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The way we use and access the Internet is changing, and  net neutrality provisions should adapt to those changes. Here's how the new net neutrality rules in the U.S. apply to the mobile market.

Article by Jessica Smith for the Business Insider

Americans are increasingly ditching their desktops and reaching for their mobile devices to access the internet instead. 

For this reason, mobile broadband – or internet access from any mobile device – was included in the FCC's recently adopted net neutrality proposal, making it subject to many of the same constraints and regulations as the wired internet.

Apparently, "Orwellian" is no longer an appropriate reference for our surveillance state - we should dream to be so lucky to be back to Orwellian times, according to the new UN special rapporteur on privacy.

Article by Adam Alexander for The Guardian

The first UN privacy chief has said the world needs a Geneva convention style law for the internet to safeguard data and combat the threat of massive clandestine digital surveillance.

Algorithms shape our online lives. The websites we visit guess what you want to listen to next, where your next appointment is, what to buy your friend for Christmas...Helpful or creepy?

Article by Alexis Petridis, Jess Cartner-Morley, Stuart Heritage and Archie Bland for The Guardian

‘Spotify seems to think I want to hear a 1972 live album by Yes’

 

Who hasn't taken a photo of a tasty-looking meal and shared it? I'm afraid, those days might be over in Germany, here comes the copyright. 

Article by TechDirt

Over the years, Techdirt has had a couple of stories about misguided chefs who think that people taking photos of their food are "stealing" something -- their culinary soul, perhaps. According to an article in the newspaper Die Welt, it seems that this is not just a matter of opinion in Germany, but established law (original in German):

Everyday we rely on privacy policies. But let’s face it: No one reads them, and they don’t protect your privacy at all. More transparency and more user control is the real solution.

Article by TechDirt

As you may have heard, yesterday there was a bit of a kerfuffle over the fact that Spotify changed its privacy policy in a way that people are calling creepy and eerie. And there's a ton of chatter on Twitter from people insisting that they'll never use Spotify again because of this. The specific changes that have people up in arms sure do sound creepy at first glance.

The battle for ‪#‎NetNeutrality‬ rages on in India. But should Big Telecom giants be allowed to make competing apps and services more expensive than the ones they hand pick? Some major tech giants think so. Learn more here and speak out at NoFakeInternet.org

Article by Nikhil Pahwa for Medianama 

How do the new U.S. Net Neutrality rules apply to mobile devices? Find out here:

Article by Jessica Smith for Business Insider

Americans are increasingly ditching their desktops and reaching for their mobile devices to access the internet instead. This shift has ushered in the widespread growth and transition of online activities like video watching, banking, and online purchasing from desktop to mobile environments.

ICYMI: More proof that AT&T is in bed with the NSA.

Article by JULIA ANGWIN, , JEFF LARSON, HENRIK MOLTKE, LAURA POITRAS and  for the New York Times

The National Security Agency’s ability to spy on vast quantities of Internet traffic passing through the United States has relied on its extraordinary, decades-long partnership with a single company: the telecom giant AT&T.

Motion Picture loves fair use, but hates it on the TPP. Double standards? Speak out now against this secretive, internet-censoring deal at StoptheSecrecy.net

Article by Maria Sutton for EFF 

And there you have it. Comcast – one of the most hated telecom companies in the world – just admitted that data caps are bogus. 

Article by TechDirt

For years the broadband industry tried to claim that they were imposing usage caps because of network congestion. In reality they've long lusted after usage caps for two simple reasons: they allow ISPs to charge more money for the same product, and they help cushion traditional TV revenues from the ongoing assault from Internet video. Instead of admitting that, big ISPs have tried to argue that caps are about "fairness," or that they're essential lest the Internet collapse from uncontrolled congestion (remember the debunked Exaflood?). 

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