How CISPA would affect you (faq)
CISPA may have cleared the U.S. House of Representatives, but the fight isn't over. It's shifted to the U.S. Senate. Here's CNET's FAQ on what you need to know about this particularly controversial Internet bill.
It took a debate that stretched to nearly seven hours, and votes on over a dozen amendments, but the U.S. House of Representatives finally approved the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act on April 26.
Passions flared on both sides before the final vote on CISPA, which cleared the House by a comfortable margin of 248 to 168.Read more »
Confirm Your Identity
If you're unable to verify your account using a mobile phone number, you can submit a request to verify your account using your government-issued ID.
Federal authorities have arrested eight men accused of distributing more than $1 million worth of LSD, ecstasy, and other narcotics with an online storefront that used the TOR anonymity service to mask their Internet addresses.Read more »
A Guide to the Open Internet
Network neutrality is the idea that your cellular, cable, or phone internet connection should treat all websites and services the same. Big companies like AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast want to treat them differently so they can charge you more depending on what you use.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is currently debating legislation to define limits for internet service providers (ISPs). The hope is that they will keep the internet open and prevent companies from discriminating against different kinds of websites and services.Read more »
Surveillance means safety. This is the argument wherever and whenever governments seek new powers to monitor their citizens. Proposed legislation in the UK to enable police and intelligence services to access emails, Skype calls and Facebook messages is another such example. It is also another case of the unnecessary and dangerous expansion of state power, in collaboration with companies, into our online – and offline – lives.Read more »
No Internet Lockdown in Canada
Thankfully, SOPA and PIPA went down to defeat in the United States but the lobbyists have not given up and have, instead, turned their attentions to Canada. House of Commons bill C-11, known as the Copyright Modernization Act is poised to be approved by Steven Harper’s majority government after debate was finished in less than 1 day. Then off to the Conservative dominated Senate for approval, and off to the Governor General to be signed into law.Read more »
Can Social Networking Change Our Political Consciousness?
Twitter, Facebook and the many other social networks that have emerged are reminding us exactly how small the planet is, and how seemingly mundane or personal issues (where you live, what you feel) have all kinds of ramifications.Read more »
On Monday morning, a story about Malia Obama, the president’s daughter, began making the rounds through the media. Malia is vacationing with some classmates in Oaxaca, Mexico — a part of the world that the State Department has recently said all Americans should avoid.
By Monday afternoon, the story began to be scrubbed from the web -- with story links leading to blank pages.
One of the key points behind Ron Paul's success in this Presidential campaign (as well as in 2008) was his reputation for actually "getting the internet" and making good use of it to promote his message and motivate and activate his supporters. But it appears that perhaps he doesn't quite get the internet that well. That's all I can think after reading the details of a dreadfully short-sighted lawsuit that he filed to try to unmask some anonymous internet users.Read more »
Unemployed 28-year-old New Yorker Hector Xavier Monsegur AKA "Sabu" was the de facto King of Anonymous and the head of LulzSec, easily the most notorious and influential hacker alive today. And he just turned in his people to the FBI.Read more »
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