If you’re reading The Daily Anarchist, you understand the nature of rulership and you probably understand that a free, open Internet is the state’s enemy. In the end, either the state controls all Internet traffic or the Internet undermines rulership and the state withers away.
For years, people like me have been telling everyone who will listen that they need to start using encryption and to stop cooperating with the strangling of the Internet. Sadly, not many people cared. They were far more interested in free services and shiny new iGadgets. Ah well… at least I did my part.
My point today is this:
It’s over. The state has won. The Internet will be fully controlled in just a few years.
Actually, it’s worse than that. Within that same amount of time, the Internet will not only be a Worldwide Surveillance Web, but it will be a Worldwide Manipulation Web. (It already is, in part.)
Let me explain briefly:
ISPs were turned into forced snitches years ago.
The telcos have been in bed with the state for a long time. They are fully-owned.
Forget the old “they can’t drink from a fire hose” excuse – they CAN drink from the fire hose.
The “Internet Kill Switch” is being written in to one of the basic Internet protocols right now. Once in place, the people in control can shut down any web traffic that offends them: from a whole continent down to a single web site. (See this.)
One of Obama’s Czars is building systems and hiring experts to influence your opinions, guide you toward “better decisions,” and to undercut “conspiracy theories” on the Internet. (If you didn’t know, see this.)
Apple and Microsoft are moving to a “Walled Garden” (closed platform) model, requiring that all software is approved by them before it will run on their machines. (See here.) And I don’t think I need to tell you how deeply they’re both in bed with the state.
The free Internet is all but done. Sorry.
WHAT TO DO
If you want to retain private communication, you’ll have to work for it.
How? First, you’ll have to build mesh networks. You can find a nice, practical primer (PDF) here.
Then, once you have a local mesh network, you’ll have to connect to other networks. There are lots of ways to do that, but the best long-distance choice is probably packet radio. (Here.)