Freedom in Peril
When the last Home
Page is indexed, content filtered, untried,
and the oldest critic muzzled, youngest webmaster tried,
we'll pass to a peaceful era - consensus I.C.T.
with vain dissension silenced by silent majority.
When the last blog
link’s dismounted from Google China Inc.,
when the will to think’s discounted on online skating rink,
when all conforms to pattern on WiFi or on screen
what trace will the future filter of joys that might have been ?
We'll hearken to
soothing spokesmen comment on ICANN news,
and few will doubt or question, fewer express their views.
Only the good shall be favoured, only the hackers shall fall,
then last shreds of opposition need never be threaded at all.
When the dotcom start ups melt down, when click and mortar thrive,
when the inner cities downtown property prices dive -
transfrontier teleworking distorts economy -
then little chance of shirking entrenched monopoly.
When AOL Time Warner with Murdoch Fox unite,
when CNN-Universal shall bark replace with bite
when the World Wide Web turns spider, our conscienceness cocoons,
what independent rider will star in free cartoons ?
When baby bells in orbit return to A.T.T.
with cable tame enabled, to frame posterity,
minority reporting may follow Murphy’s law,
with sensor networks nimble to even out each score.
When the Internet's
extended, new protocols deployed,
when chips disease have (m)ended, when weak and unemployed
seek in life-long education an answer to their ills
we'll be traced from birth to cremation, from cradle to codicils.
When peer to peer is stifled by music industry,
when copyright laws have rifled favorite Mpeg3,
When public domain's restricted, when 4G is in place,
then what will remain will be guzzled by Carnivore - just in case !
When privacy is threatened through fears of terror tract,
security a catchword twists fiction into fact,
when contacts are by contract logged upon a list,
then what will act as buffer to soothe the iron fist ?
emergent, which now all end in ‘O’ -
nano and bio convergent, and mobile radio,-
with Radio Frequency ID add to CCTV
what will remain beside me, and you, who once felt free ?
When search engines
are perfected, to sort and then distort,
when their power is directed to trace each packet thought,
with 'Quality of Service' secure from 'End to End',
then who'll believe in 'Glocal' ? who will the poor defend ?
When VoIP advances,
though very cheap or free,
what will be our chances as criminality
cyber or more may threaten our purse, or, worse, our sleep,
for appetites will whetten to hack, or phish, or peep ?
When DoD and SAIC
have trussed what we entrust
when politics Messaic steer IP.6 robust,
when some election voting is biased in advance
what will be left to quoting, what will be left to 'Chance' ?
When sensor networks
subtle extend from land to land,
the satellite surveillance may then get out of hand,
pervasive networks nimble may influence each thought
no need to know we’re caught in web which ‘free will’ has sold short.
When point to point
relations to ubiquity
are changed throughout the nations the networks then may be
to say the least pervasive as “1984”,
or, even more, invasive – ‘O Brave New World’ in store.
Publicity may praise
us, avatars may blame,
Parliament still sitting, - Rump to Commission tame,
when freedom's light will falter we'll steer consumptive star,
who’ll care once fair we’d dare think far upon a falling star ?
2001 & 6 March 2006
Carnivore : Former DoD superfilter of Internet
content. Carnivore no longer functions and may have mainly served to polarize
attention away from other ways of processing online information IMHO.
Click and Mortar :
the union of online (click) and traditional business
with concrete existence
Department of Defense United States
End Internat packet delivery integrity
Glocal : Mix of Global and Local
Informaton and Communication Technolgies
IMHO : In
My Humble Opinion like AFAIC As Far As I am
which inter alia serves as the legal umbrella for the
Internet Engineering Tast Force
which is basically creates the standards and protocols of the Internet
PIR is now
responsible for .org TLD or Top Level Domain.
IP.6 or more
correctly IPv6 Internet Protocol version 6
is to the current Internet infrastructure
considerably more than what yesterday’s hamlet was to today’s megapolis of > 10
Quality of Service
(QoS) network capability to sustainably provide better
service to selected network traffic over various technologies
Phishing : Individual identity highjacking for spam or
for direct crime
Radio Frequency IDentification
for corporate view see RFID Journal
views see :
IMHO the question is far more complicated than it appears
ROBUST : Reliable
and infinitely scaleable
V(o)ice over Internet Protocol – free or cheap counterpart to traditional fixed telephone.
Freedom is in Peril
“ We are
fighting the battle of freedom in the world against great odds. Do not add to
these odds by deeds which cast a doubt on the sincerity of our aims.” Lloyd
George, March 24th, 1942.
last newspaper is printed and the ink is faded and dried,
oldest critic is muzzled and the youngest croaker has died,
pass to a tranquil era of government by decree,
voice shall be silenced but the voice of the B.B.C.
hearken to Government spokesmen, we shall listen to Government
And no one
will doubt or question,and none shall express their views
And only the
good shall be favoured, and only the killjoy shall fall,
murmur of opposition will never be heard at all.
And only the
Leader shall praise us, and only the leader shall blame,
Parliament will be sitting, but Parliament will be tame,
And the star
of freedom will vanish; we shall steer by the Fascist star,
And no one
will then remember the sort of people we are.
“ Sagittarius ”1942