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The Montauk Project Is The Basis For New Winona Ryder Netflix Series

The Montauk Project is many a disinfonaut’s favorite old chestnut of a conspiracy theory. Who can forget Alexandra “Chica” Bruce’s haunting presentation of the nuttiness on Eastern Long Island in the pilot for the Disinformation TV series, after all?

Sixteen years on from when we shot that segment on a micro-budget for the UK’s Channel Four TV, Netflix has commissioned an original series featuring Winona Ryder supposedly based on the very same Montauk Project, per SlashFilm:

Winona Ryder is Netflix’s newest star. Along with David Harbour, she’s just signed on to lead a supernatural drama series brewing at the company. Formerly titled Montauk, the show comes from Matt and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines). Karl Gadjusek (Last Resort) serves as showrunner and Shawn Levy executive produces. Find all the details on the Winona Ryder Netflix project after the jump.

The untitled series begins with the disappearance of a 12-year-old boy in 1980 Montauk, Long Island.

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Netflix Pushes For Privacy Law Change To Make Your Viewing History Available To Advertisers And Government

Coming soon–an algorithm to root out criminals and agitators in advance based on Netflix viewing history. Truthout writes:

You might want to think twice about streaming that “subversive” documentary about the Weather Underground on Netflix. If Republicans have their way, you just might end up on a watch list somewhere. This week, the House of Representatives passed an amendment to the 1988 Video Protection Privacy Act, which forbids movie rental companies from sharing or selling their customers’ viewing history. The Senate is expected to take up the amendment soon.

If this passes, what you watch on Netflix may soon become public information that your friends, employers, and even the government will have access to. Netflix favors the law change because it will help them branch into social media…[with] enormous profit-potential in selling your viewing history to advertisers who can target specific demographics based on your preference in movies. Also unmentioned by Netflix is just who else might get this information once it’s taken out of the privacy lockbox.

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Netflix Super PAC Supports SOPA

NetflixSo you thought that $8 a month was a sweet deal? Well, guess what else comes with it. Stephen C. Webster reports on RAW Story:

Video streaming giant Netflix has recognized the compelling financial logic behind Washington’s anti-piracy efforts.

In a recent filing with the Federal Elections Commission (FEC), Netflix revealed that it has created its own political action committee called FLIXPAC, designed to support anti-piracy measures in Washington and the candidates that favor them.

The FEC filing, made April 5, was first spotted by Politico. The company has seen its spending on federal lobbying ramp up in recent years, going from approximately $20,000 in 2009 to half a million in 2011, amid heated debates in Washington over restrictions on Americans’ Internet use.

Those restrictions, represented most clearly in the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), were initially supported by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, who reportedly sent a letter to the Chamber of Commerce expressing solidarity with that bill’s ultimate goals.

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Netflix Sucks Up 30% Of Internet Bandwidth

Netflix_LogoIs your Internet connection slow? Blame Netflix! Sandvine reports in its “Global Internet Phenomena Report: Spring 2011“:

  • In North America, Netflix is now 29.7% of peak downstream traffic and has become the largest source of Internet traffic overall. Currently, Real-Time Entertainment applications consume 49.2% of peak aggregate traffic, up from 29.5% in 2009 – a 60% increase. Sandvine forecasts that the Real-Time Entertainment category will represent 55-60% of peak aggregate traffic by the end of 2011.
  • In Latin America, Social Networking (overwhelmingly Facebook) is a bigger source of traffic than YouTube, representing almost 14% of network traffic. Real-Time Entertainment represents 27.5% of peak aggregate traffic, still the largest contributor of traffic in that region.
  • In Europe, Real-Time Entertainment continues a steady climb, rising to 33.2% of peak aggregate traffic, up from 31.9% last fall. BitTorrent, a peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing protocol, is the largest single component of both upstream (59.7%) and downstream (21.6%) Internet traffic during peak periods.
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