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2018-12-11
Human Rights Groups Blast Google for 'Actively Aiding China's Censorship and Surveillance Regime'

In an open letter addressed to Google's chief executive Sundar Pichai, a coalition of human rights groups and advocates are raising alarm about the company "actively aiding China's censorship and surveillance regime" with its work on a search engine project called Dragonfly.


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"We're putting these congress members on notice and sending a clear message: The internet never forgets," declared Evan Greer, deputy director of Fight for the Future. (Photo: Fight for the Future) News
2018-12-05
With Deadline to Save Net Neutrality Days Away, Here Are the 18 Democrats Still Siding With Telecom Donors Over Open Internet

With just days to go before the Dec. 10 deadline to restore net neutrality protections, Fight for the Future on Wednesday launched a new website to pressure the 18 House Democrats who have yet to sign on to the congressional resolution that would overturn FCC chair Ajit Pai's deeply unpopular assault on the open internet."These Democrats have no excuse: their constituents want them to support real net neutrality and the entire rest of their party has already done so." —Evan Greer, Fight for the FutureIn addition to highlighting the names of the Democratic lawmakers who have yet to take a stand


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2018-11-06
'Magna Carta for the Web': Read Tim Berners-Lee's Global Declaration for a Humane and Democratic Internet

Warning that the web he helped invent in 1989 is "functioning in a dystopian way" due to extreme corporate concentration and paltry privacy safeguards for consumers, Tim Berners-Lee unveiled what he described as a "Magna Carta for the web" during the international Web Summit in Lisbon on Monday and urged all governments to support basic principles of internet freedom to ensure that the web serves "humanity, science, knowledge, and democracy.""For many years there was a feeling that the wonderful things on the web were going to dominate and we'd have a world with less conflict, more


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2018-11-02
'Real Teeth': Senator's Bill Would Punish CEOs With Up to 20 Years in Jail for Violating Consumer Privacy Rules

At the tail end of a year full of egregious data mining scandals and privacy violations by corporate giants like Facebook, Google, and Equifax—behavior that went virtually unpunished in the United States—Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) introduced a bill on Thursday that would dramatically strengthen internet privacy protections and hit executives who violate the rules with up to 20 years in prison."My bill creates radical transparency for consumers, gives them new tools to control their information, and backs it up with tough rules with real teeth to punish companies that abuse Americans' most private


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2018-11-01
No Other Choice, Says Web Pioneer Tim Berners-Lee: Tech Giants Like Google and Facebook Must Be Broken Up

Expressing dismay that the World Wide Web he invented in 1989 has come to be overrun with hatred and controlled by a few giant tech companies who abuse user privacy to boost their bottom lines, Tim Berners-Lee argued in an interview with Reuters on Thursday that Silicon Valley titans like Facebook, Google, and Apple as well as corporate behemoths like Amazon should be broken up to allow more democratic alternatives to flourish."What naturally happens is you end up with one company dominating the field so through history there is no alternative to really coming in and breaking things up. There


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2018-11-01
Global Internet Freedom Plummets as Governments Use Censorship and Surveillance to Quash Dissent

Countries across the globe are following in the footsteps of the Chinese government, adopting authoritarian digital practices that pose serious threats to democracy, according to a new Freedom House report released Thursday.


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2018-10-25
As Midterms Near, Campaign Demands to Know: "Is Your Member of Congress Fighting to Save Net Neutrality?"

In addition to healthcare, Social Security, voting rights, and the slate of other widely discussed issues on the ballot in the upcoming midterm elections—which are now just 11 days away—the future of net neutrality also hangs in the balance on Nov. 6, and open internet advocates are organizing a massive on- and offline mobilization ahead of election day to ensure that congressional candidates side with the vast majority of their constituents over the interests of the telecom industry."Voters deserve to know where the candidates stand on preserving the free and open Internet." —Jerri


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2018-10-16
Proving People Far and Wide Understand and Love Net Neutrality, Study Shows 99.7% of Unique Comments to FCC Opposed Repeal

A review of unique comments submitted to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) before the GOP-controlled agency's deeply unpopular repeal of nationwide net neutrality regulations last year found that nearly all commenters were opposed to the move, according to a new Stanford study.


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Online advertising is the lifeblood of Google, Facebook, and many other Internet enterprises that profit by providing personal data to various vendors. (Photo: Everett Collection/Shutterstock/The Atlantic) Views
2018-10-04
The Root of the Internet’s Disrepute: Online Advertising!

In all the mounting media coverage of problems with the Internet, such as invasion of privacy, vulnerability to hacking, political manipulation, and user addiction, there is one constant: online advertising. Online advertising is the lifeblood of Google, Facebook, and many other Internet enterprises that profit by providing personal data to various vendors. Moreover, the move of tens of billions of dollars from conventional print and broadcast media continues, with devastating impacts, especially on print newspapers and magazines.But does online advertising work for consumers? The Internet was


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2018-09-29
One Small Step for the Web…

I’ve always believed the web is for everyone. That’s why I and others fight fiercely to protect it. The changes we’ve managed to bring have created a better and more connected world. But for all the good we’ve achieved, the web has evolved into an engine of inequity and division; swayed by powerful forces who use it for their own agendas.Today, I believe we’ve reached a critical tipping point, and that powerful change for the better is possible — and necessary.This is why I have, over recent years, been working with a few people at MIT and elsewhere to develop Solid, an open-source project to


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