Saturday, June 17, 2006

Not in my backyard

Once upon a time, or so the legend goes, we used to live in little gardens, where everybody knew everybody else. You could chat to people who had the same interests as you. It wasn't very exciting but it was all you knew and it seemed perfect at the time. Then you heard there was a place outside the garden - a big place, where lots of exciting stuff happened, so the people opened the garden gates, and as if by magic, the gates dissolved and the gardens were open to the world beyond, and it was so much better. And the people lived happily ever after...
OK, I'm talking about the internet, as if you hadn't gathered. The gardens were severs like Compuserve and AOL, and you could only talk to people who were in the same system as yourself. But that was a long time ago. You wouldn't want to go back to those days, would you? And you don't think you're likely to?
Wake up and smell the napalm! There's a war being fought for control of Cyberspace - and we're losing! The American Government have voted to end Net Neutrality. This rebuilds the gates that were dissolved, and gives control of them to the telecoms companies, who can sell access to your computer to the highest bidder (if your computer is in the USA), making it difficult for you to log on to your favourite websites.
But don't take my word for it, read what antifa has to say in her diary on Dailykos entitled Well of course you can pee in my pool.
At the moment this is an American problem, but there are ramifications for we Europeans. Unless we pay the US Telcos, our websites and blogs will be stuck in the slow lane as well. And how long will it be before our Telcos start getting similar ideas about controlling access. Something needs to be done now, otherwise...
The old man gazed wistfully at the steel gates of the garden. These young ones, they didn't believe there was a time when you had access to the whole world beyond. There used to be, what were they called? Ah yes - bloggers! They would tell you a tale or three about what the government were really doing. Nothing like that nowadays, only Happy News Netfeeds, who only tell you what they say you need to know. And all you need to know is:
everything in the garden is lovely.
every garden is lovely
everything is lovely
thing is
verythin is lovely
every gard is lovely
gard is love
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