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The 'Shocking' Truth About Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 07.18.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The spreading popularity of Net Neutrality really rankles those in Washington who have been trying so hard to portray it as a "government takeover of the Internet."

How to Tell If Your Member of Congress Is a Crony Capitalist

Timothy Karr | Posted 06.18.2014 | Politics
Timothy Karr

First, find who his or her biggest corporate donors are. Then check his or her record on policies that may impact the bottom lines of those companies. Does she support or oppose financial-sector reform? Has he recently signed a letter or released a statement opposing EPA curbs to coal-plant emissions?

How the Internet Is Transforming from a Tool of Liberation to One of Oppression

Astra Taylor | Posted 06.05.2014 | World
Astra Taylor

Thanks to Snowden, we now know the Internet has become a giant government spying apparatus dependent on the complicity of companies we use everyday. A Reuters poll from April showed that a majority of Americans believe that technology companies including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon are "encroaching too much upon their lives." It's a rather remarkable statistic given these companies were universally loved not that long ago, widely imagined to be allies of the people against the old oligarchs.

The Dirty Secret Behind Rep. Latta's Anti-Net Neutrality Bill

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.31.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

If the FCC fails to take this simple step -- or if it's restricted from doing so -- the Internet as we know it could be lost. That's exactly what companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon want. And they are paying good money to make sure Congress does their bidding.

The FCC Should Let All Competitors Bid on the Spectrum Necessary to Give Americans 21st Century High-Speed Mobile Broadband

John M. Burns | Posted 07.15.2014 | Technology
John M. Burns

The FCC should encourage the widest possible competition in next year's spectrum auction and let all competitors bid on the spectrum necessary to give Americans 21st century high-speed mobile broadband.

A Song for the FCC: Don't Blow Up Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 06.28.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

If you think explaining tech policy is difficult, try putting it to music and lyrics. That's exactly the challenge that faced musician and artist Jonathan Mann, who last week composed a song urging Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to ditch his plan for a payola Internet.

Strike Two: Obama's Second FCC Chairman Fails on Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 06.24.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

When President Barack Obama pledged to appoint a FCC chair who was dedicated to protecting net neutrality, we had no reason to doubt he'd find the right person for the job. Obama campaigned in 2008 as a strong champion of the open Internet, telling an audience that he'd "take a back seat to no one in my commitment to net neutrality." He said that his chair would share his views on safeguarding the open Internet. Now, the president is on his second FCC chair, and neither has proven himself up to the task. Obama's second FCC chair, Tom Wheeler, will put into circulation today a proposal for a new rule. All evidence suggests that Wheeler's proposal is a betrayal of Obama and of the millions of people who have called on the FCC to put in place strong and enforceable net neutrality protections.

No, Russia Isn't About To Take Over Your Internet: Protecting Internet Freedom From Both Simplistic Defenders, Internet Restricting Countries

Edward J. Black | Posted 06.03.2014 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Let there be no mistake: the future and openness of the Internet is of paramount importance. Unfortunately, recent headlines could easily lead someon...

Katy Perry's Blasphemous Act of Free Speech

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion
Irene Monroe

The ongoing debate between of what constitutes an artistic expression of free speech versus religious protection had recently been witnessed not in the public eye, but instead under the radar on social media. And the stirred-up controversy had been with none other than America's beloved pop music star Katy Perry.

A Free Press Crusader on the Crimean Front

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.07.2014 | Media
Timothy Karr

Confrontation doesn't ruffle Mijatovic, who hails from Sarajevo. She experienced first-hand the suffering of people in Bosnia and Herzegovina whose views were suppressed during the Bosnian War.

Russia Goes for Gold in Internet Regulation

Freedom House | Posted 05.02.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

by Gigi Alford Freedom House, Internet Freedom Senior Program Officer Don't look now, Silicon Valley, but Russian President Vladimir Putin has set h...

Rulers Who Use the Social Media They Ban

Freedom House | Posted 04.26.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

by Cyrus Rassool Program Associate, Internet Freedom Iran's rulers have actively used social media for international diplomacy and even for mess...

18 Powerful Images from Massive #SOSVenezuela Demonstration in Los Angeles, California

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Stephanie Rudat

Clad in vibrant colors of the Venezuelan flag, supporters of ongoing protests in Venezuela rallied peacefully in Los Angeles, California on Saturday in front of the Federal Building.

The Pushmi-pullyu of Internet Freedom in Russia

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 04.15.2014 | Technology
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

The Russian government has shown a strong commitment to making the Internet faster and cheaper, unfortunately they also have a few ideas about making it "better."

Government Control of the Internet -- A View From Istanbul's Streets Echo Concerns on U.S. Streets

Jerry Ashton | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics
Jerry Ashton

Turkish Riot Police are using water cannon, tear gas and rubber (for the moment) bullets to quell the hundreds of demonstrators marching in Istanbul.

Panopticonism: Join the Fight Against Mass Surveillance

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 04.13.2014 | Technology
Courtney C. Radsch

Today is the day we fight back against mass surveillance by the NSA, other governments around the world, and the complicity of private companies in doing so.

Coming Clean on Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.30.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The phone and cable companies and their paid-for experts can say whatever they want, for or against the open Internet. With real Net Neutrality protections in place, though, they can do little to destroy it.

Life After Net Neutrality? Less Choice Means Greater Value! Just Ask ABC's PR Team

Martin Luz | Posted 03.23.2014 | Technology
Martin Luz

Always beware when the PR and marketing types cloak obnoxious business practices in the lingo of "greater value" for customers and their "key strategic partners."

What's Next for the Open Internet? A Path Forward

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.19.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Tuesday's court decision stripped the agency of any ability to protect Net Neutrality and stop companies from blocking websites and degrading Internet access. In the few days since a consensus has begun to emerge: To protect the open Internet, the agency must reclassify broadband access as a telecommunications service.

The Lawless Internet? Myths and Misconceptions About CDA Section 230

Mary Anne Franks | Posted 02.17.2014 | Crime
Mary Anne Franks

Section 230 is an important and complex law, and it is both dangerous and inaccurate to treat it as a blanket license for online abuse. Unfortunately, the popular understanding of §230 is at best imprecise.

The Payola Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 02.10.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

2013 could mark the end of the era of Internet openness.

Deal or No Deal on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Congress Weighs in

Ilana Solomon | Posted 02.08.2014 | Green
Ilana Solomon

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is about to be finalized. Or is it?

Blah-humbug: Leaked Trade Agreement Shows (Surprise!) U.S. Looking Out for Its Interests

Michelle Wein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Michelle Wein

It is important to note that the differences are much more nuanced than many of the alarmists would lead you to believe -- each country is trying to get the agreement to align best with its existing policies.

Defying Washington to Save the Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

It's a rarity in Washington to see a communications bill that actually serves the public. But a bill Sen. Jay Rockefeller introduced last week is a direct challenge to the communications cabal that controls much of our media in the United States.

The Faces of Social Media Censorship

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Online news organization ProPublica on Friday launched a special feature documenting censorship on social media in China.