Privacy Climate Change – Slow, Steady, and Destructive Changes to the Web

The Internet is trending toward a highly isolated place that is under constant surveillance. Firstly, we should talk about why these are problems, and then potential solutions. Taken alone, each of these things can be dismissed as small issues. In aggregate, however, and looking at long term trends, experts foresee serious issues with the free … Continue reading “Privacy Climate Change – Slow, Steady, and Destructive Changes to the Web”

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  • Jul 15, 2018
  • Danica Sergison
  • Copyright, Governments, Net Neutrality, Privacy,

Trading more than horses: Threats to privacy, net neutrality in international trade negotiations

When we’re discussing the internet, it’s not surprising that legislation and policy can have an impact that extends far beyond one country’s borders. While many of us are aware of domestic threats to fair dealing, privacy, and net neutrality, including regulator proposals and proposed legislation, it’s also important to consider the role that international trade … Continue reading “Trading more than horses: Threats to privacy, net neutrality in international trade negotiations”

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America has killed Net Neutrality; Why you need a VPN service

The FCC officially ended net neutrality protections on June 11th, 2018. Net neutrality was established when internet service providers were designated as Title II utility providers in 20xx. Under net neutrality rules, internet service providers (ISPs) weren’t allowed to throttle or play favorites on their network. Without net neutrality, internet service providers are free to … Continue reading “America has killed Net Neutrality; Why you need a VPN service”

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Digital Rights Groups Cry Foul Over Canada’s ‘FairPlay’ Coalition and Pirate Site Blacklist

Digital rights groups are crying foul over Canada’s new “FairPlay” coalition aka the Bell Coalition, which is wielding its considerable corporate power to pressure the country’s telecommunications regulators to begin censoring websites that host or serve pirated content. Recently, FairPlay Canada — a coalition of more than 25 telecom companies, broadcasters, and other organizations — … Continue reading “Digital Rights Groups Cry Foul Over Canada’s ‘FairPlay’ Coalition and Pirate Site Blacklist”

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  • Apr 27, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Net Neutrality, News,

Dear FCC: Destroying net neutrality is not “Restoring Internet Freedom”

Today, the FCC unveiled their official notice of proposed rule making, titled “Restoring Internet Freedom (doc),” that would end net neutrality as we know it in the United States. The FCC recently lost the ability to keep Internet service providers (ISPs) from selling your private data. The proposal was announced by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai … Continue reading “Dear FCC: Destroying net neutrality is not “Restoring Internet Freedom””

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  • Apr 26, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Net Neutrality, News,

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai reveals proposal to reverse Title II and destroy net neutrality

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) revealed their official plan to get rid of net neutrality today. The plan is to bring ISPs out from under FCC regulation by reversing the Title II classification that allowed the FCC to enforce net neutrality principles. At a speech at the Newseum in Washington DC, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai … Continue reading “FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai reveals proposal to reverse Title II and destroy net neutrality”

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  • Apr 21, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Net Neutrality, News,

Net neutrality policy in Canada: “Internet providers must treat data traffic the same, regardless of content.”

Canada is celebrating a net neutrality win with Telecom Regulatory Policy 2017-104. Zero rating, the act of having some apps or services not count towards a users’ internet data cap, has been forbidden. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), Canada’s equivalent to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), announced the decision on 4/20/17. In an … Continue reading “Net neutrality policy in Canada: “Internet providers must treat data traffic the same, regardless of content.””

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  • Apr 7, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Net Neutrality, News,

FCC’s grand net neutrality rollback plan includes having ISPs promise not to violate basic open internet principles

According to multiple sources on Capitol Hill, net neutrality is next on the chopping block for the FCC now that internet privacy rules have been repealed. The official plan could be unveiled as early as the upcoming April 20 FCC monthly meeting. Ajit Pai has discussed his plans with the telecom companies and internally at … Continue reading “FCC’s grand net neutrality rollback plan includes having ISPs promise not to violate basic open internet principles”

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Net neutrality shouldn’t be a debate – it’s a symptom of something worse: gatekeepers

Net neutrality should not even be a debate. Any market actor who abuses their customers and trust to the level of not respecting net neutrality, on a functioning market, will be dropped like a bad habit. Therefore, the mere existence of a net neutrality debate is a symptom of something much worse: the existence of … Continue reading “Net neutrality shouldn’t be a debate – it’s a symptom of something worse: gatekeepers”

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