Category Archives: Insolitus Politics

Rebecca MacKinnon On Taking Back The Internet

2011 may well be remembered as the year that the battle for internet freedom truly began. Several proposed laws have emerged that would severely limit internet freedom. From the Protect IP Act to the myriad of other more intrusive Anti-Internet Technology proposals have all been leading in the direction of a world wide internet crackdown. In this TED talk “Rebecca MacKinnon describes the expanding struggle for freedom and control in cyberspace, and asks: How do we design the next phase of the Internet with accountability and freedom at its core, rather than control? She believes the internet is headed for a “Magna Carta” moment when citizens around the world demand that their governments protect free speech and their right to connection. ” Source TED

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What did Christiane Amanpour know about Osama Bin Laden’s whereabouts and when did she know it?

In this very interesting clip from 2008, Christiane Amanpour suggested that OBL was hiding out in a “comfortable villa in Pakistan” which begs the question; just what did Christiane Amanpour know about Osama Bin Laden’s whereabouts and when did she know it? More importantly who was this “very knowledgeable” someone she refers to that (aparently) provided her with what we now know was in fact accurate information? Strange politics indeed.

“I just talked to somebody very knowledgeable … that thinks that he’s in a villa, a nice comfortable villa in Pakistan” Christiane Amanpour October 3, 2008

Google’s Secret Underclass?

For many years Google has been the crowning jewel of the tech world admired by many for both their talent and technology. Andrew Norman Wilson a contractor for Google’s book scanning project, soon discovered that the reality of working for Google (at least for some contract workers) leaves much to be desired. The people that scan books for the Google Book Search service knows as ScanOps work in the shadows as “yellow-badged workers”. “The workers wearing yellow badges are not allowed any of the privileges that I was allowed – ride the Google bikes, take the Google luxury limo shuttles home, eat free gourmet Google meals, attend Authors@Google talks and receive free, signed copies of the author’s books, or set foot anywhere else on campus except for the building they work in.”

Source: tmhwriter