Internet S.O.S. http://huff.to/1dXTfat via @HuffPostTech
The other side of the coin of internet surveillance is internet censorship. The nature of the net is such that there is no way of telling when you research a particular area, whether information has been concealed. Snowden’s revelations told us that the spy agencies were carrying out mass surveillance on the net, and they were also actively interfering with communications between people they defined as dissidents. If in addition to that they were manipulating search engines to prevent searchers finding articles relevant to their search, how would anyone know? And wouldn’t this activity logically follow the governments wish to suppress information which went against their chosen agenda?
Lifelong newspaper readers and watchers of the news on television have abandoned both activities in droves, due to the irrelevance of the news content and concentration on trivia. As an alternative many now seek their news and knowledge of current affairs from the net. As it appears state agencies have effectively neutered the mainstream media, it is a logical progression to extend their invisible censorship to the web.
censorship, censorship of arguments, controlling the narrative, disappearing Google listings, Google, links that don't work, suppression of opinions, The Monopolies Commission, unreliable search engines
I wonder if other people are having this problem?
Obviously when you write an article readers appreciate the inclusion of links to your reference material. When I started blogging (just over a year ago) I routinely included links, and checked that they worked. I was dismayed to find that my links failed between one third and half the time. I considered that any reader would find this failure rate unacceptable, would find this annoying and it would discredit my articles.
To deal with this I started to include a copy of the Google listing along with the link to prove that I had not made a mistake in one letter, but as the link still did not work I decided to omit it – no point in including a link that does not work – and just left the Google listing instead. I checked these and found they were completely reliable to connect to the relevant article –up till now.
In a recent conversation about The Monopolies Commission, I referred to a page in a book as given in the Google listing below.
I also copied the page but I don’t wish to reproduce it here in its entirety because of copyright.
The page number is on the right.
When I checked that my link connected to the article I got this.
So I carried out a Google search using the exact title given in the Google listing above – and the listing failed to appear.
Interestingly Google recommended a totally different page in the same book which emphasised the direct opposite of the point I was trying to make.
So, what do you do when your links don’t work? What can you do when Google listings disappear so that your reader cannot find your reference material?
I wonder how many other people are having this problem?
Having spent half an hour trying to post a comment on this article, using WordPress, Facebook and Google, and either being booted out of each account, or told – error -we cannot post your comment, I have re-blogged the article and put my comment here.
Remember Ceausescu’ s Decree 770? That is where foetal personhood leads. https://taknbsorbemwon5.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/have-the-propo…are-aiming-for/
Further, just checked the link and – surprise – link does not work. So check this article for further information.
Just checked the original article and found my update after the link which does not work doesn’t show. I could put in another reply, except I have already discovered my comments are rejected.
I WONDER IF SOME DISCUSSIONS ON THE NET ARE BEING CENSORED BY PREVENTING COMMENTS FROM BEING POSTED?
Written by Gabe Kavanagh
Anti-abortion Zoe’s Law is back on the table in NSW.
This bill will import the concept of foetal personhood to New South Wales from the anti-choice American Right. Foetal personhood laws seek to take control of women’s bodies and reproductive rights. This criminalises, institutionalises and strips women of their liberty and the right to control their own body.
Premier Mike Baird has indicated he wants the Bill to be debated soon, and finalised before the end of the year. But major political supporters of this legislation are now being investigated for corruption, raising questions over the place of moralising in political debates.
As noted by Kirsty Needham in The Age, three major supporters of the Foetal Personhood Bill (Zoe’s Law) have all been investigated by the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) including Chris Spence, Chris Hartcher and Marie Ficarra.
Chris Spence: No Back-Up – Computer…
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Today’s ‘Internet Injunctions’ case in the high court (Cartier vs BSkyB) highlights one of the inherent problems with the kind of ‘porn-blocking’ censorship system that the current government has effectively forced ISPs to comply with: when you build a censorship system for one purpose, you can be pretty certain that it will be used for other purposes. As David Allen Green, who tweets as @JackofKent described it today:
I’ve argued this before – it’s question five in my ‘10 Questions about Cameron’s ‘new’ porn-blocking‘, but here it is in action, being argued in court. It was inevitable that it was going to be argued. Though people tend to deny it, ‘function creep’ or ‘mission creep’ is a reality, not a dream of the paranoid tin-foil hat brigade.
It’s not an argument restricted to censorship systems – the same applies to surveillance, and should remind us of the links…
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In this clip from Breaking the Set, Abby Martin interviews Mark Crispin Miller about a project we heartily endorse, Forbidden Bookshelf, which is bringing subversive [in the best sense] classics back to life.
We’ve known Dan for more than three decades, and have even contributed some information and leads to him over the years. He’s a superb journalist, and we highly recommend his book.
That said, on with the show.
From Breaking the Set:
Why These 5 Books Are Censored from Your History Class | Interview with Mark Crispin Miller
Abby Martin speaks with NYU media studies professor, Mark Crispin Miller, discussing the addition of 5 books to the Forbidden Bookshelf, a project…
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1. Encouraged population increase by up to 10 per cent.
2. Given billions of our taxes to Europe.
3. Encouraged unsafe financial practices and then bailed out the “too big to fail banks” with taxpayers money. But did not break the banks up into a size small enough to fail.
4. Suppressed news on mainstream media?
5. Increased taxes.
6. Cut services and increased charges dramatically.
7. Froze wages, while allowing rents, rates, utilities, transport, food to rocket, while claiming low inflation.
8. Increased politicians and those in control of Councils, pay, perks and pensions.
9. Trashed employer contributed pensions and private pensions.
10. Contributed to low to non-existent interest on savings, and devalued currency by printing money.
11. Did nothing to curtail speculation in housing as people tried to find a haven for their shrinking money.
12. Permitted overseas buyers to buy housing.
13. Permitted the sell off of national infrastructure to foreign companies.
14. Allowed trans-national companies to off shore profits and evade taxes.
15. Allowed foreign companies to by-pass local employment legislation.
16. Created Londonistan.
17. Having imported and exacerbated terrorism, started to strip Britons of their historic rights evolved and fought for, over centuries.
18. Having created unemployment, and doing nothing to increase full time jobs paying a living wage, scapegoat the unemployed for the situation the government deliberately created.
19. At a time when there aren’t enough jobs for the able-bodied, try to coerce the disabled and ill into work, and condemn them from not finding any.
20. At a time of acute job shortage, put back retirement age and force the elderly to continue working.
21. Permitted land speculation. Not requiring those who obtain permission to build on land, to build. But just let the land hike in value.
22. Removed rent controls and fair rent.
23. Invented bedroom tax, to force low-income tenants out of their affordable and up to now secure, tenancies.
24. As homelessness rockets, as a direct consequence of government actions, attempt to criminalise the homeless.
25. Propose legislation to allow HMRC to directly raid bank accounts.
26. Permit bureaucracies to blacklist anyone who complains.
27. Turned a blind eye to Liverpool Care Pathway until the media forced acknowledgement of the problem.
28. Outsourced nursing homes to private companies who asset stripped and escalated charges to astronomical levels.
29. Ignored dismal nursing home standards.
30. Permitted elderly people to be forced into nursing homes against their own and their family’s wishes, and prevented them from leaving. Attempts to criminalise relatives for trying to protect their elderly from institutional abuse.
31. Permitted removal of Wardens from sheltered housing and opened up sheltered housing to everyone, effectively removing sheltered housing.
32. Extension of secret courts.
33.Enacted legislation to stifle the press.
Is it just me, or does anyone else see a pattern here?
On Tuesday 2 September I wrote a blog asking why an article notified to my gmail from Wrongful Convictions blog, hadn’t appeared on the Wrongful Convictions blog.
I checked Wrongful Convictions blog again, and as you can see there are articles on 29 August, 2 September and 3 September. What has happened to the article for 1 September?
Can you see the article or is it just my computer?