Deutsche Presse-Agentur reports that the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) is making millions through the sale of clothing, promotional materials and recorded music featuring hateful, racist content. Last year their receipts from the sale of such promotional materials even exceeded the amount of financing they receive from the state.
This week, secretive negotiations are springing a trap for the Internet via the TPP, a new international trade agreement. Though negotiations are happening behind closed doors, we know some of what the big telecom and media lobbyists are up to.1 Now is the time to send a message that we will not let lobbyists criminalize our day-to-day use of the Internet through expensive fines.
We need to push the StopTheTrap.net campaign forward. Here’s why:
The Internet is without doubt a great invention. Unfortunately, no one so far has been able to develop an anti-troll device that will help to make it a more civilized place. You might have come across this beast called the Internet troll too, in the white of comment boxes, on social networks, and on discussion boards.
How many Internet arguments have you witnessed? Or better yet, how many Internet arguments have you participated in? I visit a number of forums and communities on a daily basis, and I see arguments all the time.
But what really bugs me are the people who make unfounded arguments and think that they’ve won.
You might know these kinds of people as “trolls” – people who will come up with any and all types of nonsensical logic. And then there are times where people will make baseless arguments unknowingly.
Users of the Aryan-Front.com “white community” Web forum were greeted with an eye-opening memo from hacktivists when they tried to log-on to the message board Friday morning: you should have expec