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BY Micah L. Sifry | Friday, February 28 2014

The new Knight News Challenge is for open internet lovers; why secure private tools are getting more consumer-y; why Uber got a cease-and-desist order in Houston; and much, much more. Read More

Book Review: Is the Internet Just Another Example of Monopoly Capitalism At Work?

BY Micah L. Sifry | Thursday, June 27 2013

Robert McChesney speaking at the 2008 National Conference on Media Reform (Photo from Blip.tv)

Robert McChesney, who is one of the cofounders of Free Press, the author of several books on the media, and a professor at the University of Illinois, says he always wanted to write a book about the Internet and the larger digital revolution. But he held off, because "grasping the Internet was like trying to shoot a moving target in a windstorm." Then he and John Bellamy Foster co-authored a 2011 article called "The Internet's Unholy Marriage to Capitalism" for Monthly Review and it hit a chord. The time, McChesney says, was finally ripe. I wish he had held his fire. Here's why: McChesney doesn't quite get the Internet. Again and again, in Digital Disconnect, he conflates the free and open net with the larger digital ecosystem, eliding or underplaying important distinctions between the actions and ambitions of big tech and communications companies and the behavior of individuals and networks online. Read More

The Net Neutrality Debate Returns in Germany, Rousing Activists

BY Miranda Neubauer | Tuesday, May 7 2013

Change.org Petition Creator meets with Telekom Executive (Facebook)

Against the backdrop of the German national election campaign, the Berlin Internet conference re:publica opened Monday with organizers calling on Chancellor Angela Merkel to oppose a controversial proposal by phone and Internet provider Deutsche Telekom to effectively eliminate its flat-rate broadband service. Read More

Commentary: Is the Open Web Doomed? Open Your Eyes and Relax

BY Esther Dyson | Monday, February 6 2012

Photo by Joshua Sherman, PdF 2011

In a guest commentary by Esther Dyson, the longtime friend of Personal Democracy, technology writer and investor writes: "With Facebook going public and Google threatened by apps and closed services such as FB, is the open web doomed? You might think so after reading the dueling blog posts of John Battelle, Robert Scoble and Dave Winer in the past few days. But things are a bit more complicated." Read More

FCC Releases Net Neutrality Order

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, December 23 2010

Been looking for a copy of the Federal Communications Commission's order on "open Internet" -- a.k.a. net neutrality -- principles that was approved by a 3-2 party line vote early Tuesday? Here it is! Read More

Quote of the Day: Nader Warns of a Wikileaks-Inspired Internet Crackdown

BY Nancy Scola | Thursday, December 16 2010

We hear a lot about the information age. We hear a lot about what it's supposed to do for us. But the risk in this Wikileaks overreaction to control of the Internet, and to damaging the dissemination of [sic] ... Read More

Google, Global Voices Join Forces to Fund Free Expression

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, January 5 2010

The landscape of global online activism is constantly changing, but one lesson shows signs of being rock solid. As savvy as activists get about using the Internet, governments are going to attempt, at least, to exert ... Read More

Open Internet Has a Posse

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, September 21 2009

We mentioned this down below, but it's worth devoting its own post to. In conjunction with chairman Julius Genachowski speech on net neutrality at Brookings this morning, the Federal Communications Commission launched a ... Read More