Friday, January 25, 2008

AT&T's proposed filtering policy is bad news - Netiquette-

By Helen A.S. Popkin
updated 9:16 a.m. ET, Fri., Jan. 25, 2008

Joel Johnson, gadgets editor for the tech/science site boing boing, pulled a Harvey Pekar during his recent guest appearance on the online AT&T Tech Channel’s “Hugh Thompson Show.”
In 1988, Pekar, the “American Splendor” comic book writer, torpedoed his eighth (and final) appearance on NBC’s “Late Night with David Letterman” by criticizing General Electric (NBC’s parent company), for manufacturing weapons.
Johnson, exhibiting a politeness foreign to the notoriously-cranky Pekar, nonetheless used his guest shot on Thompson’s show to call attention to AT&T’s newly proposed (and very creepy) plan to filter user activity on the Internet.

AT&T to start monitoring users internet browsing and e-mails.

When ask to comment George W. Bush , just made a gesture with his hands and said "excellent", turned to a secret service agent and said "release the hounds!".


  1. TomCat said...
    The justification, as I understand it is to search for pirated content. I'm against piracy, but this is the wrong approach.
    Parson said...
    Exactly, especially if they are reading emails and blocking search engines from showing you sites they don't approve. (ie. site that don't pay them)
    LET'S TALK said...
    I have AT&T, so I guess I'll see soon enough!
    TomCat said...
    AT&T was the first to the telecoms to goose-step behind the Fuhrer to spy on Americans, even before 9/11.

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