As the physical embodiment of all things American, Uncle Sam has been used to represent the likes of freedom, Big Brother, consumerism, foetus-snatching and everything in between. But just over 200 years ago, this anthropomorphised flag of a man was an actual, living human being — and a too-weak-to-enlist one, at that.
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It's kind of ironic - Julian Assange, the man behind Wikileaks, has been quoted today as saying that the Internet "is not a technology that favours freedom of speech", when it was the internet that allowed him to both access and distribute the millions of cables that have made Wikileaks a household name.
I was hoping that American Airlines would stand up against religious groups' stupid demands, keeping their in-flight online service completely un-filtered. After all, they had great arguments: filtering porn sites will jeopardise the access to legitimate web sites, hindering the usability of their aeroplane wireless network. Not to mention the fact that people wanting to look at naughty bits in airplanes can always watch the porn stored in their computers, mobile phones, and personal multimedia players. The network filtering is not going to change that. Sadly, they now have changed their tune:
In a move that could send ISPs tumbling down a slippery slope toward serving big media companies before consumers, AT&T has decided to start targeting pirated content being moved across its network. How exactly they'll do that isn't clear, but there doesn't seem to be any real way of them detecting what materials being sent are copyrighted without them prying into every file people send online. But hey, what's wrong with that? We should trust AT&T! It's not like they spy on us for the government already or anything.