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How the ‘John Oliver Effect’ Is Having a Real-Life Impact

How the ‘John Oliver Effect’ Is Having a Real-Life Impact
Comedians mock our cultural and political institutions on TV all the time. But it’s not every day that a comic’s jokes crash a government website or directly inspire legislators to push for new laws. John Oliver, host of HBO comedy news program Last Week Tonight, is quickly building up that level of cultural cachet. Read more Feds Limit Law That Lets Cops Seize Your Stuff Oliver’s approach has even been cited as an inspiration for local government transparency. But the show has long caused real-world ripples. Ending Unfair Bail Requirements In June Oliver discussed how bail is often to used to keep poor, low-risk defendants locked up before they’ve even been found guilty of a crime. Eviscerating FIFA Oliver was highlighting corruption at FIFA, the world’s most powerful sports organization, long before U.S. officials arrested several of the federation’s top executives. Crashing the FCC Over Net Neutrality Giving Back to Female Engineers Raising Awareness of Civil Forfeiture Laws Related:  About Net-Neutrality...aesichirollonet neutrality

FCC to Seize Entire Internet, Cable Spectrum Under 400-Page “Rules” FCC cherry picking existing laws for cable, radio & broadband to regulate Internet Kit Daniels Prison March 13, 2015 The FCC is combining several separate sections of telecommunications law developed for radio, cable TV and broadband access for a regulatory takeover of the Internet and is enforcing it with the same rules and methods as the Justice Department, according to its 400-page report released Thursday. The agency is going to regulate the Internet like broadcast radio and television through a patchwork of telecommunications laws which were developed not only separately of each other but also in different decades. “We ground the open Internet rules we adopt today in multiple sources of legal authority – Section 706, Title II and Title III of the Communications Act [of 1934],” page 120 of the 400-page FCC report states. A d v e r t i s e m e n t But what are these statues? [ad] In other words, the government, not the free market, makes the decisions over broadband access. Dr.

Google's Project Sunroof tells you how much solar energy is hitting your rooftop As the world's largest search engine provider, Google is privy to an unfathomable amount of questions about life ("Where am I?"), love ("Why did I get married?"), and yes, cats ("How to make my cat love me."). And it says an increasing number of people have been searching for answers relating to solar panels - how many do I need, who's going to install them, how much will I save, and does my rooftop get enough sunlight anyway? So it's launching Project Sunroof, a new service that can walk you through the process of investing in your own solar panel system. Using data collected by Google Maps, Project Sunroof will use 3D-modelling to figure out how many solar panels can be installed on a specific rooftop. Using this information, it will calculate how many solar panels you should invest in, and how much you could save on your electricity bills. Right now, the service is only available in three locations in the US: Boston, San Francisco and Fresno.

Dangers of a World Without Net Neutrality Last month the FCC released its proposal for America’s new network neutrality rules. Unfortunately, the agency’s proposal included rules that would permit Internet providers to prioritize certain websites, e.g., make deals with some services for a faster and better path to subscribers. While the FCC claims it is not endorsing such deals, the proposed rules will inevitably be read as exactly that. The parties most threatened by this kind of network discrimination are those who are trying to make novel and unanticipated uses of the network and who cannot afford payola. But innovators need more than a level playing field – they need specific details about how Internet providers manage their networks so that they can figure out how best to maintain current offerings and develop new products. To see why, let’s fill in some blanks. In harm’s way Yet other forms of pay-for-play and general accessibility discrimination are equally important. Learning from past Peering into the future

Save the Internet! Article in globalresearch By Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers To ensure the Internet is open to all on an equal basis we must act now to prevent mega-corporations from destroying Internet Freedom Update: Actions every day starting on Wednesday, May 7th, at noon and 5 pm. If we act NOW, we can ensure a free, open and equal Internet for the 21st Century. To ensure the Internet we want, we must take action today; and people need to plan to come to Washington, DC beginning next Wednesday to join in a series of escalating protests that will undermine the legitimacy of the FCC leadership and force them to pay attention to the public interest rather than the interests of mega-corporations. Already more than a million people have written the FCC in favor of net neutrality and the Commissioners are receiving more than 100 calls per day from citizens. The primary driving force for Wheeler’s proposal is profit for a small group of massive monopoly corporations. The FCC is being Driven off Track 1.

Probably Overthinking It: The Inspection Paradox is Everywhere The following is a draft of an article I have submitted for publication in CHANCE Magazine, a publication of the American Statistical Association. With their encouragement, I am publishing it here to solicit comments from readers (and possibly corrections). The Inspection Paradox is Everywhere The inspection paradox is a common source of confusion, an occasional source of error, and an opportunity for clever experimental design. Most people are unaware of it, but like the cue marks that appear in movies to signal reel changes, once you notice it, you can’t stop seeing it. A common example is the apparent paradox of class sizes. The problem is that when you survey students, you oversample large classes. That’s not necessarily a mistake. From the data in their report, I estimate the actual distribution of class sizes; then I compute the “biased” distribution you would get by sampling students. The same effect applies to passenger planes. Using data from the U.S. Further reading Bio

FCC Backs Fast Lanes for Web Traffic Photo WASHINGTON — The principle that all Internet content should be treated equally as it flows through cables and pipes to consumers looks all but dead. The Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday that it would propose new rules that allow companies like Disney, Google or Netflix to pay Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon for special, faster lanes to send video and other content to their customers. The proposed changes would affect what is known as net neutrality — the idea that no providers of legal Internet content should face discrimination in providing offerings to consumers, and that users should have equal access to see any legal content they choose. The proposal comes three months after a federal appeals court struck down, for the second time, agency rules intended to guarantee a free and open Internet. Continue reading the main story OPEN Document Document: Appeals Court Opinion Rejecting F.C.C. Mr. Mr. Mr. The proposed rules, drafted by Mr.

Souriez, vous êtes cybersurveillés ! Dans le langage courant, Internet et la Toile, autrement dit le World Wide Web (WWW), sont souvent utilisés comme des synonymes : Internet s’apparente au réseau mondial et le réseau mondial, c’est Internet. Or, il existe une considérable différence d’ordre technique entre Internet et le Web. Internet pourrait être comparé à une infrastructure de transports : les paquets de données fusent à travers un réseau d’ordinateurs comme les voitures sur le réseau routier. D'innombrables services expédient les paquets de données. Parmi eux, la messagerie électronique, la téléphonie par Internet, le transfert de données, et bien sûr le Web. Les navigateurs comme Mozilla Firefox ou Google Chrome servent de chemin d’accès au Web. Les programmeurs de l’agence allemande OpenDataCity ont identifié les itinéraires empruntés par les paquets de données à travers les réseaux d’Internet à partir des adresses IP. Iana contrôle la zone racine du DNS, véritable point d’ancrage du système d’adresses du Net.

G.O.P. Candidates and Obama’s Failure to Fail What did the men who would be president talk about during last week’s prime-time Republican debate? Well, there were 19 references to God, while the economy rated only 10 mentions. Republicans in Congress have voted dozens of times to repeal all or part of Obamacare, but the candidates only named President Obama’s signature policy nine times over the course of two hours. And energy, another erstwhile G.O.P. favorite, came up only four times. Strange, isn’t it? The shared premise of everyone on the Republican side is that the Obama years have been a time of policy disaster on every front.

The FCC just killed net neutrality Net neutrality is dead — at least for now. In a 3-2 vote today, the Federal Communications Commission approved a measure to remove the tough net neutrality rules it put in place just two years ago. Those rules prevented internet providers from blocking and throttling traffic and offering paid fast lanes. They also classified internet providers as Title II common carriers in order to give the measure strong legal backing. Today’s vote undoes all of that. It removes the Title II designation, preventing the FCC from putting tough net neutrality rules in place even if it wanted to. Opponents of net neutrality argue that the rules were never needed in the first place, because the internet has been doing just fine. Read the dissenting statements of the Democratic FCC commissioners Supporters of net neutrality have long argued that, without these rules, internet providers will be able to control traffic in all kinds of anti-competitive ways. “​This is not good,” Rosenworcel says.