(Thanks to hazysummersky
helping with the edit!! I indulged in some free thought but you can jump down to VPN
to get to the fun stuff.)
"As the Americans learned so painfully in Earth's final century, free flow of information is the only safeguard against tyranny. The once-chained people whose leaders at last lose their grip on information flow will soon burst with freedom and vitality, but the free nation gradually constricting its grip on public discourse has begun its rapid slide into despotism. Beware of he who would deny you access to information, for in his heart he dreams himself your master."
Commissioner Pravin Lal, "U.N. Declaration of Rights"
Brothers, sisters, friends - have no doubt, in the fight for the free flow of information, we are winning.
- Both RIAA and the MPAA are seeing their budgets crash.
- They burned many millions in lobbying money on SOPA and ACTA.
- Their shakedown strategies are getting stonewalled in the courts as judges start rejecting their John Doe lawsuits.
- Their MegaUpload raid has turned into a promotion for Kim Dotcom's new sites, Mega and Megabox. The case becoming a major embarrassment to the DOJ.
- The Pirate Bay still stands.
is about to enter a new phase and the MAFIAA is finally making it's play with Six Strikes. Basically, the ISPs will now work in co-operation with the MAFIAA to streamline consumer shakedowns and disconnect corrupted nerds from the network.
This post is about how the six strikes plan is flawed because users will simply encrypt their file sharing; but I feel there are other criticisms to be made aside from being doomed to ultimate failure.
Access to the internet is a basic human right
. It's not just about access to torrents. Access to the internet is increasingly needed to take part in modern culture. It seems an over-reach to break someone's economic, educational and social opportunities; for what is still just a civil offense. It is crazy that we are talking about copying of an infinite supply of goods as a reason to disconnect someone. It would feel more appropriate to at least be talking about disconnecting pedophiles from the internet. But the copyright maximalists are pushing their crusade too far. They are becoming a bigger problem than the one they sought to stop. We shouldn't be impeding on the social freedoms of the many, to protect some hollywood rent seeking models. There is already a legal system ready to settle civil matters and we should keep things there. There is little reason to elevate a civil offense to a national scare. Especially at a time when wider society is at a point of debating whether it should be civil offense at all.
The scheme overly depends on an IP address as evidence. They should know from their own office networks, how hard it is to control an IP address. And I should hope they begin the Six Strikes by issuing shakedown letters to the offices of the USCongressional House, RIAA, Homeland Security, Sony, Universal, Fox and Microsoft.
Given the above evidence that RIAA cannot protect it's own IP, why are they planning to begin holding average people to a standard they cannot achieve themselves? What stops someone from continuously spoofing someone's IP address as a means to get them blacklisted by Six Strikes? Even in cases where people are taking reasonable measures to protect their connection, they can still be vulnerable because of inherent flaws in some routers.
I can see innocent people getting screwed by the MAFIAA. Without the public judicial system to keep things at least a little balanced, this will be gangster style shake downs done at an industrial pace.
During SOPA, it was a legislative fight. We needed to sign petitions
, pressure congressmen
, boycott companies
. The same anti-SOPA strategies won't work in this particular battle because the six strikes strategy seeks to side step the public legislative and judicial systems; it is law by corporate cartel.
Have no doubt, this is a cartel
. It only makes sense because all the major ISPs and MAFIAA corporations
are on board. Verizon would be committing suicide if it decided to be Hollywood's lapdog all by itself. But with Comcast and AT&T on board, it is difficult for the consumer to simply choose a better service. In effect, ISPs are limiting our service and lowering their costs while charging the same price. Without another major ISP offering an alternative, we can't do another GoDaddy boycott. They are very much saying, "fuck you and what are going to do about it?".
Well, they underestimate our collective ability to find shit out. Technology is the field where we hold advantage, they have made a mistake. We will evolve beyond their reach. VPNs
The easiest solution is to use a private VPN
to encrypt your torrenting. The ISP can only log that your connecting to the VPN. The swarm can only see your VPN assigned IP. This shouldn't be too hard; and most VPN providors will have step-by-step guides
somewhere on their sites. Use a private VPN. Don't use a free VPN. Use OpenVPN
vpn tunnels. Don't use PPTP.
The added bonus here is that you can encrypt all your internet activity, not just your torrenting. I2P I2P
is very interesting. There has been a renewed push to get more seeds going; so I think the I2P network is about to go through a new growth phase. Definitely something to have a second look at and keep an eye on. It is also opensoure, p2p and free. I think it has the most long term value but at this point needs another wave of early adopters.
Guides to setting up I2P:
Use the built in torrent manager, I2PSnark. On the tracker page for the torrent you want to download (in this example we are using Postman's tracker, the link to which is located at the top of I2PSnark), right click the image of a magnet and select "Copy Link Location". Paste this link into the bar next to the "Add torrent" button. After you have pasted the link, click "Add torrent". The torrent will now appear in I2PSnark. Press the play button next to the torrent to start downloading it.
screenie example -> https://encrypteverything.ca/index.php/File:I2PSnark.PNG
It's a bit more involved but you can use a VPS
as a seedbox
. Usenet Usenet
has been around forever, mostly full of old people but old people usually have interesting things to share. If you do try Usenet, apart from the fast file-sharing, it is worth checking out the usenet newsgroups.
Keep in mind, usenet is also being targeted lately. Although it's unlikely the entire usenet network will be taken down. Retroshare Retroshare
is a litle tricky. It really should be used as a genuine friend to genuine friend network (F2F Networks
). But if you do have interesting friends, Retroshare offers encrypted communication and filesharing. Alternative ISPs
If your lucky you might have the choice to switch to an ISP that isn't participating in Six Strikes
- Charter (I am genuinely surprised by this...)
- Google Fiber doesn't seem to be participating; which might be interesting as Google rolls out nationally.
- You can keep track of participating ISPs here.
During SOPA, Reddit was an important player in getting the initial awareness out about the SOPA threat and generating ideas about how to respond. /SOPA
were important places from where viral action started. Once again, we are not going to be getting help from CNN about how easy VPNs are to encrypt communication; so we need to use our social media networks as a counter balance to msm blackout. There will be lots of places on the net where people post a frustrated "FUCK YOU Verizon", not realizing they can simply evolve and laugh. We need to teach our friends who might be a little intimidated by the jump. This evolution of the network is fought by a million conversations between one friend to a another. The MAFIAA's Six Strike plan depends on our ignorance. But they underestimate our collective ability to find shit out.
So please - share, tweet, email, remix, repost, etc etc.
Keep Fighting the Good Fight!! Evolve Beyond Their Reach