The grip on Internet censorship in China is tightening. State broadcast and Internet regulators have put forth a new ruling that requires all programs to be prescreened before they are available online, adding onto an existing strict censorship that bans popular foreign websites such as YouTube. With China’s recent push to have greater control over the global Internet via the UN, their push for increased censorship within their own borders suggests a change might be coming for the pro-Internet community at large.
The US Justice Department is investigating whether cable operators are improperly suppressing competition through data caps (or metered billing). The data caps are being labeled as 'anticompetitive', suggesting that their motives could be to dissuade consumers from cheaper Internet-based viewing options instead of pricier content distributed through cable.
Here in Canada we stopped metered billing from being imposed on indie ISPs and every Canadian (http://bit.ly/wTkiuq), but data caps are still in place and seem to be getting worse. We're continuing to push the CRTC to fix this (more on this soon), but do you think our government should also investigate whether metered billing is anti-competitive? Do you think big telecom are imposing data caps as a way of making online video more expensive so we continue to subscribe to uneccessary TV services?
Why does the TPP pose such a threat? Watch and share this video from Public Knowledge to help shed some light on the shady secrecy that surrounds the TPP.
The last time we checked in with the controversial CISPA Bill, it had been rushed through a vote in the US House of Representatives and passed. The implications of CISPA included a broad definition of shared data with government, liberal abilities of using personal information and warrantless invasions of privacy. Just a few days ago, our coalition partners at @EFF shared new revisions to CISPA that heed to our calls for greater Internet openness and address these privacy vulnerabilities.
Here's Reilly, replacing Lindsey, with your (slightly lower-tech!) update:
From its inception the Internet has been about us: the users. Yet time and time again old government and industry bureaucracies have tried to restrict Internet freedom.
Their latest effort comes in the form of the TPP’s Internet trap. This extreme and secretive scheme is an attempt by giant entertainment conglomerates to blanket new Internet restrictions on several countries at once, all while avoiding the democratic process. They failed to push similar schemes through SOPA/PIPA and other initiatives in other countries, and now the TPP is their best chance to lock down our Internet use.
A little over two weeks ago, we launched a campaign with SumOfUs and a coalition of groups, to push against the TPP. We didn’t know what to expect—OpenMedia is small non-profit organization that tries to punch above its weight, sure, but taking on something this big is new territory for us.
Our very own Reilly Yeo and Steve Anderson write about how the TPP's Internet trap would create a "world where you could receive a fine, and possibly be dragged before a judge, just for clicking on the wrong link and where big media companies could demand your private online information."
We're working on a plan to scale up our campaign. Let us know if you have any ideas or input.