Trump signs bill banning Kaspersky Lab software from federal use

 Capping off months of controversy, espionage claims and international intrigue, the U.S. government ban on Kaspersky Lab software has been signed into law. The ban, wedged into the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), would preclude all federal computers and connected networks from using antivirus software made by the Russian cybersecurity firm. “Considering the… Read More

More Republicans in Congress criticize FCC’s net neutrality plan

 2017 has been a year of bitter partisanship, but it’s nice to see that with some issues, politicians can put aside their differences to oppose something that’s harmful — and more importantly, unpopular. That’s increasingly the case with net neutrality: a handful of Republican Representatives have joined their voices to those asking the FCC to delay the vote that… Read More

As Cook and Pichai leave China, Valley confronts rising internet tyranny in world’s second largest market

 It’s been a bad few months for internet freedom in China (and really a bad few decades, but who is counting?). The government brought into force a broad-ranging “cybersecurity law” earlier this year that empowers Beijing to take unilateral control over critical internet infrastructure, while also mandating that foreign companies keep all citizen data local inside China… Read More

Twitter changes reason for not removing anti-Muslim videos retweeted by Trump

 Twitter is standing by its earlier decision to keep up a series of graphic anti-Muslim videos retweeted by President Trump earlier this week — though it’s attempting to reframe its reason for doing so. CEO Jack Dorsey took to the site to retract an earlier statement that Twitter support had left the videos live due to their being “newsworthy for public interest,” a… Read More

Senators introduce revenge porn bill

 Senators Kamala D. Harris (D-CA), Richard Burr (R-NC) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), as well as Rep. Jackie Speier introduced a bill today to address revenge porn. The bill, Ending Nonconsenual Online User Graphic Harassment (ENOUGH) Act of 2017, is designed to address the unwanted sharing of private, explicit images. The ENOUGH Act would specifically ensure the Department of Justice has tools in… Read More

FCC doubles down on its dead-wrong definition of how the internet works

 In May, when the FCC released an early draft of its plan to undo 2015’s strong net neutrality rules, I pointed out that its case rests almost entirely on a deeply incorrect definition of how the internet works. There can be no mistake now that this misrepresentation is deliberate; the agency has reiterated it in even stronger terms in the final draft of the proposal. Read More

Net Neutrality advocates plan protests for December 7 at Verizon stores

 On December 14, the FCC will vote on whether or not to roll back Obama-era policies protecting a free and open internet. In fact, during yesterday’s announcement of the upcoming vote, the FCC neglected to mention the historic 22 million comments on the issue, the majority of which were opposed to its rollback. Read More

New York attorney general slams the FCC for ignoring net neutrality comments investigation

 If the FCC’s refusal to acknowledge the vast public outcry against its plan to gut net neutrality isn’t enough of an outrage, its total disinterest in investigating how that same comment system may have been gamed by fake users posing as real Americans adds a bit more insult to injury. Suspicions arose earlier this year that a person or an organization of some kind was… Read More