Posts Tagged ‘neutrality’

Canadian Gov: Give Police Sweeping Powers Or Else You Support Child Porn

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Last week they condoned torture. This week, Canada’s Conservatives are saying protecting privacy is tantamount to promoting child pornography.

What an absurd remark! It shows just how desperate the pro-censorship side has become if they need to rely on this kind of polarizing rhetoric.

Thankfully, Canadians will not likely stand for these ludicrous and inaccurate blanket statements. Opposition is already mounting and petitions are being signed. If you want to contact your MP, it’s really easy find out how.

To learn more about these ‘Lawful Access’ bills, Law professor Michael Geist does a nice breakdown on his blog. As well, another of Geist’s posts worth reading shows how the government’s own documents do not support mandatory disclosure of subscriber information without a court order.

Not that the Conservatives care to listen to reason. If they do end up getting away with these bullying tactics, just be prepared for the day when we can either extend the Harper government’s term indefinitely or get accused of supporting Nazi terrorists.

FCC Approves “Net Neutrality” in Latest Vote

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

“Goodbye Unfettered Internet : A deathblow was dealt to net neutrality today by the FCC…”

Fortunately these words can go back on the shelf, for now. The FCC, by a 3-2 vote, passed an Order today which includes some semblance of ensuring Internet freedom. The FCC’s latest attempt at net neutrality, however, is far from what open Internet advocates would deem adequate protection.

SavetheInternet calls the ruling “toothless“, PublicKnowledge voiced their disappointment over the FCC’s failure to stand up for consumers, and DSLreports points out how the FCC’s rules were heavily influenced by AT&T.

While the FCC’s year-long efforts do little to ensure net neutrality, they’ve at least recognized the growing number of voices advocating an open Internet. Hopefully, as more people come to recognize the importance of an unrestricted online realm, the FCC (and other Internet regulatory bodies) will cater more to what the public demands.

The human race is currently undergoing a social revolution on the global scale, and the Internet is playing a vital role in this great awakening. But the great potentials that await us could vanish should the specter of totalitarianism be allowed to descend on our precious Internet.

So keep fighting for Internet freedom – it’s a cornerstone in the fight for a free human race.