Internet Freedom

MAG-Net Speaks: Net Neutrality Federal Communications Commission Filing

July 15, 2014

Ms. Marlene H. Dortch
Secretary, Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20554

Re: Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet, GN Docket No. 14-28; Framework for Broadband Internet Service, GN Docket No 10-127; A National Broadband Plan for Our Future, GN Docket No. 09-51; State of Wireless Competition, WT Docket No. 13-135; Broadband Industry Practices, WC Docket No. 07-52.

Voices from the Frontlines: The Fight for an Open Internet

"We the people need real net neutrality to help 'police' the police, politicians and corporations that own them." -Dan Yo Lay, Comedian

It's the same old song: corporations fight for profits, not people (open Internet goes to court)

On September 9, the D.C. Circuit Court heard oral arguments in Verizon’s lawsuit challenging the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order. The outcome of this case determines the future of the Internet and the jurisdiction of the Federal Communications Commission.

Remembering Aaron Swartz

By Josh Levy

This weekend, the Internet lost one of its biggest champions.

Aaron Swartz, age 26, died on Friday. The cause was suicide. The loss to his friends, colleagues, fellow activists and the Internet at large is enormous.

Twitter Announces It Can Now Block Content By Country

by Eyder Peralta / Reposted from NPR.org 

Twitter announced, last night, that it now has the ability to block content by country.

This means, for example, that if a Tweet breaks a German law, Twitter can now block it in Germany but leave it up in the rest of the world.

Opposing Censorship Isn’t Just for Internet Giants In Internet Strike, Local Groups Help Blackout Go Viral

January 19, 2012 – As well-trafficked websites like Wikipedia and Google faded to black in opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA), local organizations across the country voiced their opposition to the proposed legislation by joining the strike.

Manager's Amendment of SOPA Doesn't Fix What's Ailing This Bill

by  Sherwin Siy / Reposted from Public Knowledge's Blog

Monday afternoon, the House Judiciary Committee released its planned manager’s amendment to SOPA, claiming that it eliminated significant concerns with the bill. While it does fix some of the current version’s outrageous proposals, it leaves some of the most dangerous provisions largely intact. Here’s a brief rundown of our concerns with the manager’s amendment.

SOPA: Washington Vs. The Web

Ryan Grim contributed reporting / Reposted from Huffingtonpost.com

WASHINGTON -- A month ago, Google lobbyist Katherine Oyama absorbed one of the more unusual congressional tongue-lashings in years when she appeared before a hearing of the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.) joked that Oyama had walked into a "lion's den."

Net Neutrality Survives Senate, But Advocates Push for Stronger Reforms

By Jamilah King / Reposted from Colorlines.com

On Thursday, the Senate voted against a resolution to do away with federal net neutrality rules that work to maintain openness on the Internet. The vote was just the latest episode in a long saga in which lawmakers, consumer advocates, and telecommunications companies position themselves to influence how communication will happen in the 21st century. And it’s a battle with particular relevance to communities of color, many of which are simultaneously helping to drive broadband use despite often being among those most effected by its slow expansion. 

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