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SOPA author demands ISPs keep user data for 18 months

Lawmakers in the U.S. and Canada are considering two different, yet distinctly similar bills that critics say would forever end the concept of online privacy. Both bills promise enhanced protections for children targeted by child pornographers on the Internet by mandating that Internet service providers (ISPs) maintain lengthy records of…

U.S. Internet providers agree to block subscribers accused of copyright infringement

Time Warner, Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Cablevision Systems all said Thursday that they were implementing a series of “best practices” recommendations that would see the connections of subscribers accused of copyright violations slowed down or even temporarily blocked if the alleged offenses continue. The adoption of these policies, proposed by The Center…

U.S. Copyright Group targets 23,000 downloaders of ‘The Expendables’

More than 23,000 U.S. Internet users could soon be notified by their internet service providers (ISPs) that their personal information is being turned over to the U.S. Copyright Group in the largest file sharing lawsuit in U.S. history. Wired reported that a federal judge has agreed to allow the copyright…

Canada’s government to overturn Internet usage caps

The Canadian government will seek to overturn an independent agency’s decision to allow Internet providers the ability to cap usage, effectively turning bandwidth into a commodity. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), an agency that regulates telecommunication carriers in Canada, issued a decision in May 2010 that allowed Bell…

As Internet ‘hypergiants’ proliferate, attacks on human rights increasingly common: study

Amid the rise of the Internet’s “hypergiants” — the massive Internet service providers (ISPs) and network operators at the core of Earth’s global communications platform — smaller media organizations and human rights groups have found themselves on the network’s outer fringes, and frequently the targets of devastating cyber-attacks. That’s according…

FCC approves controversial ‘Net Neutrality’ regulations

By a 3-2 vote Tuesday, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) passed so-called “Net Neutrality” rules aimed at prohibiting internet service providers (ISPs) from discriminating between Internet traffic. Supporters of “Net Neutrality” have been disappointed by the proposed rules, saying they heavily favor the industry they are supposed to regulate. Democratic…

Internet’s creator slams ‘blight’ of web disconnection laws

Tim Berners-Lee, the man credited with inventing the world wide web, warned Tuesday of the “blight” of new laws being introduced across the globe allowing people to be cut off from the Internet. “There’s been a rash of laws trying to give governments and Internet service providers (ISPs) the right…

Google denies selling out on ‘net neutrality’

Google tried to derail talk that it has “sold out” on the idea of insuring all data is treated equally when it comes to routing traffic on the Internet. A legal framework for “net neutrality” proposed this week by Google and US telecom titan Verizon has given rise to “myths”…

Google, Verizon say no ‘net neutrality’ for wireless

Google and US telecom titan Verizon proposed a legal framework to safeguard “net neutrality” but said the rules should not apply to wireless broadband Internet connections. “We both recognize that wireless broadband is different from the traditional wireline world, in part because the mobile marketplace is more competitive and changing…

WARNING: The Government Will Do Unspecified Incoherent Things To You

Telecoms have gone full Tea Party on net neutrality: The FCC has released a national broadband plan recently, part of which included very, very mild proposals about net neutrality, focused almost entirely on preventing content discrimination by ISPs (short version: any resource a user wants to access should be treated…

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