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Decision-makers at the U.S. FCC are set to examine whether Americans are getting the quality Internet they pay top dollar for. It's one of a number of steps taken recently by the FCC to safeguard customers from Big Telecom's poor service.
Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica
The Federal Communications Commission annual analysis of the state of the country's broadband market may undergo a shift, with an added emphasis on quality. Proposed changes to the analysis include looking at pricing and data caps and new focuses on connection quality and mobile data.
Public rights are not such a big deal in the TPP deal.
Article by Techdirt
We've already written a few stories about the newly leaked IP chapter of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, and how the US is pushing back against any attempt to punish abusers or to support the public domain. But in going through the documents, another key fact strikes me. Throughout the document it's designed to absolutely require strict copyright laws and enforcement. But when it gets to the public's rights, the so-called "limitations and exceptions," the agreement tosses up a big fat "meh, that one's voluntary."
Protect your face! Or you could be the target of street surveillance and customized ads. Would you buy these?
Article by Emiko Jozuka for Motherboard
We might soon be living in a world where advertisers exploit facial recognition technology to target us with customized ads in streets. Or, according to the researchers at Japan’s National Institute of Informatics (NII), where our photographs are snapped by surveillance or smartphone cameras equipped with facial recognition, and leaked onto public social networks for all to see.
In keeping with its ambition to become the world’s most openinstitution of its kind, the British Library has released over a million public domain illustrations and other images to the public through Flickr for anyone to reuse, remix or repurpose. So far, these images, which range from Restoration-era cartoons to colonial explorers’ early photographs, have been used on rugs, album covers, gift tags, a mapping project, and an art installation at the Burning Man festival in Nevada, among other things.
As we all know ever since the inspiring parade in Paris following the Charlie Hebdo attack, “free speech” is a cherished and sacred right in the west even for the most provocative and controversial views (of course, if “free speech” does not allow expression of the most provocative and controversial views, then, by definition, it does not exist). But yesterday in the UK, the British-born Muslim extremist Anjem Choudary, who has a long history of spouting noxious views, was arrested on charges of “inviting support” for ISIS based on statements he made in “individual lectures which were subsequently published online.”
There’s been a lot of debate over whether the United States should treat Internet service as a utility. But there’s no question that Internet service is already a utility in Sandy, Oregon, a city of about 10,000 residents, where the government has been offering broadband for more than a decade.
The German case of two journalists being threatened with treason charges for revealing spying documents has sparked a debate on how important journalism is in a time of surveillance states.
Article by Sputnik News
The treason investigation against two German journalists who disclosed government surveillance plans should not have occurred, as the reporting was in public interest, an Internet advocacy group Open Media spokesman told Sputnik on Tuesday.
In another piece coming to the defense of German publication Netzopolitik, Carly Nyst weighs in on how important investigative journalism is in a surveillance state.
Article by Carly Nyst for the Guardian
For those inclined to think that the series of surveillance scandals and leaks over the past two years are unlikely to have much of an impact, it is worth recalling that, up until a little over 30 years ago, the British government denied the very existence of a spying organisation called GCHQ.