The Age of Global Internet Censorship Is Now

We all know that some countries have strict controls over all personal communication flows from their citizens, subjects, or people. We are about to become one with the rest of that world and lose our online free speech. In fact it is happening right now. Let me cite some more examples on top of what you’ve already heard or know.

Slashdot had an interesting post on March 14, 2014 titled; “Russia Blocks Internet Sites of Putin Critics,” by Samzenpus which stated:

“An anonymous reader writes in with news about Russia’s censorship of internet sites critical of President Vladimir Putin. “Russia blocked access to the internet sites of prominent Kremlin foes Alexei Navalny and Garry Kasparov under a new law that critics say is designed to silence dissent in President Vladimir Putin’s third term. The prosecutor general’s office ordered Russian internet providers to block Navalny’s blog, chess champion and Putin critic Kasparov’s internet newspaper and two other sites, grani.ru and ej.ru, state regulator Roskomnadzor said.”

Of course, and just wait until the US loses control over the Internet, all nations will demand all websites with any critique be taken down from the Internet as well as anyone sending mass emails, texts, twitter accounts or Facebook pages, you just wait, wait and see what happens as the US relinquishes control of the Internet! And don’t think our country will not also join in and our leadership move to curtail any critique, we are all going to have to live in this brave new world. Can you hear me now? And how do you like it?

Did you know that the Middle Eastern countries, and Arab League all have demanded at the United Nations that any commentary criticizing their royal families, governments or leadership be removed from the internet and made illegal with punishments (globally) to prevent slander (as they see it or perceive it) against their family names or leadership dictates, or Islam? It’s true, these are demands and the UN said it would seriously look at this. China and many Asian nations already do this, and countries in South America also scour the Internet to find discontent and pull it out at the roots.

This is happening world-wide, even some of the leadership in the EU wants this to stop and is willing to allow such laws to be enforced cross-border globally. Meanwhile the US just turned over ICANN and now foreign administrators can determine which websites to shut down, or divert traffic, to spoof websites or government websites warning people not to go to those domains, or that the site was pulled due to slander against X, Y, Z. This is serious stuff for a nation like the US that prides itself in free speech and freedom of the press. We are about to lose those rights to the global authority.

Finding an Address on the Internet – How the DNS System Works

The Internet is a single gigantic network of networks consisting of hundreds of millions of computers, smartphones and other machines linked together by a wide variety of technologies. These include telephone lines, fibre-optic cables, microwave links, and wireless connections.

The purpose of all this hardware is to enable people and machines to communicate with each other.

Protocols

Many of the computers and other devices linked to the Internet run on a variety of operating systems, such as Mac OS, UNIX, Google Chrome, Android, Windows and Linux.

These operating systems are not compatible and software designed for one operating system usually does not work, or does not work very well, on another operating system.

To enable the machines to communicate with each other, they must follow specific sets of rules. These are designed to overcome the limitations of having a variety of operating systems and are known as protocols.

Protocols provide machines with a common language and method for sending and receiving data.

Without a common set of protocols that all devices must follow, communication on the Internet just could not happen because linked machines that run on different operating systems would not be able to exchange information in any meaningful way.

The two most important protocols used on the Internet are the Internet protocol (IP) and the transmission control protocol (TCP). These protocols establish the rules by which information passes through the Internet.

Without these rules your computer would need to be connected directly to another computer in order to access the information on the other computer. In addition, to communicate with each other, the two computers would need to have a common language.

Before they begin communicating, however, the computers have to be able to find each other. They do so by following the rules of the IP protocol.

IP protocol

Every device on the internet has a unique identifying number without which it would be impossible to distinguish one device from another. This number is called an Internet Protocol (IP) address. A typical IP address is written as a dot-decimal number; eg 192.168.1.1.

In the early days when the Internet consisted of little more than a few computers linked together, you connected your computer with another computer by inputting that other computer’s IP address in a dot-decimal format. This was easy when you only had to know a few IP addresses.

Checklist For Organizing Your Internet Home Business

Great! You’ve decided to start your own Internet home business and you are counting the money, in your head, that’s falling from the proverbial Internet money tree. But, before jumping into your new home based business there are some basic items that you must take care of first.

1. Remember, “This is a business”! Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you do not have to do any work. Some people look to start an Internet home based business but fall victim to promotional products that promise massive wealth from an Internet home business with no effort on their part. Don’t be this person.

You already have passion for a product or a service you want to provide. Or, maybe you don’t have passion but see a potential to make extra income. In either case you have to put forth the effort and work consistently.

This is a long-term venture that can, and will, provide a healthy flow of income if approached and built correctly. This is not a get rich quick proposition. If you are determined to build your Internet business read on. The information here will provide some basics to help build your foundation and execute your plan of action.

2. Pick a quiet location and set a schedule to work on your business. It’s not going to get done on its own. In the beginning you’ll have to put in the most hours but once you’re set up it should get easier.

If you are still working another full-time job then set a schedule during your off hours. Involve your family in your plans. Let them know what you’re doing and that you should not be disturbed during business hours. Make sure you have a set goal when you start working. Are you writing, researching, or still organizing?

3. Research and learn as much as you can about your niche (product or service). Is there a demand? A Google search query can answer that question. Just type in your product or service on the browser’s search bar and look at the amount of results you get.

Look at some of the results (sites listed on results page), and then start asking yourself some questions. What are others writing about it? How are they structuring their message? How would you like to structure your message? What can you point out that’s missing in the message of others? In other words, how are you going to be different from the rest?

4. While doing research stay focused on your topic of interest. There’s a lot of information on the Internet and it’s easy to be distracted. One way to stay focused is to search keywords or keyword phrases that fit your niche.

Keywords describe the topic of your product or service. A keyword is a single word related to your niche and a keyword phrase is a group of words that focus on specifics of your niche.

Factors to Keep in Mind When Choosing an Internet Connection

When choosing an internet connection to have whether a fibre broadband, a DSL, a cable connection or even a dial-up, it helps to keep these factors in mind.

Download speed. Your internet download speed should be commensurate to the kinds of activities that you engage in online. Choose an internet connection that not only allows you to do what you want to do, but also allows the number of people in your house to connect to the internet all at the same time. Choose the internet speed that can accommodate the traffic and congestion present in your household.

Normally, a download speed of 1 to 4 Mbps allows you to check your email, browse the web, stream music files and watch standard definition videos. If you are telecommuting, the download speed quoted above should keep you satisfied. A download speed of 4 to 6 Mbps allows you to engage in the same activities plus file sharing and IPTV or internet TV services. A download speed of 6 to 10 Mbps allows you to play interactive games online. As your download speed goes higher, you get to do more activities such as multiple user video conferencing, real-time image consultation, HD video surveillance and more.

Availability. Especially if you are located quite far from the city, you need to know the internet companies available to serve your area. Since communication towers can only reach a certain geographical scope, the internet provider you want may not be able to serve you with the internet connection you desire. Residents in the urban centre may not have to factor in the availability in their decision-making, but residents in the outskirts and in regional locations should.

Price. This is probably a consideration that consumers factor in regardless if it is for an internet connection or not. If the initial costs and monthly payments offered by the internet provider you want meets your budget, then there is no reason for you not to consider getting their services. Check too if they have bundled services and promos. Promos like free one-month connection or free installation can help you save money. Keep in mind though that the cheapest offer is not necessarily the best idea. You might be sacrificing a lot such as internet quality and varying download speeds if you choose the cheapest offer over a modestly priced internet connection.

Tech support. It is quite useless to sign up with an internet provider that has weak tech support. You can see whether the tech support of the internet provider you want is at par with your requirements through customer feedback. Do they dispatch technicians immediately to your location if you need help with your internet connection? Are they quick in replacing modems, wires, outdoor satellites and other technologies that only they can replace? Is their tech support hotline picked up by a live person or not? How can you reach them? Are they reachable through phone, email or IM? Tech support may seem insignificant, but it can affect the internet experience later on.