Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Hillary Clinton - Internet is Freedom of Speech in Cyberspace

I found this article this morning and thought that it was not only interesting but hopeful in our plight.  Laws and the changes made to them are all about perspective and perceived value to the general public.  She also implies that it is a fundamental right that shouldn't be taken away in the name of temporary safety.

Here is the article... Lets here what all of you think of it...

Clinton urges: “an open internet will lead to stronger countries”

February 16, 2011 - 5:24am

Hillary Clinton spoke at George Washington University to address Internet Freedom’ and ways that the U.S. can ensure free internet access around the world. The speech was related to the measures taken by Egypt over the past weeks to restrict access in the country as many protestants were communicating to the world via Facebook and Twitter.

The State Secretary says that the Internet is an accelerant of the way to start political change and there is now a debate of whether the internet is a voice for suppression or liberation. With 2 billion of the earth population being online the internet has become the world’s Town Square, where people are assembling to connect with each other. And that presents a challenge, says Clinton.

“We need to have a serious conversation about what rules should exists and not exist and why.” She adds, “the freedom to assemble and associate is applicable to cyberspace.”

Clinton explains, “For the U.S. the choice is clear— we place ourselves on the side of openness. Internet freedom raises tensions like all freedoms do but the benefits outweigh the costs.”

Others have taken a different approach than the U.S. government, says Clinton. Some governments that arrest bloggers and limit their access to the internet may claim to be seeking security but they are taking the wrong path, she asserted.

Talking about social network Clinton notes that they are now becoming a collaborative space for assembly and political expression. Walls preventing this interaction are far easier to erect than maintain, she warns. “And these actions incur opportunity costs for closed freedom of expression. When countries curtail internet freedom, they place limits on economic future.”

Freedom of expression is part of what fuels innovation in a country, Clinton says. She highlights China, where internet censorship is high but economic growth is strong. But she warns that the restrictions will have economic costs for China in the future.

“I urge countries to join us in the bet we have made, which is a bet that an open internet will lead to stronger countries,” she concludes. “Innovation thrives where ideas of all kinds are shared and explored. The U.S. will continue to promote and internet where people’s rights are protected, and has found strong partners and organizations to support this initiative worldwide.”

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

From the News.... Something just doesn't seem right about this article...

Teen accused of possession of child porn will not face charges

A teenager who was charged with possession of child pornography after taking nude photos of herself and sharing them with another teen will not face sanctions under a deal worked out last week with the Marquette County District Attorney's office.

The charges will be dismissed if Vanessa Kranz, 17, doesn't break the law over the next 18 months, District Attorney Dick DuFour said Monday.
The deal avoids the awkward question of whether it's a crime for a child to possess pornographic photos of herself.

"I don't believe there is any case law one way or the other in Wisconsin" on that question, DuFour said.

"Ultimately, I don't know what a court of appeals or the Supreme Court would have decided."

DuFour called the deferred prosecution agreement "a reasonable way of resolving the case."

The criminal complaint said investigators found photos of Kranz, who was 16, on a flash drive belonging to

Brandon Simon, who is also charged in the case. The complaint said Kranz admitted taking explicit photos of herself last September, and Simon said Kranz had sent the photos to him.

Public Defender William Loring said neither he nor Kranz would comment on the agreement.

"I don't see how that can benefit her in any way, shape or form," Loring said Monday.

Simon, 18, is also charged with felony possession of child pornography. He will make his initial appearance Feb. 28, DuFour said.


All I can think about is the boy that was SENT those pictures from her, he didn't know they were coming, he can't refuse something that hasn't arrived and if he doesn't know he is supposed to refuse them because by the time he would have known that, the pics were received by him and thus putting the scarlet letter on his chest for all to see.  

She is guilty of the creation and distribution of Child Porn which according to federal law is punishable by a minimum sentence of 10 years in Federal prison and a lifetime on the Sex Offender Registry.  The poor boy is guilty of her wanting him to see pictures of her.

This is what our laws have come to, tell me how can this be what 'the people' want to do to protect even one child when they are putting children in prison for things like this.