p2pnet view P2P | Politics:- “Facebook has gone rogue, drunk on founder Mark Zuckerberg’s dreams of world domination”, says Ryan Singel in Wired. “It’s time the rest of the web ecosystem recognizes this and works to replace it with something open and distributed.”
Zuckerberg isn’t the only one. Ask Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin and Larry Page over at Google. They’re far more dangerous.
But although I totally agree with Ryan’s sentiments, from where I sit, the picture is a little different.
“Facebook used to be a place to share photos and thoughts with friends and family and maybe play a few stupid games that let you pretend you were a mafia don or a homesteader”, Ryan goes on. “It became a very useful way to connect with your friends, long-lost friends and family members. Even if you didn’t really want to keep up with them.
For me, the reality is: despite Zuckerberg’s best underhand efforts, and despite the presence of ‘games’ from the likes of the disgusting Zynga, Fa$ebook is still a (the?) place where people share with each other and, more importantly, organise.
Jim Prentice once tried to front an American-style DMCA, but was halted dead in his tracks because of online outrage expressed largely through Fa$ebook groups. And the same thing is happening with the current US bid to use the weak-willed George W. Harper government to force through the latest DMCA.ca.
The Canadian Coalition for Electronic Rights has launched a campaign to spread the word about The Canadian copyright reform debate.
Accompanying it is the picture of the wide-eyed girl on the right, her mouth taped shut.
However, in fact, she and (at 4:12 am and Pacific) 83,982 others like her are speaking loudly on the Fair Copyright for Canada Fa$ebook campaign page.
It states >>>
More than two years after this Facebook group was first launched out of concern for a forthcoming copyright bill in Canada, indications are that the Canadian government is preparing to introduce a new bill within a matter of weeks. Despite national consultations on copyright in the summer of 2009, it appears increasingly likely that the new bill will look much like the old bill, with the return of a Canadian DMCA.
The new bill will likely again mirror many of the provisions found in the U.S. Digital Millennium Copyright Act with strong anti-circumvention legislation that goes far beyond what is needed to comply with the World Intellectual Property Organization’s Internet treaties. Moreover, the bill seems unlikely to address the issues that concern millions of Canadians. Thousands of Canadians spoke out in the summer of 2009, calling for a forward-looking, technology neutral law that meets the needs of all stakeholders, including creators, consumers, and business.
Once again, those concerns may be ignored. Join the Fair Copyright for Canada Page today and stay current on the latest developments and learn how you can speak out for fair copyright in Canada.
If you’re Canadian, make sure your voice is heard.
Let Harper and his cronies know who’s in charge.
We can deal with Zuckerberg later.
Jon Newton – p2pnet
First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi
Wired – Facebook’s Gone Rogue; It’s Time for an Open Alternative, May 7, 2010
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