RSS iconTwitter iconFacebook icon

The Trek BBS title image

The Trek BBS statistics

Threads: 148,479
Posts: 5,881,144
Members: 26,321
Currently online: 388
Newest member: jx351

TrekToday headlines

Two New Official Starships Collection Ships
By: T'Bonz on Oct 6

Klingon Bathrobe
By: T'Bonz on Oct 6

Koenig Humbled By Trek
By: T'Bonz on Oct 6

The Red Shirt Diaries: Balance of Terror
By: T'Bonz on Oct 5

Salmond: Not Kirk
By: T'Bonz on Oct 5

Star Trek Beyond Dubai Filming
By: T'Bonz on Oct 5

Retro Review: Tattoo
By: Michelle Erica Green on Oct 3

Evaluation Ordered For Lien
By: T'Bonz on Oct 2

Shatner To Receive Award
By: T'Bonz on Oct 2

New Star Trek Beyond Pictures
By: T'Bonz on Oct 1

Welcome! The Trek BBS is the number one place to chat about Star Trek with like-minded fans. Please login to see our full range of forums as well as the ability to send and receive private messages, track your favourite topics and of course join in the discussions.

If you are a new visitor, join us for free. If you are an existing member please login below. Note: for members who joined under our old messageboard system, please login with your display name not your login name.

Go Back   The Trek BBS > Entertainment & Interests > Science and Technology

Science and Technology "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." - Carl Sagan.

Thread Tools
Old September 8 2012, 06:53 PM   #1
Fleet Captain
Methos's Avatar
Location: Hiding under Gaila's bed...
View Methos's Twitter Profile Send a message via Windows Live Messenger to Methos Send a message via Yahoo to Methos
Wikipedia fights British snooping laws

At last... it's about time someone stood up against these stupid laws being pushed through...

Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has joined the opposition to the Communications Data Bill that was proposed by the UK government earlier this year. Civil rights groups have raised the alarm about provisions that could require British ISPs to keep records of every website their customers visit for 12 months. Now Wales is threatening to enable encryption on Wikipedia for UK Web users to protect their privacy.
And here's a gorgeous quote from a live interview...

"This is not the sort of thing I'd expect from a western democracy. It is the kind of thing I would expect from the Iranians or the Chinese."
While Wikipedia is the first website to go public with denouncing this bill, i don't think it'll be the last... quite a few websites out there are just as concerned with users privacy as they are publicity for their own website, so being seen as standing up for user privacy would go a long way to ease concerns and gain good publicity for themselves

In Russia, a 122 year old man has passed away, he credited his long life to abtaining from alcohol, tobacco and women. His last words were "I've made a huge mistake."
Methos is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 9 2012, 12:16 AM   #2
Shatinator's Avatar
Location: Virginia
Re: Wikipedia fights British snooping laws


So glad to see someone post this on the BBS, so rare it is that I see a post of real life personal "liberity-freedom" concerns at this site.

As egregious as what is happening in the UK is. And it is. However, the UK has been on a unwavering course for many years to more and more surveillance.

What we now have in the States is just as troubling. After the stumbling of SOPA, and SOPA-like laws. Certain powers than be have chosen to use commerce and trade in a domestic offensive manner.

TPP (Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement) has been negotiated in secret in the States, in such a manner to avoid congressional scrutiny. In fact copyright which the TPP, address as well as was a center point of the SOPA bill; copyright is now the new patriot act of these United States.

As such, if some get their way, it will effect freedom of speech and what citizens can legally post and discuss openly. Some foreshadowing, as already been presented in restriction to fair use; even in strictly educational settings.

But of course don't take my word for it read here:


When reading this (if so inclined), you may want to ask yourself if this is the kind of world you would like to live in.

M-did not mean to steal your fire, just wanted to illustrate that this is a global threat.
Shatinator is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 9 2012, 12:30 AM   #3
Location: Great Britain
Re: Wikipedia fights British snooping laws

Hopefully it'll never see the light of day and become law. Really this act won't make me feel any safer as part of it is to with fighting terrorism. Terrorist have been been around long before the internet and smart phones etc.. In fact having this law might make it harder, as alternate means of communications might be used.
On the continent of wild endeavour in the mountains of solace and solitude there stood the citadel of the time lords, the oldest and most mighty race in the universe looking down on the galaxies below sworn never to interfere only to watch.
MacLeod is offline   Reply With Quote
Old September 9 2012, 07:31 PM   #4
Fleet Arse
Deckerd's Avatar
Location: the Frozen Wastes
Re: Wikipedia fights British snooping laws

As M says this is just a Bill and will probably not see the light of day, unlike the monitoring that goes on round the clock of any communication that might be considered un-american.
They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance.
Deckerd is offline   Reply With Quote


Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 08:58 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
FireFox 2+ or Internet Explorer 7+ highly recommended.