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Published on Nov 15, 2013

On this episode of Breaking the Set, Abby Martin calls out British PM David Cameron’s conservative party for purging their website of over a decade of speeches and videos, and remarks on the party also using sophisticated software to remove the files from the internet archives that are used for posterity. Abby then reports on major policy shifts within the Chinese government that are resulting in a partial lifting of the country’s long standing ‘one-child policy’ as well as the dismantling of the decades long labor prison camps for Chinese dissidents. Abby then speaks with Peter Joseph, founder to the Zeitgeist Movement about the philosophy behind the organization, the unsustainability of the current economic system and the model proposed by the movement for a sustainable future that works harmoniously with nature. BTS wraps up the show with a performance by members of the musical collective ‘Heartbeat’, performing the songs ‘Bukra fi Mish Mish’ and ‘The Wall’ and discussing how the road to peace between Israel and Palestine can be paved with music and unity.


Tories try to delete internet history: Videos we’ll never forget no matter how hard they try

Unforgettable: Moments in recent Tory history
Unforgettable: Moments in recent Tory history

The Tories have tried to delete a decade’s worth of Tory promises and policies from the internet, it was revealed today.

…..Even the PM’s promises of a new, clean, transparent politics is among the material the public can no longer access.

A Tory spokesman claimed that the party was just trying to be helpful.

“These changes allow people to quickly and easily access the most important information we provide – how we are clearing up Labour’s economic mess, taking the difficult decisions and standing up for hardworking people,” the spokesman said.

But Labour’s Sheila Gilmore said: “It will take more than David Cameron pressing ‘delete’ to make people forget about his broken promises and failure to stand up for anyone beyond a privileged few.”


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Conservative party deletes archive of speeches from internet

Decade’s worth of records is erased, including PM’s speech praising internet for making more information available
David Cameron

A speech in which David Cameron said the internet would help people hold politicians to account was among those deleted. Photograph: Barcroft Media

The Conservatives have removed a decade of speeches from their website and from the main internet library – including one in which David Cameron claimed that being able to search the web would democratise politics by making “more information available to more people”.

The party has removed the archive from its public website, erasing records of speeches and press releases from 2000 until May 2010. The effect will be to remove any speeches and articles during the Tories’ modernisation period, including its commitment to spend the same as a Labour government.

The Labour MP Sheila Gilmore accused the party of a cynical stunt, adding: “It will take more than David Cameron pressing delete to make people forget about his broken promises and failure to stand up for anyone beyond a privileged few.”

In a remarkable step the party has also blocked access to the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, a US-based library that captures webpages for future generations, using a software robot that directs search engines not to access the pages.

The Tory plan to conceal the shifting strands of policy by previous leaders may not work. The British Library points out it has been archiving the party’s website since 2004. Under a change in the copyright law, the library also downloaded 4.8m domains earlier this year – in effect, anything on the web with a address – and says although the Conservative pages use a .com suffix they will be added to the store “as it is firmly within scope of the material we have a duty to archive”. But the British Library archive will only be accessible from terminals in its building, raising questions over the Tory commitment to transparency.

Computer Weekly, which broke the story, pointed out that among the speeches removed were several where senior party members promised, if elected, to use the internet to make politicians accountable.

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August 9, 2013

Judge Grants Preliminary Injunction to Protect Free Speech after EFF Challenge

Court Blocks Enforcement of Dangerous New Jersey Law

Newark, NJ – A New Jersey federal district court judge granted motions for a preliminary injunction today, blocking the enforcement of a dangerous state law that would put online service providers at risk by, among other things, creating liability based on “indirect” publication of content by speech platforms.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) argued for the injunction in court on behalf of the Internet Archive, as the statute conflicts directly with federal law and threatens service providers who enable third party speech online.

“The Constitution does not permit states to pass overbroad and vague statutes that threaten protected speech. The New Jersey statute created that threat and the court was right to block it,” said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Matt Zimmerman. “Similarly, Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act prohibits the state from threatening to throw online providers in jail for what their users do and the statute violated that rule as well. We are grateful that the court recognized the importance of these bedrock principles to online libraries and other platforms that make the Internet the vital and robust tool it is today.”

The New Jersey law at issue is an almost carbon-copy of a Washington state law successfully blocked by EFF and the Internet Archive last year. While aimed at combatting online ads for underage sex workers, it instead imposes stiff criminal penalties on ISPs, Internet cafes, and libraries that “indirectly” cause the publication or display of content that might contain even an “implicit” offer of a commercial sex act if the content includes an image of a minor. The penalties – up to 20 years in prison and steep fines – would put enormous pressure on service providers to block access to broad swaths of otherwise protected material in order to avoid the vague threat of prosecution.

“Within the past month, we’ve seen a coalition of state attorneys general ask Congress to gut CDA 230 to make way for harmful laws like New Jersey’s,” said Zimmerman. “This misguided proposal puts speech platforms at risk, which in turn threatens online speech itself. Law enforcement can and must pursue criminals vigorously, but attacking the platforms where people exercise their right to free speech is the wrong strategy.” separately filed suit against this law, represented by the law firm of Davis Wright Tremaine, who also joined today’s argument.

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Matt Zimmerman
Senior Staff Attorney
Electronic Frontier Foundation

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