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Zach Carter

Cybersecurity Bill To Let Companies Ignore Privacy Contracts Passes House | Zach Carter | Posted 04.18.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The House of Representatives passed a broad cybersecurity bill Thursday that allows corporations to share customers' personal data with ...

Illegal Downloaders, Get Ready For A Crackdown

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 02.25.2013 | Technology

A controversial strategy to combat Internet piracy took effect Monday, meaning subscribers who illegally share movies or songs could be punished by lo...

5 Ways Your Internet Freedom Is At Risk

The Huffington Post | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.21.2013 | Technology

Internet activists on Friday celebrated Internet Freedom Day, marking the one year anniversary of widespread online protests against controversial ant...

Zach Carter

Family: Pioneering Internet Activist's Suicide 'A Product Of Prosecutorial Overreach' | Zach Carter | Posted 01.13.2013 | Politics

Open democracy advocate and internet pioneer Aaron Swartz was found dead Friday in an apparent suicide, flooding the digital spectrum with an outpouri...

Gerry Smith

Internet Pirates Beware | Gerry Smith | Posted 01.11.2013 | Technology

Guilty of online piracy? Verizon may slow your high-speed Internet service to a crawl. The company is considering punishing subscribers who illeg...

Zach Carter

Progressive Group Already Taking Stand Against Secretary Of State Rumor | Zach Carter | Posted 11.12.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The progressive advocacy group Demand Progress is taking a stand against Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), amid rumors that he is being con...

Good News! Ten Commandments Reduced Now to Only Nine

John Mellencamp | Posted 12.25.2012 | Entertainment
John Mellencamp

The entertainment business has been criminally assaulted by wrong-headed thinking that says we need to keep up with the Internet. No, search engines need to abide and adhere to the laws that have governed this country for over 200 years. It's a moral imperative. Thou shalt not steal.

Google vs. Hollywood: The Worst of Enemies, The Best of Friends (Potentially)

Robert Simpson | Posted 07.22.2012 | Media
Robert Simpson

The battle raging between the big Hollywood film studios and the giant of Silicon Valley is probably the most pointless and futile conflict being rage...

Zach Carter

Issa Leaks Secret Document To Pressure Obama On Trade Deal | Zach Carter | Posted 06.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has taken the unprecedented step of leaking a secret U.S. trade document, in ...

SOPA: Who's On Music's Side?

Stephan Jenkins | Posted 05.01.2012 | San Francisco
Stephan Jenkins

The old entertainment conglomerates (who have been ripping off musicians forever) and the new tech establishment (who's just learning) had a fight recently, and free speech won -- sort of.

"We're the New Green Movement," Says Pirate Party Founder

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 04.23.2012 | World
Elisabeth Braw

It has branches in some 50 countries. It has members of parliaments and city councils. The Pirate Party, founded only five years ago, is today's fastest-growing party among voters under 30. Its core message: internet piracy should be legal.

Reconsidering the Stop Online Piracy Act

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 04.22.2012 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

Eventually, Congress will have to consider SOPA. Here we suggest several questions that Congress will need to address and very short suggestions of what we expect they will conclude.

Keeping SOPA Measures Out of Trade Agreements ACTA, TPP

Edward J. Black | Posted 04.16.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Internet users realized during the debate over SOPA and its companion bill, PIPA, that because they were not at the table, they were on the menu. Vowing 'never again,' they have thus set their sights on ACTA.

The KerPUNK Festival and the Power of the Internet

Melissa Webster | Posted 04.02.2012 | Entertainment
Melissa Webster

The Festival was officially named by punk rock icon Larry Livermore, the music producer credited with discovering Green Day.

Constitution Check: When the Internet Went Dark, What Was the Constitutional Meaning?

Lyle Denniston | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
Lyle Denniston

January 18 may well go down in history as the dawn of a new age of First Amendment-shielded political agitation via the Web, but at the same time as the twilight of constitutional protection for "the public domain."

The Debate Over Anti-Piracy Laws

Toni Johnson | Posted 04.01.2012 | Technology
Toni Johnson

Since the future of SOPA and PIPA is largely in doubt, industry and lawmakers are left looking for a path forward. But the debate is not confined to the United States; digital piracy is increasingly being touted as an international trade concern.

Protecting Internet Democracy

Brian Fox | Posted 03.31.2012 | Technology
Brian Fox

The best way to protect and even promote democracy is to protect the freedom of the Internet. While SOPA has created a stir publicly, we must be vigilant about even some of the "conveniences" we are presented with, lest we all break the law of unintended consequences.

Only a Smarter Congress Can Make Better Internet Policy

The Sunlight Foundation | Posted 03.28.2012 | Politics
The Sunlight Foundation

Getting citizens involved will make Congress pay attention, but not every issue is a SOPA, where the internet shuts down in protest. Most issues fly below the radar. Only an empowered, capable Congress can make decisions.

Common Sense vs. Piracy

Pasha Adam | Posted 01.26.2012 | TV
Pasha Adam

Over the last ten years technology has changed. The way people want to consume television has changed. And yet Hollywood is moving at a snail's pace when it comes to revolutionizing the business model.

What's Behind Washington's About Face On Internet Piracy

Kevin Bermeister | Posted 03.27.2012 | Technology
Kevin Bermeister

Behind the SOPA legislative scene a very different and highly competitive industrial-scale battle is being fought by publishers of the web's content, Internet service providers (the final distributors of content) and copyright owners, including Hollywood.

Piracy Shmiracy: We Need New 21st Century Business Models

John Tarnoff | Posted 03.26.2012 | Media
John Tarnoff

The MPAA and NATO are panicking because they don't know how to replace revenues lost not to piracy, but to newer commercial content platforms like Netflix or YouTube. This is a better explanation for the brinksmanship over the now-tabled SOPA/PIPA legislation.

PIPA And SOPA Were Stopped, But the Web Hasn't Won

Art Brodsky | Posted 03.26.2012 | Technology
Art Brodsky

Web community, bask briefly in your glory. Then get back to work, because the next industry-sponsored bill to curb technology will be here before you know it, and they might be smarter next time about how they pursue it.

The Real SOPA Opera Should Be ID Theft

Adam Levin | Posted 03.25.2012 | Politics
Adam Levin

While we contemplate the gargantuan battle of the content vs. technology worlds, we must not forget an equally serious, actually even more serious example of online piracy.

Hollywood Lobbyist To Politicians: Don't Count On 'Support' If You Opposed SOPA

| Will Evans | Posted 01.24.2012 | Los Angeles

California Watch. By Will Evans Hollywood is threatening politicians with one thing they hold very dear: campaign cash. As anti-piracy legisl...

Paul Blumenthal

Hollywood Lobbyist Chris Dodd Lobs Money Threat At President Obama | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 01.19.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hell hath no fury like a lobbyist scorned. Former Democratic senator and current head of the Motion Picture Association of America Chris...