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Net Neutrality – The Internet You Need

#CIM200 and #CIM130 students, here is a slightly different take on net neutrality than what we discussed in class. It does, however, stick with the plumbing metaphor. Enjoy!

Net Neutrality - The Internet You Need

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COICA Bill S. 3804 Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act COICA Bill S. 3804 intent and likely outcomes

Senate Bill 3804, the Combating Online Infringements and Counterfeits Act, passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee today. It is also known as the “Internet Blacklist” bill. Remember the good ol’ days of Senator Joseph McCarthy? Those blacklists were a smashing success, weren’t they? Not so much. I will never understand why Hollywood, the silent sponsor of this legislation, is so very fond of blacklisting.

When bills like these come along, I always find it informative to check out just how much money each of the key members of Congress are paid by industrial interests to sponsor such legislation. If you are so inclined, you can easily contact your Senators regarding this legislation through Open Congress’ easy to use interface.

David Strathairn as Edward R. Murrow from Good Night and Good Luck

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Purging the 2009 story hopper

For various reasons, these stories and videos never made their way into posts this year, though they were all worthy. This is in no way intended as your typical PR, tactical news dump. These are important stories that I actually want you to read. I just needed to clean out the hopper for the new year. So, please take your time and dig through these links and videos. There’s even some “feel good” links mixed in for good measure! Happy New Year!

Monsanto: Farmer suicides in India

The World According To Monsanto, Part 1

Elizabeth Warren on the Economy

Bill to “ban” organic farming

Monsanto’s dream bill

Buy “The World According To Monsanto”

Making the TransAfghanistan pipeline safe for democracy

Stop making sense by digby

In search of morale: are Americans too broken for the truth to set us free?

Who should resist and who will become serfs?

Why is America apathetic? Aww, screw it. Who cares?

From EFF’s secret files: Anatomy of a bogus subpoena

What do ISPs charge the law to spy on you?

Vienna students march on US embassy (in solidarity with UC students)

Waterboarding the rule of law

Spain investigates what America should

Amy Goodman and Canada’s Olympic Paranoia

Time Warner and Embarq can’t compete with city-owned ISP, trying to outlaw it

Cablevision power play: 101 Mbps Internet, no caps, $99

Parkinson’s Dirty Deal, Part 1

Student hoaxes world’s media on Wikipedia

Buggy ‘smart meters’ open door to power-grid botnet

Time Warner cable cannot possibly compete with the small city of Wilson, North Carolina

Literary Lessons: Authors, Poet write the news

FCC to examine mobile phone exclusives

Comics artist Mark Sable detained for Unthinkable acts

Should linking be illegal?

Bush’s secret NSA spying may have tainted prosecutions, report warns

Free the patents and laws, activist tells the Feds

Birth of new species witnessed by scientists [evolution in action]

Clinic with two doors, a symbol of two-tier care

Corporations rule (II): Walmart can close stores in Canada to block unions

Democracy Now! covers Olympic security

US forgoes billions in tax on Citi

Feds ‘pinged’ Sprint GPS data 8 million times over a year

American’s consume 34 Gb of content per day

Millions of missing Bush administration emails found

Scott Demuth’ statement on facing terrorism charges [graduate student charged as terrorist for not revealing his research sources]

The credit card’s newest trick: 79.9 percent interest

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