With the Sony hack up and the Pirate Bay down, there’s a lot going on in network law enforcement.
Sony, for its part, has no more secrets and the FBI still cannot pin the hack on North Korea.
Pirate Bay, the most resilient unlawful music and movie copier went down hard yesterday and as of this morning, remains inaccessible worldwide.
Swedish police raided their Portlane data center, hidden deep in Sweden’s bedrock.
The SONY datadump is a victory for the hacker underground.
Shuttering Pirate Bay, even temporarily, is a symbolic victory for artists everywhere but it’s like emptying the ocean with a teacup.
Google’s Eric Schmidt would have us believe we face a binary decision:
That’s spoken as a wealthy man making bank against Canadian pharmacies and stolen movie downloads.
His underlying premise is the internet is global and unprecedented and that barriers should not exist to anything technology will provide.
But that’s nonsense.
It permits the Sony hack and Pirate Bay, and business has operated globally for a very long time.
An ethical society should resist any deliberate conflation of lawful behavior as some form of “online censorship.”
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Michael Posner observed in his keynote address at the State of the Net conference in 2012: