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— transparency, an “open internet” and “internet neutrality
are vital to mankind’s future and freedom, in this “new matrix”
which is the modern internet along with accompanying music,
trying to demonstrate why ‘Christian hard rock or metal’
is relevant. These are things you need to know (if you don’t yet)
since the crucial
FCC vote on net neutrality a few weeks ago.
April 1, 2018
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The Crying Need
to Preserve Internet Neutrality
Why Net neutrality and an open internet (transparency)
offer the best chance for mankind’s
freedom and survival
The Daily Walk with Love, April 1, 2018, by Paul Evans, (Email email@example.com). With special feature of an excerpt from the article What is Net Neutrality and Why Is It Important?, CloudWards.net, May 24, 2017, by Lavanya Rathnam, with the kind permission of the author and Eric Carrell. Video is My Top 10 Christian Rock Bands, courtesy of christianlegoguy14 and YouTube. Second video is a theme (playlist) based on Information Society – Peace & Love Inc. (HD Official Video) courtesy of Rogério Vieira and the band “Information Society. The Daily Walk with Love would like to thank the great number (hundreds) of social workers who have aided and helped me over the years.
Why transparency, an “open internet”
and internet neutrality are vital to mankind’s future
Wikipedia defines Net Neutrality as follows: “Net neutrality (also network neutrality, internet neutrality, or net equality) is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet the same, not discriminating or charging differentialy by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication.”
See Rubio, DeMint, Cruz: It’s essential that we keep the internet secure, free and open, The Daily Walk with Love, September 16, 2016, by Paul Evans. With the FCC decision behind us, backers of a free internet may have lost a battle, but are still “in there,” fighting the good fight. This fight is far from over.
When you go online to browse, work, connect with others or just do whatever you want to, you have certain expectations. At the most basic level, you want to have the freedom to see, hear or read whatever you want.
You expect your data provider and the government to give you the freedom to do whatever you want to, privately and without interference: you expect to have complete control over your online experience. In other words, you expect net neutrality when you use the Internet.
Net neutrality is based on the principle that Internet service providers, or ISPs, should treat all data alike. There should be no discrimination or different treatment of sites based on content, equipment, platform or application. More importantly, no one should spy on what you’re doing on the Internet and charge you differently depending on what you do.
In this sense, net neutrality is an important part of most people’s guaranteed right to free speech. Just like how your phone company shouldn’t decide whom you should text or call, ISPs should also not decide what content you should be allowed to access.
Read the full article here.
News on Internet Neutrality
NEW: See “Face reality! We need net neutrality!” Crowds chant across the country, Ars Technica, December 8, 2017, by Beth Mole, Timothy B. Lee, Cyrus Farivar and John Timmer — “Protests led by various activist groups manage to turn out crowds large and small.”:
Protestors across the nation rallied in support for network neutrality on Thursday, a week before the Federal Communications Commission is scheduled to take a historic vote rolling back network neutrality regulations. Protestors say those regulations, which were enacted by the Obama FCC in 2015, are crucial for protecting an open Internet.
Organizers chose to hold most of the protests outside of Verizon cell phone stores. Ajit Pai, the FCC Chairman who is leading the agency’s charge to repeal network neutrality, is a former Verizon lawyer, and Verizon has been a critic of the Obama network neutrality rules.
NEW: See Net neutrality: ‘father of internet’ joins tech leaders in condemning repeal plan, The Guardian, December 11, 2017, by Olivia Solon: “Vint Cerf, Tim Berners-Lee and other industry luminaries tell US lawmakers proposal to end safeguards is based on misunderstanding of internet.”
NEW: See Net neutrality fans speak up as FCC set to strike down rules, AP on ABC, December 8, 2017, by Tali Arbel.
See Welcome back, sneakernet: Why net neutrality repeal will drive us to the edge, ZDNet, November 29, 2017, by Jason Perlow for Tech Broiler: “VPNs, Wi-Fi Meshes, pods, supernodes, and intelligent distributed cloud services will become the lingua franca of the new Biased Net.” I apologize to NSA for this content, but I feel that in America the facts should be brought before an educated public for the purposes of debate and any corrective legislation which may or may not be necessary. ZDNet, oft quoted here, is a good place to find out the truth in tech news. There are still a few of them left in the world, and I thank God for that. Nonetheless, The Daily Walk with Love (Home page and blog) has always generally supported the provisions of the Patriot Act. It’s a dangerous world: in countries such as N. Korea, China and Russia, an exalted and well-paid “hacker class” works for the governments there and look for ways to exploit gaps in our own cybersecurity, for example to try to take down our electrical grid (or interfere with our election system). That does NOT excuse some of the domestic spying which goes on. Privacy on the web in the 21st century has become what I call a “quaint notion” and I feel we may be going too far.
See Comcast hints at plan for paid fast lanes after net neutrality repeal Ars Technica, November 27, 2017, by Jon Brodkin: “Comcast still won’t block or throttle—but paid prioritization may be on the way.” Yeah, as usual, especially in a Republican administration, money talks and eventually has its way. If Comcast does this, I say, boycott Comcast and any other ISP who does it, too. It looks like we are going to have to mobilize and fight for internet neutrality tooth and nail. Anything less than that and the internet will become merely an instrument for propaganda under the sway of big money.
On the other side of the coin, see Why Ajit Pai’s decision killing Obama’s net neutrality FCC regulation is good, The Washington Examiner, November 27, 2017, by Washington Examiner: this looks like pure, cleverly written propaganda to me. No one who understands internet neutrality well and is not rich as hell could possibly be for this.
Check out four articles on issues in internet neutrality at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and be sure to search the site on anything (such as internet privacy) you might be interested in.
Read the news stories on net neutrality at Politico. This is a great idea for a mainstream media news site, but sadly, when I checked in there it was not up to date.
and Freedom on the Internet
PAUL EVANS: Many Americans feel that the Patriot Act goes too far in some of the provisions it has which allow for domestic spying. Here at The Daily Walk with Love, I have always generally supported these provisions, feeling as does the CEO of Google that “if you aren’t doing anything wrong, you don’t have anything to worry about.” After all, this is America. But did you know that, by the terms of the revised Patriot Act, all members of the Press have ALL their electronic communications (email, chat and phone communications) given human analysis by NSA (the National Security Administration). Is this going too far? I DO know that with the knowledge of what’s going on I have, I could easily write an article on privacy that would get me in a LOT of hot water, maybe even killed. Basically, there isn’t any privacy, forget about it, in the 21st century it’s become what I call a “quaint notion,” and there are many people who feel that this should not be so.
Yes, there’s a war on terror going on, I get that. The answers are not easy and are being worked out painfully and deliberately by the democratic process, the way it’s supposed to be in America. But when Senate Intelligence Committee hearings are shrouded in secrecy and the number of Americans who have any idea of the extent of the domestic spying going on is so small, is there much chance for effective change? When material on domestic spying does get declassified, most of the important content is blacked out (or “redacted,”) anyway. One website you can go to which always provides the best information on privacy on the web and tries to protect Americans’ rights is the Electronic Frontier Foundation (which I suppose “they” really don’t want you to know about). All of this I am providing to my fellow Americans as a fully patriotic, non-dissident American. I feel this must be more widely known.
Perhaps you are beginning to see why transparency, an “open internet” and net neutrality are vital to America’s and mankind’s future. If “they” control net content, control how well website pages load, control what pages come up in searches, based on who pays them the most (or even based on what NSA thinks is best for America’s security, sometimes), democracy will soon be finished.
See NSA’s Ragtime program targets Americans, leaked files show, ZDNet, November 29, 2017, by Zach Whittaker.
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See the Wikipedia article on “Christian hard rock.” which is about the seventh season and 105th overall episode of South Park, oddly enough. Also check out the YouTube channel for South Park and check the official South Park website, which features the playing of a random episode. I gather this is all about the chaos and breakdown of order and morality in modern life. South Park also does subtly and sometimes not so subtly convey a somewhat dissident message.
The whole concept of Christian hard rock or metal is sort of an “oxymoron” or contradiction in terms, viewed in any traditional way. But in its own way it makes sense in the context of modern life. As the singer says in our featured video below in an early song, “…oh, God save us all!” See our article, Why a New Age?. All the radiation, GMO foods, and pollution have changed life, and what has changed life perhaps the most, at least for some of us, is the internet. Don’t you think the Tribulation has begun? Could the “Beast” be the new matrix of the internet? Doesn’t that make sense? The internet ten years ago used to resemble a “wild, wild west.” But its arteries seemed to have hardened into something much more uncaring and heartless. Christian hard rock and Christian metal are a response to that. May God help us all.
The Future and Net Neutrality
Here at The Daily Walk with Miracles we are ALL about understanding modern life, this veil of tears we call life today on the internet, and our salvation in Christ. One thing crucial for the future of an open exchange of information is an “open internet” and the whole concept of Net Neutrality, which allows free expression and the open exchange of ideas. Only in that way can we progress towards a better life and a new tomorrow. The FCC, unfortunately, has ruled against net neutrality, and the major ISP’s and cell phone service providers are satisfied for now, but this puts our whole democracy at risk. Read the White House on a free and open internet and net neutrality to understand better. Life in modern times is heartless and faceless, far too much. Information is power! Brothers and sisters let us love one another! Life is trying to make “monsters” of us all. Don’t give in!! Stay caring and DON’T judge people, just as Jesus taught. And read your Bible when you get the chance as there are vital and sacred lessons there for us, to know God. Amen.