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The Last Mile to Havana

Natalia Martinez | Posted 08.12.2015 | Latino Voices
Natalia Martinez

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 07.15.2015 | 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.

The 'Shocking' Truth About Net Neutrality

Timothy Karr | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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 08.18.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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 07.31.2014 | 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.

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.