Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Attempt to add internet filtering to economic stimulus bill

Isn't this amazing? Senator Dianne Feinstein proposed to update the economic stimulus bill "so that American ISPs can deter child pornography, copyright infringement, and other unlawful activity by way of "reasonable network management"". In other words, traffic filtering.

Well excuse me! So now I am a Comcast subscriber, and this means that I could be prevented from distributing my own books to others just because I decide to do so by sharing the PDF files!!! What does that have to do with economic stimulus??!?!?!

I would really appreciate it if my representatives would just refused to make this kind of decisions for me, and sticked to really important issues. What about California's effective bankruptcy? Seriously, Senator Feinstein: with all due respect, where is my 2008 California tax refund?

These people say that apparently the amendment is out of the bill for now. They also provide a way to fax letters against the amendment to the relevant people, which I would recommend doing. Personally, I demand that any such attempt to introduce and/or condone traffic filtering is summarily rejected.

Update: here's the killer detail. If you go to Senator Feinstein's website right now, you will see that Java's early bound typing will not necessarily save you. The page reports:

The ISMENU argument passed to the CreateMilonicItem function is not of type boolean.

A large stack dump follows. So much for type safety...

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