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Friday, 6 April 2012

Can freedom survive?

The fuss over the government's latest net snooping plans might have died down for a while in the UK but with a similar battle emerging in the US I get the feeling this is going to run and run.

I know of at least one event planned for soon after Easter and I wondered whether this cause is worthy of a theme tune.  To get the ball rolling I've penned some lyrics to Gloria Gaynor's 'I will survive'.

All we need now is a band to record it (hopefully under a Creative Commons license so it can be shared and remixed as needed) and maybe a video, too? (Must pan in to RIPA Part III on line 2!)

Can Freedom Survive? (CC-BY-NC James Firth)
When the net was first used by paedophiles,
Government made laws to access all our files,
And then onto the scene, came the copyright brigade,
Jobs are under threat and campaign bills must be paid... 
And now we're tracked, from outer space,
They put all our website visits in a database,
We should have known that terrorists
Would be used to set the scene,
For a level of surveillance that Orwell had foreseen. 
Go on now, go, walk out the door,
Your moves all logged and stored, till twenty eighty-four,
Try and leave your phone behind, that doesn't get you off the hook
Cameras match your features to your photos on Facebook. 
Now freedom, can it survive?
When the government knows what I write before my blog goes live,
I've got all my life to live, my data leaks just like a sieve,
Can freedom survive? Survive? Hey, hey,  
Can we trust high strength encryption not to fall apart?
With a man sat in the middle trying to subvert,
Breaking all the bonds of trust just to read a batch of spam,
What's it all for? Have you heard of TOR? 
There is another way, it's really nothing new,
You can trust most netizens to hold up good and true,
Our autonomy's our strength, in a society that's free,
We're all keeping our eyes open for the threats that you foresee. 
Go on now, go, walk out the door,
Your moves all logged and stored, till twenty eighty-four,
Try and leave your phone behind, that doesn't get you off the hook
Cameras match your features to your photos on Facebook. 
Now freedom, can it survive?
When the government knows what I write before my blog goes live,
I've got all my life to live, my data leaks just like a sieve,
Can freedom survive? Survive?

@JamesFirth

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