2015: Today’s Net Neutrality Order is a Win, with a Few Blemishes

Today, the FCC published its new order [PDF] on net neutrality.  As promised, the rules start by putting net neutrality on the right legal footing, which means they have a much stronger chance of surviving the inevitable legal challenge.  This is the culmination of years of work by public interest advocates and a massive outpouring of public support over the past year. Make no mistake, this is a win for Team Internet! Now, what about the rules themselves?  We’re still reviewing, but there’s much to appreciate, including bright line rules against blocking, throttling, and paid prioritization of Internet traffic. For example, an ISP cannot degrade customers’ access to services that compete with its own offerings and cannot charge tolls to privilege traffic from one web service over others. We applaud the FCC for listening to Internet users and acting to protect the open Internet from unfair discrimination by mobile […] Read More

2014: Censoring the Web Isn’t the Solution to Terrorism or Counterfeiting. It’s the Problem.

It’s an attractive idea because if you don’t think too hard, it appears to be a political no-brainer. It allows governments to avoid addressing the underlying social problem—a long and costly process—and instead simply pass the buck to Internet providers, who can quickly make whatever content has raised rankles “go away.” Problem solved! Except, of course, that it isn’t. Amongst the difficult social problems that Web censorship is often expected to solve are terrorism, child abuse, and copyright and trademark infringement. In recent weeks some further cases of this tactic being vainly employed against such problems have emerged from the United Kingdom, France, and Australia. UK Court Orders ISPs to Block Websites for Trade Mark Infringement In a victory for luxury brands and a loss for Internet users, the British High Court last month ordered five of the country’s largest ISPs to block websites selling fake counterfeit goods. Whilst alarming enough, […] Read More

2014: Say Goodbye To “Net Neutrality” – New FCC Proposal Will Permit Discrimination Of Web Content

Submitted by Mike Krieger of Liberty Blitzkrieg blog, The concept of “net neutrality” is not an easy one to wrap your head around. Particularly if you aren’t an expert in how the internet works and if you don’t work for an ISP (internet service provider). In fact, I think that lobbyists and special interest groups make the concept intentionally difficult and convoluted so that the average person’s eyes glaze over and they move on to the next topic. I am by no means an expert in this area; however, in this post I will try to explain in as simple terms as possible what “net neutrality” means and what is at risk with the latest FCC proposal. I also highlight a wide variety of articles on the subject, so I hope this post can serve as a one-stop-shop on the issue. The concept of “net neutrality” describes how broadband […] Read More

2010: Freedom of speech for the price? Companies and government agencies shut down Web sites

Freedom of speech for the price? Companies and government agencies shut down Web sites s Directory July 23, 2010 ” For the first time in human history, mankind has awakened a political – it’s a whole new reality of -. It is not so for most of human history “- Zbigniew Brzezinski, May 2010 duties of citizenship in the United States began during the colonial period as the active participation of citizens in local politics through frequent public hearings on matters of an issue and the broad participation under the influence in a democracy. various factors and forces changing the ratio of the nation’s history. Today, Sun is essentially the legal status of citizen’s right to live and work the people and enjoy certain rights and privileges provided by law. p In modern society, many still practice the spirit of citizen participation via the Internet through blogs, alternative news […] Read More