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The individual is gaining power over their own lives which scares the bejesus out of any organization whose existence is based on controlling the masses. Why all govts from democratic to dictators are using excuses to control or filter/shutdown mass networked communication between people and citizens around the world. The Patriot Act by the US conservatives got the ball rolling and now a liberal admin wants to become like Britain and European Union in using national security, hackers and illegal porn as the reason to gain control and tight regulations over ISPs/networks and servers connected to the ATT's and telecommunications companies' backbone (already under govt bidding).