A few people wondered how the new wireless carrier rules the FCC will adopt today will affect them. Here’s a preview:
Trudy Muller, an Apple spokeswoman, said the company had removed the app ”œbecause it violated our developer guidelines.” Ms. Muller added: ”œApps must comply with all local laws and may not put an individual or group in harm’s way.”
Get it? It’s not censorship, per se, but it is corporate control over what you see, what you read and what you hear. Wikileaks has broken no laws that the New York Times hasn’t broken. The Pentagon and Biden and The State Department have all said no one has died as a result of the leaks. But it has embarrassed our leaders.
I remember what Numerian said last year in response to my predictions in forty years time post, that we would see a continuing drift towards corporate feudalism. I confess, I had a hard time wrapping my head around this idea at first. But in the last twelve months I’ve seen it more and more. Free speech will not be regulated by the Federal Government. The Bill Of Rights guarantees it won’t. But there is nothing in the constitution to stop corporations from regulating speech. This is exactly what is going to happen. Most people get their internet from wireless devices these days, so expect more and more rigid firewalls.