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THE FALLOUT CONTINUES: REMAKING THE INTERNET: BERNERS-LEE AND RUSSIA

Last Monday you'll recall I blogged about the op-ed piece in TASS by Mr. Dmitri Medvedev, a stable feature and highly placed individual within the Russian government in the past few years. In his article, Mr. Medvedev pointed out the dubious precedent of the American tech-giants censoring Mr. Trump, and implied the necessity for other countries to distance themselves from their social media platforms. In the context of his remarks, he clearly meant to imply that these were some of the blowback or fallout issues stemming from the recent American elections.

But there are more, and they concern the internet itself. These two articles, shared by D.D. and V.T. respectively, concern that blowback regarding the internet more directly:

Russia May Fine Citizens Who Use SpaceX's Starlink Internet Over Russian ISPs

Father of the Web Tim Berners-Lee prepares ‘do-over’

Let's take the first article from Zero Hedge first. The Russian concern appears to be space-related:

According to a recent report in the Russian edition of Popular Mechanics, the recommended fines range from 10,000 to 30,000 rubles ($135-$405) for ordinary users, and from 500,000 to 1 million rubles ($6,750 to $13,500) for legal entities who use the Western satellite services.

In the Russian-language article, translated for Ars by Robinson Mitchell, members of the Duma assert that accessing the Internet independently would bypass the country's System of Operational Search Measures, which monitors Internet use and mobile communications. As part of the country's tight control on media and communications, all Russian Internet traffic must pass through a Russian communications provider.

It is not surprising that Russia would take steps to block Starlink service—the country's space chief, Dmitry Rogozin, views SpaceX as a chief rival in spaceflight. -Ars Technica

Russia's Rogozin has been critical of the US Department of Defense and NASA for subsidizing SpaceX via government contracts worth several billion dollars, partially in exchange for launching cargo at a deep discount compared to other providers. He added that Starlink is 'little more than a scheme to provide US Special Forces with uninterrupted communications.'

Rogozin is correct. Not only is space the "winner takes all" game that's afoot, control of space is absolutely crucial for another reason. Not only is is a war-fighting domain, it is now the essential field of operations to the flow of information.

Or to put it differently, if space can be monopolized, the flow of information is monopolized. The corollary is simple: if space cannot be monopolized, then no one power - representing a cluster of corporate interests - will have a monopoly on "the narrative." Already in this country we see the dangers of the concentration of media corporate power in a few hands.

With that in mind, consider the final sentence, which D.D.'s original email containing the article highlighted:

Meanwhile, Russia is planning its own satellite-based internet, "Sphere," which could launch as soon as 2024. While its budget has yet to be revealed, some reports have indicated it could cost as much as $20 billion.

This corroborates Mr. Medvedev's concerns over Silicon Valley's censorship of Mr. Trump, but additionally reveals the geopolitical motivations: Russia does not intend to allow only "one narrative" to be allowed to optimize space and "the information space." And rest assured, this means other space powers - Japan, China, India, Europe, and very possibly Brazil and Argentina and a few others - will not be far behind.

In short, the internet, and its ability to rapidly disseminate information, particularly information contrary to official or corporate agendas and narratives, is now a playground for geopolitics in a way that it was not before.

And that brings us to the second article shared by V.T. Note the following:

(Reuters) – Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist who was knighted for inventing the internet navigation system known as the World Wide Web, wants to re-make cyberspace once again.

With a new startup called Inrupt, Berners-Lee aims to fix some of the problems that have handicapped the so-called open web in an age of huge, closed platforms such as Facebook.

Building on ideas developed by an open-source software project called Solid, Inrupt promises a web where people can use a single sign-on for any service and personal data is stored in “pods,” or personal online data stores, controlled by the user.

“People are fed up with the lack of controls, the silos,” said Berners-Lee, co-founder and chief technology officer of Inrupt, in an interview at the Reuters Next conference. This new, updated web, Berners-Lee said, will enable the kind of person-to-person sharing and collaboration that has helped make the big social media services so successful while leaving the user in control.

It sounds nice, but one wonders just how much user-control and privacy there will be, when the following people are involved in the project according to the article:

John Bruce, a veteran technology executive who is CEO of Inrupt, said the company had signed up Britain’s National Health Service, the BBC and the government of Flanders in Belgium as pilot customers, and hoped to announce many more by April.

Inrupt’s investors include Hearst Ventures, Octopus Ventures and Akamai, an internet content delivery firm. Bruce declined to say how much has been raised.

The BBC? The British National Health Service? Hearst? These are the entities that are going to ensure user-privacy and do an end-run around the Silicon Valley tech giants and their social media platforms?

I don't know about you, but you can colour me skeptical on the notion.

So why bother mentioning the second article at all, particularly in conjunction with the first?

For this (high octane speculative) reason: to get ahead of what may be a growing and looming problem, namely, all those "techies" out there who are fed up with the platforms and social media as currently exist, and who are fed up for precisely the reasons alluded to in the second (and first) articles: virtual monopoly control by the Big tech companies, censorship, lack of privacy, and so on.

Or to put it differently: both articles indicate that the scramble is on for new platforms, and even independent satellite systems. And it's not "big players" like Russia, or Berners-Lee and his current raft of big players like the BBC or the British National Health. Mr. Globaloney's "American franchise" has so overplayed its hand that I suspect the cooler heads of reason in Russia and the UK know it, and are trying to get ahead of what could turn out to be a control freak's worst internet nightmare: hundreds, if not thousands, of independent programmers inventing platforms, encryption algorithms, and new social media. And add to that a few billionaires or millionaires who don't share Mr. Globaloney's vision for the future, and you've got a problem.  Already, at the very moment Mr. GLobaloney wants to go "all digital" in the "Great Reset," internet cohesion is breaking down: Russia wants its own, Mr. Berners-Lee wants to redo it, and everyone wants to be able to access information freely, and free of controlled narratives. So far as Mr. Globaloney is concerned, this could turn out to be quite a spanner in the works to gum it up.

In other words, this could turn into quite a show in the coming months and years.  And it may even be fun to watch and be a part of.

See you on the flip side...

46 thoughts on “THE FALLOUT CONTINUES: REMAKING THE INTERNET: BERNERS-LEE AND RUSSIA”

  1. And the need to get it all on before it gets away from them might be the need for the Reset Putsch, or Dane Wiggington’s NOW global climate catastrophe – The American Indian did not forsee Venus planet with all water vaporized , land seared or washed away, and winds like concrete walls doing 100mph.
    I doubt that Trump in Plato’s cave will see more than Narcissus did in his still pool of water. Hopium Springs eternal.
    Howabout smartphone 6g BBS boards? ANY alternatives will need to bring their own chips (CPUS etc) to the table to be able to play fairly.
    My new made up for for today, anti-phoecianism.

  2. Anything the BBC thinks is good, I would avoid.

    Tim Berners-Lee, known as the inventor of the world wide web, has revealed that Inrupt has launched a privacy platform for enterprises.
    The U.K.’s National Health Service, the BBC, NatWest Bank and the Flanders Government are among its early adopters.
    Berners-Lee has become increasingly concerned that today’s digital giants are exploiting citizens around the world….
    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/11/09/tim-berners-lee-attracts-nhs-bbc-natwest-to-inrupts-solid-platform.html

  3. What a disappointment! Not a word nor mention about advanced interface techniques that use a plug and play and disengage method that is far superior to century’s old keyboards and mid/late 20th Century pens and touch screens. . . . You know, the type that requires the user to have the skill of instantaneous algorithmic construction within the cranial area and the neuro-dendritic extension to touch AND transmit to and through fiber optic consoles and/or enable transmission through crystalline piezoelectric connectivity that adjusts parameters of fractal geometry frequency(ies) (as if to instantaneously conjure) toward a desired end goal. It would make subtle use of the finer but crudely expressed energies, fields, and motion already apparent in this presumed space/time continuum both through division and multiplication. Just think (probably more than that) being able to do some really far out stuff that only gets splashed onto graphics screens for entertainment with illusionary high definition that suggests 3D..

    One maintains an ongoing hunch why it is not yet within this upright simian types grasp to hegemony – It’s Not Meant for Sale On or Off Planet! Nor, especially, to destroy.

    A new cyber make over that takes into consideration security and privacy and substantially deters the criminally bent use of it seems a worthy goal, for now. It will need more than an efficient electronic and mechanical backbone second time around, especially, if there’s any inkling of a corporeal one being part of it.

    Talk is cheap and might as well be babble.

  4. Well, these control freaks have the megalomania of Ming the Merciless saying towards the end of the serial Flash Gordon Conquerors The Universe I Am the Universe. These fools have just shot themselves in the face again instead of leaving well enough alone a staying in the background over the election they interfered in it dropping their mask of fairness and showing their partisanship with the forces of power and the Deep State.

  5. To my mind, it’s good news if satellites, communications, and payment-clearing systems aren’t under unipolar control. It may not lead to an uncensored, unmonitored internet, but at least it challenges Globaloney’s monopoly.

    I have dystopic visions of a future where The Voice of Russia somehow hacks into a tightly controlled, heavily censored U.S. internet and beams its own counternarrative to Americans behind the Western Curtain…

  6. Access-to and control of information has been part of the Deep State from time immemorial. Miles Mathis has been a good document-er of the connections between the Families, their owned intel apparatus, their owned corporations, and various owned front-persons controlling modern communications. See:
    http://mileswmathis.com/gates.pdf
    http://mileswmathis.com/zuck.pdf
    mileswmathis . com/musk.pdf

    Right now, it is a bit like the restaurant scene in the second Robert Downey Jr. movie, “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” (2011). In that scene, Holmes’ lover refuses to meet Professor James Moriarty except in a public place like a major restaurant. (Spoiler Alert!) In short, at a prearranged signal, everyone in the restaurant – customers and staff – leaves and she is left-alone with Moriarty. (She does not instantly pull-out a pistol and do her best to shoot Moriarty…)

    Today, our society is riddled with individuals and “lawful persons” aka corporations who are working for the Families. The Cabal/TPTB/SPMotU/Phoenician Navy will be ‘inside’ any attempt to set-up free communications, turning these endeavors into ‘honeypots’.

    At this late stage in the game, we need an Outside Player – one who has the ‘tools’ to one-up Mr. Globaloney. Might be God, might be aliens, might be a global Awakening. Whatever it is, it needs to be outside the System…

    1. Samuel Adams was asked by students of that long ago revolution in 1776.
      [He replied something to the effect/affect]
      But the revolution did not happen in 1776.
      [His students looked puzzled]
      The Sam continued…
      It happened long before that. In the churches, taverns, farms and at the crossroads; when ever & wherever people congregated.

      Now “they” think covid1984 has stopped that.
      But it happened already…
      The tinder crowd is lying in wait…

      Of course, they think they can control the explosion[$], as they’ve done so many times before. But things have gotten much, much more complicated.
      Another reason “they” loathe “real life”.

      It’s real complicated.
      When deep learning algorithm$ go awry.
      You see, those dead staticians

      1. Oops!
        Did you hear about the statistician?
        Probably.

        Those “smart” algorithms use brute statistical strength; not analogue common sense/cents.
        Their inherent cognitive/dissonance
        has already baked its cake.
        This is real quantum reality;
        not a statistical reality?

        Probably.

    2. Vsihnu takes on his multi armed form…….NOW I AM THE COMING DEATH, THE DESTROYER OF WORLDS. Some poeple laughed, some poeple cried. Most were silent…………….

  7. First off scrap the idea “God given”;
    life, air, water, you get the context.
    Everything under the Sun; including its rays and the Sun itself, are subject to ownership negotiations. Even empty space!
    And the grey matter between between your skull?
    Under current negotiations.
    White Rabbit

          1. “Trees” was one of them, but that’s rather deep in their catalog. The “hit” was Tom Sawyer. Here’s the link:

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PmmMG-6mwo

            But they had plenty from to choose. The rock opus 2112 would also fit. As would “Red Barchetta”. “Camera Eye”. “Witchhunt”. The latter one is also especially good.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzBvA2uEjUI

            The lyricist read a lot of Arn Rand during this period. It shows big time.

          2. “Witchhunt”
            Opens w/a foreboding atmosphere of the hunted.
            In fact, when I see the word witch; I think of it in the historical context of intelligent, loving women; who not only questioned authority, but who sought out to find ways to make life better for all concerned. To imagine. To create. These were the women labeled “witches”.

            Fast forward to today; and the witch hunt is on steroids, 24/7/365.

            Truth is the target;
            as it has always been.

            Thanks again, for cluing me in.

          1. In regard to “state of the nation” in the US, the denouement is pointedly mute here in Australia.
            I’ve been following supposed developments during the preceding months with anticipation that something extraordinary was to prevail – alas, to no avail.
            My analogy to this is in the form of the “Fire Triangle” which consists of three distinct constituents…
            1) Oxygen :- We can assume that all protagonists are still breathing….
            2) Fuel :- There seemed to be enough “material” available to ignite the situation….
            3) Ignition source:- To my mind, seems like the “Brigade” has been in to extinguish that potential…
            Can’t discount the fact that even dying embers can start a blaze though…..

        1. One of them… See my comment to Robert for others. This band’s catalog from the 1970’s is full of candidates for this period in our history. There are even a few tracks from Grace Under Pressure that would apply in the near future…

  8. The Chinese saw this coming
    and starting building their own internet.
    Other countries have to know the Rogue CIA plans and orchestrates these color revolution w/the mockingbird media and CIA platforms like google/Facebook etc.
    What a standing precedent: to censor
    The President of the United States.
    And the CIA media
    pulling the next level up, media strings.
    Well, what does one expect from an owned government; soon to be followed by a privatized space.
    What next: privatizing “nothing”?

    1. Privatizing ‘no thing’? Oh, they will try… I am reminded of the old Native American saying, paraphrased,

      “These white people think they own the land.
      They think they own the water.
      Someday, they think they will own the wind.
      These white people do not understand.
      They may live longer than us.
      These things will be here long after they are gone.
      You can not own what is not yours to take.
      The earth belongs to everyone–and no one.”

  9. Another day in infamy. 1/20/2021
    A day FDR knew 12/7/1941
    the attack was planned in Swampington DC.
    The media knew about JFK. 11/22/1p63
    [google places the movie first.
    Wiki places King’s story second
    But the obfuscated truth comes in third
    halfway down the truthiness page.

    The Trump card never existed.
    [The “Q context”, another op w/in an op]

    The infamy that dresses lies
    in well tailored media truths.

  10. Hehe the 1 thing you can ALWAYS depend ON

    …”it” 😈whatever “it”😈 is that IS “behind”😈 ole mr. G’baloony & THAT ilk ?¿? “is” …always trying ta ice skate …uphill🏃🏃🏃
    😀

  11. There exists a company called “Unstoppable Domains” that is creating a decentralized platform for web domains and privacy.
    Somehow you’re able to host your own website on this platform and because it’s a block chain, it cannot be controlled by regulators and doesn’t require domain name registration.
    In the future, we will be able to control our dissemination of private information. We can decide who gets access to our attention and how much they will pay. I think this company is a start with this.
    The key is to vote with your money and your attention.

  12. Brilliant! So, the bottom line is, if these blow-hard CEO’s of megalomaniacal corporations who want to control everything persist, the world is going to turn the internet of “things” into the internet of “no things”. There goes the social scorecard and it’s too early to tell what impact it will have on digital currencies. If the last one becomes unimplementable, I would say, “Good riddance to both.”

    I realize if these new concerns are involved they all have their games to play, but at least, as consumers, we know more about the game going into it. I remember how naive I was when I first joined. At least I had this site early enough to anchor me. Sure, there is plenty of speculation here, but its without pretense. Most of the internet is pretenders. With respect to all social media I’ve grown tired of them. My footprint, such as it was, will decrease even more. It’s not worth the energy to keep up with it all–especially when the worst thugs are digital and cannot take a tap, let alone a significant punch! The internet of “things” has become a virtual zoo of empty cages–so what is the point?

  13. The internet make-over story caught my eye a few days ago and then like Dr F, I guffawed at the mention of the BBC and the NHS. Hardly a make-over then me thinks.

  14. Lion return ate witch in Narnia!

    If Lady Luck smiles on Trumpy, and he breaks casino in Plato’s Cave, he will return victorious through demon’s gate.

    Seasonal fluctuations, in Year field, are predictable, as loop of perpetual spiral fugue, in contrapunctus. Winter passed, guilt forgiven!

    KING ARTHUR’S GRAIL TOAST 4

    ᛡ SPRING SPROUT
    When I woke into resurrection,
    I needed my reparation,
    and angel schnaps
    lifted caps,
    and boosted my levitation.

    https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/s/ccsirsai003ocg3/featherless-chicken.jpg

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