Back to a long form on this visit to three bears in the news. The California State flag is mostly the unmistakable image of a bear; also appearing is a star and some words, but it’s the bears in the news that caught my attention and after an unpublished episode about the passions stirred by US Senate hearings last week, I thought it best to nab that energy and direct it here, to Net Neutrality since California just passed SB 822. Other bears include Tim Berners-Lee and Russia in the classic sense, as the bear who played with our power grid infrastructure. We cover some good ground!

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A little primer today with information going back just months or, in a few cases, almost ten years. The future is unmanned.

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The unshakable news story of China killing American spies and informants filled the Cafe with a steady buzz today. Though there is no written rule, the acts, spread over two years some eight years ago, seem to spill into the digital domain by way of precedent; as though they break a ‘gentleman’s’ pact that, once discovered, spies and informants are turned or deceived or made obsolete but not eliminated. We’re being spied on all the time; we spy in ways too. Is there a Rules of Engagement?

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We are setting ourselves up for a spectacular revolt. There’s a perfect storm of privacy and data and regulatory hijinx in the news right now. Were all three to become reality, the path would be paved with rose petals and the air perfumed for the ultimate background to the next dystopian YA novel. There would be no flying children and no talking animals because it would be real – it would be the oppressive and bleak noir laid out by current events. The only recourse? Kill Switches; datacide.

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