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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...

We're Screwing Up The Internet. Here's How To Fix It.

The Verge | Posted 02.26.2014 | Technology

Here’s a simple truth: the internet has radically changed the world....

It's Time for an Upgrade: 18 Years Is Just Too Long

Eva M. Clayton | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Eva M. Clayton

The original Communications Act was enacted in 1934 and subsequently revised in 1996 in which the word "Internet" only appeared 11 times while "payphone" garnered 18 references. Our policies are still being led by those outdated laws.

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."

Online Profiling and Invasion of Privacy: The Myth of Anonymization

Eric K. Clemons | Posted 04.22.2013 | Technology
Eric K. Clemons

We have been conditioned to accept privacy abuses as the price of using the Internet. These abuses generally involve having our search engine send us "better" ads, which most of us believe cannot be too dangerous.

We All Have a Role to Play When It Comes to Privacy and Security

Larry Magid | Posted 04.15.2013 | Technology
Larry Magid

When we're online, there are things we can control and things we can't. For example, we can control the passwords we use and what we say in social media. But sometimes we're victims of other people's carelessness or malice.

Onerous New Law Passed In Country With The Most Internet Users

AP | By JOE McDONALD | Posted 02.26.2013 | Technology

BEIJING (AP) — China's government tightened Internet controls Friday with approval of a law that requires users to register their names after a floo...

U.S. Refuses To Sign Controversial U.N. Treaty

Reuters | Matt Smith | Posted 02.13.2013 | Technology

By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - An international telecommunications treaty signed by 89 countries out of a possible 144 on Friday will ...

The Open Internet Is Threatened by UN's Closed-door Meeting in Dubai

Don Tapscott | Posted 02.03.2013 | Technology
Don Tapscott

Letting an obscure "one vote per country" UN technical agency decide who does what next in the Internet's development is the antithesis of what the Internet has achieved.

The Battle for the Future of the Internet?

Jean-Christophe Nothias | Posted 02.01.2013 | Technology
Jean-Christophe Nothias

Singing from the same songbook as Web juggernaut Google, the U.S. government is strongly opposed to any changes to the International Telecommunication Regulations, arguing the Internet has nothing to do with 'traditional' telecommunications -- and that freedom is at stake.

Black Friday Links

Radley Balko | Posted 01.23.2013 | Politics
Radley Balko

-- Long Island town to 96-year-old man: Clean up your debris, or you're getting a summons. -- The DEA chief in Colorado has an interesting name. -- ...

Why Google Should Be Regulated (Part 4)

Dr. Robert Epstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Dr. Robert Epstein

Nipping at Google's heels. That's what U.S. federal agencies and some foreign governments have been doing. But the issues they've looked at are trivial. It's time we all looked at the larger ones.

Why Google Should Be Regulated (Part 3)

Dr. Robert Epstein | Posted 01.02.2013 | Technology
Dr. Robert Epstein

s it unlawful for Google to collect and organize vast volumes of information about you, your family, and your business and then to use that information to try to alter your behavior? Nope. Is Google a threat to our civil liberties? Yep.

Why Google Should Be Regulated (Part 2)

Dr. Robert Epstein | Posted 12.31.2012 | Technology
Dr. Robert Epstein

As good as Google is at providing information, it should not and must not be allowed to conduct business as usual. It must and will eventually be regulated, just as the phone companies and credit bureaus are regulated. Fundamental civil liberties issues are at stake.

Why Google Should Be Regulated (Part 1)

Dr. Robert Epstein | Posted 10.23.2012 | Technology
Dr. Robert Epstein

As good as Google is at providing information, it should not be allowed to conduct business as usual. It must be regulated, just as the phone companies and credit bureaus are regulated. Fundamental civil liberties issues are at stake.

Cybersecurity Under the COPPA Cabana

Alex Palombo | Posted 12.03.2012 | Technology
Alex Palombo

It came to my attention looking through my own Facebook Timeline that children being born now could very well have their entire lives documented online -- from birth. Children are growing up online now and need security.

Up in Smoke: California's Broadband Future Is Under Threat (And Your State Is Next)

Susan Crawford | Posted 10.29.2012 | Technology
Susan Crawford

There's a state of emergency in California that has nothing to do with wildfires or hurricanes. It's called SB 1161, and it wreaks havoc on California's authority to adopt measures that protect consumers when it comes to the cost, service, safety, and availability of access to information.

When Is a Phone Call Not a Phone Call? (When ALEC Says So)

Tracy Rosenberg | Posted 09.02.2012 | Politics
Tracy Rosenberg

The telecom industry is trying to dictate the terms of their own future regulation as the industry shifts to VOIP networks and make themselves exempt from requirements for telephone service to be affordable, available to everyone, safe, and reliable in an emergency.

Internet Problems? Call the U.N.

Jason A. Llorenz | Posted 08.07.2012 | Technology
Jason A. Llorenz

In December delegates from China, Russia, Brazil, India and other nations will come together at a conference in Dubai to push to give the U.N.'s International Telecommunication Union more control over Internet operations.

Threat to Online Privacy Starts With the Way the Internet Makes Money

Edward Wasserman | Posted 04.29.2012 | Technology
Edward Wasserman

Any reforms that halt the harvest of personal information that is most nettlesome on privacy grounds would be fundamentally incompatible with the Internet's essential business model.

Internet Users, Free Speech Experts, Petition Against SOPA

Edward J. Black | Posted 02.12.2012 | Technology
Edward J. Black

The vote scheduled for Thursday would be a dangerous blow against the Internet and all those who depend on it for legitimate business, communications and commentary.

White House Pledges New Internet Privacy Approach

CNET | Declan McCullagh | Posted 10.24.2011 | Technology

A White House aide today previewed the administration's forthcoming approach to Internet consumer protection, saying it will provide "privacy law with...

Watching and Calculating, African Governments Learn From the Arab Spring

Ben Cole | Posted 09.04.2011 | Technology
Ben Cole

As the Arab Spring continues to roar, many African governments have begun taking strong stances on Internet freedoms, even before most of their populations have had the chance to experience the free and open Internet.

French President: Governments Must Regulate The Internet

AP | JAMEY KEATEN | Posted 07.24.2011 | Technology

PARIS — France wants better regulation of the Internet. Google's executive chairman says policymakers should tread lightly and avoid "stupid" ru...

The Real Internet Censors: Unaccountable ISPs?

Ars Technica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

[A] new report suggests that nations are slowly turning ISPs into the off-duty information cops of the world. Eager to placate politicians in order to...