Monday, July 27, 2009

AT&T Declares War on the Internet

I haven't updated in ages, but this demands a report.

AT&T, all I can say is "smart move, ace." The tier 1 ISP has apparently blocked access to some of 4chan's most popular image boards, chiefly /b/, in some states. Encylopedia Dramatica is covering this with the most up-to-date information, along with plans of attack for /b/tards (a self-applied term for regulars on /b/).

For those not in the know, /b/ is the central most board for anon. Messing with anon in as serious a manner as this is simply asking for trouble. The group has a well documented history of making life as fucking miserable as possible for anyone who gets their attention. Find the popcorn and watch the internet, because this is going to be fun to watch.

Now for my two cents on the matter, this is actually a pretty important case in the whole spectrum of net neutrality and internet censorship. I personally think that if AT&T succeeds in all of this, then it will set a dangerous precedent for others to follow. We could be looking at the crest of that fabled slippery slope leading to corporate and government types deciding what goes onto our monitors. I don't like that Big Brother idea.

You can read about the story here and here.

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