This is why we need copyright reform, and we need to invest in truly civilian Internet spaces. Things like youtube are entirely taken for granted but they live at nothing more than the whim of corporations, with no actual rights of free speech on them.
The whole Google and “right to be forgotten” drama is another case where civilian government is unable to form a basis for a search engine for a search engine ruled by civilian law. We act as if Google is a utility…and while it might be a de-facto utility, it is not, and it is ephemeral and as temporary as its stock price lives well.
“Internet’s Own Boy” Briefly Knocked Off YouTube With Bogus DMCA Claim – Slashdot.
I’ve been picked out of a crowd at customs to be searched before. I was tired and I gave a furtive glance. The agent dug right into my bathroom bag and finally gave up when he saw I was giving him the “you’re going to find nuttin’, I’m really bored” look. But travelling with mp3 players, usb memory, lappies–whatever–just by carrying one, are you subject to invasive search of the filesystem? Does having encrypted collateral on the file system make you more suspicious? Is this a conspiracy ploy by the phone networks and netbook manufacturers to get business travellers to just buy a disposable netbooks at your destination and use Google Docs, just to avoid the hassle of getting searched?
Should Customs decide what’s a circumvention device? | Public Knowledge.