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[News] Internet Hijacked by MAFIAA and Spurious Blacklists

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RIAA’s Hostile Takeover of the Internet

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| Until recently, the recording industry were committing publicity suicide by 
| routinely issuing legal threats to file sharers. Now, they seem to have 
| changed the routine, going for fewer, but bigger targets. The goal is clear: 
| if you own the Internet, you don’t have to worry about pirates — or anyone 
| else.    


Child Porn Blacklist Group Claims Its Approach Is Working, But There Are Lots
Of Questions

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| But perhaps more damning is the rest of the report, which highlights just how 
| ineffective the IWF's blacklist really is at tackling the root of the 
| problem. It's well-established that these sorts of filters don't work, 
| despite the IWF implying it can take credit for reducing the number of child 
| porn sites. The IWF says that less than one percent of the sites can be 
| traced to hosts in the UK, and that a huge portion of the commercial sites 
| it's found can be traced back to just ten domain registrars.      


They have already blocked pedo stuff like.... Wikipedia!


China bans YouTube again

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| The Chinese government has again blocked access to YouTube just over a year
| after it shut off access to the site for hosting footage of the Tibet
| protests.
| China's firewall allows sporadic access to services like YouTube, but access
| was shut off on Monday. A Foreign Ministry spokesman said the Chinese
| government was not afraid of the internet - China has more people online than
| any other nation.


Facebook encourages ISP customer protests over Phorm

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| Facebook's privacy chief today urged customers of BT, Carphone Warehouse and
| Virgin Media who are unhappy about their ISP's plans to work with Phorm in
| monitoring and profiling web use to "make their feelings known".
| Chris Kelly was speaking at the e-Crime Congress in London this morning.
| Asked for a response to the open letter Facebook received this week from the
| Open Rights Group, he declined to say whether the firm would insist its
| traffic is not intercepted.


Big websites urged to avoid Phorm

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| Seven of the UK's biggest web firms have been urged to opt out of a
| controversial ad-serving system.
| Phorm - aka Webwise - profiles users' browsing habits and serves up adverts
| based on which sites they visit.


Phorm CEO clashes with Berners-Lee at Parliament

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| Berners-Lee gave a passionate explanation of why he does not believe ISPs
| should on principle be allowed to intercept and profile their customers'
| internet usage. "It is very important that when click we click without a
| thought that a third party knows what we're clicking on," he said. "I have
| come here to defend the internet as a medium."


Uh oh, Google goes all Phorm on your ass

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| Of course Phorm is not alone in the behavioral advertising space, but it has
| pretty much dominated the media coverage of the market since it started. The
| British police even got involved after British Telecom conducted secret Phorm
| trials.
| Now Phorm can probably breathe a sigh of relief as someone more headline
| worthy enters the 'we will track your browsing patterns and throw adverts at
| you that are the best fit' market. That someone, unfortunately, being Google.
| Google has kind of quietly announced, via the official blog, that it will
| be 'making ads more interesting.' I can only assume that was a display of
| irony on the part of the writer at Google, one Susan Wojcicki, VP of Product
| Management.


Phorm Phorces Which? To Retract Critical Survey, Uses Defamation Threat

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| The retraction came in so quick, we hadn’t even seen the original press
| release. Under legal pressure, consumer mag Which? on Wednesday hastily
| called back a survey it issued indicating public opposition to on-ISP
| behavioural ad targeter Phorm. Which? sent the following statement…
| “Urgent withdrawal of press release from Which? - Internet users say: don’t
| sell my surfing habits. Which? has received further information and
| representations from Phorm about the proposed Webwise service, and it has
| agreed to withdraw the above press release, issued under embargo on 24
| February 2008, while we consider them. Some of the information in the press
| release and related article is said to be inaccurate and as a consequence may
| be defamatory. You are strongly urged not to write an article based on the
| press release or the related article ‘Online privacy matters’ in Which?
| magazine.”


More execs quit Phorm

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| When half of Phorm's board quit earlier this month, it was spun as a strategy
| disagreement between the US and UK operations. But now the firm's
| London-based UK chief executive has quit too, along with its chief
| beancounter.


Bad Phorm: UK Police give green light to Internet spying

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| The email is quoted by El Reg and states that "it has been decided that no
| Criminal Offence has been committed" and there was a "lack of Criminal Intent
| on behalf of BT and Phorm Inc in relation to the tests."
| The best bit, though, is the revelation that BT customers would have given
| implied consent to being spied upon without their knowledge because the aim
| of the tests was to enhance product quality.


Police close file on BT's trials

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| The City of London Police have said there will be no formal investigation of
| BT over its secret trials of an ad monitoring system.


Phorm secretly tracked Americans too

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| of British Telecom customers as part of its grand scheme to target online ads
| from inside the world's ISPs, it was "operating a number of public commercial
| services" on various stateside networks.


Spy fear over e-mail check plan

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| Plans to give local councils and other public bodies the power to monitor
| e-mail and internet traffic have been branded a "snoopers' charter".
| The government wants to make it mandatory for phone and internet companies to
| store all information on personal web use for 12 months.


Bad Phorm: EU demands UK Government response on intrusive web ad tracking

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| Controversial behavioral advertising targeting outfit Phorm, whose Webwise ad
| technology monitors user browsing habits to serve appropriate advertising
| messages, might have dragged the UK Government into a slugfest with the
| European Union over a possible breach of strict Euro data laws...


Controversial Ad Network Caught Editing Wikipedia

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| Phorm has been beset by controversy for years over its business model and
| quietly-run trials on British Telecom's (BT) broadband service.

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