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Is either a wonderful thing or a nightmare, depending on who you are.

Anyone who follows Bishop Hill or WUWT will know about the long running saga of Tony Newbery vs the BBC. For those who haven’t heard, it concerns a FOI request he submitted to find out the attendees at a meeting in 2006 to to formulate policy on climate change. The Beeb have been fighting tooth and nail to stop this information getting out, culminating in a High Court ruling which sided with the BBC.

Now, thanks to some amazing investigative work, the list has been revealed – it was out there all along. Although clumsy efforts had been made to remove it, The Wayback Machine found a copy. You can read all about it at Bishop Hill.

This clearly shows (as if any more evidence were needed) that the BBC is corrupt to the core, and is a perfect example of the internet giving “power to the people”, as Citizen Smith would say.

However, whilst reading the comments at Maurizio Morabito (who blogs as “Omnologos”) – the man who published the list, I was alarmed to see a reference to an “Internet Kill Switch”. This has been talked about for some time, and many wise people have said it can’t be done for a number of technical reasons. But the link given leads to a site called “The Watchers” which I hadn’t heard of.

This notes that the

United Nations body, International Telecommunications Union (ITU), has asked for the kill switch to the internet, leaving cyberspace subject to political control and constant monitoring.

And further informs us that

A draft of the proposal, formulated in secret and only recently posted on the ITU website for public perusal, reveal that if accepted, the changes would allow government restriction or blocking of information disseminated via the internet and create a global regime of monitoring internet communications – including the demand that those who send and receive information identify themselves. It would also allow governments to shut down the internet if there is the belief that it may interfere in the internal affairs of other states or that information of a sensitive nature might be shared.

Just imagine a world where the BBC story above could not be investigated. Or the Global Warming scam had not been uncovered. As I’ve mentioned before, I used to be a regular shortwave listener back in the early 80’s. At that time the Iron Curtain was still up, and broadcasts from Western countries were frequently jammed. This wasn’t entirely successful due to the nature of radio propagation. Now consider if all non-approved content was either blocked, or every access recorded and perpetrators followed up by the authorities. I know the Chinese government has a restrictive firewall in place, and that too can be circumvented with the right know how. But they are a communist regime, and no “free” Western government would ever think of trying something similar, would they…

Yet in today’s paper I read of the Leveson enquiry into press censorship, and how John Whittingdale, chairman of the Commons, Culture, Media & Sport Committee warns against going down this slippery road. Call me a cynic, but there are already lots of small attempts at controlling what we can do on the internet. In the last year the film and music industry have become very good at getting material removed, and the campaign for net filtering to protect children from porn is showing no signs of going away. All of these are ways to test the water, and try out technology without the masses really knowing what’s going on. Give it 5 years and I think the internet will be a very different place – 10 years and I doubt we will recognise it.

Use it while you can…

Microdave.

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  1. Well I’ll be damned – two of the attendees were:-

    George Entwistle, the Beeb’s then Head of TV Current Affairs.

    and

    Helen Boaden, the Beeb’s then Director of News

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  2. Well done, Dave.
    They can kid themselves their internet kill switch will work in a time of crisis all they like, but some of us have taken precautions for just such an eventuality. I made sure not to chuck out my old 56k modem many years ago when broadband came in and I have a selection of free military grade encryption programs. I’ve also got a mobile short wave transceiver and plenty of hard-drawn copper wire for as and when the shit really hits the fan. And I’m no nerd by any stretch of the imagination. I’m sure there are others more clued up who are far better prepared than I. Nevertheless I’m quite satisfied that my modest endeavours will prove sufficient should the SHTF. :-D

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    • 4 PC’s with built in modems – check! This was the primary way that Eygptian bloggers maintained contact when the government cut ISP’s off a couple of years back.

      Encryption – er no, but plenty of free software available. Time to download some, methinks…

      S/W transceiver – well I have some old CB rigs, one with SSB, and a simple dipole can be made from 2 bits of flex and a choc-bloc connector. I used one for many years – lowered out the window after dark, and pulled back in again when going to bed…

      Hard-Drawn copper wire – again no, but I have a nice illustrated webpage showing how to adapt a spare sky dish into a highly directional long range WiFi antenna. Line of sight ranges of 20+ miles are perfectly achievable. Many old routers can be modified with open source software to extend their functionality. I’ve seen much discussion at TorrentFreak regarding AdHoc “mesh” networks. Also used as per my first comment above.

      We could even end up “sharing” stuff via CD’s / DVD’s / USB memory sticks / camera cards, etc…

      None of this gets round the (potential) drastic loss of information if severe net controls do come in. But methods like these will enable a limited flow of information…

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      • Thanks MD + Wiggy.

        As you know, I am about as technologically advanced as a tyre-lever but even I had the sense to hang on to an old computer with a 56k modem. The rest of what you say sounds absolutely riveting but then so does Mwanga the witch doctor … I shall have to do some reluctant research, it seems. No problem at all with regard to cutlery and sundry other instruments relating to self-preservation, of course. Easy stuff first, that’s me :-)

        My suspicion about the interweb is that – in Europe and the US at least – so much retail trade is done on-line now the big money people will bend over backwards to maintain bb service. If the Web is suspended by government, matters will already be at something of a pretty pass and the ability/necessity to organise ourselves, while important, will be of a secondary nature. I’m willing to be proved wrong on that one, by the way. There is still much to recommend small cells, runners and verbals. So much harder to control – as our masters know to their cost :-)
        I’m a peaceful soul but I sadly expect not to be as the coming party gets under way.

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        • I’ve often wondered if our government have thought of that aspect – or even stopped to consider how few websites are hosted in the UK? I installed the “Flagfox” Add-on to my Firefox browser some time ago, and it shows a little country flag for each site visited. Seeing our national emblem is something of a rarity…

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  3. Lezi Helen Boaden was the controller behind the 911 WTC7 premature announcement, the planners in the US presumably forgot about the one hour DST, and a fellow lezi was tasked with making the announcement (with WTC7 clearly still standing in the background). The Beeb should have been investigated then. Its a veritable den of spin devils, all getting their pound of flesh.

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  4. Shit happens – or apparently not if the UN decides it doesn’t…

    Shame they can’t turn off the Syrian civil war or Afghanistan that easy. Or could they?…..

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  5. The bbc have for the last couple of days been fretting about the public’s loss of confidence in them and how they must get it back , they really don’t get it do they . I am reminded of that deodorant advert that used to be on years ago , ” I didn’t know I had B.O. till my best friend told me .” Heads up bbc , you have not lost our confidence because you never had it , you have not lost credibility or respect because you never had those either , you are a propaganda machine nothing less . You have festered in a cloud of your own flatulence for so long you have ceased to notice it .
    Very well done to Mr. MD and all the other people whose hard work and diligence went into providing the information in this article , many is the time i have ground my teeth and asked why are they not putting both sides of the debate and now we have the answer .
    BTW regarding the internet , is this any use ? not having windows 7 I cannot give it a try myself .
    http://uwnthesis.wordpress.com/2012/11/09/vpnbook-free-vpn-windows-7-install-instructions-how-to-set-up-a-vpn-in-7-steps/

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    • Just had a go neodsa and it’s worked for me :-) (And if an old Luddite like me can do it, any bugger can do it).

      Thanks muchly for the heads up.

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      • Ace , I’ve just got it working on vista , Max has me down as a visitor from Romania .

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    • I noticed this delusional attitude of theirs as well, Neo. They seem to live in their own little world where they believe (truly believe, I reckon) that they’re as important and respected as they were 60 odd years ago. Trust in the BBC is for fools. Trust in this shower of shits costs the foolish heavily in all sorts of ways that are not immediately apparent to the gullible; the dwindling band of middle class dickheads who still think the licence fee is worth every penny!
      Only the thickest of the thick cannot by now see that the BBC is 1,000,000% Establishment; just a mouthpiece for the government of the day regardless of stripe, Lib, Lab or Con. They’re all in it together – a common enemy of decent, right-minded people everywhere. If it’s the Truth you seek, you won’t find a vestige of it from anything the Beeb puts out. Thank God for RT and the like. It’s amazing how things have turned around in the last 30 years!

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  6. I wouldn’t be too worried. There is enough distributed computing out there, people would find a different way. Only, more secretive.

    So if anybody wants to control albeit partially the internet they better don’t overdo it lest everybody goes into extreme encryption.

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    • That’s pretty much what I’ve been reading about – local wired networks between neighbouring properties is another possibility. BUT the internet as we know it now would be a shadow of its former self, and I doubt your superb bit of detective work would have been possible.
      Oh, and thanks for stopping by!

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      • Probably overkill, but how about laser LEDs for comms between buildings? Range as far as line of sight permits, invisible if IR is used; readily modulated, impossible to eaves-drop on so no need for encryption and totally impractical to block!

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        • I believe this is already used by many companies to establish secure comms between sites. It would certainly be faster than dial-up!

          UHF & SHF transmissions with highly directional antennas aren’t easy to detect from afar, and for short duration transfer of bulk files could be another method.

          We ARE getting into conspiracy theories now…

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        • I remember seeing an article in P.W. probably in the late 70’s describing a system like that , it used ordinary led’s and utilized the reflectors recycled from vehicle headlight units as dishes for the detector . Lasers for the amateur would have been a dream then but are two a penny now , it would be interesting to see what range could be achieved , I imagine alignment would be pretty difficult .

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  7. Don’t worry Dave.
    I’m sure some enterprising hacker or two has already invented a “kill the kill switch”.

    So as soon as they press the kill switch they’ll all disappear up their own back-sides like retracted farts.

    The problem is most of the stuff on the interweb has been put there by the people who say they “need” a kill switch. It’s continually being pumped out to cause outrage and “head-less” chicken syndrome in the population of sheep at large.

    (What happened to my little icon for George silver? Someones changed it.)

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  8. The information you share Dave in your article for some strange reason, does not even provoke the heinous sinister and shameful reaction it deserves. The political system in this Country is so malevolent and corrupt, there is absolutely nothing that would shock me to the depths they would go to Control us. They are not worthy of our Vote…… only total contempt…… which they richly deserve in abundance.

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