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)