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The Hero is You

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 13:10 -- Meghan Sali

You know that moment in the movie when the music swells and the light picks up and you just know that somewhere, from out of some corner of the screen, the hero is about about to appear? Well that moment is now. And that hero is you.

But instead of rescuing Princess Peach in Bowser’s Castle, or casting an evil ring into a fiery volcano guarded by monsters, you’re going to get out there and save the Internet.

Coming up next week, we've got a big action happening around Net Neutrality and we want you to get involved at the ground level.

Tech Crunch: Practically no-one wants Internet slow lanes

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 16:46 -- Eva Prkachin

Internet users are overwhelmingly against allowing Big Telecom to create slow lanes online. Get ready for a huge battle to save net neutrality, and stay tuned to this page to find out what's going on.

Article by Alex Wilhelm for Tech Crunch

A newly released study executed by the Sunlight Foundation of hundreds of thousands of comments submitted to the FCC by the public found that the vast majority spoke in favor of net neutrality. The group estimates that “less than 1 percent of comments were clearly opposed to net neutrality.”

Democracy Now: A preview of the Internet slow lane is coming soon

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:47 -- Eva Prkachin

Have you wondered what the Internet might be like if Big Cable is allowed to force traffic into slow lanes? Amy Goodman spells it out, and it ain't pretty. Speak out now at https://OpenMedia.org/SlowLane

Article by Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan for Democracy Now

Next Wednesday, Sept. 10, if your favorite website seems to load slowly, take a closer look: You might be experiencing the Battle for the Net’s “Internet Slowdown,” a global day of grassroots action. Protesters won’t actually slow the Internet down, but will place on their websites animated “Loading” graphics (which organizers call “the proverbial ‘spinning wheel of death’”) to symbolize what the Internet might soon look like. As that wheel spins, the rules about how the internet works are being redrawn. Large Internet service providers, or ISPs, like Comcast, Time Warner, AT&T and Verizon are trying to change the rules that govern your online life.

Hub Communications: Australia to FCC regulators: don't break the Internet

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:09 -- Eva Prkachin

Australia's Internet could change for the worse if the FCC quashes Net Neutrality.

Article by Glen Neil for Hub Communications

Here at HCD we aim to keep our clients well informed on all subjects that relate to the digital space. The Net Neutrality debate may not be the sexiest topic on our radar, but as it has the potential to change the way we use the Internet, we thought it was worth passing on the following information...

The Inquirer: The global Internet will suffer if net neutrality falls

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 13:49 -- Eva Prkachin

Think that the Internet slow lane will only affect Internet users in America? Think again.

Article by Chris Merriman for the Inquirer

Last Thursday the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted by a three to two margin to move forward with chairman Tom Wheeler's proposals to gut net neutrality rules in the USA. But what exactly does that mean? And why should we, on a small island 3,000 miles away, care anyway?

Daily Dot: The spinning wheel of death that threatens the entire Internet

Tue, 09/02/2014 - 14:50 -- Eva Prkachin

Have you been worried about what the Internet slow lane will do to your favourite websites? A new action from a global coalition of Internet activists will show you just how bad it could get.

Article by Eric Geller for the Daily Dot

The realities of an Internet without net neutrality are about to become a bit more obvious.

Motherboard: Experiencing civil war through virtual reality goggles

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 17:06 -- Eva Prkachin

This virtual reality simulator is helping to bring the visceral, human effects of war to life for people far away from conflict.

Article by Chris Malmo for Motherboard

The situation for journalism in Syria is grim, and getting worse. With Bashar al-Assad on one side, and a handful of extremist rebel groups like the Islamic State on the other, journalist abductions and intimidation are common, with sometimes sickening results.

The Hill: World to the U.S.: Please don't ruin the Internet

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 16:54 -- Eva Prkachin

The stage is set for a global showdown against Internet slow lanes. Here's why you can't afford to keep quiet.

Article by Danielle Kehl for the Hill

At the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting in Istanbul next week, a multi-stakeholder group of representatives from around the world will gather to discuss the most pressing Internet policy issues of the day. Net neutrality will be high on the agenda, with one of the plenary sessions devoted to developing a common understanding of the issue. From a continent away, the conversation will invariably turn to what's happening here in the U.S. at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and how it impacts the global policy conversation.

Engadget: Want to know how well your country fares for online free expression? Check out this map

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 16:24 -- Eva Prkachin

Check out this great interactive map that shows where Internet censorship is the worst in the world.

Article by Jon Fingas for Engadget

If you're reading this, you probably enjoy open internet access as a matter of course. However, other countries aren't quite so liberal. How do you know where you're truly free? IVPN's new interactive censorship map might just answer that question for you. The site lets you click on a given country to quickly learn about its tendencies to block free speech online, attack critics and shred anonymity. Not surprisingly, very authoritarian governments like China, Cuba and Iran don't score well -- they tend to insist on real names when you post, and will throw you in prison for challenging the internet status quo. Many other countries, like Russia and Venezuela, walk an awkward line between freedom and trying to crush dissent.

Slate: It's time for Privacy Advocates on the House and Senate Intelligence Committees

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:02 -- Eva Prkachin

A little oversight never hurt anybody.

Article by Albert Wong for Slate

“It’s called protecting America,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chair of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, asserted in June 2013. In the aftermath of the Snowden leaks, she has defended the domestic surveillance conducted by the NSA as something that has “not been abused or misused” and is “essential,” “necessary and must be preserved.”

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