Tuesday, May 22, 2007

A congressman, an armed force, and a camera

If you work for MegaCorp, it's probable that your IT folks have blocked you from certain websites.

Edward Markey has contacted an employer about its policy of blocking its employees from certain websites under certain conditions.

The employer? The Department of Defense.

Markey's letter is here. In part, he states that DoD was inconsistent in blocking the sites on the list (e.g. MySpace, YouTube), but not blocking other bandwidth-eating sites, such as gaming sites.

It turns out that Markey has a special affection for YouTube. Boy, does he:

Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) took matters, and literally the camera, into his own hands yesterday when he announced he would produce the first video “of a committee hearing from the chairman’s perspective.” Markey, who chairs the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, made the announcement before a startled audience at the beginning of yesterday’s hearing, titled Digital Future of the United States: Part V, The Future of Video, featuring YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley.

And the military-military complex is denying our soldiers the right to see Markey play with himself - I mean his camera.


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