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Networks. Threats to the Internet. After Senate vote, NSA prepares to shut down phone tracking program. Hours after the Senate balked at reauthorizing the bulk collection of U.S. telephone records, the National Security Agency began shutting down a controversial program Saturday that senior intelligence and law enforcement officials say is vital to track terrorists in the United States.

After Senate vote, NSA prepares to shut down phone tracking program

US Companies Are Throwing a Fit Because They're Losing Control Over the Internet. Control over the internet is slipping away from the US government and American corporations in favour of a more global approach, and the corporations don’t like how they’re being treated so far.

US Companies Are Throwing a Fit Because They're Losing Control Over the Internet

In a US House of Representatives Judiciary Committee hearing today, representatives from the International Trademark Association, Amazon, and other US-based internet commerce organizations testified about how they’ve been treated unfairly by the International Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the non-profit corporation charged with managing new domain names. ICANN, founded in the US in the late 1990s, will officially cut its ties with the American government this year in a move expected to further internationalize internet governance with input from foreign companies and governments. In April, ICANN deferred investigation into the issue to the US Federal Trade Commission and its Canadian equivalent. "The internet is inherently international, and trademarks are legally national"

Verizon's Just the Latest Big Evil Media Conglomerate Waiting to Happen. Pro/Con: Why Google's Fi Could Be Awesome and Terrible. IsThisTheRealLife comments on Google threatened to remove Yelp and TripAdvisor from search results if they didn't let Google use their reviews in Google Places. FCC approves plan to allow for paid priority on Internet : technology. FCC net neutrality controversy: Wheeler pretends to back down. Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler’s plan to let ISPs charge content providers more money to make sure that their traffic gets delivered more quickly is probably not the most popular idea.

FCC net neutrality controversy: Wheeler pretends to back down

In fact, it’s not only provoked an outcry from pro-net neutrality advocates but has also led to protests from congressmen, major tech firms and venture capitalists who do a lot of work with tech startups. The FCC’s new net neutrality proposal is already ruining the Internet : technology. FCC net neutrality plan: Mozilla says ISPs should be common carriers. Mozilla might not be as big as Google or Netflix in most consumers’ minds but as the maker of the popular Firefox browser, it does have some clout.

FCC net neutrality plan: Mozilla says ISPs should be common carriers

That’s why it’s noteworthy that Mozilla on Monday recommended that the Federal Communications Commission use the “nuclear option” against Internet service providers by reclassifying them as common carriers under Title II of the Communications Act. Title II regulations were designed to regulate old telephone networks as part of the 1934 Communications Act, which was most recently overhauled to include updated rules in 1996. Former FCC chairman Julius Genachowski had originally planned to reclassify ISPs under Title II back in 2010 but he backed down under pressure and implemented Title II-type restrictions on landline ISPs without officially reclassifying them. Why Comcast Will Be Allowed to Buy Time Warner Cable and Kill Net Neutrality. For the past three years, Comcast's Senior VP of Governmental Affairs has been Meredith Baker.

Why Comcast Will Be Allowed to Buy Time Warner Cable and Kill Net Neutrality

Baker's last job was the Commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission, where she signed off on the controversial NBCUniversal sale to Comcast in 2009. Now we know that Baker, the former FCC Commissioner and a public official, was around to help make sure net neutrality died so Internet costs could soar, and that Time Warner Cable would be allowed to fold into Comcast, despite claims that the new megacorp might violate antitrust laws. Neither the new net neutrality rules nor a Time Warner Cable sale to Comcast could possibly benefit an average consumer or a small business. Why Comcast Will Be Allowed to Kill Net Neutrality: "Comcast's Senior VP of Governmental Affairs Meredith Baker, the former FCC Commissioner, was around to help make sure net neutrality died so Internet costs could soar, and that Time Warner Cable would b. Because Of DRM, The Entire Copyright Monopoly Legislation Is A Lie.

Would you consider it reasonable if the copyright monopoly legislation ended with the words "but if publishers think this law is too permissive, they can rewrite it as they like, and we'll enforce that instead"?

Because Of DRM, The Entire Copyright Monopoly Legislation Is A Lie

Because that's exactly what the law looks like. Cory Doctorow had a brilliant column in The Guardian, which was very long and went into quite a bit of legislative history, but the key takeaway hit the nail right on the head. The entire copyright legislation is a lie, a façade, a mirage. There are no exceptions, there are no expiries, there is no fair use.

The DMCA: How It Works and How It's Abused. Democrats Introduce Open Internet Preservation Act To Restore Net Neutrality. Democrats in the House and Senate today introduced the Open Internet Preservation Act, a bill that would reinstate now-defunct net neutrality rules that were shot down last month.

Democrats Introduce Open Internet Preservation Act To Restore Net Neutrality

Net neutrality, in its most basic form, is the idea that ISPs must treat all Internet data the same. Under its regime, ISPs are not allowed to selectively speed up or slow down information requested by their customers due to their selective gatekeeping of the services impacted. Or, more simply, Comcast can’t decide that a site you want to load, or a video you want to watch, should be slowed, and content that it prefers, accelerated. 10 Reasons Our Shallow Fresh Water Supply is in Deep Trouble. Jeffrey GreenActivist Post Fresh clean water is essential to all life forms.

10 Reasons Our Shallow Fresh Water Supply is in Deep Trouble

Keeping Conflict Minerals Out of Your Cell Phone. Muddy trails extending for hundreds of miles into the subtropical wilderness of the Democratic Republic of the Congo end at shallow, exposed mines full of one of the most valuable mineral deposits on earth: tantalum ore.

Keeping Conflict Minerals Out of Your Cell Phone

Crack open your cell phone and you’d find a refined version of it in the thumbnail-size part that helps power the device. In the DRC’s Katanga province, the bush trails also lead to an interesting experiment in coping with government regulation. A tale of two supply chains (click to enlarge) Getting minerals out of the country and into your phone has long involved an informal supply chain in which self-employed miners scraped the pits for minerals, then sold them to a network of traders who would take them to the border and sell them to foreign refiners—with warlords and militias extorting the players along the way.

Other hardware makers have taken a more creative tack. Net neutrality clone. Will net neutrality ruling make Web like cable TV? Internet service providers are no longer required to treat all kinds of Web activity equally, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday in a decision that could dramatically reshape online access.

Will net neutrality ruling make Web like cable TV?

The decision overturns key parts of the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality regulations, which barred Internet providers from restricting speeds or even blocking visits to different sites. Analysts say the ruling could allow Internet providers to slow down sites like bandwidth-heavy Netflix or Google and force them - or their visitors - to pay for faster access. Read this if you want the internet to live.

S Content ID System SUCKS. White House Tries to Prevent Judge From Ruling on Surveillance Efforts. Google wins book-scanning case: judge finds “fair use,” cites many benefits. The Ninth Circuit Library. "Citations are the cornerstone upon which judicial opinions and law review articles stand....The ability to check citations and verify that citations to the original sources are accurate is integral to ensuring accurate characterizations of sources and determining where a researcher found information. However, accurate citations do not always mean that a future researcher will be able to find the exact same information as the original researcher.

Citations to disappearing websites cause problems for legal researchers. " Raizel Liebler & June Liebert, Something Rotten in the State of Legal Citation: The Life Span of a United States Supreme Court Citation Containing an Internet Link (1996-2010), 15 YALE J.L. & TECH. 273, 275 (2013), available at The following table lists Ninth Circuit opinions issued from 2008 to the present that cite to Internet addresses (URLs).

In the default table view, opinions are arranged by year (current year first) and then alphabetically by case name. In Supreme Court Opinions, Web Links to Nowhere. The libraries that governments will burn in the future. Well he better move the thing away from the coast or global warming will make his argument mute. I get where he's coming from,make it politically and socially costly to censor or control the contents.That might work if today's political climate and what is or is not socially acceptable and worthy of protection and preservation remain reasonably constant. We're About to Lose Net Neutrality — And the Internet as We Know It. Image: moodboard/Getty Net neutrality is a dead man walking. The execution date isn’t set, but it could be days, or months (at best).

And since net neutrality is the principle forbidding huge telecommunications companies from treating users, websites, or apps differently — say, by letting some work better than others over their pipes — the dead man walking isn’t some abstract or far-removed principle just for wonks: It affects the internet as we all know it. Once upon a time, companies like AT&T, Comcast, Verizon, and others declared a war on the internet’s foundational principle: that its networks should be “neutral” and users don’t need anyone’s permission to invent, create, communicate, broadcast, or share online. WikiLeaks. WikiLeaks. International non-profit organisation publishing secret information, news leaks and classified media During the 2016 US presidential election campaign, WikiLeaks released emails and other documents from the Democratic National Committee and from Hillary Clinton's campaign manager, John Podesta showing that the party's national committee favoured Hillary Clinton over her rival Bernie Sanders in the primaries.[27] These releases caused significant harm to the Clinton campaign, and have been attributed as a potential contributing factor to her loss.[28] The U.S. intelligence community expressed "high confidence" that the leaked emails had been hacked by Russia and supplied to WikiLeaks.

Wikileaks said that the source of the documents was not Russia or any other state.[29] During the campaign, WikiLeaks promoted conspiracy theories about Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party.[30][31][32] History Staff, name and founding Purpose. Manning Found Not Guilty Of Aiding The Enemy. Icelanders approve their crowdsourced constitution — European technology news. Brazil looks to break from US-centric Internet (Update 2) Brazil plans to divorce itself from the U.S. -centric Internet over Washington's widespread online spying, a move that many experts fear will be a potentially dangerous first step toward fracturing a global network built with minimal interference by governments.

President Dilma Rousseff ordered a series of measures aimed at greater Brazilian online independence and security following revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted her communications, hacked into the state-owned Petrobras oil company's network and spied on Brazilians who entrusted their personal data to U.S. tech companies such as Facebook and Google. Comms giant pushes anti-spy network. Beall’s List of Predatory Publishers 2013. By Jeffrey Beall Released December 4, 2012. Facebook Now Knows What You're Buying at Drug Stores. In an attempt to give advertisers more information about the effectiveness of ads, Facebook has partnered with Datalogix, a company that "can track whether people who see ads on the social networking site end up buying those products in stores," as The Financial Times's Emily Steel and April Dembosky explain.

Protests follow Google 'endorsed advert' change. 14 October 2013Last updated at 06:35 ET. Clay Shirky: How the Internet will (one day) transform government. United Nations report: Internet access is a human right. Internet access is a human right, according to a United Nations report released on Friday. Fast Internet access becomes a legal right in Finland.