Just a quicky, here, after listening to Monday’s DemocracyNow! http://www.democracynow.org/shows/2013/3/4 , which covered the 2013 Freedom to Connect conference, a gathering to promote Internet freedom and universal connectivity. Freedom-loving geeks among us will know that the late, lamented Aaron Swartz (a man I was admittedly only vaguely aware of before his death) was the keynote speaker at last year’s conference; here’s his excellent speech – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PG-faBBotZI regarding the infamous PIPA/SOPA machinations of 2010. In a nutshell, Swartz was a victim of incredibly zealous prosecution by the Feds for copyright infringement, in spite of the fact that JSTOR, the alleged victim of his crime, declined to press charges and subsequently made the material he had “stolen” universally available. Under this pressure and the threat of decades in prison, Aaron Swartz took his own life. The efforts of the FBI and Federal prosecutors to destroy the lives of lefty/freedom activists are nothing new (MLK, cough, cough), and something I plan to explore frequently in this blog.
I will further recommend listening to this interview with Derek Khanna , a free-market Republican and former Congressional staffer, regarding possible jail time for “jailbreaking” your phone. You think you own your phone, but you might not if this goes through. Every Liberal, Conservative, Libertarian and Anarchist should be outraged. Mindless subservient drones will not notice the change.