UN Web Resolution Is Little Reported

UN Web Resolution Is Little Reported — A draft of telecommunication regulations was passed, Dec. 11, at the International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) World Conference held in Dubai.

The ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communications technology.
Here is the draft DT/51-E rev1 as a pdf file.
Most of it seems pretty reasonable with things such as giving priority to distress communications, limiting the ability to tax international messaging to the customers in that country, requiring transparency in pricing and encouraging member states to take steps to prevent the propagation of spam bulk emails.
On the other hand, there are those concerned that it sets a precedent for UN expansion regarding internet governance.
We are inclined to share those concerns.
The resolution, by the way, was opposed by the United States but supported by Cuba, Algeria, Nigeria and Saudi Arabia reports WeeklyStandard.Com.
UN Web Resolution Is Little Reported

Bush Invented Internet, Gore Loses Again

The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating article as to who really built the internet in response to the claims the government than did it which are being presented by Obama supporters in a futile attempt to defend the President’s bizarre statement  “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

So who did it? It was Bush. Just kidding sorta, Gordon Crovitz traces the internet to Vannevar Bush who initiated the Manhattan Project and founded Raytheon, who wrote an article in 1946 that appeared in The Atlantic that predicted the WorldWideWeb.
Of course, that’s not the invention.
The invention was by Xerox in the 1970s which developed ethernet to link different computer networks (IOW inter-net) which was unlike the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPA) that was just a single network.
Crovitz does note that it was Vincent Cerf who developed TCP/IP, the protocol that is the backbone of the internet — yes Cerf was working with the government when he did it — and Tim Berners-Lee who created Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) that is the backbone of the WorldWideWeb while working at CERN a multinational government-funded organization.
Of course, Berners-Lee was famously using a very non-government-funded NeXT cube — the computer designed by Steve Jobs after he was forced from Apple — when he wrote HTTP.
Perhaps, Obama meant to say that if “the government does something, it is a business that makes it happen.”
Bush Invented Internet, Gore Loses Again
Bush Invented Internet, Gore Loses Again

Casey SOPA Late Response

Casey SOPA Late Response — Better a month late than never one supposes.

Sen. Bob Casey (D) finally got back to us on the request we made Jan. 18 that he oppose the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). Both bills were put on hold that day after massive protests.

He never really did do much to stop them.

Sen. Pat Toomey (R) responded almost immediately and announced his opposition to the bills later that day.

Anyway, here is Sen. Casey’s response:

Dear Mr. Lawrence:

Thank you for taking the time to contact me regarding S. 968, the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property (PROTECT IP) Act of 2011, and H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act. I appreciate hearing from you about this issue.

S. 968 was introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont on May 12, 2011. The PROTECT IP Act would allow the Attorney General and property rights holders to take legal action against only foreign-based websites strictly dedicated to copyright infringement and intellectual property theft.  After legal action is taken and a judge finds the particular foreign-based website guilty of being dedicated to intellectual property theft, payment processors such as credit card companies and other payment systems would no longer be allowed to process payments to that illegal foreign site. It would also allow the Attorney General and intellectual property holders to seek a court order to shut down websites engaging in piracy.

S. 968 was voted out of the Senate Committee on the Judiciary unanimously on May 26, 2011. A version of this bill, H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act, was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Lamar Smith of Texas on October 26, 2011. It was referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary, where hearings were held.

Over the past several months, I have heard from numerous groups and individuals concerned that internet piracy destroys American jobs, threatens public safety—for example, through the sales of counterfeit pharmaceuticals—and violates the intellectual property rights of creative and innovative American artists, inventors and entrepreneurs. These diverse groups strongly supported the bill as a means to shut down foreign rogue websites that are dedicated exclusively to intellectual property theft.

More recently, I have heard from individuals who are concerned that these bills violate their right to freedom of speech, as well as from constituents concerned that they would shut down sites like Google, Wikipedia, Facebook and YouTube. I take very seriously concerns about censorship and infringing freedom of speech. Accordingly, I was pleased that the bills were removed from the Senate calendar so that further consideration could be given to these concerns.

At this point, I think it is important for all interested parties—including Internet users, technology companies and intellectual property holders—to take a step back and begin a dialogue on how to protect the legitimate rights of innovators and creative artists, and protect public safety in the face of counterfeit products, while at the same time assuring that First Amendment rights are not infringed and the further development of robust internet is not inhibited. I also look forward to new legislation being developed that appropriately balances all of these objectives. Please be assured that as this process advances, I will have your views in mind.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future about this or any other matter of importance to you.

I encourage you to visit my website, casey.senate.gov. I invite you to use this online office as a comprehensive resource to stay up-to-date on my work in Washington, request assistance from my office, or share with me your thoughts on the issues that matter most to you and to Pennsylvania.

Bob Casey
United States Senator


Casey SOPA Late Response

Casey SOPA Late Response

Men Like Mobile Ads

Men Like Mobile Ads — Sixty-nine percent of millennial men — who are defined as being those between the ages of 18 and 29 — recall seeing a mobile ad on their cell phone according to eMarketer.Com and 40 percent of them enjoy the ads.

Of millennial women, however, only 46 percent of them recall seeing such ads with a mere 12 percent liking them even just a teeny tiny bit.

Mobile ads are The Three Stooges of marketing.

Men Like Mobile Ads

Internet Addicting As Cocaine

Internet Addicting As Cocaine — Chinese researchers have found indications that internet addiction produces similar changes to the brain as addiction to alcohol and cocaine

Scientists at the Shanghai Mental Health Center scanned the brains of 17 adolescents diagnosed   with “internet addiction disorder” who had been referred to the, and compared the results with scans from 16 of their peers.

They found impairment of white matter fibers in the brain connecting regions involved in emotional processing, attention, decision making and cognitive control, which were similar to that for alcoholics and cocaine addicts.

It is estimated that between 5 and 10 percent of internet users — mostly gamers — are addicted.

How does one know if one is an addict? One example used was if one spends 14 hours playing games nightly online, and find oneself unable to quit despite the damage it may be doing in one’s life, then one is an addict.

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Internet Addicting As Cocaine

Senator Toomey Nixes SOPA

Senator Toomey Nixes SOPA — Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) tweeted 20 minutes ago (about 8:25 p.m., Jan. 18) that he will not support either the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA) in their present forms.

“Piracy of intellectual property is a legitimate concern that should be addressed. However, the PROTECT IP Act and the Stop Internet Piracy Act are flawed, and I cannot support them in their current form. I look forward to working with my Senate colleagues on this issue and finding a better legislative approach for tackling online piracy,” Sen. Toomey said Several major websites including Wikipedia went off-line today to protest the intrusive legislation.

In related news President Obama’s major Hollywood supporters said they were cutting off donations to him because he was against the legislation.


Senator Toomey Nixes SOPA

Toomey Response Regarding SOPA, PIPA

Toomey Response Regarding SOPA, PIPA — Here is the response I received from Sen. Toomey, regarding my communication regarding SOPA and PIPA:

Dear Bill,
Thank you for contacting me about S. 968, the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property (PROTECT IP) Act. I appreciate hearing from you.
I understand your concerns about expanding intellectual property protection and value your input on S. 968. As you may know, Senator Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) introduced this bill on May 12, 2011. Among its provisions, this measure would allow the U.S. Attorney General or qualifying plaintiffs to pursue legal action against registrants, owners, or operators of nondomestic Internet sites that infringe upon intellectual property rights. The Senate Committee on the Judiciary, of which I am not a member, favorably reported S. 968 on May 26, 2011. The legislation currently awaits consideration by the full Senate. Please be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind as this measure awaits further consideration.
Thank you again for your correspondence. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of assistance.

Pat Toomey
U.S. Senator, Pennsylvania

I have yet to hear from Sen. Casey.

FYI, Pat: Joe Sestak is coming on strong against SOPA/PIPA.

Wiki Shrugs — Off The Net Jan. 18 2012

Wiki Shrugs — The ever-useful Wikipedia along with several other websites are pulling themselves off the net today, Jan. 18, to protest two extremely stupid and intrusive laws being debated in Congress.

The laws are the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA).

Why are these laws bad? They would give a copyright holder the power to cut off  all American access to any foreign Web site by merely  accusing it of violating his copyright.

Laurence Tribe, a Harvard law professor noted that
“an entire Web site containing tens of thousands of pages could be targeted if only a single page were accused of infringement.”

Tribe also states that  SOPA would violate the First Amendment because “it delegates to a private party the power to suppress speech without prior notice and a judicial hearing. This provision of the bill would give complaining parties the power to stop online advertisers and credit card processors from doing business with a website, merely by filing a unilateral notice accusing the site of being ‘dedicated to theft of U.S. property’- -even if no court has actually found any infringement.”


Wiki has left a page on which you can contact your servants in Washington, albeit Pat Meehan’s link did not seem to be working.


Here’s what I sent to senators Toomey and Casey:


Sen. Toomey

Trying to protect Hollywood and the music industry is like trying to protect horse buggy makers.

It’s not like I have anything against horse buggy makers — I mean it’s not like they ever tried to undermine the national social fabric or anything — but protecting them would have given us an automobile industry on par with a place like Turkey or Saudi Arabia, and certainly  made our transportation system far less egalitarian. I’m sure the Gore family would have access to automobiles albeit I’m not so sure about mine.

You know the reasons not to vote for these bills. If not, you can find it on Wikipedia as they still have left that page up.

The internet is working fine. Let whatever is going to happen to Hollywood, happen to Hollywood.


(I added the Bush family in the one to Casey)

Wiki Shrugs — Off The Net Jan. 18 2012

Honey Badger Don’t Care

We’ve been honey badgered judging by some our latest comments.

The phrase “honey badger don’t care” has become a bit an internet meme and stems from this video about the honey badger.

It very well might be the funniest thing on the entire web. If you should click on it, be warned that the language does get a bit foul.