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Special Report | A Free and Open Internet: The Latest from the Frontlines, January 6, 2015

To ensure an Internet that's open, fast, secure, and affordable, contact the FCC, call your members of Congress, and support efforts to build a network that works for everyone, and not just the few. 

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Part 1: Four Pivotal Internet Issues as the Year Turns 2015

Part 2: FCC Will Vote On Net Neutrality In February

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest



Part 1: Four Pivotal Internet Issues as the Year Turns 2015

At stake is whether the Internet remains a democratic, user-powered network -- or falls under the control of a few powerful entities. 

 

Timothy Karr, Huffington Post

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12/31/2014 | The death of the Internet is at hand. 

Sound familiar? That's what Internet pioneer Robert Metcalfe predicted in 1995 when he wrote that spiraling demands on the fledgling network would cause the Internet to "catastrophically collapse" by 1996. 

Metcalfe, of course, was dead wrong: The Internet is still chugging along nearly twenty years later, with a predicted 3 billion users by year's end. 

Still, the Internet's fate feels distinctly uncertain as 2015 begins. Washington is engaged in a furious debate over Net Neutrality, access to affordable broadband services is still considered a luxury for many, while governments here and abroad continue to filter digital communications to spy on everyone, crack down on dissident voices and silence speech. 

Timothy Karr, Senior Director of Strategy, Free Press

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Part 2: FCC Will Vote On Net Neutrality In February

The outcome could affect the prices consumers pay for access to entertainment, news and other online content.

Associated Press (AP) / Huffington Post

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01/02/2015 | Federal regulators are expected to vote next month on rules to govern how Internet service providers deal with the flow of content on their high-speed networks.

The five-member Federal Communications Commission will consider then a proposal from Chairman Tom Wheeler on so-called net neutrality rules, agency spokeswoman Kim Hart said Friday. She was confirming reports in the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal on the planned timing of the vote. Details of the draft proposal weren't disclosed.

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U.S. TV Provides Ample Platform For American Torturers, But None To Their Victims

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  • Whenever America is forced to confront its heinous acts, the central strategy is to disappear the victims; render them invisible. That's what robs them of their humanity: it's the process of dehumanization. That, in turn, is what enables American elites first to support atrocities, and then, when forced to reckon with them, tell themselves that -- despite some isolated and well-intentioned bad acts -- they are still really good, elevated, noble, admirable people.
  • Torture Is Who We Are

Glenn Greenwald, OpEdNews

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12/16/2014 | Ever since the torture report was released last week, U.S. television outlets have endlessly featured American torturers and torture proponents. But there was one group that was almost never heard from: the victims of their torture, not even the ones recognized by the U.S. Government itself as innocent, not even the family members of the ones they tortured to death. Whether by design (most likely) or effect, this inexcusable omission radically distorts coverage.

Whenever America is forced to confront its heinous acts, the central strategy is to disappear the victims; render them invisible. That's what robs them of their humanity: it's the process of dehumanization. That, in turns, is what enables American elites first to support atrocities, and then, when forced to reckon with them, tell themselves that -- despite some isolated and well-intentioned bad acts -- they are still really good, elevated, noble, admirable people. It's hardly surprising, then, that a Washington Post/ ABC News poll released this morning found that a large majority of Americans believe torture is justified even when you call it "torture." Not having to think about actual human victims makes it easy to justify any sort of crime.

Glenn Greenwald, winner of the Polk Award for national security reporting, is an American columnist, blogger, and author. He was a columnist for Guardian US from August 2012 to October 2013. He was a columnist for Salon.com from 2007 to 2012.

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Torture Is Who We Are, Peter Beinart, Atlantic

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A country, like a person, is what it does.

Re: Comcast

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Nathan White, Demand Progress 

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December 16, 2014 | Americans overwhelmingly support Net Neutrality, but several dozen Republicans who sit on the committees that oversee the Federal Communications Commission are trying to kill it.

They just signed a letter in opposition to the Net Neutrality proposal millions of Americans and President Obama back – and Senator Ted Cruz even called Net Neutrality “Obamacare for the Internet” !

They're opposing the will of their constituents, and trying to undermine a platform that facilitates speech, democracy, and innovation like no other in the history of humankind.

Why would they behave that way?  Well, they’re just doing the bidding of Comcast, AT&T, and the other big cable monopolies – who, incidentally, have donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to their campaigns.  

Click on the link below -- we'll connect you to these Republican lawmakers and provide you with a script that you can use to tell them to stop shilling for Big Cable.

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Let's let 'em have it!

Thanks, as ever.

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Net Neutrality Update - FCC Delay leaves the Internet at Risk, Staff, Popular Resistance

  • Next FCC Hearing: 'No Delay On Net Neutrality!'
  • We need hundreds of people to show up at the next hearing on December 11 at the FCC in Washington, DC with the message “Reclassify Now!”
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Propaganda’s Triumph over Journalism

  • As the world hurtles toward a new Cold War and possibly a nuclear confrontation over Ukraine, the West’s “free press” is again serving the role of an obedient propaganda service — demonizing Russia, presenting a one-sided narrative and feeding a dangerous belligerence.
  • Propaganda? What Propaganda? Western Media Monopoly vs Alternative and Non-Western Media

John Pilger, Consortiumnews.com

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ows_140969894592189.jpgDecember 7, 2014 | Why has so much journalism succumbed to propaganda? Why are censorship and distortion standard practice? Why is the BBC so often a mouthpiece of rapacious power? Why do the New York Times and the Washington Post deceive their readers?

Why are young journalists not taught to understand media agendas and to challenge the high claims and low purpose of fake objectivity? And why are they not taught that the essence of so much of what’s called the mainstream media is not information, but power?

John Pilger is an Australian-British journalist based in London. This article was derived from his address to the Logan Symposium, “Building an Alliance Against Secrecy, Surveillance & Censorship”, organized by the Centre for Investigative Journalism, London, Dec. 5-7, 2014.

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Propaganda? What Propaganda? Western Media Monopoly vs Alternative and Non-Western Media, Peter LavelleGlobal Research / Rise Up Times

I believe it important to understand how western media beat the drum of war on behalf of George W. Bush. The echo chamber demonstrated it could be counted on to back acts of aggression around the world with impunity.

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