FCC Net Neutrality Rules Released, Blasted By Commissioners

The Federal Communications Commission has released its new net neutrality rules after announcing them two weeks ago. The rules followed a call from President Obama in November to reclassify Internet service under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which would…

Etsy Applauds Obama’s FCC Request On Open Internet

President Obama announced on Monday that he’s asking the FCC to reclassify the Internet under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, which would essentially render it a utility. “In plain English, I’m asking them to recognize that for most Americans,…

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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?

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…