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End of the Internet or the beginning of a new-style Internet?

By: Anthony Garreffa | Editorials in Software | Posted: Feb 5, 2012 4:11 pm

Napster Days, Spam and WikiLeaks


Napster spawned many, inferior clones, and started this whole evolution of file sharing programs. One has to realize that there are vast powers behind the scenes of government and corporations and lobbyists that have near limitless power. Many hundreds of millions of dollars are "donated" to congress, politicians and even possible presidential candidates. Obama has had his pockets filled with money from Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, JP Morgan, Time Warner and many more. These "powers" have money and influence where you and I never will, and can take anyone at any time. Julian Assange and Kim Dotcom are recent examples.




If Napster was so bad, why did it not collect attention from authorities straight away? Why weren't the founders captured from all corners of the planet, arrested and thrown into custody before a trial? Guilty before proven innocent or innocent until proven guilty? I can't quite remember how it goes these days. Napster spawned and let loose peer-to-peer file sharing, and around the same time, spam, malware, spyware and viruses all gained steam. LimeWire, BitTorrent and other peer-to-peer file sharing services started and these 'problems' started to compound.


More and more people were having issues with their PCs, more and more websites began the pathetic expansion of spam ads on their websites, where corporations and companies would advertise their wares through ads. Most ads (right up until today even) are pure spam. Most advertisements on the sides of websites, are spam. Clicking them does who-knows-what to your PC and I for one, can say I've never clicked one of them. TweakTown only accepts ads known not to cause damage to one's computer, so click ours. (Ed: yes!)


My personal PC does not run a virus scanner, spyware scanner, malware scanner or any other annually-charging piece of software. Everything I download is specifically chosen, and carefully monitored. I have many friends and more family who don't continue with the same caution. The problems of today, with our software, file sharing program and "ways of life" are because of the seeds that Napster started.


Fast forward to 2011 and we have WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange thrown in jail because he was set to release information that would otherwise hurt the big banks and corporations of the U.S. as well as its government. He was falsely accused of rape and held for 30 days.




What do you think happened to him in those days? WikiLeaks have done nothing between now and then for all the steam they built up over those hectic months.

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