Secret Agent

Friday, February 19, 2010


Who controls the internet? Well, at the moment a trade agreement known as ACTA is being negotiated by the U.S., Japan, the European Union, Canada and more than a dozen other countries, and, if ratified, would significantly regulate what you can and can’t do online. ACTA’s rules will supersede each country’s local laws. Oh, and the whole affair is secret. Danny O'Brien of the Electronic Frontier Foundation explains the possible impact on net users worldwide.

Comments [6]

Charles Potty from USA

I think there is a lot more to it than we know.
The russians for instance are listening to everything we type even a lot of the encrypted stuff and I''ll bet certain things just don't go through because of this.

Apr. 10 2010 07:10 PM
Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

I love the "three strikes" provision, where when one is ACCUSED three times of copyright theft one is punished. Reminds me of the story my nephew's Polish girlfriend who saved her father from more than the three year sentence he served for suspicion of having a working printing press by spiriting away an essential element in her book bag, as a schoolchild.

As far as the Trilateral Commission, I can recall that as public affairs director at the Yale radio station in the late '70s, I was solemnly assured that President Carter sat on it. So, with all that shadowy power behind him, I figured that he was a shoe-in for re-election and, when that didn't happen, he'd be paid off for sustaining the loss with cushy corporate or bank board positions so as to end his days in comfort and leisure. Hmmm?

Feb. 26 2010 08:01 AM
upswing from USA

Brooke Gladstone offhandedly tosses in the Trilateral Commission and the Bilderberg Group as evidence of crazy conspiracy theories.

Is Gladstone truly so ignorant of ordinary global business practice that she still believes that these groups didn't/don't exist?

Maybe she knows they exist, but she believes that the world's most influential business, political and cultural leaders meet (in the case of the Trilateral Comission, met) every year just to say Hi to each other.

Here's the truth:

David Rockefeller extols the Trilateral Commission in his own memoirs, whilst he admits that he is "conspiring" against the US's best interests, with the view to establishing a world government controlled by the banking industry.

The Bilderberg Group, which includes sitting American government office holders -- who violate the Logan Act every time they visit -- now puts out press releases.

And Gladstone still mocks the idea of their existence and their intent?

Thank God Gladstone doesn't pretend to be a real journalist.

Feb. 22 2010 06:47 PM
Jeffery Mitnik from New Orleans.

Fascism should more appropriately be called Corporatism because it is a merger of state and corporate power. - Benito Mussolini

Feb. 21 2010 07:07 PM
Michael Springer from Louisville, KY

The corporations will continue to make the laws of the world and the U.S. particularly. The ultimate power in the past has resided with kings, the church and now...corporations. (I hope they don't screw up the internet too badly.)

Feb. 21 2010 03:22 PM
Robert Potter from Manlius, NY

Thank you so much for covering this issue. I think the ACTA will have a huge effect on the public, and the skids are well greased for it to become law. But we don't know what's in it!

I suppose most reporters just don't know how to approach a story about a secret that hasn't been leaked yet.

Feb. 21 2010 01:34 AM

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