Will we weave a web with our own values and ingenuity? Or will we be woven into a web that is not of our design?
By Marco Zonka
Along the current arc of human civilization as we know it, the warp and weave of the global internet is an “event-horizon” we are crossing right now in real-time. Who will define the warp and weave of that web, and to what design?
Whose interests will it serve?
How those questions are answered in our personal and professional lives locally, and globally aligned through the internet, will in large measure define both our “virtual” and our “real-life” fate.
All free-will/free-market human enterprises are predicated on one integral assumption: that a person can speak freely and openly about any subject or concern in public, or privately and absolutely confidentially, as one so wills or chooses, personally and professionally, without threat or recrimination. But when freedom of expression is controlled and monitored, and the very safety and security of one’s person and personal effects are compromised, the fabric of civilized human life itself is in jeopardy.
Americans were recently informed by DHS officials that ALL Americans are potentially “in communication with terrorists” –knowingly or unknowingly- and so we are all potentially “suspects” in a crime. Therefore: All internet access, emails and phone calls to and from every person in most parts of the internet-enabled world are being monitored (in real-time and in retrospect) by computers scanning for key words and phrases, in a “global government and private corporate partnership” that would more honestly be called a “public/private surveillance regime”.
Fabric of Bad-Will
These unlawful intrusions and violations of constitutional protections become especially important in the business world, where the ability to secure and maintain trade secrets and other proprietary material and information is essential. NSA/DHS channels have informed the public that all internet and communication activities are being recorded and analyzed; there is even “information sharing” between government program executives and the private companies on contract with the government. This is virtually a prescription for even more “insider trading” abuses.
When the consensual contract of trust between a people and their own system of government is torn apart, the winds of chaos move significantly closer to our doors.
The American 4th Amendment rights (against unlawful search and seizure) and the universal human rights and protections of security and safety in your person and personal effects that it codifies, is not essential to personal privacy alone, but is absolutely essential for professional protection against trade or business-based “inside-trading” as well.
And insider trading by insider traitors to both the constitution and the free market system are the most dangerous “traders” of all.
Who you Gunna Call?
Personal and professional proprietary rights — the privacy and the security of one’s personal or professional affects is essential to the integrity of a rational and cooperative free-market economy.“Eco-nomy” literally means “the order in the home.” Without the essential “natural law” based order of security and privacy in one’s home and workplace, the entire global system of honest trade is imperiled. As freedom must be self-affirmed and exercised, security must be self-fulfilled and self-enforced.
On the manifold information highways of the global internet, new networks of interrelated interests and values-driven concerns are finding one another on a broader platform of expression, exchange and potential.
A new economy is quiescent, both locally and globally, not just another monetary “debt—based” economy, but a values-based economy, designed to generate and increase value of goods and services, and no to slowly degrade and devalue them, which is the current design. The extractive boom and bust monetization-of-debt based economy we are trapped in now is inexorably moving toward the event horizon of its own inevitable collapse. We must arrive at that horizon with other options already in place. At the local level, many communities are already doing that, with alternative currencies and local asset-mapping. But on the global level, to truly democratize these efforts in a “people powered” fabric of goodwill , our inter-related values must be woven together through the warp and weave of the internet.
A free and democratic global internet is an unprecedented vehicle of communication for humankind to transcend artificial borders and barriers, and more universally claim our common-sense humanity.But that barely realized and salient potential is already threatened by monopolistic powers that correctly see in it a threat to their own corporate hegemony, and will stop at nothing to cripple it, if they can. It is our responsibility to make sure they fail in their efforts to curtail our evolving human destiny, which must be shaped by our love and care, and not by fear and greed and aggression.
Fabric of Goodwill
It is imperative on this new platform of human potential and promise, to maintain our 4th Amendment/Universal Human Rights to privacy and security in on our person and personal and professional affects and efforts.
And to do that in the etherium of the internet, we need the most intelligent tools for the job.
Security and privacy are never bestowed as a given; they must be reaffirmed continuously, and taken.
In the spirit of affirming these the values of personal freedom and personal and professional security I am gathering here two kinds of “liberation software” : 1) a collection of the best “pro-human freedom” and “pro- personal and professional security” software I can find, and 2) the best values-based “democratization of the internet” software that I can find.
Just as “buying locally” supports our local values-based economy, so too “buying globally” based on shared values, and using software-instruments or “platforms” that support those values, is key to realizing those values, collectively, on a global scale.
Starting With “StartPage” and Why
Dr. Katherine Albrecht is a world-renowned expert in one field of RFID chips (Radio Frequency Identification chips, already embedded in millions of appliances and animals, and soon –unless we stop it—in people as well.
Albrecht is also an expert in universal “privacy and personal security rights”.
As such, she is one of the most well-informed and graciously articulate voices revealing not only the profound danger to freedom of expression and right to freedom of assembly and association (1st Amendment) but equally importantly, our rights to privacy and security (2nd and 4th Amendments) with which we assert and affirm and maintain our “freedom of expression” rights. Please watch this video of her explaining the public-good “mission” behind StartPage, why it matters, and how you can best use it for yourself, your business, and the greater-good for all persons and parties concerned:
‘StartPage” and its “built-in” sister search engine “Ixquick” were expressly created to defend the privacy and civil liberties of online computer users. StartPage provides a private portal to Google results, while Ixquick provides private results from other search engines. Based in the Netherlands, their services (Unlike Apple, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Facebook, YouTube, PalTalk, AOL and Skype) have not participated in any PRISM software-based information-sharing, nor has StartPage ever provided user data to the U.S. government or to any other government or agency in the U.S. or anywhere in the world.
“The Privacy of our users rests on three important foundations,” explains StartPage and Ixquick CEO Robert Beens. “We are based in the Netherlands, we use encrypted connections, and — most importantly — we don’t store or share any of our users’ personal search data.”
- No User Data Stored: StartPage and Ixquick never store user data, including IP addresses and search queries, so government agencies have no incentive to ask for these. This privacy is so complete; the company doesn’t even know who its customers are, so it can’t share anything with Big Brother.
- Encrypted (HTTPS) Connections: StartPage and Ixquick were the first search engines to use automatic encryption on all connections to prevent snooping. When searches are encrypted, third parties like ISP’s and the NSA can’t eavesdrop on Internet connections to see what people are searching for.
- Not Under U.S. Jurisdiction: StartPage and Ixquick are based in the Netherlands, so they are not directly subject to U.S. regulations, warrants, or court orders. They can’t be forced to participate in spying programs like PRISM. The company has never turned over a single bit of user data to any government entity in the 14 years it has been in business, which is not surprising since there is no data in the first place.
StartPage and Ixquick are also the only search engines whose privacy practices have been independently verified and third party certified through the European Union’s Privacy Seal program.
“Unfortunately, it takes a scandal like PRISM to wake people up to the erosion of privacy”, says Harvard-trained privacy expert Dr. Katherine Albrecht, who helped develop StartPage. “As people get fed up with being spied on, they look for alternatives. We already serve nearly 3 million private searches each day, and we expect that number to grow as people seek shelter from search engines that store and share their private information.”
The company will expand its privacy services this summer with the addition of a new private email product called StartMail. StartMail will offer a paid, private email platform with strong encryption.
Anyone interested in beta testing the program on its release can sign up at www.StartMail.com