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  • U.S. plan for Internet may be unconstitutional

    09/28/2015 5:19:33 PM PDT · by Cheerio · 26 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 9/28/15 | Rudy Takala
    President Obama's plan to "internationalize" the Internet may be unconstitutional, key members of Congress are claiming. The group of lawmakers sent a letter to the Government Accountability Office last week, saying the plan to relinquish oversight of Internet domain name functions to a global, multi-stakeholder body raised questions about the administration's "authority to transfer possession and control of critical components of the Internet's infrastructure to a third party."
  • Microsoft finally responds to accusations that Windows 10 spies on users

    09/28/2015 1:58:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 09/28/2015 | Jacob Siegal
    Ever since Windows 10 launched back in July, one topic of conversation has overshadowed everything the new operating system does right: privacy concerns. Everyone with a Windows device is (rightfully) terrified that Microsoft is monitoring everything they do, so on Monday, Microsoft decided to finally issue an official response in order to clear the air. In a blog post on, Microsoft executive VP Terry Myerson has taken the first step to earning back the trust of the individuals who are concerned about their privacy in regards to Windows 10. He noted that the data Microsoft collects “is encrypted in...
  • Feds Developed App That Predicts ‘Psychological Status’ of Americans

    09/25/2015 6:05:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 9/25/15 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Researchers at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed a system that can predict the “psychological status” of users with smartphones and hope to private companies to bring the invention to the market.The technology appeared on a list of NIH inventions published in the Federal Register that are now available to be licensed by private companies. The government allows companies to license inventions resulting from federal research in order to expedite their arrival on the marketplace.The system uses smartphones to ask people how they are doing mentally during the day and based on the results can “deliver an automated...
  • Facebook apologizes for 'error' that banned reports on illegals taking jobs from Americans

    08/24/2015 12:13:56 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 17 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | August 24, 2015 | By Paul Bedard
    Facebook temporarily banned users from posting reports by an immigration watchdog analyzing federal statistics that show immigrants in general, and illegal immigrants specifically, are taking a big share of new jobs that come open in America, according to the group producing the reports. The giant website cited an "error" causing the ban and apologized. The Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank relied upon by immigration critics, said Monday that the posting of four recent reports on jobs and immigration had been barred by Facebook. . .
  • Cybersecurity bill could 'sweep away' internet users' privacy, agency warns

    08/05/2015 7:13:13 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 8/3/2015 | Sam Thielman
    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Monday said a controversial new surveillance bill could sweep away “important privacy protections”, a move that bodes ill for the measure’s return to the floor of the Senate this week. The latest in a series of failed attempts to reform cybersecurity, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (Cisa) grants broad latitude to tech companies, data brokers and anyone with a web-based data collection to mine user information and then share it with “appropriate Federal entities”, which themselves then have permission to share it throughout the government. Minnesota senator Al Franken queried the DHS in...
  • Watchdog: IRS erased backups after loss of tea party emails

    06/24/2015 5:18:18 PM PDT · by mandaladon · 48 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 24 Jun 2015 | STEPHEN OHLEMACHER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — IRS employees erased computer backup tapes a month after officials discovered that thousands of emails related to the tax agency's tea party scandal had been lost, according to government investigators. The investigators, however, concluded that employees erased the tapes by mistake, not as part of an attempt to destroy evidence. As many as 24,000 emails were lost because 422 backup tapes were erased, according to J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration. The revelation is likely to fuel conspiracy theories among conservatives who say the IRS has obstructed congressional investigations into the scandal. George...
  • Google Chrome Listening In To Your Room Shows The Importance Of Privacy Defense In Depth

    06/23/2015 12:58:49 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 31 replies
    Privacy Online News ^ | 6/18/15 | Rick Falkvinge
    Google Chrome Listening In To Your Room Shows The Importance Of Privacy Defense In Depth Yesterday, news broke that Google has been stealth downloading audio listeners onto every computer that runs Chrome, and transmits audio data back to Google. Effectively, this means that Google had taken itself the right to listen to every conversation in every room that runs Chrome somewhere, without any kind of consent from the people eavesdropped on. In official statements, Google shrugged off the practice with what amounts to “we can do that”.It looked like just another bug report. "When I start Chromium, it downloads something."...
  • The University of California’s Insane Speech Police

    06/23/2015 8:44:05 AM PDT · by Ray76 · 23 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | Jun 22, 2015 | Robby Soave
    Fifty years after the birth of the free speech movement at the University of California, Berkeley, officials across the UC system are encouraging faculty and students to purge mundane, potentially offensive words and phrases from their vocabularies. Administrators want members of campus to avoid the use of racist and sexist statements, though their notions about what kinds of statements qualify are completely bonkers. “America is a melting pot,” “Why are you so quiet?” and “I believe the most qualified person should get the job,” are all phrases that should raise red flags, according to the UC speech police. Requests for...
  • Intense crackdown on conservatives: 'This is what the mafia does. This is a political mafia'

    06/23/2015 5:30:00 AM PDT · by cotton1706 · 21 replies ^ | 6/22/15 | Garth Kant
    A civil war is raging within the Republican Party, pitting House leaders against conservatives. And “fed up” conservatives have now decided to fight back in public. A congressional aide tells WND a group of House conservatives will discuss this week how to proceed, but a few of them have already decided to speak up publicly. One tactic conservatives might employ would be voting with Democrats on procedural motions to derail legislation favored by leadership. Like the reporting you see here? Sign up for free news alerts from, America’s independent news network. The behind-the-scenes battle broke into open view on...
  • Lawmakers advance oversight bill on Internet domain transition --- This could affect FR

    06/22/2015 2:13:28 PM PDT · by upchuck · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 10, 2015 | Mario Trujillo
    A House subcommittee approved a bill Wednesday that would require the Obama administration to give Congress 30 days to review any final plan before handing off oversight of the back end of the Internet. A bipartisan compromise in the Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Communications and Technology was reached after Democrats objected to a earlier version that barred the transition until the Government Accountability Office weighted in on the pros and cons of the final plan. Ranking Democrat Anna Eshoo (Calif.) said the revised bill "ensures there is a mechanism in place for public review before the transition is completed."...
  • The Silencing and Censorship of Opinions

    06/14/2015 7:46:51 AM PDT · by KC_Lion · 11 replies ^ | June 14, 2015 | Sharyl Attkisson
    I recently had the pleasure of interviewing liberal Kirsten Powers for C-SPAN about her new book, The Silencing: How the Left is Killing Free Speech, which takes on what she calls the “illiberal left” for using bullying, intimidation and political correctness to silence opinions that differ with their own. Really, she is criticizing the unAmerican and unconstitutional trend–whether by liberals or conservatives–to censor all opinions with which they disagree. She has amazing stories of the happenings on college campuses with kids being given “trigger” warnings on books and articles that might offend their sensitivities or give them PTSD by evoking...
  • NRA: Gun blogs, videos, web forums threatened by new Obama regulation

    06/11/2015 5:26:01 PM PDT · by RC one · 15 replies
    washington examiner ^ | 6/7/15 | Paul Bedard
    Commonly used and unregulated internet discussions and videos about guns and ammo could be closed down under rules proposed by the State Department, amounting to a "gag order on firearm-related speech," the National Rifle Association is warning. In updating regulations governing international arms sales, State is demanding that anyone who puts technical details about arms and ammo on the web first get the OK from the federal government — or face a fine of up to $1 million and 20 years in jail.According to the NRA, that would include blogs and web forums discussing technical details of common guns and...
  • FCC Has Shocker for GOP That Could Guarantee Big Democrat Win in '16

    06/04/2015 9:13:07 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies ^ | June 4, 2015 | Matt Towery
    It's not a major news story...yet. But trust me, the Democrats and the Federal Communications Commission that they control are ready to guarantee a defeat for Republicans in close U.S. Senate races in 2016 and in the battle for the White House. This is not columnist hype. It's the real thing, and it's moving like a freight train. We all know that people hate getting those automated phone calls from politicians, creditors and vacation time-share hucksters. And rightly so. The FCC, headed by Tom Wheeler, has known that for years. But it seems they waited until now to act. After...
  • Justice Department Studying ‘Far-Right’ Social Media Use

    06/01/2015 5:55:49 AM PDT · by lbryce · 91 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | June 1, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    The Department of Justice is concentrating on “far-right” groups in a new study of social media usage aimed at combatting violent extremism. The Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded Michigan State University $585,719 for the study, which was praised by Eric Holder, the former attorney general, earlier this year. “There is currently limited knowledge of the role of technology and computer mediated communications (CMCs), such as Facebook and Twitter, in the dissemination of messages that promote extremist agendas and radicalize individuals to violence,” according to the NIJ grant. “The proposed study will address this gap through a series...
  • Democrat Pushes Bill to Create Database Of Gun Owners Via “Background Checks” Bill

    05/20/2015 7:46:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 24 replies ^ | 5/20/2015 | Bob Owens
    Ugh, not this idiocy again (my bold below): A House Democrat has introduced legislation that would require sellers to obtain a background check for all guns sold at gun shows. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday reintroduced the Gun Show Loophole Closing Act, a bill long championed by former Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.),. The bill would subject anyone selling or transferring a gun to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and require that transfers be reported to the attorney general.
  • Kerry: Internet 'Needs Rules to Be Able to Flourish and Work Properly' (Calls for UN regulation)

    05/18/2015 11:53:07 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 32 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | May 18, 2015 | Daniel Halper
    Complete Headline: Kerry: Internet 'Needs Rules to Be Able to Flourish and Work Properly' - Calls for more international Internet laws. In a speech today in South Korea, Secretary of State John Kerry said that the Internet "needs rules to be able to flourish and work properly." This, according to Kerry, is necessary even for "a technology founded on freedom." Speaking on behalf of the Obama administration, Kerry said that Internet policy is "a key component of our foreign policy." Kerry made his remarks in the context of talking about how international law is applicable to the Internet.
  • Obama: We’re going to have to control the media, starting with Fox News

    05/13/2015 7:51:03 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 45 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 05-13-15 | DrJohn
      The mask is off. No more pretending. The dictator is displeased and things have to change. President Straw Man: I think that the effort to suggest that the poor are sponges, leeches, don’t want to work, are lazy, are undeserving, got traction. And look, it’s still being propagated. I have to say that if you watch Fox News on a regular basis, it is a constant venue. They will find folks who make me mad. I don’t know where they find them. They’re all like, “I don’t want to work. I just want a free Obama Phone, or whatever.”...
  • Obama Rips Fox: "We're Going To Have To Change How The Media Reports"

    05/12/2015 2:43:28 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 60 replies ^ | May 12,2015 | John Nolte
    For going on seven years we have learned three things about President Obama: 1) He loves the poor so much he continues to create more of them. 2) He loves the poor so much he does everything in his power to keep them poor. 3) He doesn’t see the opposition as loyal, but as bad players — his enemy. This is especially true of Fox News, which Obama ripped as anti-poor bigots during a Wednesday afternoon summit on poverty.
  • Obama’s Crackdown on Dissent Has Made Conservatives a Little Paranoid — and Rightly [Read this]

    05/11/2015 2:37:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    The National Review ^ | May 11, 2015 | David French
    The year is 2023, and President Ted Cruz is ending the second of his contentious terms in the Oval Office. While his policies have been controversial — for example, undoing major social legislation (Obamacare) without a single Democratic vote — his administration’s continual expressions of hostility toward dissent have finally proved intolerable to millions of Americans. Liberal grievances date back to 2017, the first year of Cruz’s administration, when his Department of Homeland Security issued a report declaring that fears about economic stagnation and inequality combined with liberal hatred of a conservative Latino could foster left-wing extremism. Specifically, failure to...
  • With Pamela Geller's Prophet Muhammad cartoon stunt in Texas, hate rears its ugly face again

    05/06/2015 6:43:07 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 74 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | Tuesday, May 5, 2015 | Linda Stasi
    Looks like Pamela Geller will get her wish: More dead Americans at the hands of radical Muslims. Hell, the hatemonger finally even got ISIS to pay attention to her. Last week Geller — whose repulsive anti-Muslim ad campaign caused the MTA to ban all religious, opinion and political ads — held a $10,000 contest in Texas. The aim? To draw caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad, which she knows is forbidden by most Muslims and frowned upon by the rest. The result? Two violent radical Muslims opened fire on the group, and the shooters ended up dead at the hands of...
  • FCC Commissioner: Feds May Come for Drudge [Isaiah 29]

    05/04/2015 11:25:00 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 25 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5/4/2015 | Rudy Takala
    ( – Federal Communications Commission (FCC) member Ajit Pai said over the weekend that he foresees a future in which federal regulators will seek to regulate websites based on political content, using the power of the FCC or Federal Elections Commission (FEC). He also revealed that his opposition to “net neutrality” regulations had resulted in personal harassment and threats to his family. Speaking on a panel at the annual “Right Online” conference in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Pai told audience members, “I can tell you it has not been an easy couple of months personally. My address has been publicly...
  • Spying Close to Home: German Intelligence Under Fire for NSA Cooperation

    04/26/2015 10:40:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 24, 2015 – 07:20 PM | Maik Baumgärtner, Nikolaus Blome, Hubert Gude, Marcel Rosenbach, Jörg Schindler and Fidelius Schmid
    It was obvious from its construction speed just how important the new site in Bavaria was to the Americans. Only 4˝ months after it was begun, the new surveillance-proof building at the Mangfall Kaserne in Bad Aibling was finished. The structure had a metal exterior and no windows, which led to its derogatory nickname among members of the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND), the German foreign intelligence agency: The “tin can.” The construction project was an expression of an especially close and trusting cooperation between the American National Security Agency (NSA) and the BND. Bad Aibling had formerly been a base for US...
  • Media largely silent as Wisconsin police raids target conservatives

    04/24/2015 6:47:42 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 27 replies ^ | April 24, 2015
    According to a report at the National Review, conservatives in Wisconsin have been the target of police raids in a secret "John Doe" witch hunt against supporters of Governor Scott Walker. But, Newsbusters reported Thursday, only Fox News reported on the raids. The rest of the so-called "mainstream media" has so far said nothing, Scott Whitlock said. Fox's Trace Gallagher explained how prosecutors were allowed to go after conservative groups like the Wisconsin Club for Growth. Then, he said, it expanded to supporters. Cindy Archer was one of those supporters. Recounting the NRO story, Gallagher said that "late one night...
  • Wisconsin Tyranny – Leftists Use Force to Silence Political Opponents Like Scott Walker

    04/21/2015 1:11:36 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 121 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | April 21, 2015 | Sara Nobel
    John Doe laws dating back to the 19th century in Wisconsin allow DAs to hold secret panels, compel people to give testimony and turn over documents. To take advantage of the loopholes was Prosecutor John Chisholm, a partisan hack who had a vendetta against Scott Walker. The corruption extends to judges, police officers, lawyers and to at least one newspaper, the Journal Sentinel. In a September 9, 2014 article, former Milwaukee police officer Michael Lutz, who for several months served as an unpaid special prosecutor in Chisholm’s office, said that Milwaukee County DA John Chisholm, a Democrat, told him in...
  • FCC's net neutrality rules open door to new fee on Internet service

    04/09/2015 2:27:56 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 46 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | April 9,2015 | JIM PUZZANGHERA
    Recently adopted net neutrality regulations soon could make your monthly Internet bill more complicated — and potentially more expensive. Every month, consumers pay a small fee on their phone bills for a federal program that uses the money — a total of $8.8 billion raised nationwide last year — to provide affordable access to telecommunications services in rural areas, underserved inner cities and schools. Now the fee could start appearing on broadband bills too, in a major expansion of the nearly two-decade-old Universal Service Fund program. It's not clear yet, however, if most consumers would end up paying more in...
  • California Water Authorities To Use New Tool In Fight Against Water Wasters (Smart Meters)

    04/07/2015 2:10:52 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 28 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 6, 2015
    Water authorities are using a new tool in a major effort to crack down on people and businesses wasting water in light of new water restrictions issued by Gov. Jerry Brown to fight the drought. The Long Beach Water Department says sprinklers at a McDonald’s restaurant on Bellflower Boulevard went on for 45 minutes at a time, twice a night, for an undefined number of nights. Complaints continued to mount as water pooled and wasted. The department, however, could do little about the wasting. That was before the smart meter.
  • Is this what net neutrality is really about? (surprise! government regulation of speech)

    04/07/2015 5:51:24 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/07/2015 | Patrick Maines
    Recent congressional hearings held in the wake of the Federal Communication Commissions's (FCC) net neutrality ruling provide a glimpse into what is so deeply wrong with this regulation, and why so many activist groups were behind it. ADVERTISEMENT It's an aspect of this matter of which you were perhaps unaware while the FCC was considering its regulatory strategy. Perhaps you thought net neutrality meant what was said of it: that it was intended to prevent the blocking or throttling of websites, or of "paid prioritization."Silly you. Actually, those were the interests of those companies — like Google and Netflix —...
  • Second 9/11 Hijacker Tied to Abu Nidal, Iraq

    12/22/2003 8:46:06 AM PST · by truthandlife · 37 replies · 355+ views ^ | 12/22/03 | Carl Limbacher
    When the London Telegraph reported last week that newly uncovered documents link 9/11 ringleader Mohamed Atta to Iraq-based Palestinian terrorist Abu Nidal, it wasn't the first time one of the 9/11 hijackers had been reported to have such ties. In a development that adds evidence to the case that Iraq played a direct role in the worst attack ever on the U.S., reports show that Ziad Jarrah - who piloted the plane that crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers had discovered they were on a suicide mission - also had ties to Nidal. Like Atta, Jarrah traveled to Hamburg, Germany, where...
  • Feds arrest family for 'refusing to answer questions' (video)

    03/20/2015 7:48:34 AM PDT · by amorphous · 72 replies
    WND ^ | 3/20/2015 | Cheryl Chumley
    A man, woman and their 4-year-old boy at an unidentified Inland Border Patrol checkpoint are ordered and pulled from their vehicle, questioned and taken into custody – all for the seeming offense of refusing to say where they were headed. A video of the incident, recorded by the family’s dashboard camera, opens with the man and woman chit-chatting with their son in the back, later identified as 4, and pulling up to a border checkpoint. The man, who’s driving, has his window a third of the way down.
  • Greece Proposes Using Tourists as Tax Spies to Fill Shortfall

    03/08/2015 6:04:16 AM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    NY Times ^ | March 7, 2015 | Liz Alderman
    Despite the European accord last month to extend a financial lifeline to Greece, Athens is rapidly running out of cash. So it is scrambling to find new, even radical ways to fill the shortfall — including a proposal to recruit citizens and tourists to spy on suspected tax evaders. Greece’s coffers may be empty before the end of this month, as tax receipts shrink and the economy shows signs of lapsing back into recession. Athens officials have hinted they may have trouble repaying or refinancing a total of about 7 billion euros, or $7.7 billion, owed in March to the...
  • The Internet Of Things: A Dystopian Nightmare Where Everyone And Everything Will Be Monitored

    03/05/2015 9:06:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    TEC ^ | 03/05/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Can you imagine a world where your home, your vehicles, your appliances and every single electronic device that you own is constantly connected to the Internet? This is not some grand vision that is being planned for some day in the future. This is something that is being systematically implemented right now. In 2015, we already have “smart homes”, vehicles that talk to one another, refrigerators that are connected to the Internet, and televisions that spy on us. Our world is becoming increasingly interconnected, and that opens up some wonderful possibilities. But there is also a downside. What if we...
  • Comrades for Net Neutrality

    02/28/2015 6:46:47 AM PST · by GreyFriar · 69 replies
    National Reivew Online ^ | Feb 26, 2015 | John Fund
    The powers behind the FCC’s muscling of the Internet Today’s vote by a bitterly divided Federal Communications Commission that the Internet should be regulated as a public utility is the culmination of a decade-long battle by the Left. Using money from George Soros and liberal foundations that totaled at least $196 million, radical activists finally succeeded in ramming through “net neutrality,” or the idea that all data should be transmitted equally over the Internet. The final push involved unprecedented political pressure exerted by the Obama White House on FCC chairman Tom Wheeler, head of an ostensibly independent regulatory body. “Net...
  • Germans balk at new ‘Soviet snitch’ Barbie [with video]

    02/27/2015 6:57:21 AM PST · by Maceman · 20 replies
    France 24 ^ | 2-24-15 | Unknown
    Toy maker Mattel has unveiled a new Barbie that talks and remembers kids’ unique preferences. "Hello Barbie" is being marketed as a cutting-edge toy that builds relationships, but one German magazine says she is more like a Soviet-era informant. The latest incarnation of Mattel’s flagship doll was curtly re-baptised “Barbie IM” by German weekly Stern. The initials stand for “Inoffizieller Mitarbeiter”, informants who worked for East Germany’s infamous secret police, the Stasi, during the Cold War. The toy and game manufacturer highlights Hello Barbie’s voice recognition and wifi capabilities, which allow the company to store information and use it to...
  • The Internet: Nothing lasts forever, say goodbye

    02/27/2015 5:41:51 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 50 replies
    Potent News ^ | 2/26/2015 | Shepard Ambellas
    WASHINGTON D.C. (INTELLIHUB) — Thursday the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted on and approved the end of the Internet as we know it. That’s right the ‘information superhighway’ has just been obliterated by the passage of “Net Neutrality” which allows the FCC to regulate the once free and independent Internet. Essentially it’s like putting a person or a checkpoint between point A and point B in which one may eventually have to check in with. Call me a conspiracy theorist but that would be a “gatekeeper” which proponents of the plan promised wouldn’t exist. Although this analogy may seem far-fetched...
  • Save the Internet: FCC Net Neutrality rules worst example of government intervention... ever

    02/26/2015 4:38:03 PM PST · by Republican Wildcat · 53 replies Opinion ^ | February 26, 2015 | David Asman
    ... The two Republican FCC Commissioners (out of a total of five) know exactly how important this new plan really is. Commissioner Ajit Pai has called the new FCC plan “a massive shift in favor of government control of the Internet…everything from your wireless service plan, to your wire line connection at home.” These new rules would not only affect your services, it would also give FCC regulators the power to decide what content on the Internet was “just and reasonable.” Commissioner Tom Wheeler makes the absurd comment that the FCC would never use those powers. But in a February...
  • Landmark Internet rules approved

    02/26/2015 10:08:14 AM PST · by GIdget2004 · 272 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/26/2015 | Julian Hattem
    Federal regulators voted Thursday to impose sweeping net neutrality rules that supporters say are critical to protecting the freedom of the Internet. In a party-line 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission moved to embrace an approach advocated by President Obama to treat the Web like a utility in order to prevent major companies such as Comcast or Verizon from slowing, blocking or creating “toll roads” for people’s access to the Internet. "We cannot have gatekeepers who tell us what we can and cannot do and where we can and cannot go online," said Jessica Rosenworcel, one of the FCC's three...
  • Cuban: FCC Net Regs Will Spill Over, "TV As You Know It Is Over"

    02/26/2015 9:42:20 AM PST · by Biggirl · 35 replies ^ | February 26, 2015 | Ian Hanchett
    Dallas Mavericks owner and investor Mark Cuban predicted that proposed FCC Internet regulations will end up impacting TV and “your TV as you know it is over” on Thursday’s “Squawk Alley” on CNBC.
  • Tougher Internet rules to hit cable, telecoms companies

    02/26/2015 6:46:30 AM PST · by shove_it · 79 replies
    Rooters ^ | 26 Feb 2015 | ALINA SELYUKH
    (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are poised to impose the toughest rules yet on Internet service providers, aiming to ensure fair treatment of all web traffic through their networks. The Federal Communications Commission is expected Thursday to approve Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed "net neutrality" rules, regulating broadband providers more heavily than in the past and restricting their power to control download speeds on the web, for instance by potentially giving preference to companies that can afford to pay more. The vote, expected along party lines with Democrats in favor, comes after a year of jostling between cable and telecom companies and...

    02/26/2015 5:34:43 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 55 replies
    Pamela Geller. Com ^ | 2/25/2015 | Pamela Geller
    Feds look to adopt 322 pages of fresh taxes, regulations; FCC Chair Refuses to Testify before Congress Another wild power-grab. Power without accountability. The net is the very last frontier for free speech. — Despite google algorithms that consistently render — day in day out, year in year out — always render left-wing sites on first page search results; — Despite filters that block my site and sites like mine (Jihad Watch, The Religion of Peace, Creeping Sharia, Sharia Unveiled, et al) at work, school, and even US army bases and government agencies; — Despite search engines refusing to include...
  • Dear FCC: Rethink The Vague "General Conduct" Rule

    02/25/2015 9:23:49 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | 2/24/15 | corynne mcsherry
    we are deeply concerned that the FCC’s new rules will include a provision that sounds like a recipe for overreach and confusion: the so-called “general conduct rule.” According to the FCC's own "Fact Sheet," the proposed rule will allow the FCC to review (and presumably punish) non-neutral practices that may “harm” consumers or edge providers.
  • FREEP THIS PETITION: Say 'NO!' to the FCC Internet Takeover

    02/17/2015 7:50:20 AM PST · by Yosemitest · 23 replies
    On February 4, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler proposed that the federal government reclassify the Internet from an ‘information service’ to a ‘telecommunications service’ in the name of keeping it 'fair' --a plan that came straight from Barack Obama's desk.Of course, this is nothing more than a pass for Big Government to expand its regulatory power at the expense of digital freedom. Like all innovation, the Internet wasn’t created by government… and government certainly has no power to control it. Nowhere in the Constitution is there a provision providing the federal government with power to regulate the free-flow...
  • FCC, FEC look to ruin the Internet

    02/16/2015 11:17:32 AM PST · by Enlightened1 · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 2/16/15 | Tammy Bruce
    The left lifts its boot toward the free flow of information We knew this was coming. Within the last couple of weeks, both the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Election Commission declared their intention to regulate the Internet. Fascists always explain their actions as efforts to either make something more efficient, “fair,” or to supposedly “protect” their target. Sometimes they simply lie, like saying they’re nationalizing health insurance to make it more affordable and to increase access to health care. Now, with the feds’ latest effort, their new slogan might as well be, “If you like your Internet, you...
  • Net neutrality: 26 ways Obama has already proven himself incompetent when it comes to the internet

    02/16/2015 10:45:42 AM PST · by grundle · 9 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 16, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog Even before adopting net neutrality, here are 26 actions by which the Obama administration has already proven itself to be incompetent when it comes to the internet The fact that Obama refuses to allow the public to see his 332 page net neutrality plan until after its implementation is voted on is, by itself, reason enough for me to oppose the plan.I would think that even the biggest supporters of net neutrality would be curious as to why Obama won’t let people see his plan until after it is implemented.However, in addition to that, here are...
  • "Most transparent administration in history" won’t let public see 332 page net neutrality plan...

    02/13/2015 7:47:34 AM PST · by grundle · 18 replies
    wordpress ^ | February 12, 2015 | Dan from Squirrel Hill
    Dan from Squirrel Hill's Blog The “most transparent administration in history” says it won’t let the public see its 332 page net neutrality plan until after the FCC votes on its implementation The Obama administration has just said that it won’t let the public see its 332 page proposal for net neutrality until after the FCC votes on its implementation.Which reminds me of this Nancy Pelosi gem regarding Obamacare: FCC Commissioner Ajit Paisaid has seen the proposal. Paisaid said Obama’s net neutrality plan was 332 pages long, and that:“It gives the FCC the power to micromanage virtually every aspect of how...
  • Big Internet Firms May Regret Pushing Net Neutrality

    02/13/2015 6:51:46 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 17 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/13/2015 | John Merline
    Google, Facebook and other big Internet companies might very well come to wish they'd never agitated for federal net neutrality rules. That's the message Richard Waters, writing in the Financial Times, delivers in a must-read column this week.
  • Feds Hope to Regulate Political Speech on the Internet

    02/12/2015 3:23:22 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | February 12, 2015 | Michael Schaus
    The Federal Election Commission is considering expanding their regulatory power to include political speech online… Yeah, let’s regulate the internet. I mean, free speech can’t just be expected to run wild or anything, right? The FEC held an open hearing yesterday to determine if they will move forward on clamping down on political content online (such as blogs, YouTube videos, and other “free” messaging). According to CNS News:Last October, FEC Chairwoman Ann Ravel issued a statement in which she complained that the agency was not doing enough to monitor activity on the Internet.Right… Because I know I’m terrified that the feds...
  • Surf's Up: Internet Regulation Is Government's Biggest Power Grab Under Obama

    02/12/2015 1:53:54 PM PST · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | February 12, 2015 | Matt Towery
    It sounds so fair and so right. Just like health care for everyone, under a plan in which "if you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor." But so-called "Net neutrality," being pushed by the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is likely another power grab that will give the federal government vast control over the Internet. Years from now, this could make the Obama administration's efforts to control banks, health care and other major components of our economy look like small potatoes. After having been "persuaded" by representatives of the White House, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler finally announced...
  • Federal Election Commission to Consider Regulating Online Political Speech

    02/11/2015 8:35:39 AM PST · by PROCON · 27 replies
    CNSNEWS ^ | Feb. 11, 2015 | Rudy Takala
    ( -- The Federal Election Commission (FEC) is holding a hearing today to receive public feedback on whether it should create new rules regulating political speech, including political speech on the Internet that one commissioner warned could affect blogs, YouTube videos and even websites like the Drudge Report. The hearing is a response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in McCutcheon v. FEC last year, which struck down the FEC’s previous cap on aggregate campaign contributions from a single donor in an election cycle. Before the decision, individuals were limited to a combined total of $46,200 in contributions to all...
  • Michelle Obama: Eating healthy will keep government out of your life

    02/10/2015 11:12:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 9, 2015 | Ben Wolfgang
    First lady Michelle Obama believes Americans can keep the federal government from meddling with their lives by eating healthy foods and maintaining an active lifestyle. In an interview with Cooking Light magazine published Monday, Mrs. Obama said the best way to avoid dealing with “the system” is to take care of one’s own body. Doing so, she said, will eliminate trips to the doctor and the need to deal with Obamacare. “It’s just making sure people understand that the most powerful thing that they can do for their overall health is feed their bodies good nutritious food,” the first lady...
  • Republican FCC Member Warns Net Neutrality Is Not Neutral

    02/09/2015 4:46:12 PM PST · by Crazieman · 60 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 2/9/2015 | Chriss W Street
    Ajit Pai, the sole Republican Commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), inferred in a Tweet that President Barack Obama’s secret, 332-page “Net Neutrality” document is a scheme for federal micro-managing of the Internet to extract billions in new taxes from consumers and again enforce progressives’ idea of honest, equitable, and balanced content fairness.