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Internet Freedom

Jordanian Website Owners Reject Attempts to Gag Them

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 11.27.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Controlling thought and opinion is impossible in today's connected world. Jordanians, the majority of whom are under 25, are able to quickly overcome direct website blockades by electronically bypassing them, but the government does not trust them to be mature enough to decipher the content of the news.

Get on the Internet Bus for Serious Internet Freedom

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.17.2012 | Technology
Craig Newmark

Political parties are in the process of adopting what they call Internet Freedom principles. Most of both parties' platforms include really good stuff, with one snag, regarding "net neutrality."

Internet Freedom in Democrat, Republican Platforms Is a Good Start

Edward J. Black | Posted 11.11.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

Whether the issue of the day is copyright infringement or open Internet access, censorship or a trade agreement, what the U.S. and the rest of the world could most use is an Internet freedom platform on which to base their daily policy challenges.

'Internet Freedom'? AT&T's Verbal Jujitsu to Close Down Telecommunications in America

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 11.10.2012 | Technology
Bruce Kushnick

Internet Freedom in this case is actually freedom for AT&T and the other phone companies, not freedom for those who actually use telecommunications or even Internet services.

Back to School in Russia Is Bad News for Itchy and Scratchy

Innokenty (Kes) Grekov | Posted 11.06.2012 | World
Innokenty (Kes) Grekov

September 1 is Knowledge Day in Russia, a big cultural holiday marking the beginning of the school year. Legislators prepared a special gift for the kids this year, introducing radical new ways to protect them from "detrimental information."

Father Of Internet Rails Against 'Draconian' Government Snooping

The Telegraph | Posted 11.06.2012 | Technology

The inventor of the world wide web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has accused the government of invading the privacy by monitoring internet use ...

GOP War On Porn?

The Huffington Post | Kathleen Miles | Posted 08.31.2012 | Los Angeles

Last week, Republicans were warned not to isolate women voters. This week, they're being warned not to anger porn-watching voters. Especially because ...

Zach Carter

GOP Platform Marks Internet About-Face

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 08.29.2012 | Politics

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Republican Party pleasantly surprised open Internet advocates on Tuesday by including support for "Internet freedom" in its officia...

Bill to Normalize Trade With Russia Recognizes Internet Censorship as Trade Barrier

Edward J. Black | Posted 09.30.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

At a time when it would seem to be in Russia's interest to make a favorable impression on human rights, they have passed legislation to greatly undermine Internet freedom.

A League of Our Own

Leslie Harris | Posted 09.25.2012 | Technology
Leslie Harris

Launched last week by Fight for the Future, the IDL aims to broadly distribute code that will allow its members to quickly get the word out about threats and organize the Internet to act.

Stop Balkanizing the Internet

Marietje Schaake | Posted 09.16.2012 | World
Marietje Schaake

Human rights also need protection online and competition laws should be enforced on the Internet and in the digital economy. Internet governance presents quite a challenge as the Internet simply does not care about traditional borders.

Russia's Wikipedia Protests Legislative Attacks on Fundamental Freedoms

Human Rights First | Posted 07.11.2012 | Technology
Human Rights First

By Innokenty Grekov Fighting Discrimination I'm sitting in Moscow trying to figure out how to get to the Novoslobodkaya metro station to meet a frien...

Put Your 'John Hancock' on the Declaration of Internet Freedom

Larry Magid | Posted 09.02.2012 | Technology
Larry Magid

It's not as elaborate or as long as the U.S. Declaration of Independence but the Declaration of Internet Freedom takes a strong stand to "keep the Internet free and open."

Zach Carter

Trade Policy Could Clarify Copyright Rules

HuffingtonPost.com | Zach Carter | Posted 07.03.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration on Tuesday received cautious praise from open Internet advocates, after it released an outline for key proposal...

After SOPA: A Declaration of Internet Freedom

Josh Levy | Posted 08.31.2012 | Technology
Josh Levy

Without the freedom to express and share what we want, our laptops, tablets and phones would be little more than 21st-century television sets.

Tech Companies Discuss Governments' Push to Control Internet

Edward J. Black | Posted 08.13.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

While the Internet has faced various threats in its young life, countries that appreciate the economic and societal benefits are waking up to the very real threat of international governmental control.

The Other Story About Iran and the Internet

Chris DeVito | Posted 08.13.2012 | World
Chris DeVito

The role that the Internet and social media played in both organizing and publicizing the events of 2009 was certainly not lost on the regime. This is clearly evidenced by the intense crackdown on Internet freedom that the regime has pursued since then.

The Police, the iPhone and Your Right to Record

Timothy Karr | Posted 07.18.2012 | Media
Timothy Karr

While the media landscape has changed, our First Amendment rights haven't. Freedom of the press is more important, not less, when anyone with a mobile phone and an Internet connection can act as a journalist.

What Is The Meaning Of Art? A Master Of Arte Povera Gives The Answer

Simona Lodi | Posted 07.15.2012 | Arts
Simona Lodi

Piero Gilardi anticipated later movements, in seeing the aesthetic value of shared space and collaboration -- a value underpinning the open-source, Internet-based nature of tech-art today.

Internet Freedom Is a Human Right

Sen. Chris Coons | Posted 07.10.2012 | Politics
Sen. Chris Coons

Internet freedom -- the freedom to exchange thought, opinion, expression, and association to meet political, social, education, or religious objectives -- should not be restricted for law-abiding citizens in the United States or anywhere in the world.

Why Is the TPP Such a Big Secret?

Tim Robertson | Posted 07.04.2012 | Politics
Tim Robertson

The only way the corporate shopping list that is the TPP can get past public scrutiny is if no one ever hears about it. Fortunately, activists are fighting back.

Today, We Are All Journalists

Chris DeVito | Posted 07.03.2012 | World
Chris DeVito

It's time to start paying attention to what can be done to both reduce the dangers of reporting and increase, if not simply safeguard, basic freedoms. This is important on all days, but especially today, World Press Freedom Day.

Somebody You Used to Know Forever and Ever

Amalia Negreponti | Posted 06.30.2012 | Technology
Amalia Negreponti

The Internet is our first success in the quest for a kind of "forever" and "togetherness." Through its amazing innovations we stay 'on' all the time, connected to one another, alive through this connection of ours.

House Moves Ahead With Cybersecurity Bill

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 06.26.2012 | Technology

WASHINGTON — The House ignored Obama administration objections Thursday and approved legislation aimed at helping stop electronic attacks on cri...

CISPA Is the New SOPA: Help Kill It This Week

David Segal | Posted 06.16.2012 | Technology
David Segal

CISPA is the new SOPA. Today marks the opening of a week of action in opposition to the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, which would ob...