• Dec 14, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Net Neutrality, News,

The FCC votes 3-2 for net neutrality repeal

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) just voted 3-2, along party lines, to repeal Net Neutrality. The Open Internet Order of 2015 is no more – the online privacy and net neutrality protections gained by American citizens during the Obama Administration are now all gone. The FCC will no longer be responsible for policing net neutrality … Continue reading “The FCC votes 3-2 for net neutrality repeal”

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Once again: Privacy promises from a company are worth nothing, because companies can’t promise anything

In the last post, I recalled that the only thing that matter whether data collection is taking place is whether it's technically possible, and that if you carry an electronic sensor, you must assume it to be active. Here's why it doesn't matter one bit if the sensor was made with "good guys" with exemplary … Continue reading “Once again: Privacy promises from a company are worth nothing, because companies can’t promise anything”

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Net Neutrality is necessary regulation as a short-term emergency fix to previous bad regulation

Net Neutrality is a huge topic, again. But it’s important to realize that Net Neutrality is mostly being discussed in the United States — not because it is ahead, but because it is behind. In countries where fiber is the norm to households and they typically have 15-20 ISPs to choose from, Net Neutrality is … Continue reading “Net Neutrality is necessary regulation as a short-term emergency fix to previous bad regulation”

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  • Nov 24, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

China’s censorship czar falls, as its “Police Cloud” tracking system rises across the country

We write quite a lot about China here on Privacy Online News. Sadly, that’s generally because China is in the vanguard when it comes to bad things happening to privacy. That’s confirmed by an important new “Freedom on the Net” report, which summarized the situation in China as follows: “China was the world’s worst abuser … Continue reading “China’s censorship czar falls, as its “Police Cloud” tracking system rises across the country”

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Net Neutrality and the FCC: Let’s talk about this abusive pattern of releasing controversial policies on major holidays

So the FCC has released its plans to eradicate Net Neutrality in the United States, on Thanksgiving, as it said it would. This, on its own, merits more discussion – for it is such a blatant display not just of bad faith, but bad faith that they fully expect to get away with. I have … Continue reading “Net Neutrality and the FCC: Let’s talk about this abusive pattern of releasing controversial policies on major holidays”

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  • Nov 22, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Net Neutrality, News,

Reddit’s diverse subreddits in an uproar over FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposed net neutrality repeal

American internet users are facing a dire situation: The FCC has officially started its net neutrality repeal. The FCC’s move would end strong net neutrality protections and additionally stop states from enacting their own net neutrality rules. The telecom lobby has successfully pushed for that last caveat – likely because they saw the uproar of state … Continue reading “Reddit’s diverse subreddits in an uproar over FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposed net neutrality repeal”

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  • Nov 20, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, Privacy, Security,

Two ways to help preserve privacy in an age of massive leaks and deep hacks

We live in the golden age of leaks. That’s not to say that leaks didn’t happen before. But the move to digital data and the availability of high-speed Internet connections has made the exfiltration of data on a massive scale much easier. Where in 1971 Daniel Ellsberg had to photocopy 7,000 pages of what became … Continue reading “Two ways to help preserve privacy in an age of massive leaks and deep hacks”

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How did the free sharing of scientific knowledge and culture become the worst crime our justice systems could think of?

Sci-Hub is starting to get judgments and censorship applied against it. It’s noteworthy that not even murder or genocide is considered cause for such Internet censorship as is now being applied to Sci-Hub. How and when did the free sharing of scientific knowledge become the worst conceivable crime? Science Magazine has a long feature titled … Continue reading “How did the free sharing of scientific knowledge and culture become the worst crime our justice systems could think of?”

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Get ready for a whole lot more site blocking in the EU, thanks to a new consumer protection law

European Union lawmakers have approved a new consumer protection regulation that, among other things, allows for the wholesale blocking of websites without the need for judicial authorization. The reasoning seems innocuous enough on the surface. More than a third of online shops and booking websites were found to be breaching EU consumer laws, when a … Continue reading “Get ready for a whole lot more site blocking in the EU, thanks to a new consumer protection law”

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European Union just decided to block websites without due process “For Consumer Protection”

In a new bill just passed by the European Parliament, the European Union decided to give Internet censorship powers to each state’s consumer protection agency, completely without judicial oversight or a court order. These are the agencies typically dealing with defective electrical products or dangerous chemicals. In a vote today, The European Parliament voted to … Continue reading “European Union just decided to block websites without due process “For Consumer Protection””

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