Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Scrap that paper NOW!

Scrap that paper NOW!

I was browsing something when I found this message on Wikipedia. And it is quite dismayed a bit since the site is in a state of blackout in protest of a bill that is, detrimental to the right for free access to  information and social change.

As most companies trying to earn profits through the use of internet is screaming about people having access to information without pay, they wanted to restrict the latter and justifying it as their right to impose sanctions such as making it accessible to those ought to pay for it-especially in the music scene. This kind of catastrophe rather result to massive discontent amongst internet users that somehow wanted to listen to music or watch videos without interference, same as in reading articles like in Wikipedia.

And since Wikipedia joined the boycott along with Google, Mozilla Firefox against the bills, namely the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), this writer would think that "what the heck are these pro-censorship people wanted?" In the Philippines, people clamor for the "Freedom of Information" act that means popular control of government information; and somehow since SOPA and PIPA acts are been passed, perhaps undermines FOI or POGI (Peoples Ownership of Government Information) bill if to be passed.

After all, having SOPA and PIPA acts being passed doesn't mean companies supporting it be contented to especially in controlling the internet. Other Censorship and Restriction-related bills are waiting to be discuss, made and pass will come making everyone giving a headache as their rights are being restricted in favor of the companies and its stooges supporting the said bills and its future attempts in further restricting. "And the funny part," as according to the Pirate Bay, is that most of our rules are very similar to the founding ideas of the USA or the Magna Carta of then Kingdom of England. For sure most of the people around the world are protracedly fighting for freedom of speech, press, expression, to organize, to criticize and perhaps to some extent, to rebel against their respective systems. "We see all people as equal." as what the statement from the Pirate Bay said.  "We believe that the public, not the elite, should rule the nation. We believe that laws should be created to serve the public, not the rich corporations."

For sure in midst of this controversial action taken by the federal government in regards to internet policies, this meant cowardice as we remember how Julian Assange of Wikileaks ought to expose the actions made by the United States and its allies through its wires got from US embassies around the world. Such issue somehow compelled the system to impose what is tantamount to repression such as Censorship and Restriction. In the earlier days, most dared to create Samizdat copies of books in order to have everyone have a copy of a book as a form of protest against the system.

As Vladimir Bukovsky defined it as follows:

 "(...) I myself create it, 
edit it, 
censor it, 
publish it, 
distribute it, 
and ... get imprisoned for it. (...)"

The Samizdat was an example of a response against restriction. And somehow those using the Internet would resort doing, or modernizing the Samizdat as a form of resistance against the bills that they (the system) want to make the internet inte a one way pipe, with them at the top, shoving trash through the pipe down to the rest of us obedient consumers. Well, PIPA, in Swedish meant "Pipe," while SOPA meant "Trash."

Kinda weird to think that since browsing the internet is a civil right, how come there's a need to restrict the flow of information severely? Isn't it a violation of man's inherent right to show talent, to have access for information the way how books being sold ought not to be taxable?

As a writer, I would say this:

Scrap that paper NOW!
More Hackers and Pirates will come to Hack and Pirate for everyone's satisfaction!

For now, let's listen to the song made by Karl Ramirez