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Once a Defender of Internet Freedom, Putin Is Now Bringing China's Great Firewall to Russia

Andrei Soldatov | Posted 05.03.2016 | World
Andrei Soldatov

MOSCOW -- Back in 1999, when Russia was a different country and Vladimir Putin was a different leader, he promised to protect Internet freedom in Russia. He didn't fear the power of the Web then. But he does now. And he's looking to China for help.

If Presidential Candidates Love the Internet, They Must Set It Free

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.24.2016 | Politics
Timothy Karr

The Internet has revolutionized the ways presidential candidates connect with potential voters. But what have the presidential candidates done in exchange to protect the network that's become essential to their efforts? Not much. No candidate, Democrat or Republican, has supported strong, pro-consumer encryption measures. Trump and Cruz have all challenged Apple's right to protect the security of its users from government snooping, and both Democratic candidates vaguely advocated for the FBI and Apple to work together for a solution. It's one thing for candidates to use the Internet to help mobilize their base. But it's not enough, unless they also recognize that protecting an open, secure and affordable Internet is essential to their own best interests, and to the future of democracy.

5 Awesome Reasons Living in a Remote Area Doesn't Limit Your Opportunities When You Are Building an Online Business

Sky Mandala Marcano | Posted 02.19.2016 | Business
Sky Mandala Marcano

1. Living in a smaller remote area gives you an opportunity to learn about community, connection and opportunity. I grew up shopping at a very popular...

7 Reasons Why I Keep My Home WiFi-Free

Carmella Guiol | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Carmella Guiol

The Internet is a great tool, but it is also a risky one. We have all fallen victim to the Internet's black hole effect, reemerging hours later to wonder where the day went. We pay in time and peace of mind what we get in "convenience." These are a few reasons why I keep wifi out of my home.

Forget the Courts -- the Congress Must Resolve "Net Neutrality"

Everett Ehrlich | Posted 12.03.2015 | Politics
Everett Ehrlich

By working with Republican majority to enact a net-neutrality law now, Democrats have an opportunity to set rules for a fair, open and competitive Internet well into the future.

Verizon's Twisted Plan to Censor Your Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
Timothy Karr

The framers of the Constitution couldn't have foreseen a time in which technology allowed more than 2.7 billion people to communicate worldwide via interconnected digital platforms. This exponential growth of speech is without precedent -- and it requires us to be clear on who the real speakers are.

The Last Mile to Havana

Natalia Martinez-Kalinina | Posted 08.12.2015 | Latino Voices
Natalia Martinez-Kalinina

Given the discussions over recent months, the ongoing normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations, and the many important questions ahead, the topic of proximity has once again been placed on the table for our degustation.

Who Will Govern the Internet Is the Key Global Issue Today

Carl Bildt | Posted 08.04.2015 | World
Carl Bildt

STOCKHOLM -- The Internet has already become the most important infrastructure of the world. And that's just the beginning. Soon it will also be the infrastructure of all of our other infrastructures. So far, the governance of the net has been a biosphere of informal and formal institutions with multiple stakeholders having a say, but none having a dominating influence. But the dynamics of its development would not have been possible without the strong role of the tech community.

The Extreme Measures I Took To Get Away From The Internet

Laura Munson | Posted 07.14.2016 | Fifty
Laura Munson

The Internet is a writer's friend and a writer's enemy. It gives us community and support in an otherwise very solitary profession. It's a generous platform, especially for writers. But the Internet is also a big problem for writers.

Internet Wins, Losses and Threats in the Year Ahead

Edward J. Black | Posted 04.28.2015 | Technology
Edward J. Black

While there are some reasons for optimism, a looming renewed threat comes from those who failed to get SOPA legislation passed three years ago.

Kindness Matters -- Even on the Internet

Jennifer Wolfe | Posted 04.27.2015 | Technology
Jennifer Wolfe

We are all on this life journey together. We all have a voice. I use mine to communicate, to understand others, and to make the world a kinder place to live in. By spewing your commentary, it makes me wonder what else you do in life that pushes us all backwards in anger, instead of forwards in compassion.

Not So Fast, Net Neutrality...

Michael Winship | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Michael Winship

Over the last few months, things have been looking good for keeping the Internet open to everyone. A little too good, as far as Congress is concerned, which is why members and the corporate lobbyists who write them hefty checks have launched a last-ditch legislative effort to scuttle net neutrality.

Building an Internet Movement from the Bottom Up

Timothy Karr | Posted 03.28.2015 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The Internet is simply an effective tool for connecting people. Whether the network becomes a force for good or evil is up to its users. It's only because millions of people have mobilized in defense of our rights to connect and communicate that the Internet pendulum occasionally swings toward doing good.

When China's Censors Give Lessons in Liberty

Christophe Deloire | Posted 02.07.2015 | Technology
Christophe Deloire

Have human rights principles been consigned to a museum because they prevented the combined forces of China's dictatorship and business community from asserting themselves? That at least is the impression you get from the moral lessons that the Communist Party's censorship apparatus increasingly deliver in no uncertain terms to Internet freedom advocates.

A Global Alliance in Defense of Freedom of the Press

Pablo Mancini | Posted 12.22.2014 | Media
Pablo Mancini

A government's censorship against a media outlet is a bureaucratic tool that could become obsolete if technology is used and organized the right way.

Infobae.com Bypasses Maduro's Censorship in Venezuela

Pablo Mancini | Posted 12.16.2014 | Media
Pablo Mancini

It is possible that the Venezuelan government will once again try to block this site. However, if it does, Infobae will be available in other domains that will be made public for as long as this attack against freedom of expression continues.

WARNING: The Internet Might End in December

Peter Schwartz | Posted 11.22.2014 | World
Peter Schwartz

The challenger countries will once again try, as they did last December in Dubai, to wrest control from the coalition of stakeholders that has been governing the Internet under a contract with the U.S. government. If they succeed it will be the end of the world as we know it. There will be no Internet. There will be many nets: ChinaNet, Euronet, maybe Deutsche Net and France net and Brazil Net and Russia Net. It will resemble the world before the Internet with many private networks and a constant challenge of interconnection.

State Partitioning of the Internet Harms Users Everywhere

Freedom House | Posted 11.18.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

An internet that is fragmented by political, legal, and technical boundaries would throttle the animating purpose of the International Bill of Human Rights, while an indivisible and global internet is able to facilitate such goals.

Fighting for Which Future? When Google Met Wikileaks

Karine Nahon | Posted 11.17.2014 | Technology
Karine Nahon

Despite their conflicting views on various issues, Julian Assange and Eric Schmidt share a blind adoration of technology and the belief that technological solutions will cure society of its ills and woes, of rampant inequality in different contexts and the brutal denial of various rights.

The One Thing Every Woman Should Do To Save the Internet As We Know It

Jaclyn Friedman | Posted 11.09.2014 | Women
Jaclyn Friedman

Without Net Neutrality, women's and girls' voices online will be threatened. Already, major media's structural inequality continually leaves women and girls out.

Net Blocking: A Problem in Need of a Solution

Timothy Karr | Posted 10.20.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

In the absence of any rules, violations of the open Internet will become more and more common. Don't believe me? Let history be the guide.

The United States Must Lead in Upholding Net Neutrality

Freedom House | Posted 10.15.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

While innovation has flourished under the free-market system, this does not mean that regulation and innovation are mutually exclusive.

The Biggest Lie About Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 10.07.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

One of the most persistent lies told in Washington is the notion that common carriage is a heavy-handed regulation that transforms innovative businesses into antiquated, government-run utilities.

Virtual BFFs

Ellen Goodlett | Posted 09.30.2014 | Women
Ellen Goodlett

Staring at a roomful of strangers, how could you tell who liked the same things as you or had a similar personality?

Freedom's Martyr: The Story Of Aaron Swartz

Sean Smith | Posted 09.29.2014 | Politics
Sean Smith

Aaron lived for liberation of information. Aaron lived to free information, and eventually died for it.