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    Today, Access Now celebrated the demise of Facebook’s Free Basics program that would’ve meant free Internet for India and more competition for Google. Easy to see why a ruling in favor of Facebook today would have been a big problem for someone whose paycheck used to come from Google. This is exactly what we’ve been saying all along – and they’re not even trying to cover their tracks. The opposition to Zero Rating has nothing to do with Internet freedom and everything to do with big government’s unholy alliance with big business.

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    CES 2016: Full-Page Ad Targets FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Attacks on Internet Freedom

    Internet Rules Stifle Free Speech and the Creative Breakthroughs That Enable CES Innovators to Prosper Today Protect Internet Freedom published a full-page ad in today’s edition of Las Vegas Review Journal calling attention to disturbing similarities between FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler and China’s State Internet Information Officer Chief Lu Wei in statements on restricting Internet freedoms. Wheeler is a featured speaker at the 2016 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada today at 11:30 am. Under the headline “The Internet: Great Minds Think Alike,” the ad compares Lu Wei’s statement that a free and open Internet requires “rules” with Wheeler’s statement that the Internet needs a government “referee with a yardstick.” Protect Internet Freedom (PIF), a non-profit grassroots organization of 1.6 million members, purchased the ad. “CES is a…

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    #GAMERGATE = ISIS?

    “There are a number of groups that use social media to attract new members and radicalize them so they become involved in extremist – often illegal – activity…” This was the warning issued in a handout to students at a UK school about the dangers of ISIS and English Defence League, a group linked to hate crimes against Muslims. While warnings about the first two groups are no brainers, the stunner was the random listing of #gamergate as a third nefarious group. Breitbart.com’s Milo Yiannopoulos posted the flyer sent to him by a student at the school, which describes the “dangerous” Gamergate as “an online group that harasses women – often with threats of violence or death.”  The flyer goes on to say “Attempts to view the material of groups…

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    The Latest on Net Neutrality: Confusion, Politics and Immaturity

    By Jerri Ann Henry Anyone looking for clarity from Friday’s oral arguments on net neutrality likely left disappointed. Georgetown law professor Andrew Schwartman summed it up best, saying, “it’s a fool’s game” to try to predict the outcome exactly. TechPolicyDaily offers the best refresher and the current state of net neutrality: “The FCC’s new rules double down in the proposition that the Internet is not a significant departure either legally or technically from the hard-line telephone network. Instead of recognizing that the Internet is the greatest advance in digital communication since the telegram was created in the middle of the 19th century, the FCC’s rules assert it’s just like the telephone network – only a bit faster. “Hence, the new rules are a cowardly retreat from the future of technology…

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    The UN: Coming to an Internet Near You

    Last year, the Obama administration announced its intention to release ICANN, the organization responsible for registering website names, keeping IP addresses in order and generally keeping the Internet running smoothly and openly, from operating under its long-time contract with the U.S. government.   This will have the real-world effect of the US handing over the management and oversight of ICANN functions, to the “international community.” It should be no surprise that Russia, China and other authoritarian governments who fear the empowering effects of an open Internet, see an opportunity here. They are proposing that the Internet now be managed by an agency within the United Nations. The same U.N. agency Beijing took the helm of last year.  The U.N. is hosting a meeting December 15-16 to discuss their proposals for more…

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    New Survey: Americans Increasingly Worried About Freedom of Speech on Internet

    One In Three Say They Have Less Freedom Today To Speak Mind; Conservatives Among Most Concerned Washington, DC – Americans are increasingly worried about freedom of speech on the Internet and feel that things will only get worse in the future, according to results from a new Morning Consult survey released today by Protect Internet Freedom (PIF). The national survey revealed that one in 3 (34%) respondents say they have less freedom to speak their mind on the Internet today compared with a few years ago, and only one in 10 (12%) say they have more freedom to speak their mind. Conservatives are more likely to say they have less freedom today. When asked to look ahead a few years, about half (45%) of adults think they will have less freedom…

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    Why an untrue story about Chinese Internet censorship in the U.S. went viral and was so believable

    A bombshell report earlier this week alleged that a U.S. based company called XYZ.com partnered with the Chinese government to ban any one in the world from using certain web addresses that they deem “politically offensive.” The list of words banned from being used was reported to total as many as 40,000 and included words such as “liberty”, “freedom” and “democracy.” The story turned out to be (mainly) false as xyz.com’s CEO issued a prompt rebuttal correcting the details in an attempt at clearing his company’s connection to any nefarious worldwide censorship acts with Beijing.

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    Kiss Free Speech Goodbye

    If you want to see an absolutely amazing example of how radical progressives preach one thing for the rest of us while doing something completely different themselves, read on… Recently, a liberal activist group called Presente actually called on the Attorney General of the United States to arrest Donald Trump, a presidential candidate whom they apparently disagree with on immigration policy. That’s right. Presente is calling on the chief law enforcement officer in the United States to arrest someone because they disagree with his words. “US Attorney General Loretta Lynch, State Attorneys General in NY, CA, NV, IL, IA, and other states: Donald Trump and his presidential campaign have morphed into something very violent and dangerous, particularly for Latinos, immigrants, and communities of color. Trump represents a clear and present…

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    The Truth About the IANA Transfer

    How do you give away Internet freedom? President Obama is attempting to do it in one swift move. President Obama has announced that he plans to move forward with relinquishing the U.S. government’s oversight over vital pieces of the Internet’s core infrastructure to the “global stakeholder community.” What is being referred to as the IANA transfer will surrender the domain name system (DNS) and root zone files to the organization ICANN and with it, America’s special role in promoting and protecting the greatest tool for individual freedom in human history would come to an end. And he wants to do it without constitutionally required Congressional consent.

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    China’s Threats Towards Internet Freedom Must End

    Since 1995, the guiding principle of Internet governance has been: governments, hands-off! The Internet has been managed by a multi-stakeholder model, with government taking a backseat while users, NGOs and technologists make the decisions. This kind of approach helped keep political considerations out of regulation. The only ones upset? Authoritarian regimes: Nations that want to control the lives of their citizens and influence the rest of the world. China, Russia, the Iranians, the Cubans, and dozens of others rebelled against this “hands-off” idea because it did not grant them the authority or influence they so desired. In a self-motivated move to remedy their displeasure, the Chinese began aggressively pushing for a new way to govern the Internet. They envisioned a UN style structure that required each country respect the Internet…

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