This week marks the four year anniversary of the largest online protest in history, when 75,000 websites and 15 million users protested legislation supported by the entertainment industry that threatened freedom of expression online.
One of the things that civil liberties activists like to lament about is that the general public seems to care more about Google and Facebook using their personal data to target advertising than the government using it to target drone strikes.
All we really need to know is that passing H.R. 1314 essentially puts the omnibus, 29-chapter Trans Pacific Partnership trade agreement onto the fast track, where Congress members don't get a chance to deliberate or discuss it on the floor of the House.
Have you heard? There is a massive "free trade" agreement being negotiated in secret without your knowledge or participation by your elected representatives.
Industry-written policy has brought us higher broadband bills, limited choice among providers and efforts to stifle the creativity of entrepreneurs and the broader public.
Some state attorneys general may not recall the Internet Blackout and don't know the controversial history of site-blocking. This may explain why they are venturing into this political minefield.
Why are people excited about Ello? Because they can't wait to leave Facebook. Why do so many people want off Facebook? That's the problem: Everybody has a different reason.
Aaron lived for liberation of information. Aaron lived to free information, and eventually died for it.
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?
While the DMCA should remain undisturbed as a cornerstone of our thriving Internet economy, Congress can still shine a light on bad actors trying to snuff out competitors or lawful speech online.
Let us provide some context to those who relied on the Times's (non-existent) coverage of SOPA, prior to January 18th.
I thought John Sarik was trying to shake my hand when we met last Spring at the Columbia Laboratory for Unconventional Electronics (CLUE). Instead he was trying to hand me a small tan-colored plastic figurine of smuggler and rouge Han Solo, of Star Wars fame, frozen in carbonite.
It is one year since the death of 26-year-old Aaron Swartz, the renowned computer programmer, writer, political organizer and Internet activist. People all around the world are remembering Swartz
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.
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.
Third in a series of 12 - Education Unplugged 101 "The Internet is becoming the town square for the global village of tomorrow." ...