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As the discussion and protests against ACTA heat up across Europe, there are several media, such as newspapers and TV, that remain silent. The protests don’t make it to the evening news, there are no articles dedicated to ACTA in newspapers. That is a shame, since these media traditionally reach a large number of people. Now, those people have no idea what ACTA is or what all the fuss is about. I asked in my immediate surroundings and most people shrug and tell me they have no idea either. When I enlighten them about what ACTA will mean for the future of the Internet, for instance, they all react the same way: shock, disbelief and then anger. Surely, our government would not let something let this happen? Well, the sad truth is that our government, our representatives, have no idea how this Internet thingy works and allow themselves to be dazzled by talk and figures of the content Mafia industry.

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It is said that evolution always moves forward and that it can not move backward. An amphibian, once it is an amphibian, can not go back to being a fish. Man can not return to being an ape. Species go from one form to another but always more complex, always more specialized. While this isn’t how evolution works, recently I have been wondering if this is true and if not, if we may be the perfect example of evolution reversing and not just one step, but several huge strides. Can one argue that we are no longer human?

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In strong words, Anonymous condemns Facebook for its violation of user’s privacy. In addition, the collective announces that on November 5, Facebook will be destroyed. November 5 is Guy Fawkes’ Night in the UK, on which people celebrate the foiling of the gunpowder plot to blow up the House of Lords. The Guy Fawkes’ mask worn by the character ‘V’ in the film ‘V for Vendetta‘, has been adopted by members of Anonymous (or their supporters) and Anonymous has made references to Guy Fawkes before. (more…)