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The Growing Threat to Free Speech Online

BY DAVID FRENCH
TIME MAGAZINE
There are times when vitally important stories lurk behind the headlines. Yes, impeachment is historic and worth significant coverage, but it’s not the only important story. The recent threat of war with Iran merited every second of intense world interest. But what if I told you that as we lurch from crisis to crisis there is a slow-building, bipartisan movement to engage in one of most significant acts of censorship in modern American history? What if I told you that our contemporary hostility against Big Tech may cause our nation to blunder into changing the nature of the internet to enhance the power of the elite at the expense of ordinary Americans? Continue Reading →

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Why Americans Should Worry About the New EU Copyright Rules

BY JULIA REDA, MEP
MEDIUM
Last spring, 200,000 Europeans took to the streets to protest against a new EU copyright law that risks to restrict online culture and block vast numbers of legal online communications such as memes, reaction gifs, video game reviews or remixes. It is the latest clash between a generation that has grown up with the Internet as a means of cultural expression and a much older generation of lawmakers who prioritize the interests of entertainment companies over online culture. Continue Reading →

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Should Doxxing Be Illegal?

BY MIKE MASNICK
TECHDIRT
There has been a debate over the past few years about the legality of “doxxing,” which would loosely be defined as identifying individuals and/or their personal information which they’d prefer to remain secret. This is coming up in a variety of contexts, including effort to unveil the whistleblower who first called attention to President Trump’s questionable call with Ukraine’s President. Continue Reading →

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Watch what you tweet: New election law ‘chills speech,’ say critics

BY EVAN DYER
CBC NEWS

Though few Canadians seem to be aware of this, the recent federal election campaign was fought under a new law that imposes severe penalties for publishing misleading statements on the internet during the writ period.

The new, amended Section 91 of the Canada Elections Act, which came into effect on September 11, threatens prison terms of up to five years and fines up to $50,000 for disseminating false information about “a candidate, a prospective candidate, the leader of a political party or a public figure associated with a political party.” Continue Reading →

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Introducing the Dweb

BY DIETRICH AYALA
MOZILLA HACKS
The web is the most successful programming platform in history, resulting in the largest open and accessible collection of human knowledge ever created. So yeah, it’s pretty great. But there are a set of common problems that the web is not able to address. Continue Reading →

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Who controls the Internet?

BY MOZILLA
INTERNET HEALTH REPORT
A few large players dominate much of the online world, but the Internet is healthier when it is controlled by many.

The Internet belongs to us all. It is distributed across a decentralized network of computers that no single authority can own. That’s the dream. The reality is different. Continue Reading →

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Cybersecurity 101: How to browse the web securely and privately

BY ZACK WHITTAKER
TECH CRUNCH
So you want to browse the web securely and privately? Here’s a hard truth: it’s almost impossible.
It’s not just your internet provider that knows which sites you visit, it’s also the government — and other governments! And when it’s not them, it’s social media sites, ad networks or apps tracking you across the web to serve you specific and targeted ads. Your web browsing history can be highly personal. It can reveal your health concerns, your political beliefs and even your porn habits — you name it. Why should anyone other than you know those things?
Any time you visit a website, you leave a trail of data behind you. You can’t stop it all — that’s just how the internet works. But there are plenty of things that you can do to reduce your footprint.
Here are a few tips to cover most of your bases. Continue Reading →

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The Unintended Equustek Effect

BY MICHAEL GEIST
CIGI ONLINE
Equustek Solutions v. Google Inc., a case that originated in British Columbia, Canada, in 2014, captured international attention as one of the first internet jurisdiction cases to be considered by a nation’s highest court. Since then, the case has emerged as a cautionary tale about increasingly aggressive legal approaches with respect to the Internet, with significant implications for online governance. Continue Reading →

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