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Internet Freedom

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

Edward J. Black | Posted 04.03.2014 | 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 03.14.2014 | 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 03.08.2014 | 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 03.02.2014 | 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 02.25.2014 | 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 02.24.2014 | 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.

Zach Carter

The Secret Obama Effort Some Say Could Damage Internet Freedom | Zach Carter | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- WikiLeaks on Wednesday published a critical chapter of an international trade deal the United States is currently negotiating with 11 Pa...

The Many Types of Online Censorship

Freedom House | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Freedom House

by Daniel Calingaert, Executive Vice President and Danilo Bakovic, Director, Internet Freedom Program Internet censorship comes in a wide variet...

Hacking Partisanship

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

However important the SOPA victory was in 2012, its lasting significance depends on how well the diverse coalition holds together in these and other fights -- and against business as usual in Washington.

Internet Freedom: A Disturbing View From the Trenches

Timothy Karr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Is the Internet freedom movement a thing? That depends on whom you ask, and where you live.

I'd Like Sliced Bread, a Car With a Full Tank and, Yes, Free Internet Too

Arzu Kaya Uranli | Posted 11.26.2013 | Technology
Arzu Kaya Uranli

Freedom of speech shouldn't end at American borders. Blogging, Facebook and the free flow of information are all great things. But with all that censorship, they could become like a car without fuel.

Verizon's Plan to Break the Internet

Timothy Karr | Posted 11.18.2013 | Technology
Timothy Karr

Verizon wants to control your online experience and make the Internet more like cable TV, where your remote offers only the illusion of choice.

US Power and the Not-So-Democratic Global Internet

Eduardo Bertoni | Posted 11.13.2013 | Technology
Eduardo Bertoni

We are left with a paradox: Either we accept some kind of "balkanization" of policy -- wherein every society has the capacity to influence code through its own policies -- or we accept that the only way to move forward is through decisions made by international agreements.