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White House Speaks Out On U.S. Rejecting UN Internet Treaty White House Speaks Out On U.S. Rejecting UN Internet Treaty

Last week, there was much rejoicing after the U.S. and other nations firmly rejected a UN treaty that sought to regulate the Internet on an international level. There’s been a lot of talk about the conference since then, but the …

Pirate Bay Proxy Taken Down By UK Pirate Party Pirate Bay Proxy Taken Down By UK Pirate Party
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If you recall, the BPI requested that the UK Pirate Party take down its Pirate Bay proxy late last month. At the time, the head of UK’s Pirate Party said that he received a notice, but had not made any …

Google Fiber Comes To 5 More Neighborhoods Early Next Year Google Fiber Comes To 5 More Neighborhoods Early Next Year

Google Fiber has been moving slowly throughout Kansas City as installations have only come to two neighborhoods. Google is going to speed things up next year though, and five more neighborhoods can expect to see Fiber in their homes by …

Australian ISP Tells Entertainment Industry To Start Offering Better Service Australian ISP Tells Entertainment Industry To Start Offering Better Service

After numerous delays, the six largest ISPs in America will be joining forces with rights holders to implement a six-strikes policy. The program will seek to educate Internet users on legal methods for obtaining content online. There’s already a discussion …

Seattle Gets Fiber Internet Thanks To Gigabit Squared Seattle Gets Fiber Internet Thanks To Gigabit Squared

Before there was Google Fiber, the city of Chattanooga, TN offered gigabit Internet by building out its own fiber infrastructure. Now that Google Fiber is here, however, other cities are beginning to adopt their own fiber Internet services to combat …

Senator Al Franken’s Privacy Bill Is Approved By Senate Committee Senator Al Franken’s Privacy Bill Is Approved By Senate Committee
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We brought you word earlier this month that Sen. Al Franken was trying his hand at passing a privacy bill again. The Location Privacy Protection Act would require any and all app makers to request permission to track users before …

U.S. And Allies Refuse To Sign Internet Treaty, ITU Conference Likely A Bust U.S. And Allies Refuse To Sign Internet Treaty, ITU Conference Likely A Bust

We brought you word that the ITU talks in Dubai had become noticeably more worrisome in its two final days. The convention of delegates held a “non-vote vote” on whether or not the ITU would have any control over the …

Majority Of Nations Cast A Non-Binding Vote In Favor Of Expanded Internet Control Majority Of Nations Cast A Non-Binding Vote In Favor Of Expanded Internet Control

The past two weeks must have been stressful for the US delegates at the ITU conference in Dubai. They, alongside their EU allies, had to convince delegates from every other nation that the ITU should not be expanded to cover …

The US Isn’t Ready To Give Up On ITU Talks Just Yet The US Isn’t Ready To Give Up On ITU Talks Just Yet

As the ITU talks continue this week, one of the most worrisome proposals has been shelved. The proposal in question would have allowed nations like Russia, China and Saudi Arabia more say in how the Internet is governed. Despite that …

Open Internet Scores A Win At ITU, China And Russia Withdraw Bids For Internet Control Open Internet Scores A Win At ITU, China And Russia Withdraw Bids For Internet Control
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The world has been watching and waiting for the past week as nations from around the world are meeting in Dubai to discuss the future of the ITU. The conference could have significant implications for the open Web as some …

Censoring The Internet Won’t Stop Terrorism Censoring The Internet Won’t Stop Terrorism
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Terrorists are on the Internet. It’s just a fact. Just like you and I, members of radical fringe groups use the Internet to communicate ideas and spread information. It’s hard to combat the message when it’s online due to the …

Senator Al Franken Is Trying To Protect Your Privacy Again Senator Al Franken Is Trying To Protect Your Privacy Again
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2012 was a big year for privacy. From CISPA to ECPA, lawmakers are tackling the ever present issue of how to handle privacy in the digital age. There’s not been a lot of progress on the front, but Sen. Al …

House Unanimously Opposes UN Takeover Of The Internet House Unanimously Opposes UN Takeover Of The Internet
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Politics are messy. It’s hard to get any two parties to agree on something, and it’s still full of vitriol and mudslinging when they do. That’s why it’s so refreshing to see lawmakers agree on something for once, even if …

Over 1 Million People Are Protesting The ITU With Google Over 1 Million People Are Protesting The ITU With Google
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In just a few hours, delegates from around the world will be meeting in Dubai to discuss changes to the ITU. The results of which could lead to further regulation of the Internet by less than reputable countries that want …

The Fate Of The Free Internet Goes Up For Vote In December The Fate Of The Free Internet Goes Up For Vote In December
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The fate of the free Internet will be decided at a private meeting in Dubai on December 3. UN member nations will argue for or against a plan that would give control of the Internet to the ITU, instead of …

UK Record Industry Tells Pirate Party To Shut Down Its Pirate Bay Proxy UK Record Industry Tells Pirate Party To Shut Down Its Pirate Bay Proxy
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ISPs in the UK are legally mandated to block access to The Pirate Bay thanks to a high court ruling in April. The ruling was welcomed by the British Phonographic Industry as a step towards curtailing piracy. As it turned …

CCI Six Strikes Anti-Piracy Alert System Delayed Until Early 2013 CCI Six Strikes Anti-Piracy Alert System Delayed Until Early 2013

Well, this was unexpected. After CCI had been working since late 2011 to get its ambitious anti-piracy alert system off the ground, it looked like the program was finally going to launch this year. Things rarely ever work out as …

Verizon, Time Warner Cable Announce Their Six Strikes Anti-Piracy Plans Verizon, Time Warner Cable Announce Their Six Strikes Anti-Piracy Plans
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The CCI is about to launch its six-strikes anti-piracy system alongside six of the nation’s major ISPs. The program is being touted as a consumer-friendly system that encourages the use of legal alternatives when users are caught pirating content online. …

Rep. Darrell Issa Seeks Input On New Bill From Reddit Rep. Darrell Issa Seeks Input On New Bill From Reddit

Rep. Darell Issa has been one of the few guys in government that Internet freedom fighters actually like. He’s been very outspoken in regards to SOPA, and co-sponsored its alternative – the OPEN Act. He now has a new bill …

Tumblr: We’re One Of The Top Ten Sites In The U.S. Tumblr: We’re One Of The Top Ten Sites In The U.S.

Tumblr announced today that it has become one of the top ten sites in the U.S. and has a worldwide audience of 170 million people (based on Quantcast data). The 170 million appears to be rounded up from 168 million, …

Should Law Enforcement Be Required To Obtain Warrants When Snooping Through Email? Should Law Enforcement Be Required To Obtain Warrants When Snooping Through Email?
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Senator Patrick Leahy was one of the good guys back in September. He was proposing a rewrite to the 26-year-old Electronic Communications Privacy Act that would require the feds to obtain a warrant to read your email. The Justice Department …