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Global Commission on Internet Governance Announced

A new Global Commission on Internet Governance (GCIG) was announced today at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland. Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Carl Bildt has been named as chair for the GCIG. The GCIG has been …

Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian Talks Open Internet with Stephen Colbert Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian Talks Open Internet with Stephen Colbert
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Last night, Stephen Colbert’s guest on The Colbert Report was reddit co-founder and open internet advocate Alexis Ohanian. Ohanian is promoting his new book, Without Their Permission, where he explores “the future of the internet for fun, profit, and the …

An Internet Without Net Neutrality Looks Pretty Damn Scary An Internet Without Net Neutrality Looks Pretty Damn Scary

Even though the network that gives life to the Internet is considered an interstate communications service, and therefore is under the regulatory watch of the FCC, companies like Verizon, AT&T, and Time Warner are trying their hardest to have these …

CitizenWeb Project Is The Newest Internet Freedom Fighter On The Block CitizenWeb Project Is The Newest Internet Freedom Fighter On The Block

In recent years, a number of digital rights advocacy groups have sprung up to fight against what they see as government and corporate interference into their private lives on the Internet. Today, we can add one more to the bunch …

Google Wants You To Protect Internet Freedom Google Wants You To Protect Internet Freedom
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Earlier this year, Google and other Internet companies mobilized people to take down SOPA and PIPA. It worked pretty well back then, and now Google is back at it again targeting the next threat to the Internet – the UN. …

Reddit Launches Bus Tour to “Promote the Open Internet” Reddit Launches Bus Tour to “Promote the Open Internet”
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Emboldened by the part it played in combating the SOPA legislation earlier this year with an “internet blackout,” Reddit has officially announced that it is taking to the road with a bus tour in support of the open internet. In …

Vint Cerf Fears Internet Regulation from the UN Vint Cerf Fears Internet Regulation from the UN
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Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist and one of the “fathers of the internet,” Vint Cerf, spoke before Congress last month to express his concern about some countries and government entities’ attempts to exert an authority over the internet. Testifying as part …

Are Facebook and Apple Really a Threat to the Open Net? Are Facebook and Apple Really a Threat to the Open Net?
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Google co-founder Sergey Brin recently made some mildly incendiary comments to The Guardian about how companies like Facebook and Apple are a threat to the openness of the internet. In the interview, Brin denounced the highly protected practices by the …

Is Net Neutrality Being Misrepresented? Is Net Neutrality Being Misrepresented?
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Net neutrality is in the spotlight once again after Comcast’s recent announcement about its Xfinity video streaming service. The cable giant said that it would not count the television programming users access through Microsoft’s Xbox against their 250-gigabyte monthly data …

FCC Launches App Challenge For Internet Openness
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The Federal Communications Commission has announced a challenge for software developers to create apps that help people monitor Internet openness.

The FCC says its Open Internet Challenge is about the development of apps that provide users with information about  the extent to which their fixed or mobile broadband Internet services are consistent with the open Internet. These software tools could, for example, detect whether a broadband provider is interfering with DNS responses, application packet headers, or content.

Google Talks Open Internet Goals, Files FCC Submission
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Google filed a submission on its own and one jointly with Verizon to the FCC for its proposed rulemaking docket. Google says its goal is "to keep the Internet awesome for everybody."

Open Internet Heavily Promoted at CES

The Open Internet Coalition launched a new "Protect the Net" campaign at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. The idea is to build on growing support among technology innovators for protecting the open Internet, the coalition says.