(took from Zenoxen Journal.)
Lately, Portuguese people have been ignoring most things that have been going on around the world.
Thanks to the current economical situation here, most people have payed little attention to ACTA, SOPA and all of this. They say “Hey! As long as we still have facebook, they can do whatever they can”. The few that have payed attention, have been worried on what is happening outside, with the United State’s growing levels of Repression, not only in matters of Internet Censorship, but also in personal and intellectual censorship:
Just to name a few.
If you want to fight it….here’s an other petition to sign, one to end all of this idiocy click here
But now…..Portuguese people should also look into their own country. We haven’t been on our guard in our own back yard and now we are in risk of being hit hard.
The Portuguese Government is planning on FORCING every citizen to make an e-mail account on Portugal Telecom (aka PT - The governmental ISP and phone company) to allegedly ‘communicate directly’ with every citizen. The true meaning of it, the HIDDEN meaning…is that our ‘beloved’ government is going to ignore the so called ‘Right to Privacy and to Private Property’ and track people down via this e-mail, which will register the IP of the person that uses said e-mail, giving a precise location of the said person at any time. There are rumours that there are latest generation antennas being placed inside the new ID cards so that we are also tracked.
Please, Spread this. Repost it, submit it to Portuguese groups, help spreading the message, make this one a popular journal….because the Portuguese people hasn’t been warned of this, and despite being a small country….Portuguese people also deserves freedom.
(( I just decided to copy Birvans’ Journal, since it is well explained. ))
SOPA and PIPA were monsters valiantly slain by us little, but overwhelming, internet dwellers. But it’s thanks to some larger inhabitants that brought their dreadful existence to our attention (and not to the so called news media, that provided little to no cover about the topic)
There are other monsters lurking however, so the fight is far from over!
First we have their big brother ACTA, a very secretive beast that’s been around since 2007. It’s been disguising itself as a trade agreement, reason why it managed to grow without the interference of ELECTED representatives until it reached its threatening adult size (the European Parliament was actually DENIED to have a look at it when they asked for a copy)
And it’s a very frightening monster indeed. If it’s allowed to roam free it will blur the boundary between counterfeit and piracy and it will monitor all your actions (and everyone else’s, including your aunt’s). That is, in the name of protecting copyrights and trademarks, it will trample on our civil rights, privacy and freedom. And if it catches you doing anything slightly wrong (like quoting a newspaper article, uploading a video with copyrighted music in the background or send an mp3 to a friend) it can punish you with anything from denying you your internet connection to criminally punish you with a fine or send you to jail
And then we have ACTA’s son TPP, which is a concentrated version of its restrictiveness. It was also raised in secret, but it seems to have been spotted a bit before reaching its maturity
Though it’s currently restrained to a small amount of countries, if released this little monster would soon spread all over the world and rewrite the global rules on Intelectual Property enforcement. It would prey on any copyright infringement, even temporary or non commercial reproductions, and threat them as a criminal act. And it wouldn’t provide any limitations and exceptions, like the fair use protection
So we can’t allow these monsters to roam unchecked. It doesn’t matter if their owners claim their “little pets” were being raised for the common good, the fact is they were grown behind closed doors, monitored by a selected few instead of allowing regulation by the public opinion
They are one-sided, undemocratic, heavy-handed horrors that favor the selected elites and put everyone else under a dictatorial regime
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