An independent federal privacy watchdog has concluded that the National Security Agency’s program to collect bulk phone call records has provided only “minimal” benefits in counterterrorism efforts, is illegal and should be shut down.
It's time for the FCC to correct its past mistakes and get tough on broadband providers, a retired FCC commissioner says. Michael Copps, an FCC commissioner from 2001 to 2011, is proof that not every former FCC member becomes a lobbyist for the industries the commission regulates.
Last week, three D.C. judges made a game-changing legal decision that would allow giant media conglomerates to block or slow down any content they want on their networks. The judges struck down a 2010 order from the FCC that forced U.S. Internet providers to abide by Net Neutrality" rules that forbid them from blocking or slowing online content.
On Feb. 11, Free Press is joining a bunch of organizations and companies, including Access, Demand Progress, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Fight for the Future, Mozilla, reddit and ThoughtWorks, for the Day We Fight Back Against Mass Surveillance.
If there is a real Net Neutrality violation, it's not going to impact the big Internet companies so much. Netflx, Google, Amazon -- those guys are fine. The issue is the new upstarts and innovators. The companies who can't unleash tens of millions of angry customers to scream out about how ridiculous a new block or degraded traffic is. Worst case, Netflix can pay up. The next guy? Might not be so easy. Even worse... that next guy might not even try, because the "cost of entry" will be too high.
In a U.S. Court last week, the concept of Net Neutrality received a blow to the head from which it may not recover. Why is this important?
T-Mobile, the nation’s No. 4 wireless carrier, is keeping up the investment in Washington lobbying that’s helped the upstart compete against its far bigger rivals by buying companies and acquiring better frequencies.
Several journalists were roughed up by Chinese police outside a Beijing courthouse. The journalists were reporting on the trial of Xu Zhiyong, an advocate for increased government transparency who has been detained for "gathering crowds to disrupt public order." Just moments after CNN journalist David McKenzie began reporting on the case, he was immediately confronted by authorities.
Protesters and journalists standing in the vicinity of fighting between the riot police and demonstrators in Kiev received an ominous text message on their phones: “Dear subscriber, you are registered as a participant in a mass disturbance.” While it was unsigned, and local phone companies denied sending it, the text message — which echoed language in a new law making it a crime to participate in protests deemed violent — was widely read as a warning from the government.
The NOLA Media Group has ten days to hand over the identities of two online commenters. Ellyn Angelotti, a lawyer and Poynter faculty, said that there aren’t clear standards on First Amendment protections for online commenters. Like with the Crystal Cox ruling Friday on First Amendment rights for bloggers, it depends on the jurisdiction the case falls under, Angelotti said. “It makes it really unclear as an online commenter about how much protection your speech has,” she said.
In the past decade and a half, the Internet has gotten much faster and in many ways better. But if significant amounts of control are handed over to entrenched cable and telephone companies, the next 15 years will be considerably less appealing.
Recently, a federal court struck down network neutrality–a set of Open Internet rules passed by the FCC that prohibits Internet Service Providers from blocking and discriminating against websites. The consequences of this court decision are not just about what websites we’ll have access to consume, but about who has a right to be heard.
A week after President Obama's speech on U.S. surveillance policy, Edward Snowden says he believes there's hope for reforming the U.S. intelligence system, but returning to see those changes would be "not possible" under current laws.
Last week, Charter Communications formally offered to pay $37.4 billion for Time Warner Cable. It was the third time Charter had placed a bid for TWC, and it was the third time in a row it was harshly rejected.
Mark Pope Francis down as an Internet optimist. He declared his unambiguous support for the Web as a tool that brings humanity closer together in a papal statement.
The Web has lit up with reports that the Internet as we know it is dead. Advocacy organizations, policy wonks, beat reporters and lobbyists have weighed in about what this means for Internet users of every stripe. But what does the Verizon v. FCC decision mean for women, and more specifically women of color and indigenous women?
At the dawn of our Republic, a small, secret surveillance committee borne out of the "The Sons of Liberty" was established in Boston. The group's members included Paul Revere, and at night they would patrol the streets, reporting back any signs that the British were preparing raids against America's early Patriots.
President Obama said, in his first major speech on electronic surveillance, that “the United States is not spying on ordinary people who don’t threaten our national security.” Obama placed restrictions on access to domestic phone records collected by the National Security Agency, but the changes he announced will allow it to continue — or expand — the collection of personal data from billions of people around the world, Americans and foreign citizens alike.
In the wake of this week’s big Net Neutrality announcement, its time we got serious about the “R” word. And no, we're not talking about “Regulation.” The future of the Internet as we know it today is all about “Reclassification.”