As if we weren't spied on enough, here's even more Panopticon:
A completely "voluntary" collusion between the Obama White House, the RIAA, the MPAA and ISP's has resulted in the decision to spy on everything you do online in the name of trying to catch people downloading copyrighted content.
In order to do this the ISP's have to do something called "deep packet inspection" which means every bit of data going between you and the internet will be scrutinized. It's also not transparent, in other words you can be accused of downloading copyrighted materials when you didn't do anything. They can impose large fines or cut off your internet. Harassment of dissidents, anyone?
The deadline for the ISP's to start doing this is July 12. (they could start before the deadline, too.)
If you like to download stuff, well, I won't tell you to get whatever you want to get done, done soon. (That would be encouraging illegal activity.)
If you aren't downloading stuff, and you want to protect your privacy in your communications anyway, you could use encrypted e-mail. The government can probably crack it, but if everyone starts using encryption, they'd be playing whack a mole. It would tax their resources a bit.
There are also tiny cheap Linux computers available now, like the Raspberry Pi. I suppose someone could use these like one might use a cheap throwaway disposable cell phone. They're about $35 US. But you wouldn't want to use one of these with war-driving under this new
I think even darknets could be detected if your ISP is scrutinizing every bit of data going between you and their servers. Maybe someone will invent a whole separate set of independent ISP's going over an alternative network. Sort of like that parallel cellular phone network that the Mexican drug cartels set up for themselves, only for a noble cause.
But then, how do you trust the alternative network? I guess you'd have to use encrypted everything. Even if it's anonymous and decentralized, I'm sure there will be government mole servers in there too, mimicking the other ones.
Here's something interesting, Pirate Bay is looking again at launching drone blimps that will have internet servers on them. Perhaps this could be used as an alternative internet. (this is via Global Guerrillas) and here is Pirate Bay's word on it https://thepiratebay.se/blog/210
Here's where they were originally thinking about it http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2010-10/file-sharing-group-mulls-floating-pirate-ship-servers-sky