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 PostPost subject: Biden-No Friend to File Sharing, Net Neutrality, or Privacy        Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 9:32 am 
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Obviously this isn't going to be the first thing on everyones minds when voting in the US in the upcoming election (*cough* Iraq *cough*), this is a technology website. More links to articles are actually in the original Gizmodo article.

Source: http://gizmodo.com/5041044/vp-candidate ... ne-privacy

CNet's Declan McCullagh wrote up an informative history of Joe Biden's tech-related voting record--if Biden's name rings a bell, it's because he's the guy Barack Obama picked to be his vice president last Friday night. Maybe you don't care about the doings in Washington, but you may want to know that Biden considers a lot of what you do care about criminal activity. Here's what I'm talking about:

• He asked Congress to spend $1 billion to monitor peer-to-peer activity. (In fairness, much of this is to prevent child pornography, but the tactic is apparently a little blunt.)

• Two Biden bills have been explicitly anti-encryption, because you know, encryption makes it hard for the FBI to read people's e-mails.

• He has expressed support for internet taxes and internet filtering in schools and libraries.

• The RIAA seems to be one of his best buddies: Biden sponsored a bill that would restrict recording of songs from satellite and net radio, and another one that would make it a felony to "trick" a computer into playing back unauthorized songs or running bootlegged videogames. That latter one died when Verizon, Microsoft, Apple, eBay and Yahoo all argued against it.

• Biden was one of just four senators invited to attend a celebration of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act hosted by the MPAA's Jack Valenti and the RIAA's Hillary Rosen, two of American file-sharer's most wanted.

• When he was asked in 2006 about proposing net-neutrality laws, he said there was no need, since any bit-filtering violations would provoke such a huge public ruckus they'd have to hold congressional hearings anyway--and they'd be standing-room only.


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:38 am 
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Haha he's almost as bad as McCain, monitoring P2P for kiddie porn is bullshit, take down one network and they just find a new way, like everyone else does.

And isn't he a democrat, I don't think he's allowed to say the free market will solve problems.

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I still would rather have him as Vice President (with the nearly non-existent amount of power that comes with that office) than McCain as President. Especially considering that most of Obama's views are very pro-technology .


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Luthian wrote:
I still would rather have him as Vice President (with the nearly non-existent amount of power that comes with that office) than McCain as President.


I'm pro-privacy/pro-leave-people-the-****-alone. I agree with you. I'm voting for Obama.


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take down child porn is there cover for all of the uninformed/parents/oldies, but more than likely 99.99% of people caught with this won't be for porn, but pirating


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I honestly believe that none of the candidates are a good choice this time around. Oh well, I'm not gonna be voting anyways.

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Jeff wrote:
I'm not gonna be voting anyways.


Then don't ever complain about anything they do. Unless you meant that you aren't old enough to vote yet, in which case, nevermind.


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I'm close, but no cigar (as the saying goes). :)

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Yeah, I was the same way in the '04 election. 17-1/2.


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Yeah, I was the same way in the '04 election. 17-1/2.


Well, not quite that close, but oh well.

As I said earlier, I don't think either candidate is a good choice at this point in time. Maybe McCain will get a halfway decent VP, that would make things interesting.

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Haha he's almost as bad as McCain, monitoring P2P for kiddie porn is [censored], take down one network and they just find a new way, like everyone else does.

And isn't he a democrat, I don't think he's allowed to say the free market will solve problems.
Its incredibly easy to find, unfortunately, and some even sneaks past school filters :S

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