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.
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 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.
Thanks to pressure from the EFF and others, Craigslist has dropped their plan to have exclusive license to your posts.
While this is indeed good news, it should never have happened and Craigslist should be ashamed for thinking they could get away with it.
The EFF has a nice explanation of how Carrier IQ actually works so you can get an idea of what information about you it’s been collecting.
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.
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.