Thursday, January 17, 2008

AT&T to Play Big Brother

Even thought the federal government has said that AT&T and other ISP's don't have to police their networks for pirated content, the telecommunications giant is voluntarily looking for ways to play internet cop.

According to AT&T executives have said the company is testing technology to filter traffic on its network to look for copyrighted material that is being illegally distributed.

So far, most ISPs such as Verizon Communications and Qwest Communications International have declined comment. Comcast has stated that following last years uproar over their allegedly slowing P2P content that they are no longer using or testing content filtering technology.

Art Brodsky, a spokesman for Public Knowledge, a digital-rights public interest group has said "Content filtering is like the cops knocking on everyone's door to make sure there are no stolen goods inside, searching packets on a network throws out the whole idea of innocent until proven guilty."

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