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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I run a small, independent magazine. I worry Facebook will kill us off

By Nathan Robinson : theguardian – excerpt

For independent and non-profit outlets, small shifts in algorithms – as Mark Zuckerberg just introduced – can pose an existential threat

Facebook’s recent company announcement should scare anyone who values independent and non-profit media.

In response to mounting criticism over its role in spreading “fake news”, as well as research showing that social media has been making people less happy, Mark Zuckerberg has revealed that the company is overhauling its news feed algorithms to de-emphasize “passive content” from brands and publishers and promote “meaningful interaction” with friends and family instead. Facebook says it wants its users to feel positive after using its service, and will display content accordingly. So more pictures of adorable dogs, fewer links to news sites.

Everyone can support efforts to eliminate fake news and improve user experiences. But for media organizations, Facebook’s approach is troubling. Many outlets depend on traffic from sites like Facebook and Twitter, since social media has become the main gateway through which people access content on the internet. If news organizations are “blacklisted”, or buried at the bottom of news feeds, they could see a significant chunk of their audience evaporate overnight.

There is already evidence of what the changes might do. The rollout of algorithm tweaks in other countries has had serious impacts on certain organizations, with at least one subscription news service losing nearly one-third of its Facebook engagements after the tweak, and Cambodian NGOs complaining that the delivery of public service information was disrupted… (more)

How is that net neutrality working for you so far? Burger King did a great ad that explains how net neutrality works when applied to their business. If you need a good laugh, and who doesn’t, you should love this ad.

By theverge ( video included)

Burger King — a fast-food chain that sells cheap beef — apparently understands net neutrality more than the average member of Congress. The company released an ad today explaining the concept of net neutrality with a stunt that showed what it would be like to have paid prioritization in a burger joint. In the ad, actors playing Burger King employees taunt “actual guests” by making them wait for absurd amounts of time to receive their food — unless they pay huge tolls to get it quickly…(more)