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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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Door Closes to Open Internet, But All May Not Be Lost | Take Action, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com

Door Closes to Open Internet, But All May Not Be Lost | Take Action, What Matters Today | BillMoyers.com | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
A DC circuit court has killed net neutrality. If the outcry is large enough, the FCC may take a stand.
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Important! We need everyone to stand up to protect our online and democratic interest.

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The Feds Lost on Net Neutrality, But Won Control of the Internet - Wired

The Feds Lost on Net Neutrality, But Won Control of the Internet - Wired | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
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The Feds Lost on Net Neutrality, But Won Control of the Internet
Wired
The FCC responded with the 2010 Open Internet Order, which re-interpreted Section 706 of the Communications Act as a broad grant of authority.
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Interesting; Somehow the assertions here may not be realistic or bear out. For one it seems to say the EFF agrees with the ideas here. Here is another is a link to  EFF's "Declaration of Internet Freedom," which basically has the concept of Net Neutrality value of not interfering with data embedded in the proclamation.

http://www.internetdeclaration.org/freedom

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The Economic Case for Net Neutrality - The Slatest (blog)

The Economic Case for Net Neutrality - The Slatest (blog) | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
The Slatest (blog)
The Economic Case for Net Neutrality
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So-called network neutrality principles took a blow this week, but the fight rages on.
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No, Netflix Is Not Doomed By the Net Neutrality Decision - The Atlantic

No, Netflix Is Not Doomed By the Net Neutrality Decision - The Atlantic | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Al Jazeera America No, Netflix Is Not Doomed By the Net Neutrality Decision The Atlantic This week's "net neutrality" ruling appeared to give Internet providers the right to punish companies like Netflix with extra fees for gobbling up all their...
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We need to contact the FCC in very large numbers to make this happen......65,000 in 72 hours wasn't a bad start...We just need to keep the pressure on long term.

 

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There is an even easier solution for net-neutrality fans. The FCC could decide it has the political cover and popular support to declare broadband providersutilities, like landline phones or roads. This would make Internet providers subject to so-called "common carrier" rules, which would keep them from discriminating against certain services, such as Netflix.

 
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Welcome To The Net Neutrality Nightmare Scenario

Welcome To The Net Neutrality Nightmare Scenario | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Net neutrality advocates just lost their biggest battle yet. Welcome to "Internet 3.0." (This is a good article to read to understand the consequences of the court ruling in favor of Verizon could play...
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This is a very, great article to tell you about the New Internet #3 age you are about to enter if you don't shout out but instead sit down and let them tell you what you are going to "get" on your dime of course...nothing is free....The telecoms and ISPs fought hard, lobbied hard and even have yet another one of their revolving door guys in the top regulator spot to seal the deal and beat citizens. This will put customers into their pockets along with the officials and regulators they have been buying with revolving door high end job offers......… only customers won't get any high paid job because we are the ones that have to pay for those revolving door deals.


Excerpt: "Caught at the whirling nexus of theory and regulation and commerce, the average internet user’s fate is uncertain. But today, a new and unexpected possibility has made itself clear: We may be entering the era of sponsored data — the era of an internet that we don’t directly pay for, but that we also don’t control. It’s the old net neutrality nightmare, in other words, disguised as a gift."


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"The appeal of such an arrangement to a regular customer is obvious: you would pay less for your data, at least directly. “Consumers don’t like it when you take things away,” says Feld, so “carriers need to be more subtle than that.” They will do so primarily, he says, by creating “artificial scarcity” — data caps — and requiring customers, or now, internet companies, to buy their way around them.

The appeal of the latter arrangement to the internet’s largest companies is evenmore obvious: It would give them unprecedented control over the internet and its users. If, in this future, you’re choosing between two streaming music services, and one of them pays for your data, there’s a very good chance you’re going to pick that one."

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10 Reasons Net Neutrality Matters to Progressive Christians - Patheos (blog)

10 Reasons Net Neutrality Matters to Progressive Christians - Patheos (blog) | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
10 Reasons Net Neutrality Matters to Progressive Christians Patheos (blog) Thanks to my friends at OCinc, most especially the dedicated and talented policy advisor, Cheryl Leanza, I have the following ten reasons why progressive Christians should...
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A progressive Christain group makes a case.

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FCC: Protect Net Neutrality and the Open Internet

FCC: Protect Net Neutrality and the Open Internet | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it

Net Neutrality just got gutted - but we can still save it.

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Yesterday, 3 judges dismantled the open Internet by deciding that big companies should be able to determine what we see online.

 

They struck down “Net Neutrality” – the principle that no corporation or state authority can censor, slow down, block, or privilege certain content on the web. It's the basis for what has made the Internet a place for creativity, free speech, and innovation.


Without Net Neutrality, the very startups that make the Internet a force of innovation will be throttled – unable to compete with incumbent businesses that can pay to provide their access faster than any startup could.

 

Carriers can now charge content providers to make sure their content works well – something that privileges companies already dominating the market at the expense of the startups that have made the Internet great. Facebook or Google might be able to afford preferential treatment – but what about the startup that otherwise could replace them?


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Court strikes down FCC's net neutrality rules, agency may appeal

Court strikes down FCC's net neutrality rules, agency may appeal | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
In a ruling that has significant implications for the future of the internet, an appeals court has ruled that the FCC cannot impose so-called “net neutrality rules.”
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The ruling, however, may leave latitude for the FCC to reassert its authority over the broadband providers by rewriting the rules once again (to see how this might shake out, see my colleague Stacey Higginbotham’s take here as well as a viewpoint from Gigaom Research’s Paul Sweeting). FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler also suggested the agency may appeal:

“I am committed to maintaining our networks as engines for economic growth, test beds for innovative services and products, and channels for all forms of speech protected by the First Amendment. We will consider all available options, including those for appeal, to ensure that these networks on which the Internet depends continue to provide a free and open platform for innovation and expression, and operate in the interest of all Americans,” said Wheeler in a statement. An appeal would go to the Supreme Court.

 

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islamization of turkey continues "to protect family,children and youth"

islamization of turkey continues "to protect family,children and youth" | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
The Turkish government has moved to impose strict controls on the Internet by monitoring the activities of online users and blocking certain keywords, a parliamentary source said on Thursday. A bill has been submitted to ...
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NSA's design goes global and that is the problem with the USA not staying on the high ground with internet privacy, openness (today's power play win in appeals court by Verizon that treats the open net like ISPs own it and are the only stakeholder "person" to consider) and the NSAs overreach that treats everyone as though they are a criminal and does this through companies  we trusted with private data and often actually pay to serve us a quality os service. We should not charter or embrace companies like that. Why pay to be undermined in both service and politcal power. Child porn, terrorism and copyrights are always what they use as an excuse to censor and spy on everyone in any country.

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Get the VPN that protects your privacy and fights NSA spying.

Get the VPN that protects your privacy and fights NSA spying. | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
A VPN is the only practical way to stop the NSA from knowing what sites you visit. VPNs will unblock censored websites and block bittorrent lawsuits (along with those annoying copyright warning letters) all for just 10 cents a day.
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Here is something interesting you might want to look into.

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AT&T Makes Dangerous Move to Kneecap Net Neutrality | The People's View

AT&T Makes Dangerous Move to Kneecap Net Neutrality | The People's View | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it

After President Obama came to office, the FCC eventually announced rules enforcing Net Neutrality - but only among fixed broadband connections (translation from geek-speak: home or business DSL/Cable/Fiber Internet connections). But in the rules changes in 2010, mobile carriers were largely exempt, on the account that the mobile Internet industry was still new, and regulations needed to wait until carriers showed a willingness to break the rules.

 

The wait is over. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas yesterday, AT&T announced a very dangerous move that would forever undermine Net Neutrality in the mobile space: dubbed "Sponsored Data", AT&T's scheme leverages high mobile data charges to stuff their corporate pocketbooks.

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We have stopped things like this before now it is time again to get on the pushback train again and by the millions this time....It will be a pushback worth doing because if we don't then ATT will be the one pushing us and make no mistake others will walk right over us as long as they can drain dollars and power from our pockets and will and put it into corporate hands.

 

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This proposition tilts the Internet's playing field in favor of the big, established businesses and against small, agile startups, both for service providers and content providers. This plan won't put you on a slow lane by itself, but it will decide how long you can drive on the fast lane based on whether the content you consume comes from someone rich enough to pay your provider (who will in turn recoup the cost from you). The data from all sources will no longer be treated equally. It would turn the open Internet into an oligopoly of big content providers and big service providers, choking off competition and ultimately hurting consumers.

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This proposition tilts the Internet's playing field in favor of the big, established businesses and against small, agile startups, both for service providers and content providers. This plan won't put you on a slow lane by itself, but it will decide how long you can drive on the fast lane based on whether the content you consume comes from someone rich enough to pay your provider (who will in turn recoup the cost from you). The data from all sources will no longer be treated equally. It would turn the open Internet into an oligopoly of big content providers and big service providers, choking off competition and ultimately hurting consumers.

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How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet | Threat Level | Wired.com

How the NSA Almost Killed the Internet | Threat Level | Wired.com | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and the other tech titans have had to fight for their lives against their own government. An exclusive look inside their year from hell—and why the Internet will never be the same.
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This is a very interesting look back over the last year at the tech world and the NSA's affect on the internet.

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Murdoch’s Scandal – FRONTLINE

Murdoch’s Scandal – FRONTLINE | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
FRONTLINE goes inside the struggle over the future of News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch’s reputation and his family’s fortune.
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A story that should never be forgotten.

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It Is Still Our Internet and We Can Save It - Huffington Post

It Is Still Our Internet and We Can Save It - Huffington Post | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
It Is Still Our Internet and We Can Save It Huffington Post The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Open Internet Order established "Net Neutrality" rules requiring that broadband providers disclose their network management practices while...
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So now what? When the Net Neutrality debate first began it was quickly dismissed by opponents as a nebulous slogan designed to prevent merely hypothetical harms. Since that time, almost all of the harms warned of have occurred.

 

Verizon, which challenged the Open Internet Order, has refused to activate a non-Verizon tablet; blocked pro-choice text messages; argued that it had a First Amendment right to censor traffic on its network and indicated to the court that it would implement two market pricing (i.e., charging both the internet user and content providers) were it not for the Open Internet Order. Time-Warner and Comcast each have exempted their own streaming data services from their bandwidth caps, while AT&T and Comcast have blocked access to certain applications and websites.

 

New FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler has hinted that he might take a wait-and-see approach to the decision and suggested that two-market pricing is inevitable, which on one level is understandable. Any new attempt at Net Neutrality regulations is sure to trigger vehement opposition from industry and their allies on Capitol Hill in both parties -- with the telecoms' chief lobbyist using the phrase "World War III." In addition, the administration and Democrats in Congress are certain to remember that all 95 House members who signed pro-Net Neutrality pledges in 2010 were defeated in the 2010 Republican landslide.

 

These unpleasant realities, however, do not change the fact that once we start going down the path towards a tiered Internet it will be irreversible and that would be a great tragedy. In this age of growing income equality, in which we have created separate courts, educational systems and even health care for the haves and have-nots, who wants to be able to say we once had a free and open Internet and let it slip away?

 
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Parenting style linked to kids' Internet addiction - Fox News

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Parenting style linked to kids' Internet addiction
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Recollections of strict, unaffectionate parents were more common among young adults with an unhealthy attachment to Internet use, compared to their peers, in a new Greek study.
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Why You Should Be Freaking Out About The End Of Net Neutrality - Huffington Post

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Why You Should Be Freaking Out About The End Of Net Neutrality
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Net neutrality is dead.
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This article list 5 reasons you should be freaking out about the end of net neutrality......here is #3 and the other 4 are just as important! It doesn't even mention that a democracy without a well informed public isn't a democracy.....

 

3. Destroying net neutrality is bad for small businesses.

Put together items one and two and it becomes clear -- negating net neutrality is bad for small businesses. If ISPs force website owners pay for faster load times, tiny retailers and personal websites will be the ones to suffer from slower content delivery.

Alternately -- or additionally -- ISPs will have no reason not to favor partner sites: Comcast, for instance, might favor the website of NBC News (which it owns) over competing outlets like Fox or CNN. Still, it's the indies again that will lose out here. While big sites might either get special treatment from their owners or have the means to pay in order to get placed in a bundle, smaller, independent networks won't get any notice from ISPs. Expand this out to music sites, web publishing, etc., and you begin to see the problem.

In extreme cases, ISPs may hinder or block content that isn't produced by partners --much like AT&T did when it owned the telephone networks back in the day.

 
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If You Want People To Care About Net Neutrality, Tell Them How It Will Keep ... - Business Insider

If You Want People To Care About Net Neutrality, Tell Them How It Will Keep ... - Business Insider | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
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If You Want People To Care About Net Neutrality, Tell Them How It Will Keep ...
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Brief:

"In short, the FCC can't require Internet service providers to treat all data equally. And when there's a financial motivation to treat some data as unequal, it's only a matter of time before that becomes the case.

Data rights advocates are up in arms over the ruling, but it also has some unpleasant implications for our beloved friend Netflix."

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/net-neutrality-and-netflix-2014-1#ixzz2qnUoAIEC



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The illusions of Net neutrality | Al Jazeera America

The illusions of Net neutrality  | Al Jazeera America | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
It'€™s time to abandon inaccurate assumptions about how the digital economy works (RT @GeoffPolHist: Historian's take on net neutrality challenges cyber left & anti-govt libertarians http://t.co/j8txj2fCn3)...
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OK this is a long winded way to say get ready for the slow track or pay up......

 

By the way does anyone remeber how we were perfectly able to do  this?

 

"Consumers, it turned out, were perfectly able to differentiate between high-speed, medium-speed and low-speed telephone access, and to choose whichever calling plan suited their particular needs." (excerpt)


I've used phones for years and do remember private higher cost lines and shared lines...but I sure don't remember fast,slow and medium and the internet is far more important to access these days then the phone was in those days....I didn't do school work, apply for jobs, do banking or research on my phone until we added the internet to it. The internet and our phone have combined to not be "just" a common carrier, but a ulitmate common carrier on steroids.

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Why So Many West Virginians Relied on Water from the Elk River: Industry Already Polluted the Others

Why So Many West Virginians Relied on Water from the Elk River: Industry Already Polluted the Others | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Sixteen percent of West Virginia's population was stranded by the chemical spill. But just a decade ago, the number would have been far smaller.
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"Meanwhile, lawsuits over water contamination have sprung up in southern communities where mining is concentrated—areas that sit on the Elk River, downstream of Thursday’s spill. Residents sue to force the county or the coal company to pay for the pipes that must connect them to West Virginia American after their wells become unfit to drink from. The Coal River, a former water source for southern counties, is now a regular fixture on the list of America’s most-endangered rivers."

 
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Federal appeals court strikes down net neutrality rules

Federal appeals court strikes down net neutrality rules | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
The FCC's rules regulating broadband companies contradict an earlier agency decision, a three-judge panel has ruled.
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Verizon plans to put the majority of it's cusomers on the economy flight! Will they enjoy the ride and be willing to pay more for every little thing Verizon teams up and cuts deals for their customers to select from that was preselected offerings based on the apps or services willingness to pay Verizon a kick back?...Guess who that cost will be passed onto. Do you want $10  more added to your bill for this app and then for that other service..oh yes verizon will now get paid to connect you and charge you to use what you want to connect to like the troll that demanded money from the Billy Goats Gruff to pass over the bridge. AT&T already have their "deals falling into place....pandora will eat your limited data....but you can pay 10 to 15/month to get unlimited Spotify...good by pandora unless you pay up and then pass that on to everyone that uses you to get your money and the ISPs troll   money too. NO doubt the spotify deal meant keeping pandora out using up data from the limited data.

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U.S. appeals court kills net neutrality

U.S. appeals court kills net neutrality | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
The ruling is a large-scale achievement for cable companies and telecom who have battled all net neutrality restrictions vociferously for years. Commission’s 2010 order that appointed network neutrality regulations on wire-line broadband services.
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This is what VERIZON fought hard to ensure their customers and now all customers will lose: They will now seek to be the gatekeepers and the troll on billy goat gruffs bridge charging all to pass through and pay up or don't pass. Time to build a tax payer funded fiber optic public internet and go around these greedy, bullies in ISP and telec land! We will then be our own job creatures and _______them before they do it to all of us.

 

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The original FCC order said that wire-line ISPs “shall not unreasonably discriminate in transmitting lawful traffic over a consumer’s broadband Internet access service.” while also mandating that ISPs ”shall not block applications, lawful content, services or non-harmful devices, accountable to reasonable network management”.

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Turkey's top business group warns against Internet censorship ...

Turkey's top business group has warned that a government-led bill to increase control over the Internet is worrying and the planned regulations might lead to wide censorship on the Internet. In a written statement released ...
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Turkey’s top business group has warned that a government-led bill to increase control over the Internet is worrying and the planned regulations might lead to wide censorship on the Internet.

In a written statement released today, the Turkish Industry and Business Association (TÜSİAD) noted the issues of freedom of speech, intellectual property and personal secrecy on the Internet should be delicately handled.



The TÜSİAD noted access to thousands of websites has been blocked since Law No. 5651, widely known as the Internet Law of Turkey, came into effect in July, 2007.
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Major Parts of the World Ignored by US TV News in 2013

Major Parts of the World Ignored by US TV News in 2013 | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
If people outside the US wonder why Americans often seem so clueless about the world outside their borders, they could start with the mainstream media.
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What we don't hear or see matters too!

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The Internet is rising up in protest on February 11th. I’m joining them, will you?

The Internet is rising up in protest on February 11th.  I’m joining them, will you? | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
Websites across the web are planning a massive online protest against government surevillance on February 11th, and they want you to be a part of it. Will you join them?
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Let's do this unless you feel all your business is someone else's for the taking!

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What Do You Want From Copyright? Tell the EU now and Change the Future of Global Innovation Policy

What Do You Want From Copyright? Tell the EU now and Change the Future of Global Innovation Policy | Occupy Your Voice! Mulit-Media News and Net Neutrality Too | Scoop.it
A rare opportunity to change the path of copyright in Europe has emerged, but there's not much time to take advantage of it.
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This will address all types of media copyrights. The world may want to help the EU think it through. Why not give this some study and thought and weigh in. Today the people of the world that have access to the internet do weigh in on what happens round the world. This is  because we all share the world and often one happens one place spreads like a virus so it is best if we can determine what gets spread. That is true even if we get it wrong at first or if the world changes and we need to make adjustments we see clearer if more are looking at the situation from with many points of views.

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