Robert McMillan, Wired
Before the FCC voted today to adopt new rules that will make it easier for the agency to enforce net neutrality, the agency’s commissioners heard from three people who believe in an open internet: Chad Dickerson, the CEO of Etsy; Veena Sud, the executive Producer of the Netflix-produced serial The Killing; and Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the world wide web. Continue reading
by Tim Worstall, Forbes
Today is Internet Slowdown Day (and I don’t think we’re taking part here at Forbes) which is the way that various of the internet content providers urge you all to complain to politicians about the possible changes over net neutrality. Continue reading
by Brian Sonenstein, firedoglake
TODAY is the great Internet slowdown for net neutrality. Continue reading
by Rainey Reitman, Electronic Frontier Foundation
You know the net neutrality conversation is breaking new ground when even the porn sites are weighing in. Continue reading
by Micah Sifry, Salon
Ten years ago, many political activists had high hopes for the Internet. Political strategist Joe Trippi, who managed Howard Dean’s 2004 campaign for president, imagined “huge, involved communities around political issues and candidates … these people would be an army, ready to mobilize at the first sign that the government was doing that top-down, trust-us-we-know-what’s-best-for-you crap that people were so sick of … The American people are going to learn how to organize themselves and then watch out.” Continue reading
As historians will surely note, events of 2013 have divided the internet age into two eras. Until this year, the internet was primarily seen as a global information and communications utility.
Then came the flood of Edward Snowden’s revelations, and we were confronted with the stark reality that the internet is also the global surveillance machine — for both government and private sectors. Continue reading
Jeremy Gillula ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION
You would think that by now the Internet would have grown up enough that things like online banking, email, or government websites would rely on thoroughly engineered security to make sure your data isn’t intercepted by attackers.
Scott Shackford, reason.com
The United States has announced that by 2015, it will end its control over the administration of that omnipresent series of tubes we know as the Internet. What that fundamentally means is that the Commerce Department will end its contract with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), turning it over to a global community of stakeholders.
Jillian C. York, ELECTRONIC FRONTIER FOUNDATION
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) released its annual “Enemies of the Internet” index this week—a ranking first launched in 2006 intended to track countries that repress online speech, intimidate and arrest bloggers, and conduct surveillance of their citizens. Some countries have been mainstays on the annual index, while others have been able to work their way off the list. Two countries particularly deserving of praise in this area are Tunisia and Myanmar (Burma), both of which have stopped censoring the Internet in recent years and are headed in the right direction toward Internet freedom.
In the former category are some of the world’s worst offenders: Cuba, North Korea, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Belarus, Bahrain, Turkmenistan, Syria. Nearly every one of these countries has amped up their online repression in recent years, from implementing sophisticated surveillance (Syria) to utilizing targeted surveillance tools (Vietnam) to increasing crackdowns on online speech (Saudi Arabia). These are countries where, despite advocacy efforts by local and international groups, no progress has been made.
alecstates, Red State
Today marks the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web. In order to be sure we have something to celebrate on the Web’s 50th birthday, it is essential we keep the Web free from new regulations.
On March 12, 1989, British researcher Sir Tim Berners-Lee proposed a concept for an “information management” system. The system would use the global network architecture underlying the then-burgeoning Internet to access both textual and graphical information and vastly improve user experience.