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January 16, 2016 – A public outcry in support of net neutrality caused the FCC to pass net neutrality on February 26, 2015. This means that the Internet is now a telecommunications service under Title II. Here’s a pdf of the FCC rules, released March 12, 2015. This also means that ISPs can’t give preferential treatment to selected Internet Service Providers. More to come.

January 27, 2015 – A vote on net neutrality is expected next month. The FCC is expected to reclassify the broadband Internet as a utility under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. As this Huffington Post article reports, those advocating Net Neutrality fear the FCC will create rules that lack teeth and will allow loopholes. Read the article.

November 11, 2014 Could a “right to be forgotten” law work in the U.S.? As this opinion piece by Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik points out in his November 9 column, “Fighting for the right to be forgotten on the web.”  There are clearly personal matters from one’s past that can cause harm to one’s reputation in the present, such as those people mentioned in his article. Should individuals accused of a crime, and later found not guilty, request to have search engines remove news articles about their crime from their searches? Read Hiltzik’s article.

October 22, 2014 – Although a federal appeals court struck down the FCC’s net neutrality rules this January, the initiative is far from over. In the works is an attempt by the FCC to reclassify the net as a common carrier. Vox’s tech writer Timothy B. Lee, describes net neutrality, its history, pros and cons. It’s clear that net neutrality isn’t a dead issue yet. Read the story.

October 17, 2014 – The UK’s new “right to be forgotten” legislation requires Google to be judge and jury, deciding what links should be removed. The MailOnline reports that in one month, Google deleted 18,000 links and 69 percent of the requests were from “fraudsters, criminals and sex offenders.” Read the story. This controversial directive presents several ethical issues.

September 08, 2014 – Can we expect our digital doings on the Internet, cell phones and other devices to be truly private? Although some social media sites, software companies and security businesses have made inroads in attempts to protect our privacy, total privacy seems to be beyond reach as explained in the New York Times article reported in The Boston Globe, “Push for online privacy grows.”

June 26, 2014 – In an opinion piece by, Oliver Bateman, lawyer and professor at the University to Texas, discusses Supreme Court case Elonis v. U.S., a case involving free speech in Social Media versus harassment. The piece appears in Aljazeera America.

June 4, 2014 – The Internet is full of surprises! It appears that some major companies are buying ads on sites that provide illegal downloads. Read “Online pirates feed on legitimate ads,” in The Boston Globe, “Business,” June 4.

May 16, 2014 – The debate is on! What’s next for Net Neutrality? Has the FCC allowed a pathway to further Internet regulation? Read The New York Times “Room for Debate” (May 16, 2014) on this important topic.

May 14, 2014 – The proponents and opponents of the Net Neutrality issue are gearing up to do battle once again. On May 15, the FCC will unveil its proposal for an “Open Internet,” according to In an April 24 article on their website, the EFF said,

“…Chairman Wheeler’s new proposal embraces a “commercially reasonable” standard for network management. That standard could allow ISPs to charge companies for preferential treatment, such as charging web-based companies like Netflix or Amazon to reach consumers at faster speeds.

This kind of “pay to play” model would be profoundly dangerous for competition.  New innovators often cannot afford to pay to reach consumers at the same speeds as well-established web companies. That means ISPs could effectively become gatekeepers to their subscribers.” (April Glaser and Croynne McSherry)

On May 15 EFF plans to launch a “public comment tool” so that allows you to submit your thoughts directly to the FCC.  Read more about it here.

May 2, 2014 – The White House released yesterday a report on recommendations for policy on how companies use Internet users’ “Big Data” titled “Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values.”

December 5, 2013Meet CO-TRAVELER: The NSA’s Cell Phone Location Tracking Program, EFFector. EFF comments on NSA’s massive cell phone tracking program.

Here’s the Washington Post piece, NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide Snowden documents show.

December 5, 2013 “Mass hack affects almost 2 million Internet accounts,” USA Today, on-line. This attack began on October 21. According to the article the server involved is located in the Netherlands and more than 100 countries were involved. The data breaches included Heartland Payment systems, TK-TJ Maxx, AOL, Sony PlayStation Network, U.S. Military, Facebook, Gmail, Google, YouTube, Yahoo, Twitter Odnoklassniki Russian, ADP, Fortune 500, Linkedin.


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Past, Present & Future of Internet Regulation by Gladys McKie is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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