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Internet Pioneer Danny Hillis Argues That The Web Needs A Plan B Internet Pioneer Danny Hillis Argues That The Web Needs A Plan B

In February of last year, Anonymous threatened to take down the Internet in “Operation Global Blackout.” Needless to say, it was an empty threat, but something similar could one day happen. We could all lose access to the Internet. If …

Teens Are Increasingly Turning To Smartphones For Their Internet Fix Teens Are Increasingly Turning To Smartphones For Their Internet Fix

Kids these days take the Internet for granted. When I was their age, I had to wait my turn to use the family desktop in the kitchen. Even then, it was on a painfully slow 56k dial-up connection. The accelerated …

Tim Berners-Lee Says “Six Strikes” Threatens Democracy Tim Berners-Lee Says “Six Strikes” Threatens Democracy
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It’s been a few weeks since the launch of the “Six Strikes” Copyright Alert System. There haven’t been any widespread reports of people receiving copyright alerts yet, but the programs opponents are growing. In fact, opponents now have a powerful …

Student Hacker Directs FSU Wi-Fi Users to Infamous Meatspin Video (For a Good Cause) Student Hacker Directs FSU Wi-Fi Users to Infamous Meatspin Video (For a Good Cause)
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A 26-year-old Florida State University student has been charged with “offenses against computer users,” a third-degree felony, for hacking the campus’ Wi-Fi network and directing users to an infamous shock site. Benjamin Blouin fully admits to hacking the network, but …

Google Might Be Willing To Let You Use That .Fun Domain You Always Wanted Google Might Be Willing To Let You Use That .Fun Domain You Always Wanted
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Early last year, ICANN opened up applications for generic top-level domains. At the end of it all, it was revealed that Google applied for 101 gTLDs. Now more details are starting to emerge on what Google plans to do with …

Zoe Lofgren Tries For ECPA Reform Once Again Zoe Lofgren Tries For ECPA Reform Once Again

Alongside the much needed Aaron’s Law, Internet superhero Rep. Zoe Lofgren has reintroduced her ECPA amendment into the House for consideration. The new bill keeps many of the protections from last year’s ECPA 2.0 Act, but features a few important …

FCC To Hold First Gigabit Workshop This Month FCC To Hold First Gigabit Workshop This Month

In late January, the FCC announced the Gigabit City Challenge. The campaign aims to get at least one gigabit network in all 50 states by 2015. To do that, the Commission will be holding a number of workshops to help …

The Pirate Bay Really Didn’t Move To North Korea The Pirate Bay Really Didn’t Move To North Korea
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The strangest story from yesterday came in the form of The Pirate Bay moving to North Korea. The site said that it had routed through the country’s ISP after being invited to by the government. It seemed a little suspect, …

The Pirate Bay Is Now Anchored In North Korea The Pirate Bay Is Now Anchored In North Korea
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UPDATE: The Pirate Bay announced this morning that the move to North Korea was a joke. More on that here. Last week, The Pirate Bay announced that it would be moving to Norway and Spain after some legal trouble in …

Will the “Six Strikes” Copyright Alert System Hurt Consumers And Small Businesses? Will the “Six Strikes” Copyright Alert System Hurt Consumers And Small Businesses?
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Piracy is a problem that needs to be dealt with. I don’t think anybody is going to refute that. Where people are divided is how we actually deal with this problem. After years of reputation destroying legal battles against dead …

New Jersey Gubernatorial Candidate Speaks Out Against The Six Strikes Program New Jersey Gubernatorial Candidate Speaks Out Against The Six Strikes Program
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It was widely reported that the Copyright Alert System was “turned on” yesterday. The CAS, or more widely known as six strikes, detects the illegal sharing of copyrighted materials over P2P networks and alerts users via their ISP. There are …

Meet the Internet Posting Removal Act, an Illinois Bill That’ll Make Your Head Spin Meet the Internet Posting Removal Act, an Illinois Bill That’ll Make Your Head Spin
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State lawmakers all across the country busy at work crafting ridiculous, head-spinning laws can take the day off. There is no way they can top this. A new bill proposed in the Illinois State Senate looks to completely wipe out …

Google Provides Millions To Orgs For Internet Access In Emerging Markets Google Provides Millions To Orgs For Internet Access In Emerging Markets
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Google announced today that its philanthropic arm, Google.org, is making new investments to improve Internet access in emerging markets. For one, it is providing $3.1 million to the Network Startup Resource Center (NSRC) to help get local network engineering expertise …

Six Strikes Copyright Alert System Launches This Week [Report] Six Strikes Copyright Alert System Launches This Week [Report]
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For the past year, we’ve seen delay after delay for the Center for Copyright Information’s six strikes Copyright Alert System. For a while, it looked like it would never become a reality. Now it looks like the system is finally …

FCC Votes To Free Up Spectrum For Wi-Fi Devices FCC Votes To Free Up Spectrum For Wi-Fi Devices

The spectrum freed up for Wi-Fi is a finite resource. Too many devices can congest the networks and slow down service for everybody. The FCC wants to prevent that from happening, and have taken steps to relieve congestion with its …

Jimmy Wales Can’t Shut Wikipedia Down At His Will, And He Thinks You’re Stupid For Asking Jimmy Wales Can’t Shut Wikipedia Down At His Will, And He Thinks You’re Stupid For Asking
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In case you’ve ever wondered just how much power Jimmy Wales has over Wikipedia, you can rest easy knowing that he can’t just pull the plug on his own. Someone on Quora was apparently wondering about this, and decided to …

Arrestees Have the Right to Google Lawyers, Says Canadian Court Arrestees Have the Right to Google Lawyers, Says Canadian Court

An Alberta, Canada court has handed down an interesting ruling regarding detainees’ rights and how they run up against the modern world. According to the ruling, police must provide the accused access to the internet so that they can initiate …

FCC Report Shows ISPs Are Mostly Delivering What You Pay For FCC Report Shows ISPs Are Mostly Delivering What You Pay For
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Once a year, with no specific schedule in mind, the FCC offers up a report on broadband quality in America. It’s part of the Commission’s National Broadband Plan that seeks to study broadband growth in the U.S. and ways to …

The Pirate Bay Sues Anti-Piracy Outfit For Copyright Infringement The Pirate Bay Sues Anti-Piracy Outfit For Copyright Infringement
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In the eyes of the entertainment industry, The Pirate Bay is nothing but a piracy outfit dedicated to destroying their business. These groups make it vocally known that they hate copyright infringement. Maybe they could be taken a little more …

Canada’s Internet Surveillance Bill Is Officially Dead Canada’s Internet Surveillance Bill Is Officially Dead
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Almost a year ago, Canada’s Public Safety Minister Vic Toews introduced an Internet surveillance bill called C-30 that would require ISPs to collect all information on their customers. The bill was met with a massive retaliation at the hands of …

The Case For Faster, Cheaper Internet The Case For Faster, Cheaper Internet
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The United States has a problem – our Internet costs far too much for speeds that barely amount to anything. The FCC engineered a plan to get us on the right track with the National Broadband Plan, but not a …