Tech – for Everyone

Tech Tips and Tricks & Advice – written in plain English.

Says it all…

This notice of a topic thread sort of had the unintended consequence of speaking most eloquently… and I have to agree with the “top answer”.

Related: Yesterday, I put up a link to an article that I think everyone who uses the Internet should get hopping mad about.. yet less than 1% of visitors thought to click the link and take a look-see.

The U.S. House of Representatives is currently considering H.R. 1981, a bill that would order our online service providers to keep new logs about our online activities, logs to help the government identify the web sites we visit and the content we post online. This sweeping new “mandatory data retention” proposal treats every Internet user like a potential criminal and represents a clear and present danger to the online free speech and privacy rights of millions of innocent Americans.

Please, take an interest, click here, and take a look at what I am talking about. It is talking about you.. not some faceless, unknown “millions” in some other state. You and I.

… shoulda called this bill H.R. 1984

Today’s quote:Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”  ~ William Shakespeare

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August 3, 2011 - Posted by | Internet, News, privacy | ,


  1. Paul, your reference to H.R. 1981 is interesting. What do we know about on line petitions, how effective are they for the cause intended?
    I used to support all petitions that I believed in, but stopped because of “possible various fall out” towards me based on the pros and cons of information that’s out there.

    It would be nice to hear from readers here on the subject of “on line petitions.”



    Comment by Gaia | August 4, 2011 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      I am afraid I can offer no answer to the efficacy of petitions, letter writing campaigns, etc., either online or ‘normal’.
      I have to hope that those elected to posts of representational government do in fact “listen” to “the people they represent.
      And I do believe it is best to speak up (someone rather famous said something along the lines of “all it takes for Evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing”).

      But.. I have witnessed an attitude here where when one says to you “write your Congressman”, they are really saying “go pee up a rope”. And here in Kallyfornyah, the citizens have had to resort to people-powered “propositions” (in effect, writing, and passing their own laws) to bypass the entrenched politicians (such as our “Prop 13”, and imposing term limits).

      But this is a tech website. And while, yes, I want to give folks the info (and opportunity to speak against), my primary aim is to get them thinking about this tech they are using.


      Comment by techpaul | August 4, 2011 | Reply

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