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Tracks what is developing about net neutrality, the right to access the internet and information, and other multi-media news, mail, print, technological, radio, wifi, trends and any communication system.A watchful eye on communication policy is kept to report new developments and organized citizen efforts to push back and protect citizens' communication systems from government and corporate over reaching.
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Rise of Snapchat: Do you want an erasable Internet? - Fox News

Rise of Snapchat: Do you want an erasable Internet? - Fox News | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Rise of Snapchat: Do you want an erasable Internet?
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Beyond Ballmer: meet Microsoft's top CEO candidates - The Verge

Beyond Ballmer: meet Microsoft's top CEO candidates - The Verge | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
The Verge Beyond Ballmer: meet Microsoft's top CEO candidates The Verge While Nadella has little experience running consumer-facing businesses like Xbox or Skype, he has a deep understanding and knowledge of the computing and engineering required...
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What the Press Should Learn From the “Snowden Effect”

What the Press Should Learn From the “Snowden Effect” | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
This essay first appeared in The Nation.A TV screen shows a news report of Edward Snowden at a shopping mall in Hong Kong Sunday, June 23, 2013.
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This article also provides many links worth following.

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Whether or not you classify Snowden as a hero or a traitor, or something in between, one can’t deny his actions have sparked a debate about the intersection of national security and individual privacy that we weren’t having six months ago, but should have been. That, in a democracy dependent upon consent of the governed and oversight of their duly elected representatives, can’t help but be a positive development. Likewise, to witness an original author of the Patriot Act, a seminal piece of government overreach if ever there was one, change course and advocate legislation rolling back the NSA’s power is still hard to fathom. And to have predicted, back in June, that by the end of the year, both a federal judge – appointed by George W. Bush, no less — and a White House-appointed review panel would offer a sweeping, excoriating rebuke to the intelligence community status quo would have been laughable.

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EFF's Reading List: Books of 2013

EFF's Reading List: Books of 2013 | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
At the end of each year, EFF puts together a list of some of the interesting and noteworthy books that have been published in the past 12 months or so.
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This is a worthy reading list that EFF put together for those that care about their internet freedom, expressive freedom,  privacy, and security as well.

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NSA Turns Cookies (And More) Into Surveillance Beacons

NSA Turns Cookies (And More) Into Surveillance Beacons | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Yesterday, we learned that the NSA is using Google cookies—the same cookies used for advertisements and search preferences—to track users for surveillance purposes.
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The EFF follows what is going with internet  trends and policy daily. Join in and follow EFF and keep up with internet policy and help maintain the open internet which allows people to freely connect with one another to enrich personal and community lives and promote a government into  which citizens participate actively...  Privacy is one part of being free to communicate that is critical.


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  These Google cookies—known as “PREF” cookies—last two years and can uniquely identify you. Sniffing one off the Internet as it goes past allows the NSA to recognize your browser whenever you interact with Google from any location or network. Every person who visits a Google site will receive a PREF cookie, regardless of whether they log in or even have an account with Google. Using Google Search without logging in tags you for two years, and that unique tag is sent over the network every time you search even if it’s on a different network (or in a different country).

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A Manufactured ‘Crisis’: Congress Can Let The Post Office Save Itself Without Mass Layoffs Or Service Reductions

A Manufactured ‘Crisis’: Congress Can Let The Post Office Save Itself Without Mass Layoffs Or Service Reductions | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Both the news media and a number of politicians have claimed recently that the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is in "crisis," and that it is necessary to lay
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Picture a day when the only mail you can send will be through privately owned mail services. Have you had to post a letter with FedEx lately?  Last time I inquired it was 4 dollars or more,

 

 

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Almost all of the postal service’s losses over the last four years can be traced back to a single, artificial restriction forced onto the Post Office by the Republican-led Congress in 2006.

At the very end of that year, Congress passed the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006 (PAEA). Under PAEA, USPS was forced to “prefund its future health care benefit payments to retirees for the next 75 years in an astonishing ten-year time span” — meaning that it had to put aside billions of dollars to pay for the health benefits of employees it hasn’t even hired yet, something “that no other government or private corporation is required to do.”

As consumer advocate Ralph Nader noted, if PAEA was never enacted, USPS would actually be facing a $1.5 billion surplus today:

By June 2011, the USPS saw a total net deficit of $19.5 billion, $12.7 billion of which was borrowed money from Treasury (leaving just $2.3 billion left until the USPS hits its statutory borrowing limit of $15 billion).

 

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Sitting back and letting the voted out 2006 congress bankrupt the post office as a way of breaking one of the only public held,  national ly connected service job suppliers and allowing it to be chocked to death just to  hand over more of our money, citizen control and ownership to the few that own the controlling share of most major industries is crazy. 

 
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Apple, Google, Microsoft and more demand sweeping changes to US surveillance laws

Apple, Google, Microsoft and more demand sweeping changes to US surveillance laws | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
AOL, Twitter, Yahoo, Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Apple and LinkedIn to call for reforms to restore the public's trust in the internet • Live reaction
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This is good now we need to all get behind them!

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To make government work better for us, curb lobbyists - Columbus Dispatch

To make government work better for us, curb lobbyists - Columbus Dispatch | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
To make government work better for us, curb lobbyists
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The Internet could make it much easier for many people to vote and take part in deciding what the majority of the people want and desire.
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Great article though I do not agree that majority rule is always the best rule. Majority vote  is a good way to deal with many daily policy issues and keep transparency and the fullest citizen participation into the political process. Major behavioral changes though only come after a small group finally begin to alter the traditional majority thinking mindset. Women's rights, slave ownership, fairness for those that are different from the norm usually are big losers with crowd control only votes and that impacts over all community relationships and promotes distortion and lies at best..Some representation with serious citizen participation is always important to balance popular but harmful policy.

 

That being said the whole of the content about lobbyist having far too much influence on decisions and policy is true and needed to be seriously changed decades ago. The internet does allow for more informed decision making and sharing of voices and we need  to make sure we all stand up to keep it that way and utilizes those wonders of interconnectedness.

 

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Yet with all the good that our hired representatives have done, there is much that we need to be concerned about. Our hired people no longer represent the average person in the U.S. today.

 

It’s not a Democrat thing or a Republican thing; they now represent those businesses and organizations that provide the money for them to be hired for another four or six years.

 

They have lost touch with what life is like for the other 317 million people who make up the United States today.

 
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Anti-Net Neutrality Advocates Back To Making Bogus Arguments - Techdirt

Anti-Net Neutrality Advocates Back To Making Bogus Arguments - Techdirt | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Anti-Net Neutrality Advocates Back To Making Bogus Arguments Techdirt A month or so ago, a PR person sent me a ridiculously misleading (to potentially dishonest) Forbes piece by Ev Ehrlich, former undersecretary of commerce for President Bill...
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What would losing Net Neutrality cost you? How about paying twice for what you do online? Does this sound like paying the troll on the Billy Goat's Gruff's bridge? It should!

 

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The actual concern is not about that (click the title to read the article to see what" that" argument is).  It's about the broadband providers then turning around and doing a massive double dip.  That is, even if you've, say, purchased an access plan with certain speeds and the internet companies have purchased their access and bandwidth at their own speeds, the broadband companies want to also be able to go to those internet services and charge them again to reach you at the level both of you have already paid for.  Basically, they're arguing that when you buy internet access, you're merely buying the right to reach from your end of the network to the middle.  And that's it.  They're saying you haven't bought the right to reach service providers' end points.  So, what they want to do is get the internet service providers to pay a second time to "reach you" rather than just the middle.  And, if they don't, they may degrade or even block access.

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Tim Berners-Lee: Spies' cracking of encryption undermines the web

Tim Berners-Lee: Spies' cracking of encryption undermines the web | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
World wide web inventor dismayed about US and UK attempts to undermine privacy and security, revealed by Edward Snowden Tim Berners-Lee is known as the gentle genius with the mild touch, a man who is strikingly modest despite having created one of...
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Here is the word from the WEB's designing, .innovator on the spying happening through the NSA and others used to undermine privacy and security in the name of fear, safety and security from terrorist.

 

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The High Costs of “Bring Your Own Network” (BYON) - The Data Center Journal

The Data Center Journal The High Costs of “Bring Your Own Network” (BYON) The Data Center Journal From an IT administrator's perspective, each of these aspects of BYON creates new headaches in managing network access and performance, telecom cost...
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What about bringing your own network to work? Many work places have everything so blocked and protected you can barely use the internet even for the job you have to do. Most everyone is also paying for internet unlimited service that sits in their house all day while they are working in an environmnet of very limited access to content nearly all day long. What good is paying for a service that is not available to us most all day. Much mobile data is limited as well and the unlimited sits in our homes while we double pay for that service on other devices.

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Digital era confounds the courts - Tal Kopan

Digital era confounds the courts - Tal Kopan | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
The Founding Fathers weren’t big on texting.
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Privacy matters! What is the debate?

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Refactoring Consumer Electronics

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Here is an even closer look at the actual article Refactoring Consumer Electronics that the earlier scoops were discussing.

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Top 10 issues in IT security for 2014 - SC Magazine UK

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SC Magazine UK
Top 10 issues in IT security for 2014
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That's especially true in the corporate world, with large organisations fearful that their own employees could readily leak data to unauthorised, outside sources.
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Maybe not having dirty little and big corporate and government secrets would make leaks less likely or needed.

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Exclusive: Secret contract tied NSA and security industry pioneer

Exclusive: Secret contract tied NSA and security industry pioneer | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - As a key part of a campaign to embed encryption software that it could crack into widely used computer products, the U.S.
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Documents leaked by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden show that the NSA created and promulgated a flawed formula for generating random numbers to create a "back door" in encryption products, the New York Times reported in September. Reuters later reported that RSA became the most important distributor of that formula by rolling it into a software tool called Bsafe that is used to enhance security in personal computers and many other products.

 
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The TPP's Attack on Artists' Termination Rights

The TPP's Attack on Artists' Termination Rights | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
There are any number of controversial proposals in the leaked text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) chapter on intellectual property.
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Termination rights aren’t the sexiest part of the copyright scheme, but they matter for artists—especially musicians. But if a trade agreement mandates the unencumbered contractual transfer of economic rights without legal limitations—as contemplated in the TPP—then existing rights granted to artists under U.S. law could be deemed out of compliance.

 

 

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UPDATE: Encrypt the Web Report: Who's Doing What

UPDATE: Encrypt the Web Report: Who's Doing What | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
We’ve asked the companies in our Who Has Your Back Program what they are doing to bolster encryption in light of the NSA’s unlawful surveillance of your communications.
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We’ve asked the companies in our Who Has Your Back Program what they are doing to bolster encryption in light of the NSA’s unlawful surveillance of your communications. We’re pleased to see that four companies—Dropbox, Google, SpiderOak and Sonic.net—are implementing five out of five of our best practices for encryption. In addition, we appreciate that Yahoo! just announced several measures it plans to take to increase encryption, including the very critical encryption of data center links, and that Twitter has confirmed that it has encryption of data center links in progress. See the infographic.

 
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Dancing Baby Files Opening Brief in DMCA Abuse Appeal

Dancing Baby Files Opening Brief in DMCA Abuse Appeal | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Stephanie Lenz’s effort to hold Universal Music Group accountable for abusing the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (“DMCA”) to take down a home video of her toddler “dancing” to Prince in the kitchen is one step closer to fruition.
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Section 512(f) of the DMCA is supposed to prevent this kind of abuse, by allowing users to hold copyright holders accountable when they misrepresent, in a DMCA notice, that the copy posted online is infringing. Universal claims that Congress never intended to require content owners to consider fair use before sending such notices.

 

 

Universal is wrong. When it passed the DMCA, Congress didn’t intend to give copyright holders a broad power to make other people’s speech disappear, without robust protection against abuse. That’s why Congress required copyright holders to consider whether a given use is authorized by law, as well as whether the copyright owner or its agent gave permission.

The brief also urges the Court to clarify that the sender of a takedown notice is required make reasonable determinations about the law.  In other words, if a copyright holder is going to claim someone violates copyright law, it should first have some idea of what qualifies as a violation. Too often, we have seen copyright owners send takedown notices informed by only the vaguest notion of what actually qualifies as infringement. As we explain:

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» MetaPhone: The NSA Three-Hop Web Policy

» MetaPhone: The NSA Three-Hop Web Policy | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it

MetaPhone is a crowdsourced study of phone metadata. If you own an Android smartphone, please consider participating. In an earlier post, we reported how automated analysis of call and text activity can detect private relationships.

Does the National Security Agency have court authority to pore over your phone records? Quite possibly.

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According to declassified documents, the NSA operates under a rote legal procedure for querying domestic phone metadata. The agency begins by identifying a “seed” number, with reasonable and articulable suspicion of terrorist activity.1 Next, the NSA has discretion to follow up to three degrees of calling separation (“hops”).2 The NSA is authorized to retrieve a complete set of phone records at each hop, and just one call in the past five years appears sufficient to make a hop.

 

 

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How the TPP Would Impact Internet Freedom

How the Trans-Pacific Partnership
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We need to protect our open access to the internet.

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Internet tax ruling could embolden Florida lawmakers - Daytona Beach News-Journal

Internet tax ruling could embolden Florida lawmakers
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Here is some interesting internet news that is of interest to small, local businesses that must compete with online sales businesses.

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Blackburn: FTC Could Wind Up De Facto Net Neutrality Arbiter - Broadcasting & Cable

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Blackburn: FTC Could Wind Up De Facto Net Neutrality Arbiter
Broadcasting & Cable
Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R- Tenn.) advised the Federal Trade Commission Tuesday that an upcoming decision out of the D.C.
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Would the trade commission be the best one to manage and guard net neutrality? I'm not so sure? What do you think? This sounds like a boring subject, but without the WEB neutrality we have had from the start small business startups and individual users could be the biggest losers in history. That is how powerful control of the WEB is or power players like Verizon would not be paying so much to buy up policy,  politicians and maybe even  court judges it appears  to get hold of the internet and have it their way. Too much power and wealth to too few is dangerous.

 

 

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At an FTC oversight hearing in the House Commerce, Manufacturing & Trade Subcommittee, Blackburn told the commissioners in attendance that if the court throws out the FCC's Open Internet order, the FTC will become the de facto arbiter of network neutrality, saying that would "dramatically increase" attention  - See more at: http://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/washington/blackburn-ftc-could-wind-de-facto-net-neutrality-arbiter/125466#sthash.DKQDhs45.dpuf

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Net Neutrality Debates Will be Big in 2014-But, Will They Go Anywhere? - Techzone360

Net Neutrality Debates Will be Big in 2014-But, Will They Go Anywhere? - Techzone360 | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Net Neutrality Debates Will be Big in 2014-But, Will They Go Anywhere?
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Let's hope the issue is settled on the side of open access protection for citizens/customers to go where they choose to click to without being blocked or shoved into a slow lane.

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Those Who Remember History…

Those Who Remember History… | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Tom Wheeler, the new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, gave a speech today at Ohio State University. It was a good speech on his regulatory philosophy. But that's not so interesting.
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News about the new FCC Chairman.

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Israel Mirsky: It's Time to Democratize Patronage for Journalism. Here's Why.

Israel Mirsky: It's Time to Democratize Patronage for Journalism. Here's Why. | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
In a free society "The press is our immune system" as Jon Stewart said at the Rally to Restore Sanity. Now consider that since 2000, over 30 percent of newsroom positions in the U.S. have disappeared.
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There is a lot of truth in this article.

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