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  • Canada Rushes To Defend Net Neutrality As The U.S. Moves To Dismantle It

    04/27/2017 8:20:29 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 8 replies
    Tech Dirt ^ | 25 April 2017 | Karl Bode
    from the who-needs-a-healthy,-working-internet-anyway? dept Here in the States, regulators and Congress are preparing to gut our existing net neutrality rules -- replacing them with the policy equivalent of wet tissue paper. In Canada, regulators are taking the complete opposite tack, last week cementing the country's net neutrality rules as some of the most comprehensive in the world. After years of some obnoxious behavior by Canadian ISPs like Rogers, Canadian regulators adopted guidelines back in 2009 that prevent ISPs from blocking websites, while requiring that they're transparent about network management. In 2013, those guidelines were expanded to cover zero rating after...
  • Operation Anarchist: The 4chan Trolls Are Working on a Face Database of Antifa Members

    04/27/2017 1:45:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Heat Street ^ | April 26, 2017 | William Hicks
    When 4chan users are not busy sharing and discussing anime pornography, they can be some of the most efficient crowdsourcing researchers on the web. The /pol/ board in particular was able to find the exact location of an ISIS camp just by clues in a recruitment video. Their research reportedly led to a successful airstrike on the location. Their new research obsession is antifa, the loose group of anti-fascists, consisting of communists and anarchists, who’ve been wreaking havoc in the Trump era. The group uses violence and black bloc tactics and have been involved in various riots and street clashes...
  • FCC Chair: ‘Hysterical Prophecies’ Led Dems To Almost Break The Internet In Just Two Years

    04/27/2017 1:27:00 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 12 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 26 2017 | Eric Liebermann
    (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai said in a speech Wednesday that a Democratic-led FCC during the final two years of former President Barack Obama’s tenure almost oversaw the demise of a “free and open” internet. Pai outlined the history of internet policy, saying that for almost two decades the FCC respected a “competitive free market” for the internet, one that was “unfettered by Federal or State regulation.”.... [ ] Through Title II, the Obama administration pushed for net neutrality — the principle that all internet traffic should be treated equally, which some (like former FCC chairman and Democrat Tom Wheeler) argue...
  • No Congress Did Not Repeal Internet Privacy

    04/27/2017 10:17:02 AM PDT · by 54fighting
    Red Alert Politics ^ | 4/27/17 | Andrew Armstrong
    Millennials live on the Internet. We were born and raised surfing the web, using Snapchat and Instagram and, of course, playing games online. It is almost a birthright. Keeping the Internet free and clear of oppressive federal government red-tape and regulations is critical to keep innovation and growth in this space. Some on the left see the web as the “wild west” that needs the guiding hand of government. A former commissioner of the Federal Elections Commission has repeatedly argued for federal control over the web. Ann Ravel, and others like her, want websites like the Drudge Report, YouTube and...
  • China’s Alibaba Becomes Trump’s New BFF With Promise to Create 1 Million US Jobs

    04/25/2017 7:42:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Observer ^ | April 25, 2017 | Sage Lazzaro
    Tuesday, Alibaba announced a program to make good on a promise to Donald Trump and create one million U.S. jobs. Jack Ma, executive chairman of the online commerce giant, first made that promise a week before Trump’s inauguration during an encounter praised by the then-president-elect as a “great meeting” with “a great entrepreneur, one of the best in the world.” The program starts with a conference to teach U.S. businesses how get their products on Alibaba. The platform is the world’s most dominant retailer, generating more gross merchandise volume than Amazon and eBay combined. Currently, only 7,000 U.S. businesses—mostly big...
  • Microsoft Transparency Report Shows Massive Increase in 2016 Obama Era FISA Orders

    04/15/2017 11:49:59 AM PDT · by Whenifhow · 13 replies
    Conservative Treehouse ^ | April 14 2017 | Sundance
    Microsoft tries to thread the needle of transparency by telling its consuming audience as much about governmental collection of data as possible. Toward that end Microsoft releases a biannual transparency report. Within the latest transparency release Microsoft reports in the first half of 2016 they received a massive increase in FISA orders; primarily from U.S. governmental agencies. • “For the latest Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) data reported, Microsoft received 1,000-1,499 FISA orders seeking content disclosures affecting 12,000-12,499 accounts, compared to the 0-499 FISA orders seeking disclosure of content impacting 17,500-17,999 accounts reported for the previous period. We received 0-499...
  • Inside the ‘Surprisingly Great’ North Korean Hacker Hotel (luxury pad - in China)

    12/21/2014 9:34:39 AM PST · by Libloather · 13 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 12/20/14 | Michael Daly
    North Korea is so isolated that rather than bring the Internet to its hackers, it brings them to it—in a swank hotel in China. The luxury hotel that has been called a command post for North Korean hackers would make for a unique holiday getaway and give you lots to talk about back home. “Surprisingly Great Hotel - Clean, Tasteful.... and North Korean!” says a trip advisor review for the Chilbosan Hotel in Shenyang, China. For just $53, you get “a deluxe twin room,” including a North Korean breakfast considerably more substantial than those enjoyed by the vast majority of...
  • Web needs rethink to stop 'nasty' ideas spreading, says its creator

    04/12/2017 8:14:14 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10 April 2017 | Jemima Kelly and Huw Jones |
    The World Wide Web needs a complete rethink to prevent spying and the spread of "nasty, mean ideas" on social media websites, its inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, said on Monday. Berners-Lee, a London-born computer scientist who invented the Web as a platform on top of the internet in 1989, said his intention in building it had been for the public to "do good stuff" and share ideas among each other, as was the case with websites such as Wikipedia. Instead, negative ideas were proliferating on social media sites in particular, he said, while privacy was also being compromised by online spying....
  • Online auto parts company Turn5 plans expansion, will add 200 jobs

    04/11/2017 3:49:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Delaware County Daily Times ^ | April 5, 2017 | Brian McCullough
    TREDYFFRIN - A company that sells parts online for Jeep Wranglers, Ford Mustangs and F-150 pickup trucks plans to expand and add almost 200 jobs in eastern Chester County. The news of Turn5’s expansion was announced by Gov. Tom Wolf last week as the state put in incentives to keep the company, now based in East Whiteland, in the area. The new headquarters at 600 Cedar Hollow Road will be about four miles from its current location on Lee Boulevard, brothers and company founders Steve and Andrew Voudouris said. The company was last in the headlines in July when it...
  • Penalties Proposed for "Fake News" [not even-close-to-satire]

    04/09/2017 6:37:06 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 9 Apr 2017 | John Semmens
    Frustrated with its inability to control the narrative in our current age of abundant social media, the Merkel Regime has decided to fine media firms that allow false news on their platforms. The penalty can range as high as $50 million for an offense the government determines is "dangerously out-of-step with accepted views." German Justice Minister Heiko Maas lamented that "unconstrained free speech has unleashed an avalanche of uniformed and anti-social messages being posted on FaceBook and Twitter. The proof of the danger is the fact that an unhinged Donald Trump was able to exploit Twitter to foment disrespect for...
  • Lawmakers seek internet privacy protections

    04/06/2017 5:43:05 PM PDT · by davikkm · 5 replies
    OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A bipartisan group of lawmakers in Washington state have signed on in support of proposals that seek to secure internet privacy. The measures, which were introduced in both the House and Senate, come following President Donald Trump’s signature on a measure rolling back internet-privacy protections that had been scheduled to go into effect, The Seattle Times reports ( ).
  • Trump Plans to Sign Repeal of Obama-Era Broadband Rules on Internet Privacy

    04/03/2017 11:51:10 AM PDT · by johnk · 8 replies ^ | 1 Apr 2017 | SEAN MORAN
    Breitbart News spoke with Phil Kerpen, president of American Commitment, about his organization’s opposition to the FCC’s broadband privacy rule. Kerpen told Breitbart News that the criticism against removing this regulation is unwarranted. “This is a deliberate disinformation campaign from the usual suspects from the tech-left and the media, and they’re completely misrepresenting the issue, and the conservatives are falling for the fake news narrative,” he told Breitbart News. “Up until 2015, the FTC protected consumer privacy, and then the FCC Net Neutrality order eviscerated the consumer protections at the FTC by pre-empting FTC’s jurisdiction. The FCC then came around...
  • A live stream of Shia LaBeouf chanting was disrupted by Nazi-themed dancing. Then things got weird.

    04/02/2017 10:32:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | April 2, 2017 | Avi Selk
    On the day of President Trump’s inauguration, two poorly understood forces of the Internet collided in a sort of bizarre death lock — a struggle that has manifested in the real world as Nazi-costumed dances in New York, a meticulously planned theft in rural Tennessee and last month, a raid on a British rooftop. These forces are called 4chan and Shia LaBeouf. LaBeouf is a Hollywood star who recently restyled himself as a highly meme-able performance artist — limiting his public utterances to a string of repeat tweets, for example, or showing up to a film festival with a paper...
  • Boss of South Carolina refrigerator plant owner Haier looks beyond appliances

    04/02/2017 9:09:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The Post and Courier ^ | April 2, 2017 | Joe McDonald, The Associated Press
    QINGDAO, China — After Haier Group bought the General Electric Co. appliance unit last year, the Chinese company's chairman says he gave its American managers unusual orders: Ignore me. Zhang Ruimin built Haier from a failing refrigerator factory in the 1980s into the biggest maker of major appliances, a sprawling global enterprise that built its U.S business from a South Carolina plant. Now, he is trying to transform a traditional manufacturer with 60,000 employees in 25 countries into a nimble, Internet-age seller of consumer goods and services from web-linked washing machines to food delivery. To do that, Zhang has broken...
  • Woman Gets Jail Term for Tweets as Critics Worry About Free Speech in Spain

    03/31/2017 1:44:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The Local ^ | 29 March 2017
    A Spanish court on Wednesday sentenced a young woman to jail for posting jokes on Twitter about the 1973 assassination of a senior figure in the Franco dictatorship. The National Audience, Spain's top criminal court, found Cassandra Vera, 21, guilty of glorifying terrorism and humiliating victims of terrorism and slapped her with a one-year jail term. She is unlikely to spend time behind bars though as offenders of non-violent crimes with a sentence of under two years do not serve time in jail. Vera published 13 tweets between 2013 and 2016 about the assassination of Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco, the...
  • This Is Almost Certainly James Comey’s Twitter Account

    03/30/2017 2:38:43 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies ^ | 3/30/17 | Ashley Feinberg
    Digital security and its discontents—from Hillary Clinton’s emails to ransomware to Tor hacks—is in many ways one of the chief concerns of the contemporary FBI. So it makes sense that the bureau’s director, James Comey, would dip his toe into the digital torrent with a Twitter account. It also makes sense, given Comey’s high profile, that he would want that Twitter account to be a secret from the world, lest his follows and favs be scrubbed for clues about what the feds are up to. What is somewhat surprising, however, is that it only took me about four hours of...
  • With Washington’s Blessing, Telecom Giants Can Mine Your Web History

    03/30/2017 8:03:20 AM PDT · by Freedom56v2 · 40 replies
    Wall street Journal (Hat Tip Drudge) ^ | March 30, 2017 | Jack Marshall
    What if your telecom company tracked the websites you visit, the apps you use, the TV shows you watch, the stores you shop at and the restaurants you eat at, and then sold that information to advertisers? In theory, it’s possible, given the stance Washington is taking on online privacy. Lawmakers on Tuesday voted to overturn privacy rules that required telecom companies to get customers’ permission before sharing their web-browsing and app usage history with third parties. The White House said Wednesday President Donald Trump intends to sign the measure into law. Undoing the rules, which had been adopted last...
  • Internet users raise funds to buy lawmakers' browsing histories in protest

    03/30/2017 7:32:46 AM PDT · by MilesVeritatis · 22 replies
    THE HILL ^ | 03/30/2017 | PAULINA FIROZI
    Internet users are fighting back after Congress voted to block Obama-era internet privacy protections. Two fundraising campaigns have so far raised more than $215,000 to purchase and reveal lawmakers' browsing histories. Actor Misha Collins, the star of television show “Supernatural,” has raised more than $63,000 on his GoFundMe page. More than 3,000 people have donated to the page, which has a goal of $500 million. “Great news! The House just voted to pass SJR34. We will finally be able to buy the browser history of all the Congresspeople who voted to sell our data and privacy without our consent!” he...
  • House Schedules Vote on Eliminating Consumer Online Privacy Rights Next Week

    03/30/2017 1:35:58 AM PDT · by Freedom56v2 · 33 replies
    Electronic Frontier Foundation ^ | 3/24/2017 | Ernesto Falcon
    House Schedules Vote on Eliminating Consumer Online Privacy Rights next week. Majority Leader McCarthy Confirms House to Immediately Act on Behalf of the Cable and Telephone Industry Following the Senate Vote Yesterday, Senate by thin margin of 50 to 48 voted to take away the privacy rights of Internet users as a favor to cable and telephone industry. Now the House is planning to take up the legislation immediately next week before people can discover the damage they are about to inflict to consumer privacy online. These Are Legal Rights To Privacy They're Dismantling: Americans have enjoyed a legal right...
  • Alibaba to Create 122 Million Jobs in China’s Digital Economy in 2035: Report

    03/29/2017 2:34:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    Yibada ^ | March 29, 2017 | Manny Salvacion
    At least 122 million out of the total 415 million jobs, or nearly 30 percent of jobs available in China's digital economy in 2035, will be produced by Alibaba, according to a new report from management advisory firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG). An article published by cited a recent study, "Year 2035: 400 Million Job Opportunities in the Digital Age," which said that Alibaba economy will generate jobs as it further expands into cloud computing, media and entertainment, and financial technology. "If Alibaba-generated employment has the same share of China's digital economy in 2035 as in 2015, the platform...