Trump Cancels Internet Services For Low Income Families

Andrew Orr In the News

Trump’s pick to head the FCC—Ajit Pai—wants to reverse a standing order from Obama that subsidizes Internet services for low-income families. This move affects 17,500 customers, but the FCC isn’t without opposition. Low-Income Internet Services On February 3, the FCC started rolling back reform efforts under the Obama administration. These efforts include orders that let nine telecoms to give Life services to low-income customers. But last Thursday, a coalition of 40 groups, comprising racial justice, labor, and digital rights groups, demanded that the FCC reverse the order from Ajit Pai …

How To Fix Windows 10 Privacy Issues

Andrew Orr Informative Internet Guides

Whether you installed Windows 10 when it first came out, or you just bought a Windows 10 computer, you should take steps to secure the operating system better. Further Reading Italy Is About To Pass a Dangerous Censorship Bill Your iMessages May Not Be Safe Any Privacy Nightmare In short, Windows 10 is a privacy nightmare. Not only did Microsoft use draconian methods to coerce users into installing it, but the system itself is toxic. By default, Windows 10 gives itself the right to upload your data to Microsoft’s cloud, …

International Spotlight: Cuba

Mathew Sayer From our Perspective

Following Azerbaijan and Brazil, a C country is next in for the spotlight. The obvious choice would be China. However, the number of words written about China’s internet by intelligent, able and technical people than myself is sufficient. Let’s not saturate it, let’s stay socialist but take a leaf out of Barack’s bo and visit Cuba instead. Country Profile The Socialist Paradise of Cuba, officially titled the Republic of Cuba, is the largest island in the Caribbean at 42,426 square miles it is about the size of Ohio. …

Congress Puts an End to Internet Tax

Nick Tomasovic In the News

The internet just got a little freer. If only by price. That is because Congress just passed a bill that will permanently end internet tax. They passed a similar law in 1998 called the Internet Tax Freedom Act, but that one was set to expire on December 10th. Fortunately, both parties were able to come together long enough to re-up. Of course, only seven states currently tax residents for internet access. Those are North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Ohio, Wisconsin, New Mexico, and Hawaii. The 1998 bill prevented new states from …

The Geopolitics of Networks

Helasvuo From our Perspective

In the history of the world, various things and phenomena, once they gain some relevance to multiple parties, they tend to end up as targets of politics of power. The question “Who Governs” becomes suddenly relevant and might even surpass any financial, ethical or practical preferences. Thus, it also happened that the networks, indeed the autonomous and rather chaotic IP networks became victims of geopolitical demands as legacy nations became to express their authority either inside of some specific range of networks or reaching out for global coverage. By definition …

WebAssembly, the Future of the Internet

Michael In the News

WebAssembly may be the next step in the coding evolution. Four of the major web browser developers have been working together behind closed doors for months. One of the biggest problems that people considered when they thought about using a universal bytecode was that the major web browser developers would never play nice. However, the key players: Microsoft, Mozilla, Google, and Apple, have been collaborating for months. JavaScript, since 1995, has been virtually the sole engine used in building websites. This is amazing when you consider it to Brendan Eich only ten …

Presidential Candidates on The Privacy Debate

Michael In the News

Still than a year away, the United States’ Presidential race has people joining the fight for the top spot than a Marc Anthony concert in Miami. Unsurprisingly internet privacy has taken a back seat to other top issues in the race. Issues like foreign policy (no surprise), income inequality (rightfully so), immigration, climate change (fingers crossed), and gay marriage are all on the forefront of the presidential candidates’ minds. But for many Americans, even given the defeat of the USA PATRIOT Act, and the subsequent underwhelming replacement, the USA …