The Internet - The first Worldwide Tool of Unification ("The End of History")

" ... Now I give you something that few think about: What do you think the Internet is all about, historically? Citizens of all the countries on Earth can talk to one another without electronic borders. The young people of those nations can all see each other, talk to each other, and express opinions. No matter what the country does to suppress it, they're doing it anyway. They are putting together a network of consciousness, of oneness, a multicultural consciousness. It's here to stay. It's part of the new energy. The young people know it and are leading the way.... "

" ... I gave you a prophecy more than 10 years ago. I told you there would come a day when everyone could talk to everyone and, therefore, there could be no conspiracy. For conspiracy depends on separation and secrecy - something hiding in the dark that only a few know about. Seen the news lately? What is happening? Could it be that there is a new paradigm happening that seems to go against history?... " Read More …. "The End of History"- Nov 20, 2010 (Kryon channelled by Lee Carroll)

"Recalibration of Free Choice"– Mar 3, 2012 (Kryon Channelling by Lee Carroll) - (Subjects: (Old) Souls, Midpoint on 21-12-2012, Shift of Human Consciousness, Black & White vs. Color, 1 - Spirituality (Religions) shifting, Loose a Pope “soon”, 2 - Humans will change react to drama, 3 - Civilizations/Population on Earth, 4 - Alternate energy sources (Geothermal, Tidal (Paddle wheels), Wind), 5 – Financials Institutes/concepts will change (Integrity – Ethical) , 6 - News/Media/TV to change, 7 – Big Pharmaceutical company will collapse “soon”, (Keep people sick), (Integrity – Ethical) 8 – Wars will be over on Earth, Global Unity, … etc.) - (Text version)

“…5 - Integrity That May Surprise…

Have you seen innovation and invention in the past decade that required thinking out of the box of an old reality? Indeed, you have. I can't tell you what's coming, because you haven't thought of it yet! But the potentials of it are looming large. Let me give you an example, Let us say that 20 years ago, you predicted that there would be something called the Internet on a device you don't really have yet using technology that you can't imagine. You will have full libraries, buildings filled with books, in your hand - a worldwide encyclopedia of everything knowable, with the ability to look it up instantly! Not only that, but that look-up service isn't going to cost a penny! You can call friends and see them on a video screen, and it won't cost a penny! No matter how long you use this service and to what depth you use it, the service itself will be free.

Now, anyone listening to you back then would perhaps have said, "Even if we can believe the technological part, which we think is impossible, everything costs something. There has to be a charge for it! Otherwise, how would they stay in business?" The answer is this: With new invention comes new paradigms of business. You don't know what you don't know, so don't decide in advance what you think is coming based on an old energy world. ..."
(Subjects: Who/What is Kryon ?, Egypt Uprising, Iran/Persia Uprising, Peace in Middle East without Israel actively involved, Muhammad, "Conceptual" Youth Revolution, "Conceptual" Managed Business, Internet, Social Media, News Media, Google, Bankers, Global Unity,..... etc.)

Etiquette mavens say the book on manners must be rewritten, literally, to take into
account new technologies and social media (AFP Photo/Ed Jones)

A 2012 survey by Intel found that in several countries, a majority said they were put
off by "oversharing" of pictures and personal information on the
internet and smartphones (AFP Photo/Nicolas Asfouri)

German anti-hate speech group counters Facebook trolls

German anti-hate speech group counters Facebook trolls
Logo No Hate Speech Movement

Bundestag passes law to fine social media companies for not deleting hate speech

Honouring computing’s 1843 visionary, Lady Ada Lovelace. (Design of doodle by Kevin Laughlin)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Big Brother is listening—with tools Europe sold him?

RNW, Lauren Comiteau, 13 December 2012

(Photo: DeclanTM)
Are emails, cell phone records and SMS transcripts the latest additions to the tyrant’s arsenal?

In the digital age, electronic information seems to be attracting the attention of human rights groups almost as often as rubber hoses, sleep deprivation and water boards and information activists are calling for a burgeoning “digital weapons” trade to be nipped in the bud.

There’s growing concern about the sale of internet surveillance technology to countries with questionable human rights records. Activists say companies supplying the technologies need to be exposed and regulated.

“Several European countries are supplying systems used to track and trace activists for repressive purposes,” says Marietje Schaake, a Dutch member of the European Parliament who is tasked with overseeing its Digital Freedom Strategy. “We need to know what is exported to whom.”

Shady deals

Schaake can’t even say if her own country is involved, hence “the need for greater accountability.” But investigative reports by Bloomberg, Reuters and other media outlets have implicated some companies and European countries. German electronics giant Siemens is reported to have sold surveillance gear to Bahrain, which the US added to its list of human rights violators earlier this year.

Currently there are ad hoc sanctions against selling such spy systems to Iran and Syria. But Schaake, and NGOs such as Humans Rights Watch and Reporters without Borders, are calling on the European Union to regulate internet surveillance tools the way they “verify the quality of foods and medicine or conventional weapons.”

Double-edged sword

“The struggle for human rights increasingly has a technological component,” says Schaake, “It’s how countries grip and control populations.” On the flip side of the technological coin, those same electronic advances allow activists, bloggers and journalists in repressive regimes to get information out to the world and organise mass protests in real time. One only has to think of Iran’s 2009 post-election Green Movement and the Arab Spring of 2010.

“It’s a cat and mouse game,” says Schaake. “But I’ve talked to activists in jail who have been presented with mobile phone records and emails when they’re being tortured and asked to identify who they are in contact with. It makes it more difficult to protect sources and to work for democracy and a just society.”

Iran doesn’t even have a world wide web, she says, but uses a nationalised internet more akin to an intranet. “Everything is centralised and monitored.”

Digital spyware

Human rights groups say surveillance software programs can be introduced into a targeted person’s computer via infected attachments or false software uploads. From there, governments can access hard drive contents, encrypted e-mails or chats, obtain passwords and even upload files—all without the computer owner’s knowledge.

According to HRW, “Some companies explicitly contact state actors such as intelligence agencies and security authorities to offer these technologies.”

The surveillance spyware sold by Siemens AG to Bahrain was maintained by Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN). Bloomberg reports that NSN has divested from Trovicor, the unit that deals in the surveillance business.

New reality

“We are very aware that communications technology can be used for good and ill,” an NSN spokesman told Bloomberg in its August 2012 report. The risk of rights abuses, he said, was a big reason why NSN got out of the business and established a human rights policy and diligence programme. But the ultimate responsibility lies with “the people who use this technology to infringe human rights.”

MEP Schaake says the laws need to be updated to reflect the new reality we live in. “It’s also for our own vulnerability,” she says. Such technology “can be used against Europe, too, to track people here.”

RNW contacted Siemens for comment but has received no response.

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