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From the Newsroom... N.S.A. Phone Data Collection Is Illegal

"In a 97-page ruling, a three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that a provision of the USA Patriot Act known as Section 215 cannot be legitimately interpreted to allow the bulk collection of domestic calling records."

The bulk phone records program traces back to October 2001. After the Sept. 11 attacks, President George W. Bush secretly authorized the N.S.A. to begin a group of surveillance and data-collection programs, without obeying statutory limits, for the purpose of hunting for hidden terrorist cells. Over time, it evolved.

“Without commenting on the ruling today, the president has been clear that he believes we should end the Section 215 bulk telephony metadata program as it currently exists by creating an alternative mechanism to preserve the program’s essential capabilities without the government holding the bulk data.”

It is not clear what other bulk data collection programs the government may have... though we can all probably take some great guesses.

The judges ruled that the USA Patriot Act cannot be legitimately interpreted to permit the systematic gathering of domestic calling records.
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Also the wording of the act is very telling. It focuses on fear, punishment, and nationalist pathos, instead of crime prevention, protection, and justice. It's little more than an excuse to implement a surveillance society.
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BIG NEWS today from the Newsroom...
The new rules, approved 3 to 2 along party lines, are intended to ensure that no content is blocked and that the Internet is not divided into pay-to-play fast lanes for Internet and media companies that can afford it and slow lanes for everyone else.

Even though it passed, you'll be hearing more in the near future, especially from Congressional Republicans who even after conceding, are trying to find a way to block it.


#NetNeutrality #FCC   #Internet  
The agency’s 3-2 vote is intended to ensure a level playing field for Internet content providers, with no so-called pay-to-play fast lanes.
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What are you babbling about the corporations have bought our politicians.. You literally are spewing nonsense
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From the Newsroom...
"Instead of crawling for data, as Google previously had to do, the search engine giant will now have access to Twitter’s firehouse, basically a flow of data created by the microblogging company’s 284 million active users."

#Twitter   #Google  
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+C Oh I don't think so. Perhaps as this goes forward, #Google will make that an option.
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In the US, the recent elections, immigration and other issues have pushed "Net Neutrality temporarily to the back of the stove. But, in the days ahead, this issue is going to start boiling again.  As it does, I'll do the best I can to keep you all in the loop.

Below, John Oliver gives a very informative 13 minute tutorial on Net Neutrality as only he can... what it is, who's involved, the stakes and more. At the end, the little request he asks us for, well, it completely crashed the servers at the FCC for several days. If you need a little insight, as well as some laughs on a Friday, I invite you to take a few minutes for both.

For now, just enjoy. We'll all take sides in the days ahead :)


#NetNeutrality   #HBO   #LastWeekTonight   #JohnOliver   #FCC  
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Support Strong Privacy And Civil Liberties In Europe

If you live in an EU country, you have an opportunity to affect the laws passed by the EU Parliament. Remember when we flattened ACTA by asking people to contact their MEPs? This is a golden opportunity to taste sweet, sweet victory again.

Use Glyn's template or put your own message in, but don't let them vote our rights away on Wednesday.
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Sneaky CISPA, Closed Markups, And Secret Discussions

You would think that the most integral part of any working democracy would be an open government that discusses all aspects of the laws it makes for its people where they can access the details easily, and chime in as and when they felt it necessary to do so. However, where CISPA is concerned, forget it. It's for 007's eyes only, or something. Why is that? It's classified.

The trouble with CISPA

In a nutshell, CISPA goes overboard in the authorities it grants, it lacks critically necessary civil liberties protections, and it inadvertently authorizes and immunizes conduct that itself constitutes a cybersecurity crime.

While there's no doubt that there are problems with online security, making laws that permit unaccountable spy agencies to monitor the public's use of the internet while permitting a runaway DoJ to interpret the CFAA any way it wants to is a recipe for disaster.

The whole idea, in case you're interested, is to protect US businesses from "theft" of their data, etc., by unscrupulous hackers, etc. It's actually a boondoggle for security companies and "experts."

Can it be fixed?

The Center for Democracy & Technology seems to think so. Their solutions include:

♦ Promote civilian, not NSA, control of the federal government’s cybersecurity program for the private sector;

♦ More carefully describe the cyber threat information that can be shared;

♦ Specify which laws would be pre-empted for cybersecurity information sharing, instead of pre-empting all laws;

♦ Ensure that information shared for cybersecurity purposes is used for cybersecurity, with limited law enforcement exceptions;

♦ Clarify that the bill does not authorize and immunize computer hacking to obtain cyber threat information from another;

♦ Add some of the civil liberties protections in last year’s Senate bill.

There's room for discussion here. The point is, we need to be involved, not shut out.

It's that time again

Please call your representatives to ask them to hold the discussion in public and make public the minutes and notes of those discussions. Ask them to adopt the proposals of the Center for Democracy & Technology and if they won't, ask them to reject the bill altogether this time.

Find your representatives' contact details here:

Read + Share + Share again + Contact your representatives + Stop CISPA!
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Soon the internet will be nothing more than an on-line marketing dumbster
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Check your data speed with CNET's free Bandwidth Meter Test

Is your broadband fast enough? Are you getting what you've paid for? Find out now with CNET's free Bandwidth Meter Speed Test. You can compare your speeds with friends on other ISPs to see whether you're getting the best value you can from your broadband subscription. 

Broadband tips:
For the most accurate results, run the Bandwidth Meter Speed Test a few times. Try it at different times of day to find out when network performance is best.

Make sure your machine is free of unwanted software, adware, or malware -- these resource hogs are often responsible for slowdowns -- either network or in general.

When it finishes, it'll give you a chance to get yourself a new plan with of the big providers... which leads us back to the previous post. :)

I maxed out at 70.28 Mbps. Not bad.

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9.22Mbps. A pretty standard, laughably low speed we tend to get here in the UK
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From the Newsroom...
Twitter released its twice-yearly transparency report today, and it shows a surge in government requests for users’ Twitter information.

The report, which discloses the frequency with which government agencies from around the world ask Twitter to hand over data on specific users, said total requests rose by 40 percent, to about 2,871, compared with the company’s last report, in July. 

It includes government requests for account information, government requests for content removal, and DMCA takedown and counter notices.

While 2,871 may not seem like a lot when compared to their total number of users, a jump of 40% over 6 months is a large increase by any measure even though most of the requests are declined.

For more, visit the interactive world map at the link below, as well as +The New York Times blog post at


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#NetNeutrality: The Debate
Via the New York Times, here's an extended four person debate on the topic that is sure to only get more heat as the FCC vote gets closer on February 26th.  Members of Congress are already weighing in (mostly against) and the major ISP providers have promised to sue. 

In Congress, Republicans are circulating draft legislation that embraces the essence of net neutrality by prohibiting content blocking and the creation of fast and slow lanes on the Internet. But their proposal would prevent the FCC from issuing regulations to achieve those goals.

The opponents of utility-style (Title II) rules, led by the cable and telecommunications companies, view the approach as opening a door to heavy-handed regulation that will deter investment and innovation, ultimately harming consumers.

I invite you to give this a click and skim through the four very qualified debaters, and if you have time, dig into it a little deeper. The last thing that should happen is for anyone to be surprised as this all goes down over the coming weeks and/or months.

Just click "Read The Discussion" to enter. Apparently, this is going to get very complicated.


#NYTimes  +Ars Technica +Jon Brodkin 
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that is there claim that they are the regulators...The FTC is doing a fine job..I do not agreee..No to tiltle 2...
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Below, in an Op-Ed published today on the +WIRED site, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announces that the FCC will indeed pursue the push for "the strongest open Internet protections ever proposed." The proposal would reclassify Internet service so that it can be regulated like a utility,

The “enforceable, bright-line rules” will ban Internet service providers such as Comcast or Verizon from blocking or slowing people’s access to content online. They will also ban “fast lane” deals that the companies could make with websites to speed up particular services, and extend the rules to Internet accessed through people’s cellphones and tablets for the first time so carriers such as Verizon and Sprint will also be affected.

You've been hearing about is for almost a year, and the FCC will vote on it in about three weeks. For more, you can view the John Oliver YT clip in the post below this one (he really does explain it all VERY well!), or just search Google News for "Net Neutrality". It's a pretty big topic today.

So what say you? Net Neutrality... Good or Bad? Fair or Unfair? Should the large providers be able to control the flow?  The comment box down there awaits!


I am proposing the FCC use its Title II authority to implement and enforce open internet protections, banning paid prioritization, and the blocking and throttling of lawful content and services.
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Any updates on this?  I haven't decided if I'm for or against "Net Neutrality".
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Hello world! +Roger R.H. King here and I guess I'm still one of the page managers here at IFM. I came aboard back in the ACTA and CISPA days and it's been a long time since I've contributed anything here, but that's about to change.

Two to three times a week, I'll be posting articles of Internet interest such as this one. It's about a web site that allows people to access webcams in homes that have not been password protected.  Should webcams such as these have some sort of mandated privacy protection, or should anyone on the web be allowed to infiltrate them? Creepy? An issue? 

As always and forever, after you read the article feel free to chip into the comments below.

#Webcam   #Internet   +Washington Post 
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+Marc Paul Rubin It's been a long while but I hope to get this page percolating again with issues and discussion. I'm glad +The New York Times published this.  For those that really don't want the intrusion, it's a a great "Hey, look up!"

+Tamás Pál Exactly, but the headline does it's job.
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ACTA The Terminator (Of Our Freedom)

You'd think they'd learned their lesson after #ACTA's trouncing on Independence Day last year, but no, the USTR is determined to foist this ill-conceived treaty on us whether we want it or not.

They have the money, the time, and the patience

The forces behind ACTA have traveled through time. Six years of it so far, and have decided to carry on slowly and inexorably like The Terminator. They can't be bargained with. They can't be reasoned with. They don't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And they absolutely will not stop, ever, until they have won or been thwarted forever. The current strategy appears to be to revive the agreement by garnering the necessary six ratifications for it to take effect.

The current ACTA signatories are Australia, Canada, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, and the U.S. The European Union and Switzerland are out. Japan formally acceded in October 2012, which means the U.S. must find four more countries out of the remaining seven for ACTA to take effect.

Target acquired

The latest target is Canada, as the USTR 2013 Trade Policy Agenda mentions here: Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, and Korea may follow, though previous experiences with FTAs may well have put Mexico and Australia off.

How to fight back

Our greatest weapon is public opinion. That's what brought ACTA down in Europe last year and we need to leverage it for this fight. We then need to push back until we have not just thwarted ACTA but defeated the maximalist agenda. Otherwise, it will simply spawn more sequels, some better than others. Copyright maximalism is a franchise that keeps on churning out bad policy after bad policy. It's time it came to an end, with no hope of a remake.

Read + Share + Share again = Stop ACTA from coming to a government near you!
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"...copyright monopoly stands in direct conflict with fundamental Human Rights..."
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A page dedicated  to raise awareness about global issues that are trying to affect and change the Internet as we know it, putting the interests of a few above the interests of all of us. 


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