Letter to Gary Johnson

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    After Obama did his bullshit on Reddit, ignoring questions relate to the NDAA and legalization of pot, I thought it would be a good idea for someone like Gary Johnson to do this. While I normally wouldn't want to push ED as a whole to go towards a single presidential candidate, but Gary is different.

    He is different because he has already made one of his issues about net neutrality with a terribly made video




    I thought that we could do something similar with Gary Johnson. We'd do an email interview with US, and we'd ask him on more specific net neutrality issues, plus a few other issues about freedoms, such as legalization of all hemp and the NDAA. Given my recent successes with Broadside and the soon to be Bahrain article, I thought that we might have another success if we can get Gary to respond to us.

    So ED users, please list net neutrality issues you would want to ask this dude http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/. I will take around 3 net neutrality issues (possibly more), but I need your guy's 1337 opinions on net neutrality

    While I don't want to have ED push towards him, this could end up being a very important event for gaining IRL creds for ED if we pull this off.
     
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    The most important question relating to net neutrality is whether the candidate views the internet as its own domain or not.
     
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    Well, let's see... this isn't my area of expertise, but maybe I can pull a gem out of my ass. A few questions I might ponder would include:

    How sovereign should the Internet be as a whole? What, if any, authority may governments and corporations exert?

    What, if any, information would you deem to be appropriate to censor?

    To what extent should governmental bodies take action with regard to "cyber-bullying?"

    What, if any, restrictions do you feel that ISPs have a right to place upon consumers?

    Do you feel that peer to peer data transferral should be restricted or altered in any way?

    The "Great Firewall of China" is a flagrant affront to net neutrality and Internet freedom. Are there other such affronts that you wish to bring attention to?

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    OK, some of these overlap, and they're probably loaded all to hell... but that is to be expected when asking EDiots about net neutrality. This is the best I could do off the top of my head, but I suspect that incubation may yield greater results.​
     
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    These are excellent. Both of you please elaborate on the sovereignty of the internet further, I am liking the sound of this.
     
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    What role, if any, do believe the FCC should play concerning neutrality as a whole but more specifically concerning ISPs?

    Do you believe that there should be a differentiation in policy concerning the neutrality available on wired services and that available on wireless services?
     
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    Can this Gary Johnson teach the average Australian (Bogans) that the Internet is not a box on the moon that is full of ghosts?
     
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    Get your own Ron Paul lite.
     
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    We don't have one :(
     
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    Don't be so down, you can have Rand Paul.
     
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    Is he good?
     
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    Hes a politician son of a politician....Great hair though.
     
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    @$$Trooper the AE Party has basic policy, that if you learn how not to cry when speaking in front of large groups of people and can read AE Party policy and anything I would send your way, you could become that Rand Paul or Ron Paul even!
     
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    That must be the gem I pulled from my ass, as I had never heard of that particular phrase. I suppose by "Internet sovereignty," I convey the notion that, ideally, the Internet is bound to RL authority no more than that which is absolutely required. Naturally, the existence of the Internet is made possible primarily through corporate entities; ISPs stand out in this regard. With that in mind, sovereignty is first and foremost the idea that no worldly power may bend the Internet to better serve its own whims, or exert undue and unwarranted authority. One might liken this very loosely to a non-interference pact.

    Such sovereignty would preclude things along the lines of censorship, violating the freedom of information, restricting activities of which worldly powers disapprove, terminating services due to content, persecuting netizens for transmitting or receiving "controversial" or "sensitive" data, and the like.

    In my view, a sovereign Internet would be a fully autonomous, anarchistic, very loosely oligarchical state, and truly beholden to no one... within or without the Internet itself.

    if information is truly free, the Internet is an independent body of living data... and no man may endeavor to control it.
     
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    While I support net neutrality, I don't things such as child pornography or American (I have no problem with foreign) military installation layouts on the internet.

    While I don't have a lot of faith in the United Nations, I do believe if we give the sovereignty of the internet over to the Security Council or something even with more arbitrating countries, the better. At first that sounds like a bad idea, but given the current nature of the Security Council, having clashing interests or propaganda angles being pushed from these five countries (and I believe we should add India, Brazil, Japan, and Germany to the permanent Security Council seats, which would add even more biases) to lead to the most objective internet we possibly can receive.
     
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    Nor do I. Perhaps a clarification is in order; when I speak of sovereignty, it is of the political sense. Notions of freedom of information fly out the window in the face of gross child abuse. CP isn't info, it is a vile and heinous atrocity of unspeakable proportions.

    You know, I would never have thought of this, but I genuinely like this idea. It would be far superior to single nations regulating the Internet without a care for who it affects. Horrendous things like CP don't belong on the Internet or anywhere else, yet there must be assurances that the actual expression of ideas must be protected. I think putting this responsibility in the hands of people with wildly diverse opinions would go a long way towards subverting totalitarian control.


     
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    We could fund a program at the U.N. to fight CP and nations would have to fight for control of their military installations from being published. And even if some of these nations are untrustworthy with free speech: Russia, China, and the United States, there is enough hate between these three that they will want as objective as possible info on the other evil-doer faction.
     
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    I like where this is heading, and I dare say that far too little is done to combat child abuse in all its forms. You make an excellent point with fostering rivalry to ensure objectivity. This is what I meant by "intellectual discourse."

    It's quite the refreshing change from the endless stream of dick jokes... not that there's anything wrong with them.
     
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    Is he that faggot senator who was a red socks fan or something?
     
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    No he is a former concrete company owner and a two term Republican (libertarian faction) Governor of New Mexico. He is going to be the third big name on the Presidential Ticket in November. While I personally like him over the other two candidates, I still believe it would be good to establish a dialogue with him on issues the AE party would care about.
     
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    The video is okay, but at least it won't be an attack ad like the other two will do.

    I do hope the interview becomes a reality. If he is for net neutrality, he shouldn't have a problem with this site.
     
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    I disagree, a magical phenomena of the free internet and its false sense of anonymity is it's ability to make people feel comfortably open with such perversions. I say not only allow but encourage them to come out from the rock under which they hide and post their filth. In this way , if we as a community choose to, expose them for the trash they are and aid our respective governments in their disposal.
     
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    @zaiger what are your thoughts about this? I would like to hear some input from our Dear Leader
     
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    I'm not sure what to think. While I still support my notion of a Wild West Internet, I know it will never happen. Some good ideas have been tossed around, but I don't think they will reach fruition, even if they could be much more easily implemented in theory. The only reality I can fathom is that existing power creep will continue unabated. Color me cynical.

    Despite this, I think enough ideas have been put forth to draft a letter to Johnson. While I still don't think ED should be mentioned, as consorting with us can only be seen as a political blunder, this isn't my show. I can suggest, however, that no point should be endorsed; an interview can only be truly genuine if the interviewer does not bring personal ideas to the table.
     
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    I plan on mentioning ED in the letter as he needs publicity. If I just send him a letter without a need for him to respond, he won't respond. He is more likely to respond if he knows that ED is pretty big shit on the internet. I don't intend on having the article written about this on ED endorsed him, but if Gary Johnson does talk to us and does agree on basic level shit (not more specific technical things), that will be an endorsement in the minds of our viewers that this dude is somewhat of a cool guy.

    Also he is the AE Party's official recommendation for President in 2012 only because he at least considers net neutrality an issue worth fighting for.
     
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    I'll post the text of the letter in here once I get around to writing it some time this week.