Civic Engagement

FCC's Sohn says Google, Facebook had little say on net neutrality

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communication Commission’s landmark decision on network neutrality has produced all sorts of speculation about the degree to which well-known tech giants shaped the outcome.

How the Internet Was Saved... and Why the Battle Continues

Location:
Annenberg School for Communication - University of Pennsylvania, 3620 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19104, United States
Recommendation:
1

The history of media reform tells us that if we ignore core systemic problems like the power of monopolies and the lack of structural diversity, important protections like net neutrality can be short-lived. Anti-network neutrality forces will no doubt try to chip away at it once public attention wanes. This calls for continued vigilance; we cannot declare victory and tune out. Structural alternatives to the Internet monopolies are still needed. The battle for Internet freedom has only just begun.

The left’s historic power win: How the long-fought “net neutrality” triumph transformed history

Recommendation:
1

Here’s what I think the net neutrality fight means.

The week ordinary users beat the Internet

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

During the week of Feb 23, the impossible happened. Then it happened a second time. Then it happened yet again. In the space of three breakneck days, the Internet saw three reforms that users had rallied for forever, but that seemed -- until the week of Feb 23 -- like remote, unlikely dreams.

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Victory

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler said it best at last week’s historic FCC meeting: “The Internet is simply too important to allow broadband providers to be the ones making the rules.” Amen. All the fog-it and smog-it rhetoric of the big Internet Service Providers since Feb 26’s vote cannot cloud the core issue. The question at the heart of this vote was simply whether the public agency charged since the 1920s with protecting consumers, competition, and innovation in telecommunications still retains these vital responsibilities in the advanced telecommunications world of the twenty-first century. Will there be some place to turn when a few too-powerful Internet gatekeepers try to short-circuit the most dynamic communications tool in all of history? When they block, throttle, or degrade online sites they might not like? Or limit our ability to get the news and information we need in order to maintain our democracy? Are we to stand helplessly by as Verizon, Comcast, and AT&T favor their friends with express lanes on the Internet autobahn while consigning the rest of us to the bumpy dirt roads of yesterday’s technology?

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Today's Quote 03.02.2015

Location:
Center for Media Justice, 436 14th Street, Oakland, CA, 94612, United States
Recommendation:
1

“What happened? The people happened. Organizing happened”
- Malkia Cyril, the executive director of the Center for Media Justice, on the net neutrality decision

For Net Neutrality Advocates, a Moment to Celebrate

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Online activists played a significant role in the vote to regulate broadband Internet service as a utility. And even before the vote, outside the headquarters of the Federal Communications Commission, they started taking a bow.

The Battle for an Open Internet is Not Over

Location:
Internet Infrastructure Coalition, Washington, DC, United States
Recommendation:
1

Congratulations on a hard-fought victory on net neutrality this week. Unfortunately, much hard work protecting the open Internet remains to be done. The longstanding fight to protect the Open Internet will continue to be hashed out in court rooms, on Capitol Hill and Federal Communications Commission over the next few years. We need to be diligent about staying on top of this issue, and ensure that the progress made is not lost.

Net Neutrality Is Here -- Thanks To An Unprecedented Guerilla Activism Campaign

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

With the Federal Communications Commission voting to reclassify Internet access providers under Title II of the Communications Act, network neutrality rules are stronger than ever. The credit for such a seachange, say activists who agitated for the decision, belongs to a mix of online and traditional activism.

Net neutrality's stunning reversal of fortune: Is it John Oliver's doing?

Location:
Time Warner, 1 Time Warner Center, New York, NY, 10019, United States
Recommendation:
1

Less than a year ago, when a wonky policy debate over the principle of net neutrality and prioritized Internet “fast lanes” seemed to interest only telecom company suits and nerdy open Internet advocates, a comedian's 13-minute segment may have helped turn the national conversation’s tide.

How “net neutrality” won and “Obamacare for the Internet” lost

Recommendation:
1

Even during the week of February 23, as discussion heated up, "Obamacare for the internet" barely registered on Twitter. Rep Darrell Issa (R-CA) used the expression over and over -- but it still maxed out at 600 tweets in one day over the last 30 days. Net neutrality, on the other hand, was registering in the tens of thousands.

90,000 Californians Sign Petition Calling on PUC to Block Comcast Merger

Location:
California Public Utilities Commission, 505 Van Ness Avenue, CA, 94102, United States
Recommendation:
1

Consumer groups renewed their call today for the California Public Utilities Commission to reject the proposed Comcast–Time Warner Cable merger and announced that they had collected 90,000 petition signatures from Californians opposed to the deal.

How We Won Net Neutrality

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Credit Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler for listening to his critics and changing his mind about how to best protect the open Internet. Praise President Barack Obama for using his bully pulpit. Thank John Oliver for coining the memorable phrase "cable company f--kery." But know that none of this happens without a relentless push from the grassroots.

Putting the Power of Data to Work for America

Location:
Office of Science and Technology Policy, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW The White House, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
1

There’s lots of talk these days in the tech community about organizations being data-driven. If you look across all organizations out there, which one has made the biggest change in being data driven? My answer is the US Government.

California Public Utilities Commission holds Comcast hearing

Location:
California Public Utilities Commission, 505 Van Ness Avenue, CA, 94102, United States
Recommendation:
2

Consumers took turns praising and blasting Comcast's proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable, which would make the combined company the dominant provider of cable TV and high-speed Internet service in California. The California Public Utilities Commission is scheduled to vote March 26 on a proposed transfer of licenses currently held by Time Warner Cable. Comcast also would pick up customers served by Charter Communications in the Los Angeles region.

When Internet access becomes a weapon

Location:
University of Mannheim, 68131, Mannheim, BW, Germany
Recommendation:
2

Social Media has rightly been celebrated as an empowering tool for ordinary citizens to mobilize against repressive rulers, and make marginalized voices heard. But a crucial question remains unanswered: why should power-hungry states, with de facto control over access to the Internet, impassively concede to defeat? The simple answer is: they do not.

Artists to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: We've Got Your Back on Net Neutrality

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

A variety of recording artists wrote a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler to support him for moving forward with strong network neutrality rules.

Training the Next Generation of Digital Rights Advocates

Location:
Public Knowledge, 1818 N Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

Over the past year, the International Policy team at Public Knowledge has developed a comprehensive curriculum and course materials for a free and open Spanish-language online course on the fundamentals of the Open Internet.

Yahoo Executive Confronts NSA Director Over 'Backdoors'

Location:
New America Foundation, 1899 L St NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

In one of the most public confrontations of a top US intelligence official by Silicon Valley in recent years, a senior Yahoo official peppered the National Security Agency director, Admiral Mike Rogers. The exchange came during a question and answer session at a daylong summit on cybersecurity hosted by the think tank New America.

'Data Science is a Team Sport': DJ Patil Spends First Day Pitching Silicon Valley on Joining Government

Location:
San Jose, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

Just a day after the White House officially named DJ Patil the government’s first-ever US Chief Data Scientist, the Obama Administration is already putting him to work, sending the Silicon Valley alumni to a West Coast tech conference to recruit fellow data scientists to join government.

Poll finds skepticism on net neutrality

Location:
Progressive Policy Institute, 1101 14th St. NW, Washington, DC, 20005, United States

A poll conducted by Hart Research and released by the Progressive Policy Institute indicate that three-fourths of Americans aren't familiar with what network neutrality is and just one out of three Americans support the idea of regulating Internet service like phone lines.

Using social media to counter Al Qaeda, ISIL messaging

Location:
The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20500, United States
Recommendation:
1

The White House plans to work closely with tech companies to counter groups like Al Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIL) online, part of a new campaign unveiled to counter “violent extremist messaging.”

Constitutional PAC Seeks Title II Opponents

Location:
Constitutional Rights PAC, Alexandria, VA, 22314, United States
Recommendation:
1

The conservative Constitutional Rights PAC is calling on supporters to lobby the Federal Communications Commission and Congress against reclassifying Internet access under some Title II regulations.

Net Neutrality Groups Claim Million-Plus Pushes For Rules

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

A recently formed coalition pushing strong network neutrality rules says it has generated over a million calls and emails to legislators and regulators and lobbyists since announcing they were getting together.

Consumers Union Launches Campaign to Empower Consumers to End Robocalls

Location:
Consumers Union (DC office), 1101 17th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy arm of Consumer Reports, launched a new campaign to help consumers stop unwanted and illegal robocalls.

Tech Companies Are Caught in the Middle of Terror Fight

Location:
Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
Recommendation:
1

French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve heads to Silicon Valley to enlist a new force in his fight on terror: US tech giants.

US to allow export of smartphones, PCs to Sudan to boost access

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Recommendation:
1

The United States eased restrictions on the export of some personal telecommunications devices to Sudan such as smartphones and computers, to help give ordinary Sudanese greater access to social networking and the Internet.

How Scientists Engage the Public

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
1

A survey of 3,748 American-based scientists connected with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) finds that 87 percent agree with the statement “Scientists should take an active role in public policy debates about issues related to science and technology.” Just 13 percent of these scientists back the opposite statement: “Scientists should focus on establishing sound scientific facts and stay out of public policy debates.”

Score Another One for the Internet? The Role of the Networked Public Sphere in the US Net Neutrality Policy Debate

Location:
Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, 23 Everett Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138, United States
Recommendation:
3

In this paper we study the public debate over net neutrality in the United States from January through November 2014. We compiled, mapped, and analyzed over 16,000 stories published on net neutrality, augmented by data from Twitter, bit.ly, and Google Trends.

Protesters Crash FCC Commissioner Pai Press Conference

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
1

Pro-title II activists were escorted from a press conference at the Federal Communications Commission being given by FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai after they crashed the event in an attempt to hold up a banner reading “85% of Republican Voters Support Net Neutrality.”

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