i.e., along the line of this Six Strikes model - was already on the drawing-board.
-IainB (October 11, 2012, 07:00 AM)
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This seems to be the typical behaviour of governments to absolve themselves of their responsibilities - schluff off any work that would be considered illegal for the government, and send it over to the private sector, then call the otherwise illegal activity "rights of the private sector".

I expect we'll see more of this pattern of behaviour.

Legislators slam advertising group for advising members to avoid Do Not Track technology

Yes, but will legislators actually do anything about it?

(Sound of crickets chirping.)


Meanwhile in Canada,

"John Ibbitson: The quiet death of the Internet surveillance bill ...

C-30, you will remember, would grant the federal government and law enforcement agencies the power to obtain information about individuals who are online without having to apply for a warrant."

Aka Canadian SOPA.

So we won another one. More attempts to follow.


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