YouTube stars speak up for Net Neutrality
YouTube stars speak up for Net Neutrality

In an open letter published earlier this week and intended for U.S. communications regulators, over 130 YouTube stars speak up for Net Neutrality. That is to say people making a living on the internet warn the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)  they will fight to keep the internet fair and open in America and out […]

#GigCity is still an open market
#GigCity is still an open market

Despite claims and threats of Big Telcom providing internet service as a public utility does not reduce competition and #GigCity is still an open market. Sure, Chattanooga, TN., provides internet service – speed as much as 10 gigabytes-per-second, if you’re willing to pay for it – as a public utility through its city-owned electric utility […]

Show support for Net Neutrality
Show support for Net Neutrality

The time has arrived for Americans to show support for Net Neutrality. The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC)  formally opened May 23rd the public comment period on its plan to eliminate a fair and open internet by eliminating Net Neutrality. The all-important communications regulatory panel published its 75-page draft proposal, tentatively adopted May 18, which […]

California online privacy law is a model
California online privacy law is a model

The new California online privacy law is a model for the rest of the nation, according to its supporters which include most major tech companies, the ACLU & privacy advocates around the nation. Adopted by the California Legislature in June and signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown on October 9, the heart of the […]

Net Neutrality battle far from over
Net Neutrality battle far from over

You’re mistaken if you think Net Neutrality in the U.S. – an open and free-flowing Internet – is a done deal. The major Internet service providers (ISPs) – the major telecommunications corporations like Verizon, Comcast, AT&T and others – are fighting back vociferously and with an unrelenting (and heavily financed) effort to take complete control […]

World authors condemn government surveillance with petition
World authors condemn government surveillance with petition

No sooner had major tech companies voiced concern over increased online government surveillance than nearly 600 of the world's best known authors trumped them with a condemnation of their own and a petition seeking an international bill of digital rights.  Among the authors are five Nobel Prize winners and some of the world's most respected […]

And you thought CISPA had gone away?
And you thought CISPA had gone away?

While nearly everyone was focused last week on the horrors and drama in Boston and over the weekend celebrating Earth Day (which is actually today), another threat was making its way through the U.S. House of Representatives.  CISPA – or the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act – was formally adopted by the House late […]

Social media, Internet bring democracy to money, too?
Social media, Internet bring democracy to money, too?

We’ve long been told – and believed – the Internet and social media can level the world’s playing field and bring a generic democracy to all.  But what about the money? Can a democratic world exist if the world’s money is still held hostage by power and class?  Can social media replace more traditional research […]