How the Federal Government is Trying to Ruin the Internet and Take Away Your Right to Free Speech and Privacy

More Content : oranjproductions – excerpt

Journalists and Civil Liberties Groups including the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have been calling attention to several efforts by the Trump administration, Senate and Congress to interfere with our right to free expression and privacy on the internet. With the exception of the Net Neutrality issue, these efforts are not getting enough media attention, yet they are not at all trivial. For many of us, the internet is much more than a source of entertainment; it is also our primary source for news, information and analysis of political and social issues.

For this article we highlight four specific areas of concern, Net Neutrality, the Cloud Act, the end of legal protections for hosts of user-generated content and the growing practice of searching people’s computers and phones. There are also several other ways that our internet rights are being infringed. For time and space reasons, we are not addressing these other concerns, which include social media surveillance by law enforcement and intelligence agencies, the failure of legislators to reform Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) Act, the prosecution of minors for sexting, and the use of illegitimate copyright claims to suppress free expression… (more)

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New California Bill Aims to Revive Net Neutrality

By Ida Mojadad : sfweekly – excerpt

State Sen. Scott Wiener seeks to use the state’s regulatory power to require net neutrality after the FCC voted to repeal it nationwide.

On its first day back to work after the holidays, the California Legislature is taking up the fight to resurrect net neutrality.

State Sen. Scott Wiener is introducing a bill Wednesday afternoon — co-authored by 10 other mostly-Bay Area state representatives — that would add net neutrality to state regulations. The move fulfills the promise Wiener made immediately after the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality regulation on party lines in December

The FCC proposal preemptively banned state and local net neutrality rules but Wiener believes it was an overreach of power based on a previous court ruling.

“As the epicenter of technological innovation, California has a special responsibility to ensure that the internet remains free and open” says Nicole Ozer, technology and civil liberties policy director for the ACLU of California, in a statement…(more)

Anti-protest bills would ‘attack right to speak out’ under Donald Trump

By Adam Gabatt :  theguardian – excerpt


This, it is a “Declaration of Dependence” written by Thomas Bruce Reese and a few other artists in 1976, who understood the necessity of proclamations and drama when it comes to protecting the planet.

The ACLU says more than 30 bills have been introduced amid a huge swell of activism, prompting UN intervention over criminalization of peaceful protest

More than 20 states have proposed bills that would crack down on protests and demonstrations since Donald Trump was elected, in a moved that UN experts have branded “incompatible with US obligations under international human rights law”.

The proposed laws would variously increase the penalties for protesting in large groups, ban protesters from wearing masks during demonstrations and, in some states, protect drivers from liability if they strike someone taking part in a protest… (more)

In this context of confused facts and suspect news articles, I am starting to explore the meaning of truth and the importance of placing trust in one’s own reality and experience above all else. Where does our basis for truth and trust come from?