Thursday, January 17, 2008

Thoughts About Creation & Inspiration

I want you to take a few moments and think about something - information...

25 years ago it was simple to tell lies to individuals. How would they find out the truth unless they actually researched it at a library. It is why it was so easy for them to make marijuana become illegal in the 30' and 40's.

Those days are now over. The Internet has given people an open doorway to information. You no longer have to accept the truth about what we see or hear among our peers. When someone makes a claim, you can check that claim in the blink of an eye with a computer.

Every time you write something and put out for people to read, you are sharing your consciousness. By distributing our consciousness via the Internet, our ideas, thoughts and creations can encompass the world in a matter of minutes.

Sharing our thoughts, ideas and creations is how each one of us grows. Not only in knowledge but in consciousness. From the inspiration you feel from the idea, thought or creation you experience from another, you can create something just as powerful to inspire others.

The circle is complete...

Knowledge is power. Sharing that knowledge is even more powerful. I imagine if we do not destroy the planet, that human kind is on the boundaries of a new evolution / revolution. That we will see how powerful the flow of information is and what can come from the ashes of lies and deceit.


Wednesday, January 09, 2008

AT&T and Other ISPs May Be Getting Ready to Filter Content

By Brad Stone

For the past fifteen years, Internet service providers have acted - to use an old cliche - as wide-open information super-highways, letting data flow uninterrupted and unimpeded between users and the Internet.

But ISPs may be about to embrace a new metaphor: traffic cop.

At a small panel discussion about digital piracy here at NBC’s booth on the Consumer Electronics Show floor, representatives from NBC, Microsoft, several digital filtering companies and telecom giant AT&T said the time was right to start filtering for copyrighted content at the network level.

Such filtering for pirated material already occurs on sites like YouTube and Microsoft’s Soapbox, and on some university networks.

Network-level filtering means your Internet service provider – Comcast, AT&T, EarthLink, or whoever you send that monthly check to – could soon start sniffing your digital packets, looking for material that infringes on someone’s copyright.

“What we are already doing to address piracy hasn’t been working. There’s no secret there,” said James Cicconi, senior vice president, external & legal affairs for AT&T.

Mr. Cicconi said that AT&T has been talking to technology companies, and members of the MPAA and RIAA, for the last six months about implementing digital fingerprinting techniques on the network level.

“We are very interested in a technology based solution and we think a network-based solution is the optimal way to approach this,” he said. “We recognize we are not there yet but there are a lot of promising technologies. But we are having an open discussion with a number of content companies, including NBC Universal, to try to explore various technologies that are out there.”

Internet civil rights organizations oppose network-level filtering, arguing that it amounts to Big Brother monitoring of free speech, and that such filtering could block the use of material that may fall under fair-use legal provisions — uses like parody, which enrich our culture.

Rick Cotton, the general counsel of NBC Universal, who has led the company’s fights against companies like YouTube for the last three years, clearly doesn’t have much tolerance for that line of thinking.

“The volume of peer-to-peer traffic online, dominated by copyrighted materials, is overwhelming. That clearly should not be an acceptable, continuing status,” he said. “The question is how we collectively collaborate to address this.”

I asked the panelists how they would respond to objections from their customers over network level filtering – for example, the kind of angry outcry Comcast saw last year, when it was accused of clamping down on BitTorrent traffic on its network.

“Whatever we do has to pass muster with consumers and with policy standards. There is going to be a spotlight on it,” said Mr. Cicconi of AT&T.
After the session, he told me that ISPs like AT&T would have to handle such network filtering delicately, and do more than just stop an upload dead in its tracks, or send a legalistic cease and desist form letter to a customer. “We’ve got to figure out a friendly way to do it, there’s no doubt about it,” he said.