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Europe Vote Threatens Net Neutrality. Help Save the Open Internet.

Lawrence Lessig | Posted 10.26.2016 | World
Lawrence Lessig

Tomorrow, the European Parliament will vote on a proposal that will decide the future of the open Internet in Europe. The proposal is supposed to protect net neutrality, the principle that keeps the Internet an open and free platform, but it contains dangerous loopholes that threaten the future of free speech, innovation and democracy in Europe.

Playing Politics With the Internet?

Kevin Werbach | Posted 04.15.2015 | Technology
Kevin Werbach

We write not to add to the onslaught of commentary on the merits of the rules--which are not yet public--but rather to address the legitimacy of the FCC's decision-making process. To cut to the chase: there's no evidence of a process foul in this case.

Thank You, Black Internet, for Bringing #Ferguson to Me

Malkia A. Cyril | Posted 10.15.2014 | Black Voices
Malkia A. Cyril

Some think we shouldn't do everything possible to protect the Open Internet from the predatory schemes of big ISPs. I disagree. I think we should protect Black independent digital voices, by any means necessary.

Net Neutrality Threatens Much More Than Free Speech

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact

Accessibility, and specifically high-speed Internet accessibility, changes lives. Which is why it is so important to continue to offer accessibility options to those who would otherwise be left behind.

Hell No, We Won't Go: No Fake Net Neutrality for Racial Justice Advocates

Malkia A. Cyril | Posted 06.28.2014 | Media
Malkia A. Cyril

The Federal Communications Commission insists that its priority as a regulatory agency is to ensure the rights of the largest telecommunications companies to profit where profit can be made. The FCC isn't proposing Network Neutrality, it's legalizing discrimination.

The Perfect and the Good on Network Neutrality

Kevin Werbach | Posted 06.27.2014 | Technology
Kevin Werbach

The surest way to stop progress towards real broadband competition is if the FCC's work grinds to a halt in a miasma of political and legal opposition. That's quite possible if it reverses a decade of precedent and reclassifies broadband. And that would be just the beginning of the process.

One Frightening Chart Shows What You Might Pay For Internet Once Net Neutrality Is Gone

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology

A graphic making its rounds on the web this week offered a glimpse of what the Internet might look like if net neutrality disappears. The takeaway? No...

Betsy Isaacson

Web 3.0: What The Internet Could Look Like Without Net Neutrality | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology

What will the Web look like without net neutrality? Net neutrality is dead, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday, invalidating Federal Communic...

Why You Should Be Freaking Out About The End Of Net Neutrality

The Huffington Post | Betsy Isaacson | Posted 02.03.2014 | Technology

Net neutrality is dead. At least that's the verdict of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, which today struck down a Federal Communica...

First Amendment Challenges in the Digital Age

Marvin Ammori | Posted 04.01.2012 | Technology
Marvin Ammori

Next Friday, February 10, the Stanford Technology Law Review is holding its annual symposium, and this year's topic is an important one: First Amendm...

Louis C.K. Takes the Internet Seriously

Christopher Mitchell | Posted 02.21.2012 | Technology
Christopher Mitchell

Louis C.K.'s "fun little experiment" illustrates the threat to the cable business model. Cable has long been the gatekeeper to content -- Comcast decides what channels I can choose from. But right now on the Internet, I choose what content I can choose from.

Reporters Expose AT&T's Astroturf Funding Practices

Joe Torres | Posted 11.24.2011 | Latino Voices
Joe Torres

The stories about AT&T's financial arrangements with ADE and HTTP should trouble people of color and make them question whether their interests are truly being represented in Washington.

Comcast: Internet Access Is Temporarily a Civil Right

Christopher Mitchell | Posted 10.09.2011 | Technology
Christopher Mitchell

Smart communities invest in themselves rather than depending on big, absentee corporations. Requiring Comcast to provide affordable broadband connections is better than not, but continuing to let Comcast effectively decide who can afford access to the Internet is madness.

Digital Spaces and the Future of Free Speech

Marvin Ammori | Posted 05.28.2011 | Technology
Marvin Ammori

The "standard" legal theory for what the First Amendment means is becoming increasingly useless, considering that it does not really incorporate mass media, broadcasting, cable, and Internet laws.

Tim Wu Talks Net Neutrality, Information Empires and Freedom

Alex Pasternack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alex Pasternack

2011-03-21-nknknk.jpgWe all know that as technology empowers us to do more, it carries with it all manner of problems. But one of our biggest pickles tends to slip right by us: We're not free.

In Defense of Sub-Standard Cell Phone Service: Big Media Gets Rescued. Again.

Malkia A. Cyril | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Malkia A. Cyril

If the ethos of America is about removing unfair barriers to individual opportunity and success, then it is un-American to give low-income communities substandard Internet service that creates barriers to economic opportunity.

FCC Network Neutrality Rules Neither Socialism nor Sell-out

Larry Magid | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Larry Magid

Despite what some politicians and pundits are saying, the FCC's vote on net neutrality is neither a government takeover of the Internet nor a complete sell-out to the telecommunications industry.

Obama FCC Caves on Net Neutrality -- Tuesday Betrayal Assured

Timothy Karr | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Timothy Karr

The net neutrality rule, which will be voted in during Tuesday's FCC meeting, falls drastically short of earlier pledges by President Obama and the FCC Chairman to protect the free and open Internet.

All We Want For Christmas Is Internet Equality

Alex Nogales | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alex Nogales

The FCC has just a few days to decide an issue that could dramatically affect all of us all. Will they vote for strong open Internet protections that apply equally to the mobile web?

The Fight for Net Neutrality Begins

Gigi Sohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Gigi Sohn

While there is a lot of good in the now-circulating FCC order on network neutrality, it still falls appreciably short of the kind of rules necessary to preserve an Internet we want and need.

The FCC's Long December

Christina Gagnier | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Christina Gagnier

The FCC's long December will either restore confidence in the Commission's ability to tackle difficult issues like Net Neutrality or leave us in a similar position where many feel the FCC has disclaimed responsibility.

FCC Chairman Announces Fake Net Neutrality Proposal

Josh Silver | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Josh Silver

This morning, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski announced that he will finally seek a vote on President Obama's top tech issue, "Net Neutrality." However, his proposal is nowhere close to what Obama promised the American people.

Models for the Internet's Future: Obama-Open or Julius-Closed

Marvin Ammori | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Marvin Ammori

There are at least two competing regulatory models for the FCC to adopt. One that Comcast and Verizon want, and another that President Obama wants.

Don't Slow Down Broadband Adoption Just for Spite

Navarrow Wright | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Navarrow Wright

Now that the midterm elections are over I've been reading all the reactions from voters and have noticed a trend. A lot of people have openly admitted...

Boucher Defeat a Loss for Tech Policy World

Gigi Sohn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Gigi Sohn

Whatever the final results of this election night, nothing will be more shocking or sad for Public Knowledge and me personally then the defeat of Rep....