Hey @CocaColaKid_OG have I seen? Maybe I'm totally wrong in trying to connect some dots but it's fun to do and not meant as trying to hype something.....
I guess/hope we will get more info on Vechain Summit (yes, on the West Coast, remember that)
Net neutrality would have forbidden this ISP behavior. Too bad the conservative talking heads believed it was too much government oversight in the US. Can't infringe on the ISPs right to censor you know.
Then those same conservatives started spewing shit about Twitter and Google censoring them and banning their accounts. You can not get dumber than the average American conservative. Don't even understand the things they are against.
The sites refuse to remove a video of someone killing 50 people in cold blood. I mean, we're all for free speech hut maybe we should have standards? Plus 4chan is already back up per the article so it's not like they were blocked for good.
Isn't it strange, how we can have Muslim terrorist attacks all the time. They are so common they don't even make headlines or the evening news. But there is a terrorist attack against Muslims and there is this massive move to ban guns and censor free speech.
Here is a link to the Wikipedia page that tracks terrorist attacks, for the month of January, 2019. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_terrorist_incidents_in_January_2019 Why does this attack get so much attention? Because it happened in New Zealand, as opposed to Kenya or Colombia or Afghanistan? Or because it was a terrorist attack against Muslims instead of by Muslims?
> They are so common they don't even make headlines or the evening news.
The reason is we dont give a shit if its not in the western/first world. Every single muslim terrorist attack that was in the western world was a huge deal, followed by a cleansing of twitter accounts, which the IS and other organizations apparently primarily used to recruit people.
Furthermore mosque which are believed to radicalize muslims get closed/inspected quite often as well.
So if there was a concentration of radical muslims on the internet, like 4chan apparently is for right extremists, that site would probably be closed as well.
I’ve just called Vodafone to complain about the block and had my account credited $10 to compensate for the restrictions to my service yesterday and today. I think as many ppl as possible should do this, even if it’s a token amount it’s money they are losing.
> the blog Zerohedge and video hosting platform Liveleak.
Let's say I get why they'd block 4chan and 8chan, but blocking a blog is just over the top. Liveleak I also half-understand, but I also don't approve of it, for a while it was one of the best online video resources on the atrocities committed by ISIS in Syria and Iraq, just hiding our unwanted images under the rug won't help much.
Later edit: For example videos of the Tikrit massacre  are only available on Liveleak (I'm talking of the "mainstream" web), YouTube has nothing on it. It is my very strong opinion that we need these images to remain in the public psyche so that we'll try our best not to make the same mistakes again, and by censoring access to this kind of videos we're not helping with any of that.
Deplatforming was always a bad idea that puts fundamental freedoms at risk. Now that it has come to telecoms, something has to be done to denounce this trend and stop it. When large privately-owned platforms (e.g. Twitter) or low-level utilities (telecom companies) take action to censor information, it has the same impact and carries the same risks as a government doing it. It stifles expression, exchange of ideas, and imposes personal morality on a broad set of people.
It's not mentioned in this article but from what I understand (and someone please correct me if I'm wrong), "blocking" is happening at the ISP DNS level, and anyone living in these affected areas can simply use a different DNS service to continue using these websites unimpeded.
From the govts view, they are acting to contain sectarian violence long enough that their society can find a stable equilibrium after a shock.
I don't think appeals to the principle of freedom of speech are meaningful against acts of censorship because it is a tactical response in a perceived crisis and not something that happens under ideal conditions where they can afford to be held to principles.
However, tactical approaches like clumsy censorship signal a deeper weakness that risks exacerbating sectarian resolve in all parties.
Cynically, the solution here may have been to rate limit content they didn't want instead of blocking it outright, which is insidious, but toward the desired outcome of defusing the spread of violence, people who want the content can get it without having to position themselves against the authorities (become outlaws) to do so, while removing it from casual observation. Reddit's quarantines, and Twitter's shadow bans mitigate some of the virality of reactions. Tagging traffic to these sites for slow path processing would have been trivial, and blocking them was an unforced error.
Societies need to respond to events like these by demonstrating unity and strength, which may mean acts of extraordinary tolerance - and not with tactical approaches that make them seem weak and vulnerable to an insurgency.
I find the chans interesting. The back and forth between the clans, whoever they represent, mixed with some curious independent posters gives a small picture of what's lurking out there in the darkness. In the private minds. Mostly it's role playing I think.
I am not a free speech absolutist. But with the coming technology, like MaidSAFE and others, it will become possible for people to communicate and say whatever they want, no way to censor. Full stop.
The governments will go back to having moles inside each group they care about, which is more targeted and harder.
For numerous examples of why free speech matters, the other way, look at the latest article on at https://qbix.com/blog
It’s like 3d printed guns, or desktop printers or copiers. Things that governments heavily regulated through gatekeepers now can be produced by anyone.
I will say this... if you add up ALL the mass shootings in the USA they add up to less than 2% of all shootings. And if you add up ALL shootings and killings, including by Boko Haram and so on, we have far less than 100 years ago, 1000 years ago, 5,000 years ago etc.
Steven Pinker was right. We are getting far more peaceful, because of technology. As long as we keep a check on population growth, we may even have enough resources, not too much garbage and sustainable living in every generation.
If anything, Boko Haram (which stands against Western education) is an example of values from hundreds of years ago. They are more violent.
Today’s values are much less violent but they will only survive if we can live sustainably, and that starts with women’s education and having children later.
Called it three days ago . My prediction is the UK is next and the list of sites will be even longer. This horrible event has become a bittersweet gift to politicians who have been waiting for their chance to coerce ISPs into blocking a few more web sites on their "naughty lists".