There’s been a lot of debate over whether the United States should treat Internet service as a utility. But there’s no question that Internet service is already a utility in Sandy, Oregon, a city of about 10,000 residents, where the government has been offering broadband for more than a decade.
The German case of two journalists being threatened with treason charges for revealing spying documents has sparked a debate on how important journalism is in a time of surveillance states.
Article by Sputnik News
The treason investigation against two German journalists who disclosed government surveillance plans should not have occurred, as the reporting was in public interest, an Internet advocacy group Open Media spokesman told Sputnik on Tuesday.
In another piece coming to the defense of German publication Netzopolitik, Carly Nyst weighs in on how important investigative journalism is in a surveillance state.
Article by Carly Nyst for the Guardian
For those inclined to think that the series of surveillance scandals and leaks over the past two years are unlikely to have much of an impact, it is worth recalling that, up until a little over 30 years ago, the British government denied the very existence of a spying organisation called GCHQ.
Honestly, it's baffling how poorly Congress seems to understand the Internet. If they think it's 1984, we'll show them 1984. FaxBigBrother.com
Article by Sam Thielman for the Guardian
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Monday said a controversial new surveillance bill could sweep away “important privacy protections”, a move that bodes ill for the measure’s return to the floor of the Senate this week.
On the creepy side of things...even your battery life now also identifies your activities online.
Article by Alex Hern for The Guardian
A little-known feature of the HTML5 specification means that websites can find out how much battery power a visitor has left on their laptop or smartphone – and now, security researchers have warned that that information can be used to track browsers online.
There is no doubt that technological change has hit newspaper publishers as well as other copyright owners. But a backward-looking law that penalizes innovators and threatens free speech on the Internet is not the solution.
Article by Joe Mullin for Arstechnica
A study commissioned by Spanish publishers has found that a new intellectual property law passed in Spain last year, which charges news aggregators like Google for showing snippets and linking to news stories, has done substantial damage to the Spanish news industry.
A two-tiered Internet? We can do better. At the end of the day, Mark Zuckerberg’s controversial Internet[dot]org service only offers a slice of the internet, undermines security and privacy, and raises serious questions about how the program will impact local innovation. Speak out at NoFakeInternet.org/