55 votes

Web freedom faces greatest threat ever, warns Google's Sergey Brin

Threats range from governments trying to control citizens to the rise of Facebook and Apple-style 'walled gardens'

by Ian Katz
Guardian.co.uk | Sunday 15 April 2012

Sergey Brin says he and Google co-founder Larry Page would not have been able to create their search giant if the internet was dominated by Facebook. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
The principles of openness and universal access that underpinned the creation of the internet three decades ago are under greater threat than ever, according to Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

In an interview with the Guardian, Brin warned there were "very powerful forces that have lined up against the open internet on all sides and around the world". "I am more worried than I have been in the past," he said. "It's scary."

The threat to the freedom of the internet comes, he claims, from a combination of governments increasingly trying to control access and communication by their citizens, the entertainment industry's attempts to crack down on piracy, and the rise of "restrictive" walled gardens such as Facebook and Apple, which tightly control what software can be released on their platforms.

The 38-year-old billionaire, whose family fled antisemitism in the Soviet Union, was widely regarded as having been the driving force behind Google's partial pullout from China in 2010 over concerns about censorship and cyber-attacks. He said five years ago he did not believe China or any country could effectively restrict the internet for long, but now says he has been proven wrong. "I thought there was no way to put the genie back in the bottle, but now it seems in certain areas the genie has been put back in the bottle," he said.


20 votes

My 13 Year-Old Daughter Ivy back in the news for Ron Paul by way of Jack Hunter, Tom Davis and the Washington Times

I got a nice surprise this evening, my daughter's picture is back in the news for Ron Paul! :) I told my husband I can't believe this picture is back after almost 3 months and he said "What? You didn't think it was just going to go away did ya?" (ABC/Yahoo "Photo of the Day" - My daughter for RP! http://www.dailypaul.com/203230/abc-yahoo-photo-of-day-my-da...) We're all excited here in Upstate South Carolina again. Kudos to the AP photographer: David Goldman.

From Senator Tom Davis' Facebook:

Tom Davis
10 hours ago

Open memo to GOP establishment: Look at this picture. Then attend a Ron Paul rally and look at the thousands of young people surrounding you, responding to a message of individual liberty and limited government. Then burn your 2008 and 2012 campaign playbooks. The "our brand of statism is better than theirs" simply doesn't sell anymore.


From the Washington Times:

Washingtontimes.com - Rick Santorum and Ron Paul: The past and the future of the GOP

Jack Hunter's Facebook:
Jack Hunter 9 hours ago ·

63 votes

John Stossel Speaks to Former Federal Reserve Employee

Stossel discusses competing currencies and central planning with a former Federal Reserve employee.


268 votes

A Rick Santorum supporter visits a Ron Paul Rally

Here is a Facebook commentary from Adrian Murry, a Rick Santorum supporter and Ft. Worth tea party leader, who recently attended a Ron Paul event in Ft. Worth, TX:

...I have spoken before a lot of groups in the last several years as we have all grappled with the seeming dissolution of our country. I have half-jokingly said on many of these occasions that the other side doesn’t really have to defeat us politically, they just have to wait for us all to die off so they can implement their plans. My point has been that the greatest issue facing the conservative cause is a demographical one, a lack of diversity that will shortly render the conservative message irrelevant. Where are the youth? I and others have asked. Where are the people of color? Why doesn’t the conservative message resonate?

The answer to where they are could be found last night at the Will Rogers Auditorium. Often at political events there is a sense of excitement, anticipation, a certain buzz in the audience while waiting for the main event. Excitement, anticipation and buzz are weak and inadequate words to describe the pre-rally crowd last night. Energy is even inadequate. What undulated through the thousands who thronged outside before the doors opened last night was a kinetic power, the power of hope, the power of liberation, the power of anger at a system turned upside down, the power of liberation and, yes, the ultimate and emancipating power of freedom. You had to be there to understand it.

218 votes

STOP NAMING DELEGATE NAMES/SLATES - The Campaign Will Get the Information

We're all excited. We love to post the names of people up for a Ron Paul slate and watch people cringe when we win.

Romney's campaign isn't stupid. There are probably tons of moles on here...since 2007/08. They collect our information, etc. Don't make it any easier for them to railroad us like they did in ND.

Just my two cents.

47 votes

Will Ron Paul Strive to Become a Third Party Loser or a Republican Winner?

The year is not 1912 when three serious candidates ran in the general election for the White House. The year is 2012 when simply getting on the ballot is enough for third parties to cheer.

I’m not the partisan type and the weak "success" of simply getting Ron Paul on the ballot won’t be enough for me to even break a smile this autumn. I want to see Ron Paul in the White House. That will be success.

When I look my children in the eye and tell them the history of the revolution, the minor victory of ballot access for Ron Paul will not be mentioned. Ballot access is an important fight. It's a step in the right direction. But right now in the spring of 2012 with Rick Santorum leaving the race, we are confronted with a choice. Will we Ron Paul supporters continue to take over one of the two major parties, or will we settle for a third party run?

21 votes

Jonathan Karl of ABC News has no position on whether we should have gone to war with Iraq!

Jonathan Karl, ABC News TV commentator and reporter, first states that he has no position on whether we should have gone to war with Iraq! Later, it turns out that he has a position, but he will not share it with us. Why do he and other journalists first say they have no position? After 10 years of the USA having made this decision he still feels uncomfortable sharing his reasoning and analysis for this position. How can we learn lessons of history if the people that report, analyze and comment on political events will not share their opinions(at least with me)? Why are they happy to share their opinions in other venues? How can we know what is the right policy if we cannot examine the reasoning they use to support their public policy positions? Part three.


104 votes

Doug Wead: Ron Paul to Obama and Romney: “Jerusalem is the capital of Israel”

News is now leaking out about a private meeting between evangelical leaders and presidential candidate Ron Paul which took place last Wednesday night. The leaders asked Dr. Paul about an Executive Order moving the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “The real issue here is not what America wants but what Israel wants. We have no right to chose their capital,” Dr. Paul said, “If they say it is Jerusalem, then it is Jerusalem.” (cont'd)


119 votes

May 24, 2012 Texas Republican Presidential Debate!

Sign the Petition!!

Why This Is Important

The Republican Party of Texas is close to finalizing a deal that will bring a nationally televised Republican Presidential Debate to Houston, TX on May 24th, 2012. The debate will be the first one held since the March 3, 2012 hosted in Wilmington Air Park in Wilmington, Ohio. Now, is the perfect time to have another Presidential Debate as the states of Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Indiana, North Carolina, West Virginia, Nebraska, Oregon, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Texas will all be voting soon. Collectively, these states hold 662 delegates that could change the course of the entire Republican race.

It would cause great shame to the Republican Party to deny the constituents of these states a final debate that includes all continuing candidates as such could set clear the platforms of each candidate. With politically minded lineups on both sides of the fence, it is imperative that the constituents know EXACTLY where the candidates stand on the issues that face America as well as their respective states. New details come out about the platforms of the candidates on a daily basis and it is impossible to keep up with the updates. A public debate can clarify confusion.

If that is not enough motivation, here is why We the People believe it is important that ALL candidates jump into the political debate arena in Texas:

96 votes

Orrin Hatch 'doggone offended' by 'radical libertarians' trying to take away his Senate seat

'I despise these people,' Hatch says about activists opposing his re-election

Read more: http://thedc.com/IgiPSP

144 votes

Perfect Video: Ron Paul At Texas A&M Black This Out

Published on Apr 13, 2012 by nuiflower, aka the DP's very ownNui

My trip to see Ron Paul speak at Texas A&M:


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