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TechVibes: Internet Slowdown Day is taking off

Wed, 09/10/2014 - 13:53 -- Eva Prkachin

The spinning wheel of death is adorning hundreds of websites today to show netizens what will happen if Big Telecom is allowed to build Internet Slow Lanes. Have you spoken out yet in favour of #NetNeutrality? Don't miss your chance: http://StopTheSlowdown.net?src=fba

Article by TechVibes

Canadian digital rights group OpenMedia.ca has joined Netflix, reddit, Vimeo, and a huge international coalition to support Internet Slowdown Day today.

A call out to Internet users, websites, artists, organizations and everyone else to join the day of action and stop the Internet slowdown

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 15:40 -- Steve Anderson

As you may have heard, Big Telecom conglomerates want to slow down your Internet and make online services more expensive. But so far, "Net Neutrality" rules in several countries have banned their interference.The U.S., Canada, Chile, Colombia, Brazil, and the Netherlands are among those countries that have passed rules to prevent telecom giants from selectively slowing down web services or making them more expensive.

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.

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.

Save the Internet, Save the World: The Defining Battle for Net Neutrality

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 15:52 -- Eva Prkachin

Guest blog by OpenMedia community member Cynthia Khoo

The world needs a hero, and that hero is you.

Our worldwide web is currently dangling above an alligator-filled moat, tied to the train tracks, strapped to a live bomb (tick-tock), and rapidly headed towards gory destruction at the end of a Comcast/Bell/ [insert-your-country's-biggest-telco-name-here]-branded conveyor belt. Time of death: 12:00am. Cause of death: Big Telecom, aggressive lobbying, money and power imbalances, and a misguided FCC net neutrality decision that ignores over 1.1 million comments and counting from everyday Internet users like you.

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