FCC Ignores The Will Of The Public, Votes To Begin Dismantling Net Neutrality

You have to hand it to the Republicans, they don’t even pretend to care about anyone other than rich people and corporations. So the recent FCC votes to begin dismantling Net Neutrality doesn’t come as a surprise at all.

In the short term, you shouldn’t expect anything significant to change since there will be numerous lawsuits from various groups. In the longer term, as long as the GOP controls Washington the assaults on consumers will continue and Net Neutrality destruction is a priority. If this bothers you, check out the EFF and vote for those who think your rights as a consumer are worth protecting.

AOL Smacks Startup for Using CrunchBase Content It Gave Away

In case you hadn’t noticed, this post and everything on my blog (unless otherwise noted) is posted under a Creative Commons license. There are a number of different CC licenses which vary based on what others can do with your stuff and what (if anything) they have to do if they do so. AOL (yes, they still exist) released a database of contact info for the tech industry called CrunchBase under a CC license that only requires you to acknowledge that you’re using the CrunchBase data. There is no charge for the use of that data. A small startup called Pro Populi built an app called People+ and seeded its database with the CrunchBase data. Now AOL has sent Pro Populi a Cease & Desist letter complaining about their use of that data.

Pro Populi and the EFF are prepared to defend their proper use of the CC license and are hoping to settle out of court.

Mark Cuban is endowing an EFF chair to ‘Eliminate Stupid Patents’

Mark Cuba, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and well-known for speaking his mind, is endowing a chair with the EFF to ‘Eliminate Stupid Patents’.

When asked “why?”:

Dumbass patents are crushing small businesses. I have had multiple small companies i am an investor in have to fight or pay trolls for patents that were patently ridiculous.

On the Internet Free Speech is Only As Strong As the Weakest Link

From the EFF: Free Speech is Only As Strong As the Weakest Link .

Speech on the Internet requires a series of intermediaries to reach its audience. Each intermediary is vulnerable to some degree to pressure from those who want to silence the speaker. Even though the Internet is decentralized and distributed, “weak links” in this chain can operate as choke points to accomplish widespread censorship.

Appeals Court Holds that Email Privacy Protected by Fourth Amendment

If you don’t know what the Electronic Frontier Foundation does, you should. For instance, the EFF fought and one a case in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that affirmed that the Fourth Amendment applies to email. The Fourth Amendment protects us from illegal searches and seizures and requires the government to obtain a search warrant before searching your home or person. And now that protection includes your email.