• Jun 19, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Net Neutrality, News, Privacy,

Amazon granted patent to restrict the open internet at in-store public WiFi hotspots

Jeff Bezos’s Amazon has been granted a patent for a tool called “Physical Store Online Shopping Control,” which helps brick and mortar locations control users’ online shopping experience when they are at the store and on the store’s WiFi network. If a customer searches for a product or competitor, Amazon would be able to “control” … Continue reading “Amazon granted patent to restrict the open internet at in-store public WiFi hotspots”

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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on Capitol Hill, net neutrality is next on the chopping block for the FCC now that internet privacy rules have been repealed.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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  • Jul 5, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

These 17 countries don’t believe that freedom of expression on the Internet is a basic human right

Freedom of Expression on the Internet is taken for granted by many of us. Around the world, headlines are heralding the fact that the UN has passed a resolution which reaffirms Internet Access as a human right and condemns any country which blocks certain parts of the Internet for any reason. The non-binding resolution reaffirms … Continue reading “These 17 countries don’t believe that freedom of expression on the Internet is a basic human right”

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Regulators genuinely don’t understand the Internet can work fine without their regulation

Every now and then, we see regulators trying the most asinine move toward the Internet: banning encryption, requiring this, prohibiting that. They seem to be trying things at random, and a lot of it can be explained with regulators not being permitted to allow the Internet to come into being in the first place. Regulators … Continue reading “Regulators genuinely don’t understand the Internet can work fine without their regulation”

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