In the rapidly changing world, our information based societies are now faced with questions that demand greater public debate to set the standards as pertains to this developing internet medium and our actions and interactions thru it.
From a widely dug post on Torrent Freak The Pirate Bay Returns With Guns Blazing, I learned that the notorious Pirate Bay was back online after Swedish authorities pulled their plugged Monday August 24th.
The Pirate Bay is, was, now again “is” theworld’s largest BitTorrent tracking service.
Pro-Privacy or Pro-Piracy
Their story underlies the argument of whether file sharing is a legal activity protected by privacy laws or is it a matter of blatant piracy of other’s copyrighted material.
A highly charged and largely followed story, the case for and against The Pirate Bay is not yet over.
Although some internet voices call for TPB to go quietly into that good night, others see this as a battleground over the freedom of expresson and information.
In The Lobby, a blog about European affairs, they write,
“Ironically however, much of the technology that is being hailed as tools of freedom of expression and for allowing cheap global access to culture (for example the use of Twitter in Iran and Google books etc) is under attack by regulators. Wired magazine reports that President Obama’s top anti-trust official is gunning for Google, something The Lobby thought the EU could do in the future, Twitter is attracting attention from the US Federal Trade Commission, and over here in Europe we’ve already seen a lot of debate being generated over the pros and cons of the EU Telecoms Package.“
Freedom of expression, of cultural and information exchange?
These questions demand greater public debate as we set the standards that pertain to this developing medium and our actions and interactions thru it.