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Video: Wild, wild web: Facebook CEO asks govt for more internet regulation

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has asked governments and regulators to tighten the screws on digital companies such as his own, and slap them with...

Collective punishment? Zuckerberg’s call for internet regulation is aimed at competitors – analyst —...

Mark Zuckerberg’s support for more internet regulation is aimed at keeping Facebook competitive by forcing the...

Zuckerberg asks governments for more Internet regulation in self-flagellation exercise — RT USA News

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has asked governments and regulators to tighten the screws on digital companies,...
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Video: ‘Dark day for internet freedom’: EU lawmakers criticized over copyright reform

'The biggest backwards step since the internet began', and 'one of the EU's darkest hours' – that's how critics, who include whistleblower Ed Snowden...

European Union intensifies internet censorship

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European Union intensifies internet censorship

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Video: "Undermining the Very Fabric of the Internet": Bruce Schneier on NSA's Secret Online...

http://www.democracynow.org - In an effort to undermine cryptographic systems worldwide, the National Security Agency has manipulated global encryption ... Via Youtube
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Video: Putin: Internet began as CIA project

During a forum of independent local and regional media in St Petersburg, President Vladimir Putin was asked by a blogger about his thoughts on...
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Video: "Utopian Potential of the Internet": Astra Taylor on How to Take Back Power...

http://www.democracynow.org - We are joined by author and activist Astra Taylor, whose new book, "The People's Platform: Taking Back Power and Culture in ... Via...
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Video: TPP Exposed: WikiLeaks Publishes Secret Trade Text to Rewrite Copyright Laws, Limit Internet...

http://www.democracynow.org - WikiLeaks has published the secret text to part of the biggest U.S. trade deal in history, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Via Youtube

‘Master spy’ Christopher Steele admits he used unverified internet post to create Trump dossier...

Donald Trump has once again lashed out at his political opponents after the ex-spy responsible for...

Sight for ’saur eyes? Welsh man buys 15ft dino for his garden, becomes internet...

A Welsh man who inadvertently turned his front garden into a tourist destination by erecting...
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Video: Internet for 'everyone' & 'everywhere': Soyuz rocket launches 1st OneWeb satellites

READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9p8i The first group of satellites was launched from the space center in French Guiana at 21.37 GMT on Wednesday. The Russian...

Facebook’s content-watch contractors cope with the dregs of the internet — RT USA News

Facebook’s growing team of human moderators spend their workdays immersed in the most violent, obscene, and...

Ocasio-Cortez slams climate plan critics, unleashes internet scorn — RT USA News

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has, once again, raised the ire of many online. This time the freshman congresswoman...

Teen killed filming fake fire-arm stand-off for internet ‘challenge’ — RT USA News

Charges have been filed after a Texas teen was shot dead while shooting a video for...

The Year Without the Open Internet Order

In the waning hours of 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the 2015 Open Internet Order, ending net neutrality protections for the...
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Video: Keiser Report: A Looming Hot War for the Internet Age (E1319)

Check Keiser Report website for more: http://www.maxkeiser.com In this episode of the Keiser Report, Max and Stacy discuss the latest twist to the US-China...

Internet freaks out as child teleports into BBC broadcast (VIDEO) — RT UK News

The internet is convinced that a child actually teleported into a bizarre BBC news report,...

Like logo, like students? Wisconsin school breaks the internet with its ‘Nazi salute’ teens...

A Wisconsin school has found itself in the middle of a scandal after a photo surfaced...

Read Tim Berners-Lee’s Global Declaration for a Humane and Democratic Internet

The web was designed to bring people together and make knowledge freely available. Everyone has a role to play to ensure the web serves...

Trump’s Game of Thrones Iran threat unleashes internet wildfire — RT US News

US President Donald Trump’s decision to use a Game of Thrones themed picture to threaten Iran...

Die-hard neocon think-tank is ‘scrubbing the internet of fringe views’ – Max Blumenthal —...

A sweeping purge in which numerous alternative media pages were cleansed from Facebook and Twitter has...

Kristen Bell slams THAT Snow White kiss… and the internet fires back — RT...

Disney princess Kristen Bell has taken aim at Snow White, questioning the iconic fairytale’s messages about...

Ecuador Restores Julian Assange’s Internet

Ecuador has partially restored Julian Assange’s communications in their London Embassy after UN officials met with Ecuador’s president, Lenin Moreno on Friday, reports the Belfast Telegraph. Assange,...

Facebook’s and Google’s Breaches Show It’s Time for an Internet Bill of Rights

Our Founding Fathers drafted the Bill of Rights to safeguard our freedoms in the physical world. Today, as Americans are living more of their...
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Video: Rep. Ro Khanna Introduces Internet Bill of Rights as Facebook & Google Admit...

https://democracynow.org - Facebook and Google recently admitted major privacy breaches. Facebook says the personal information of nearly 50 million users ... Via Youtube

New Internet Bill of Rights Introduced in Wake of Digital Privacy Breaches

Facebook and Google recently admitted major privacy breaches. Facebook says the personal information of nearly 50 million users was exposed after an online attack....
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Video: ‘UNDERCOVER TRUMP’ sends INTERNET into OVERDRIVE

US President Donald Trump has been spotted without his entourage at a gas station… or was he? FULL STORY: ... Via Youtube

The Root of the Internet’s Disrepute

In all the mounting media coverage of problems with the Internet, such as invasion of privacy, vulnerability to hacking, political manipulation, and user addiction,...

Is Trump a time traveller or undercover shopper? Doppelganger sends internet into meltdown (VIDEO)...

The internet is in a tizzy after a video surfaced on social media of Donald Trump...

New York Times seeks evidence Russian hackers are fighting for internet freedom in US...

The New York Times is seeking evidence of Russian interference during a debate on placing restrictions...

Trump’s new cyber strategy seeks global dominion over internet — RT US News

Setting the global standard for online behavior, preserving American dominance, political and economic interests, punishing ‘malicious...

UK to set up new internet regulator to monitor ‘hate speech’ and enforce ‘code...

Free speech advocates are appalled at news that the UK government may create a new...
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Video: Don’t let your memes be dreams: Internet hits back at EU copyright law

The EU Parliament has greenlit a controversial copyright directive... RT LIVE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IFAcqaNzNSc Check out http://rt.com Subscribe ... Via Youtube

Internet fawns over ‘blue dress hero’ who sprinted out of courthouse after Manafort verdict...

An unlikely hero has emerged in the wake of Paul Manafort’s trial, with the internet fawning...

Senate Moves To Seize The Internet – Do We Need More Government Censorship?

Senator Mark Warner’s (D-VA) office has drawn up a proposal for the US government to become much more involved in...

Royal Navy’s Libya rescue of Manchester bomber stuns internet — RT UK News

Reports that the Manchester Arena suicide bomber was evacuated from Libya by the Royal Navy...

Writer-in-chief? Internet ‘pours over’ Trump Twitter typo — RT US News

Donald Trump has unleashed a tsunami of internet snark after tweeting out praise for his self-declared...

250 videos of previously-classified US atomic tests hit internet (VIDEO) — RT US News

More than 250 videos of previously classified US nuclear bomb tests have been uploaded to YouTube...

Danny Dyer breaks internet by talking Brexit — RT UK News

A one-off special of ITV’s Good Evening Britain did not disappoint, when a Brexit rant...

Open Internet Defenders Gear Up for Day of Advocacy With Demand for House Vote

Open internet defenders warned members of Congress that on Tuesday’s Day of Advocacy for net neutrality rules, they will be hearing directly from their constituents about...
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Video: Why terrorists don’t use the internet – so there is no evidence trail...

Remember that picture you sent to your family of your children playing in the paddling pool? Or that private text you sent to someone...

Pushing Huawei Out: Australia, the Solomon Islands and the Internet

Be wary of the Chinese technological behemoth, goes the current cry from many circles in Australia’s parliament.  Cybersecurity issues are at stake, and the...

Top gloomy predictions of internet’s near future — RT US News

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you’ve heard about the...
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Video: Internet hub questions legality of German foreign intelligence collecting data

Germany's foreign intelligence services is now officially allowed to monitor Internet hubs...if it's for strategic security interests. It won a federal case against the...

Russian post-World Cup ‘warfare through the internet’ claim unquestioningly reported by BBC — RT...

The political editor of BBC’s Newsnight casually reported an anonymous British government minister telling him...

Yanny or Laurel? Trump weighs in on raging internet debate (VIDEO) — RT US...

Published time: 18 May, 2018 08:46 Edited time: 18 May, 2018 09:11 It’s taken the internet...

‘Most Americans Say They Want Protections for the Open Internet’

Janine Jackson interviewed Tim Karr about the fight for net neutrality for the May 11, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Piers Morgan’s hurt feelings about Met Gala’s Catholic theme prompts internet-wide laughter — RT...

Piers Morgan is mad – this time at the Met Gala. The fancy dress ball...

Internet responds to Melanie Phillip’s comments on Islamophobia — RT UK News

Melanie Phillips has sparked furore after stating that Islamophobia is just a "fiction to shut...

Internet Censorship Commissars to Counter Millions of ‘Anti-Semitic’ Tweets

Millions of anti-Semitic messages on Twitter have spread negative stereotypes and conspiracy theories about Jews across the social media platform, according to...

Bank of Internet, Which Had Been Under Federal Investigation, Appears in Multiple Kushner Deals

White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner (R) leaves after a Rose Garden event April 12, 2018, at the White House in Washington, DC. (Photo:...

Campaigners Announce New Effort to Overturn FCC’s Assault on Open Internet

With their sights firmly set on restoring the protections the Republican-controlled FCC repealed, advocates for net neutrality on Monday announced a new campaign to...

Giant Statue of Jesus Christ in Poland Starts to Provide Internet

An Internet company has installed transmitters on the head of the statue, providing Internet to nearby villages. Several Internet antennas have recently...

The Russians are coming for you through your phone, computer and internet… or so...

Vladimir Putin, the bear-riding Bond villain, is listening into your inane conversations about picking up...

When They Couldn’t Afford Internet Service, They Built Their Own

Dwight Roston is drilling on the roof of a home in Detroit's Islandview neighborhood on the city's east side. Roston is part of a...

No, Ross from ‘Friends’ is not the new London Stock Exchange CEO, but don’t...

The London Stock Exchange has appointed as its CEO Goldman Sachs investment banker David Schwimmer,...

Julian Assange, Internet Access and Ecuador

Photo by Jeanne Menjoulet | CC BY 2.0 Being a netizen, to use that popular term of sociological derivation, can be a difficult business. It...
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Video: John Pilger: Blocking internet access for Julian Assange is a war on freedom...

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has had his internet connection cut off, and isn't being allowed visits at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Australian journalist...

Precarious Communications: Julian Assange, Internet Access and Ecuador

Being a netizen, to use that popular term of sociological derivation, can be a difficult business. It presumes digital engagement, often of the sharper...
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Video: Assange internet access blocked over Puigdemont tweet – source close to WikiLeaks

Source close to Wikileaks tells RT that the Ecuadorian embassy has blocked Julian Assange's Internet access - to stop him tweeting about Catalan issues....

ACLU Report Urges Cities and Towns to Provide Internet Service as a Utility

WASHINGTON - The American Civil Liberties Union released a report today calling on local governments to pursue providing broadband to residents to help counteract...

The GOP’s Internet Tax

WSJ | Some Republicans want to stuff a state sales web tax in the omnibus. Read more

Use the Space Force! Internet sniggers over Trump’s idea for cosmic army — RT...

US President Donald Trump appears ready to build an intergalactic army after suggesting the establishment of...
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Video: Justin Trudeau’s Indian outfits mocked tirelessly on Internet

Justin Trudeau's disastrous trip to India has gone from bad to worse, not least because of his near-obsessive need to dress in over-the-top traditional...

Frontiersman of the Internet: John Perry Barlow

He may have been a lyricist for the Grateful Dead, but a component of John Perry Barlow’s activism and corpus will forever be associated...

Internet goes wild for color-changing hatchling footage (VIDEO) — RT US News

The mesmerizing moment a baby octopus is born has been captured on film, racking up over...

Internet reacts to news that first Brit could have been black — RT UK...

The internet unsurprisingly exploded after the ‘Cheddar Man,’ a 10,000-year-old human specimen thought to be...

Internet erupts over black unemployment after Trump’s unlikely feud with rapper Jay-Z — RT...

Donald Trump has lashed out at Jay-Z’s recent remarks about him, telling the rapper that black...

US creates task force to promote ‘internet freedom’ in Cuba — RT US News

The US has created a special task force to promote the free flow of information on...
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Video: Internet intruders: Pentagon wants bots operating on foreign social media

The US army is planning to boost its online activities. It's now on the hunt for a software tool which can understand and respond...

Trump signs 2 orders to expand broadband internet access in rural America — RT...

President Donald Trump has signed two presidential orders to boost “broader, faster – and better internet...

The Year the Open Internet Came Under Siege: 2017 Year in Review | By...

The fight between the Federal Communications Commission’s choice to abandon the principles of net neutrality and the majority of Americans started early in 2017...

To Save the Internet We Must Own the Networks | By David Morris

In late October, Ajit Pai, Chair of the Federal Communications Commission, proudly announced, “We’ve been energetic in advancing the public interest…over the past nine...

The Internet is Already Broken

Photo by irina slutsky | CC BY 2.0 Near the end of 2014 Kim Kardashian set out to “break the internet.” She posed naked for...

Groups Launch Internet-Wide Campaign Pushing Congress to Overrule FCC Vote

Demonstrators rally outside the Federal Communication Commission building to protest against the end of net neutralityrules December 14, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo: Chip...

Newsletter: Creating The 21st Century Internet

Ajit Pai, the former Verizon lawyer who is chair of the FCC, went too far last Thursday in undermining the Internet when he led...
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Video: Cross wires: UK military chief warns that Russia could cut off vital internet...

The UK's top military officer has claimed Russia's navy could sabotage underwater cables, disrupting commuincations and triggering global economic chaos. Read more: https://on.rt.com/8uxg RT... Via...

‘Good day for the internet’ or ‘step in the wrong direction’? — RT US...

It is sad to see US net neutrality repealed as only internet service providers will benefit,...

‘Internet is Free Again’ angers social media after net neutrality repeal — RT US...

Published time: 15 Dec, 2017 16:08 Edited time: 16 Dec, 2017 08:15 A day after the...

Net Neutrality Fight ‘Not Over’: Groups Launch Internet-Wide Campaign Pushing Congress to Overrule FCC...

The Republican-controlled FCC voted along party lines on Thursday to repeal net neutrality, but open internet defenders are urging the public to not be...

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Green Party Blasts FCC’s Repeal of Net Neutrality Rules, Demands Public Ownership of Internet...

WASHINGTON - The Green Party strongly condemned the Federal Communications Commission's decision on Thursday and called for a national movement demanding restoration of Net Neutrality rules...

Is This the End of Free and Open Internet Access?

Free and open access to the internet is a virtuous democratic principle known as “net neutrality.” It means that it doesn’t matter if you’re a...

Corporate Interests Are Warping the Internet

My identity was stolen this year. The perpetrator didn’t open credit cards in my name or gain access to my finances. Instead, they used...

YouTube prankster cements internet infamy… along with own head in microwave in Wolverhampton —...

Published time: 8 Dec, 2017 11:45 A YouTube ‘prankster’ had to be freed by five...

Rushing to Gut Net Neutrality May Leave Internet Providers With No Federal Oversight

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai is interviewed by Stuart Varney of Fox Business Network at FOX Studios on November 10, 2017, in New York City....

The Internet Is Freedom, and It Is Under Attack

People protest during a rally to protect net neutrality as they voice their opposition to the impending FCC vote, outside the Federal Building in...

Internet giants block opposing views, threaten open web – US watchdog chief — RT...

Internet giants are deciding what content users see and routinely block or discriminate against content they...

From an Open Internet, Back to the Dark Ages

Can anyone still doubt that access to a relatively free and open internet is rapidly coming to an end in the west? In China...

From an Open Internet, Back to the Dark Ages

Photo by Credo Action CC BY 2.0 Can anyone still doubt that access to a relatively free and open internet is rapidly coming to an...
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Video: ‘Internet freedom dream alive’ – Kim Dotcom to build alternative web

Kim Dotcom, the founder of Megaupload has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the US government's plan to overturn net neutrality. The entrepreneur ... Via...

Unless We Stop It, This FCC Order Will End Net Neutrality and Break the...

On Wednesday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai released his draft order to completely eradicate Net Neutrality. You can read the full text here. The...
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Video: FCC Moves to Gut Net Neutrality, Ignoring Public Support & Laws Upholding Equal...

https://democracynow.org - Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai issued a major order Tuesday in which he outlined his plan to dismantle ... Via Youtube

FCC Gives Internet Service Providers Power to Determine What Websites its Users Can See...

Federal regulators Tuesday outlined their plans for dismantling Obama-era open-internet rules, setting up a clear victory for cable and wireless firms that...

Idiot Voters and Trolling the Internet: Russia, Social Media Giants and US Elections

The program usually pokes fun, riddles and irks a fourth estate that has long given up the chase for verity.  Media Watch, after years...

Internet loses it when Snapchat goes down for an hour — RT US News

Published time: 7 Nov, 2017 02:13 Edited time: 7 Nov, 2017 08:12 Snapchat went down for...

US spy chiefs implore Congress to ‘reauthorize’ mass surveillance of internet users — RT...

US intelligence officials are fighting to renew the controversial spying program which allows agencies to conduct...

Blaming Russia for the Internet ‘Sewer’ – Consortiumnews

Exclusive: As the Russia-gate hysteria spirals down from the implausible to the absurd, almost every bad thing is blamed on...

The conspiracy to censor the Internet

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Internet Researchers Harnessed the Power of Algorithm to find ‘Hate Speech’

During the municipal elections in spring 2017, a group of researchers and practitioners specialising in computer science, media and communication implemented a...
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Video: Moscow trolls are back? US media accuses Russian ‘internet folks’ of sowing ‘political...

Russian trolls have been accused by the US media of infiltrating Facebook to sow chaos in America. RT's Caleb Maupin reports. RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air...

Internet censorship and government war plans

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Chesterfield floral tribute to Princess Diana freaks out internet (PHOTOS)

Published time: 13 Sep, 2017 01:09 A British town’s attempt to commemorate Princess Diana with...

Ted Cruz ‘likes’ porn video on Twitter, internet comes down hard

Published time: 12 Sep, 2017 09:57 The Twitter account belonging to conservative Republican Senator Ted Cruz...

Hurricane blame: Harvey & Irma 'punishment' for Trump & gay mayor, internet says

As the US prepares for its second major hurricane in a matter of weeks, the internet...

Will Britain’s crackdown on internet trolls undermine freedom of speech?

Published time: 21 Aug, 2017 12:35 Edited time: 21 Aug, 2017 13:13 New measures designed...

Net neutrality group fights ban of neo-Nazi internet site

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has spoken out against the banning of the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, after back-end web infrastructure companies like...

Walmart gun display sign says, ‘Own the school year like a hero,’ internet loses...

An apparent miscommunication resulted in a mixup with a sign in a Walmart store. A showroom case of long guns was tagged with a...

Commercialization brought the Internet to the masses. It also gave us spam.

Internet users and activists are launching the final phase of a summer campaign to protect “net neutrality” in the Trump era. Under the Obama...

White House ‘a real dump’: Trump’s reason for golf trips ignites internet

Published time: 2 Aug, 2017 10:34 President Donald Trump reportedly says he spends so much time...

Battle for free internet rages as FCC swamped with over 10mn net neutrality comments

The US government has been flooded with more than 10 million comments about rolling back net...

US Army to modernize forces with autonomous drones & ‘Internet of things’

In an effort to compete with more technologically advanced forces, the US Army is investing in...

They see you: FBI warns about dangers of internet-connected toys

While many American parents think ‘smart toys’ are a great idea, the FBI has issued an...
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Video: Battle For the Net: Mass Day of Action Aims to Stop Trump’s FCC...

https://democracynow.org - On Wednesday, nearly 70000 websites and organizations are planning to take part in massive online protest to save net neutrality. Via Youtube
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Video: ‘This is an attack on internet, CNN informally declared war on it’ –...

The internet community is turning off CNN after the news channel said it might disclose the identity of the alleged creator of the viral...

‘Entire Internet against CNN right now’: Reddit moderator on #CNNBlackmail scandal

Published time: 6 Jul, 2017 09:31 CNN informally...

Facebook tests drone to beam internet to everyone in the world

Published time: 3 Jul, 2017 20:01 Edited time: 4 Jul, 2017 13:02 Solar-powered drones could one...

Low-cost phone & internet federal programs waste millions – report

The federally-funded program Lifeline is designed for low-income Americans, but now it’s under fire for practices...
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Video: Dance Like Nobody’s Watching? Gorilla breaks internet with moves in Dallas zoo pool

Zola the gorilla was caught on camera dancing in a pool in Dallas Zoo. COURTESY: RT's RUPTLY video agency, NO RE-UPLOAD, NO REUSE -...
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Video: Cyber grip: UK PM May to bolster internet surveillance

UK Prime Minister Theresa May visited French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday. One of her primary goals was to garner support for new online...

‘Internet battlefield’: Theresa May calls on G7 leaders to fight online extremism

Published time: 26 May, 2017 13:24 Edited time: 26 May, 2017 17:17 British Prime Minister...
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Video: RAW: Internet freaks out after Trump & King Salman pose at ‘magic orb’...

Donald Trump and Saudi King Salman open a Counter Terrorism Center in Riyadh, as Trump visits Saudi Arabia on his first foreign trip as...

Currently Stumping the Internet

Mental Floss May 20, 2017 If you’ve ever fantasized about how much easier life would be if you could go back to elementary school, this math...

Britannia rules the web? Theresa May wants sweeping new powers to control the internet

UK Prime Minister Theresa May wants sweeping new powers for her government to seize indiscriminate...

#We: Trump Tweets One Word and the People's Internet Does the Rest

Common Dreams staff"#We want a president that represents the interests of the people of American and the world, not just the ultra wealthy." Via Common...
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Video: Trump’s FCC Chair Declares New War on Net Neutrality After 10-Year Battle for...

http://democracynow.org - FCC head Ajit Pai has outlined a sweeping plan to dismantle net neutrality rules, which seek to keep the internet open and...

‘The Internet Should Be Treated as a Public Utility’

Janine Jackson interviewed Craig Aaron for the February 6, 2015, episode of CounterSpin, and Malkia Cyril for the October 1, 2014, episode, on net...

Buckingham Palace ‘emergency meeting’ sends internet into hyperdrive

Published time: 4 May, 2017 11:00 Buckingham Palace left the world and its Twitteratti on...
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Video: ‘Let nothing go’: Monsanto accused of hiring Internet trolls to stop online...

Biotech giant Monsanto is being accused of hiring, through third parties, an army of Internet trolls to counter negative comments, while citing positive ... Via...

Net Neutrality Redux: Why Republicans Shouldn't Mess With the Internet

(Photo: Pexels) The internet is quite popular these days, but companies such as AT&T and Comcast that provide internet service are not. That's one reason...

21,000 AT&T workers poised for strike over benefits, internet access

Communications Workers of America members have given AT&T 72 hours’ notice of a mass walkout over...

Iraq or Syria? Trump recalls dessert perfectly, forgets who he bombed & internet erupts...

Published time: 13 Apr, 2017 13:23 US President Donald Trump revealed he informed Chinese Premier Xi Jinping...

‘It Shouldn’t Be a Privilege to Use the Internet Safely’ – CounterSpin interview with...

Janine Jackson interviewed Evan Greer about internet privacy for the March 31, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. Evan Greer: “We...

Raed Jarrar on Mosul Bombing, Evan Greer on Internet Privacy

MP3 Link This week on CounterSpin: More than 200 Iraqi civilians killed by a US airstrike in Mosul. But while media express concern, the idea...

US internet providers pledge to not sell customer data after controversial rule change

Published time: 1 Apr, 2017 21:27 The three major US Internet Service Providers (ISPs) Comcast Corp, Verizon...

Raed Jarrar on Mosul Bombing, Evan Greer on Internet Privacy

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Video: As Trump Complains About Alleged Surveillance, Republicans Gut Internet Privacy Rules

http://democracynow.org - On Tuesday, the House narrowly voted to allow internet providers to sell your web browsing history and other personal information. Via Youtube

As Trump Complains About Alleged Surveillance, Republicans Gut Internet Privacy Rules

On Tuesday, the House narrowly voted to allow internet providers to sell your web browsing history and other personal information. The vote will give...

Internet privacy rules removed by Congress

Internet providers will not be required to ask permission to sell customers' browsing habits, including medical...

Senate votes to overturn FCC regulations on internet privacy

Internet service providers may be able to gather private and sensitive data from their customers and...

ACLU Comment on Senate Vote to Allow Internet Providers to Sell Consumer Data

With Congress about to vote on TrumpCare - aka "Why Would Poor, Sick or Elderly People...

Senate Might Let Internet Companies Sell User Data to 'Highest Bidder'

The Senate is set to vote this week whether to let broadband companies sell user information to the highest bidder—overturning rules implemented by the...

The Whole Point of the Internet of Things

The government is already spying on us through spying on us through our computers, phones, cars, buses, street lights, at airports and on the...

Internet Set To Overtake TV

By Andrew Moran Economic Collapse News The death of traditional television is gradually coming as more and more consumers cut the cord and turn to the...
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Video: Who’s Fault? Internet trolls Best Picture Oscar blunder

Moonlight has won Best Picture at the Oscars – but before that, La La Land was announced as the winner by mistake. That didn't...
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Video: FCC Under Trump: Net Neutrality & Internet Freedom Faces New Attack

http://democracynow.org - We turn now to look at President Donald Trump's newly appointed chair of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, who ... Via Youtube

Power of the internet: CA cops prevent NY suicide using Facebook, Google Maps

Police officers in California used everyday websites Facebook and Google Maps to discover and locate a...

‘Establishment delaying Brexit’: #Article50 ruling divides internet

Britain’s Supreme Court ruling on how Theresa May’s government can trigger formal divorce talks from...
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Video: ‘Cyberwar’? Internet goes hysterical after C-SPAN livestream interrupted by RT feed

Conspiracy theories went viral after C-SPAN's regular footage was replaced by RT's news feed for 10 minutes, switching from their live coverage of proceedings...

‘Can Giuliani even turn on a computer?’ Trump's cyber security pick baffles internet

Donald Trump’s appointment of Rudy Giuliani as a cyber security advisor has been met with scepticism...

#N**gerNavy: Internet erupts over Yahoo’s spectacular typo

Yahoo Finance’s social media manager has discovered just how harsh and unforgiving the internet can be after one small typo turned a routine story...

Governments Shut Down the Internet More Than 50 Times in 2016

Internet shutdowns are just one way that internet access was limited in 2016. (Photo: Zofeen Ebrahim / IPS) Governments around the world shut down the...
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Video: Facing Possible Threats Under Trump, Internet Archive to Build Server in Canada

http://democracynow.org - In the wake of Trump's election, the Internet Archive has announced it will be moving a copy of its archive to Canada....

Phantom Democracy in the Age of the Internet

After the Electoral College vote, the Trump presidency is now official. As denial and blame games continue, it becomes clear this was not a...

Virginia school district suspends Huck Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, internet blames PC culture

A Virginia school has banned “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” from...

Half of internet users have been harassed online – study

Half of all US internet users aged 15 and older have been harassed online, according to...

NYT Advocates Internet Censorship

Exclusive: The New York Times wants a system of censorship for the Internet to block what it calls “fake news,” but the Times ignores...
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Video: WHY The Internet Is Officially RIGGED, Response To Casey Neistat and Hillary

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CD_JCCeoUZo&w=580&h=385] In this video Luke Rudkowski breaks down the latest controversy surrounding popular youtuber Casey Neistat endorsing Hillary Clinton on his youtube channel ... source

#DraftOurDaughters: Fake Clinton conscription ads flood internet

Hillary Clinton is being trolled by the hashtag #DraftOurDaughters, with fake advertisements taking her hawkish foreign...

FCC passes tougher regulations on data sharing by internet companies, angering ISPs

New rules passed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) prohibit internet providers from sharing a user's...

Hillary’s Criminal Plan for the Internet

You’re probably appalled at the American media’s shameless whoring for Hillary Clinton, asking yourself why they would so thoroughly debase their much-touted journalistic ethics....

US investigating massive attack on internet as 3rd DDoS wave stops

The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly investigating who is behind the DDoS attack that took down much of the internet, including Twitter and...

Internet denied: What’s behind the massive DDoS attacks

An attack on a major DNS service provider literally broke the internet Friday, impacting more than 80 popular websites, including PayPal, Reddit and Twitter....

No internet? No problem! Comedian shouts news to web-deprived Assange (VIDEO)

The comedian who read out the news to Julian Assange after Ecuador cut the WikiLeaks...
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Video: Ecuador cuts off internet for Assange over impacting US election

The government of Ecuador says it disconnected the internet connection used by Julian Assange after WikiLeaks "published a wealth of documents, impacting ... Via Youtube
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Video: Assange Offline: Wikileaks chief internet ‘shut’ down sparks conspiracy theories

The wikileaks chief Julian Assange has been severed from his key-lifeline of the internet.... in an intentional state act READ MORE: http://on.rt.com/7s2x MORE: ... Via...

Baby’s insanely fluffy bouffant hair breaks the internet (VIDEO)

Two-month old Junior Cox-Noon attracts so much attention with his impressive mane of hair it...

Obama Successfully Gives the Internet Away to Multinational Global Entities

Obama single-handedly has doubled the National Debt, brought in hundreds of thousands of unvetted Muslim ‘refugees’, and has given away the control of...

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Fighting for Internet Freedom

Fighting for Internet Freedom

by Stephen Lendman

A previous article discussed Obama's war to destroy it. In 2008, he pledged support. He called "preserv(ing) the benefits of open competition on the Internet" essential.

He lied saying so. He's waging war on free expression. He prioritizes intellectual property protection over Internet freedom. 

He's targeting it for elimination altogether. He appointed corporatist Tom Wheeler FCC chairman. He deplores Internet freedom.

He wants pay-to-play fast lanes. They're polar opposite Net Neutrality. They play favorites. They banish others to slow lanes.

Pay more, get more. Pay less, get left behind. Doing so weakens Internet freedom en route to destroying it altogether.

Prioritizing Internet data is a zero-sum game. Unless congestion exists, web sites don't pay extra for special treatment.

Wheeler's scheme encourages congestion. It does so through artificial scarcity. It charges more per bit. It denies Internet fairness.

It undermines level playing field conditions. Existing ones made the Internet a powerful opportunity engine.

Wheeler's pay-to-play scheme profoundly damages competition. Internet startups can't afford extra costs. 

They're prevented from reaching customers at competitive speeds. Nor can most web companies.

Wheeler rules make ISPs subscriber gatekeepers. An April 24 FCC statement lied, saying:

Proposed new rules won't let ISPs "act in a commercially unreasonable manner to harm the Internet, including favoring the traffic from an affiliated entity."

At the same time, ISPs will decide how "commercially reasonable" will be interpreted. They'll take full advantage. Maximizing profits matters most.

On May 15, Free Press.net headlined "The Fight to Save the Internet in ON." It called it "historic."

"The rally outside the FCC was inspiring: Hundreds of people (and even some kids) chanted, drummed and streamed into the FCC demanding reclassification and real Net Neutrality," it said. 

Thousands more are taking action online at: may15.savetheinternet.com

For weeks, millions of Americans put FCC officials on notice. They demanded Net Neutrality be preserved. 

They called an Internet without it unacceptable. FCC procedure requires a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).

It's a four month window. People are invited to comment. Protecting Net Neutrality demands it. FCC members must respond. Much depends on their final ruling.

They betrayed millions of Net Neutrality supporters. Obama was disturbingly silent. He broke his campaign pledge. He breached all other major ones.

On May 15, FCC commissioners voted 3 -2 against Net Neutrality. They endorsed pay-to-play rules. They discriminate unfairly.

They let telecom giants charge unjustifiably higher prices. They'll do so for service everyone deserves.

The Electronic Frontier Foundation urged everyone "to speak up, early, and often." It created a tool to do so. Visit www.DearFCC.org.

"It's our Internet," it says. "We made it, and it has re-made us, changing the way we communicate, learn, share and create.
We want the Internet to continue to live up to its promise, fostering innovation, creativity and freedom." 

"We don't want regulations that will turn our ISPs into gatekeepers, making special deals with the few companies that can pay to play and inhibiting new competition, innovation and expression. Start your letter to the FCC:

"Dear FCC,

Net neutrality, the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all data that travels over their networks equally, is important to me because without it users may have fewer options and a less diverse Internet.

ISP could have too much power to determine my Internet experience by providing better access to some services but not others.

A pay-­to-play Internet worries me because ISPs could act as the gatekeepers to their subscribers. New, innovative services that can't afford expensive fees for better service will be less likely to succeed.

Use this space to explain why the future of the Internet matters to you. Tell your story. Here's an example:

The Internet is important to me because, as a college business student, I need to know that there will not be barriers to entry for the new ideas and services that I hope to bring to the marketplace. 

If ISP subscribers have an easier time loading websites of existing companies than my new innovative product, there's no way that I will be able to compete or succeed."

Sincerely,

Name

Address

City

State

ZIP Code

Email address

Free Press urged speaking out for Internet freedom. "As this fight stretches into the fall, we'll repeat our demands over and over again," it said:

"No fast lanes on the Internet. We need REAL Net Neutrality."

"We'll file comments with the FCC. We'll urge President Obama to reiterate his support for the open Internet." 

"We'll step up our organizing - online, in the streets and on Capitol Hill." 

"We'll keep the issue front and center in the news and in people's minds. At every turn we'll remind the FCC that it works for us, not the ISPs."

"We won't stop fighting until we win, no matter how long it takes. With you by our side we know we'll get there."

Free Press created a web site to highlight its activity. To get everyone involved. Go there. Use it:


Act now. Demand Wheeler scrap his rules. Demand Congress back Internet freedom. Urge members to support Net Neutrality.

Tell others to do the same thing. Prevent telecom giants from destroying level playing field fairness. 

We're all in this together. It's our fight to win or lose.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net. 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

Listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network.

It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 


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Senator Marco Rubio is introducing legislation aimed at preventing the takeover of the Internet by the United Nations or any other government entity. Rubio spoke from Google's Washington office, stating "Since the Web is worldwide, and since it has proven such an effective catalyst for pro-democratic revolution,  it has become a battleground that many fight to control" He continued on to say "Many governments are lobbying for regulatory control by the United Nations or a governmental regime," and “opposing this takeover and preserving Internet freedom must be a top national priority."


Bolstering his argument, Rubio points out that 42 countries limit the Internet within their borders and intends to stop that type of control of the world wide web by the UN or anyone else.


More at The Hill.


As seen in the videos below, Rubio has long been against over regulating the Internet and has been sounding this alarm for years.











Cross posted at Before It's News

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29/12/2013 (This was written specifically for Deccan Herald) 

While the usual catalogue of violence, suffering and mayhem was witnessed during 2013 and sections of the media were fascinated with the lives or loves of Salman, Priyanka, Kareena and the rest of celebritydom, for this end-of-year look-back the stardust and the suffering will take a back seat. Instead, the spotlight falls on spin, trust and the internet, not least because 2013 was to a large extent a year of revelations, accusations, denials and clever public relations.  


In an age of instant, mass communications, we are bombarded with messages 24/7. From advertisements and round-the-clock news channels to newspapers, social media, text messages and emails, the onslaught is relentless. How to filter it all or to make sense of it? Who to believe and what to believe, especially when one source tells us something then another says something completely different. For the public, it can be a headache. And for those trying to influence us with their messages, they know full well that there is an information war as they battle for our hearts, minds and trust.


Edward Snowden’s revelations


If two words could be used to define 2013, they might possibly be Edward Snowden. This young American emerged from the shadowy world of espionage and surveillance to expose Washington’s monitoring of us all and its illegal snooping across the planet. For his efforts, he incurred the wrath of the US establishment.


Ever since the fall of the Soviet Union, the United States has been the world’s sole superpower. Despite all the public statements about respect for a multi-polar world, away from the public gaze the US has done everything to ensure that it gains ‘full spectrum dominance’ of the planet. Edward Snowden’s releasing of classified information about the US’s activities did little to undermine this view. If Snowden achieved anything, it was to shatter any claims about the US being the model of democracy it likes to portray itself as whereby the individual is king and the state takes a back seat.


But wait a minute. Isn’t that view a bit extreme? In recent times, haven’t developments such as the internet come to play a vital in strengthening democracy by empowering the individual? On one level, this is true. The internet and social media provide a vehicle for self expression, and there is also the convenience of carrying out various practical tasks online. Many have put their heart and soul into the internet, and their lives revolve around tweeting, liking, disliking, sharing, mobile apps and ‘press to purchase’. We have been encouraged to place our trust in the corporations that we give our information to and have thus handed over all kinds of personal details to Facebook, Google and any number of companies.


It wasn’t always this way. The older generation can remember back to when a handful of TV and radio stations existed, snail mail was king and friends were people you personally knew and interacted with face to face. But now, everything is just a highly convenient click away and people have so many ‘friends’ that it’s astonishing. Online friends, that is - often distant acquaintances, usually ‘friends’ of ‘friends’ (virtual strangers who become virtual friends), whom they divulge all kinds of details to and share photos, feelings and much more with. In a quest for convenience and self expression, people have inadvertently surrendered their privacy and identities to that benign sounding realm ‘cyber space’. Information is flying about the place left, right and centre. But who controls it and what is done with it?


Edward Snowden shed light on such questions by exposing what some already suspected: no matter where we may reside in the world, we are potentially being listened to, watched and monitored by the National Security Agency (NSA) in the US (or its counterpart in the UK). The internet is not the empowering tool that many thought it was. During the past year, we discovered that the NSA has either colluded with a range of large corporations that many trusted, or has somehow hacked into their digital databases. Courtesy of Edward Snowden, we found that our emails, phone conversations, internet and social media activities and physical movements are on file and available to be scrutinised at will. Our likes, dislikes, shares, political allegiances and activities, purchases, holiday destinations and personal feelings are all in the public domain to be tapped into.


While buying into all of those lofty libertarian ideals about the digital age being personally liberating, many were duped into handing over their personal information to those who have the power to strip us of our freedoms. The NSA has captured ‘cyber space’ and taken the keys to people’s digital homes. Ironically, they naively delivered them to it on a silver platter.


Former NSA employer Snowden blew the lid off the whole NSA data surveillance industry. He also blew the lid off how Big Brother USA spies on governments and the personal conversations of national leaders, both friend and foe alike, and disregards laws in order to access information as and when it deems fit.


All of this is an ugly truth that the US wanted to keep from us. As a result, Snowden became Washington’s public enemy number one. Before having his passport revoked, he fled to Hong Kong then Moscow. The US did everything it could to capture him and prevent further embarrassing revelations, even going as far to orchestrate the hijacking of the Bolivian president’s plane as it flew over Europe because it was thought Snowden may have been on board. After being in limbo inside Moscow airport for weeks, Snowden was finally granted asylum by Russia.


Snowden’s revelations should be of great concern to us all. It is not that we are just being monitored, it is that the internet is increasingly being centralised in the hands of certain key companies under the control of a few governments, with the US having the means to control the major transit routes that comprise the core of the net. The NSA has set out to control the internet from day one and can increasingly determine what we can access online.

  

And let’s not forget that other info warrior WikiLeaks’s Julian Assange, who also released sensitive information about US activities and remains on Washington’s ‘most wanted’ list. He spent all of 2013 in the small Ecuadorian embassy in London. Ecuador might have granted him asylum, but the British are not letting him go to the airport any time soon.


The Syrian crisis


Another key battle over information and trust occurred over Syria. The US became the self-appointed judge, jury and executioner and wanted to bomb Syria for the good of all peace loving people across the world in the name of preventing terror - so the White House’s spin machine would have liked us to believe. Many may not realise that a prelude to World War Three was possibly on the cards when the US threatened to bomb Damascus. Although difficult to confirm, some reports alleged that two missiles were actually launched from its warships in the Mediterranean, or possibly by Israel. They were supposedly shot down by the Russians who also had ships stationed there (as did the Chinese). In any case, tensions were high, and Russia was standing firm in its defence of Syria.


Barack Obama wanted to intervene, in a ‘humanitarian’ sense, because the Assad government had allegedly carried out a chemical weapons attack on its own people. That there was no evidence Assad was responsible seemed to matter little as Washington’s PR people went into overdrive, just like they did in 2003 over Iraq’s non-existent weapons of mass destruction. But thankfully reason prevailed this time, not least in the British parliament, which voted not to get involved with attacking Syria. And given that no one could produce hard evidence to support US claims (not even Washington) about the said chemical weapons attack, Obama had to back down.


The whole scenario rested on information and trust. Did we trust the information being presented by the US? Since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which was based on what British MP George Galloway called a ‘pack of lies’, people are less inclined to rush to support US-led wars, and the internet has especially become a hotbed for the articulation of dissent. In this respect, Edward Snowden’s revelations are thus highly pertinent, given the US’s mass surveillance of almost everything online and Washington’s (and probably most governments) increasingly sophisticated attempts to control public access to content.


The rise of Narendra Modi


And so to India and the man of the moment - Narendra Modi, who was also at the centre of a battle for hearts and minds during the year. A wholly divisive figure or a shining beacon of hope for India? A hero of development in Gujarat or a case of spin triumphing over reality. Again, it was all about PR, perception and trust. One thing became clear during 2013, however; Modi was able to cement his phenomenal rise to the pinnacle of Indian politics.


While many hold Modi personally responsible for the killings and abuses that took place in Gujarat back in 2002, he has in some quarters succeeded in forwarding the message that his state is a shining example of development and that he is a suitable candidate for PM. Despite his many detractors, he has succeeded in securing a mass support base, especially among middle class youth.  


The future is bright, the future is Modi? Do you trust him? By early November, it was clear that his 960,000 followers on Google plus did. And it was clear that six million ‘likes’ on his official ‘fan page’ on Facebook did. On that page, it says: “the man endeared as a visionary & an untiring, selfless worker who has made Gujarat the cynosure of all eyes across the world.”


The future is definitely bright and we should certainly trust him, if we are to believe all the PR. And in this day and age, PR matters. It is impossible for everyone to have direct knowledge about everything that is happening in the world, so we turn to the media to inform us. But there are some heavy duty players at work, including- PR firms, lobbyists, image consultants and suchlike, whose sole aim is to get some highly distorted versions of ‘the truth’ into the public domain. And Modi has for some time had a genuine heavyweight on his side - the US-based PR/lobby giant APCO Worldwide.


This firm has been instrumental in helping to give Modi a timely and much needed makeover, remarketing him as prime ministerial material and globally promoting Brand Modi and Brand Gujarat. It culminated in 2013 with Modi being selected as the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate for the 2014 Indian general election.   


And so to everything else


There were numerous prominent deaths during 2013. The two biggest were arguably those of Nelson Mandela and Margaret Thatcher. Mandela’s struggle against the barbaric apartheid regime in South Africa was inspirational for millions across the world. After being imprisoned by the regime for 27 years, he eventually rose to become PM of post-apartheid South Africa. His death united people in grief. Eulogies came from all sides of the political spectrum.


Former British PM Margaret Thatcher was granted a lavish funeral and her coffin was paraded through the streets of London. This upset many because her time as PM left deep wounds, which her passing served to reopen. For her supporters, she saved Britain from economic meltdown. However, regardless of the eulogies following her death, or probably because of them, many people vented some very bitter sentiments about Britain’s first woman PM and her social and economic legacies.


Nelson Mandela and Margaret Thatcher were towering political figures. For different reasons, their deaths evoked some deep-seated feelings.


What else happened during the year? 2013 saw India and Pakistan still ‘skirmishing’, the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, droughts in Maharashtra and various crashes, crushes, bombings and blasts across the country. Many metro projects moved forward in a number of cities. Flash floods and landslides in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh claimed the lives of more than 5,700 people and trapped more than 20,000.


The perpetrators of that horrendous rape aboard a bus in Delhi were finally sentenced, and the controversial Koodankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu became partially operational. Sachin decided to hang up his test match bat, Tehelka made headlines of its own for all the wrong reasons and the fodder scam from the nineties finally caught up with Lalu.


Typhoons lashed India and devastated the Philippines and French troops went into resource-rich Mali and stayed. A meteor exploded over the Russian city of Chelyabinsk, injuring 1,491 people and damaging over 4,300 buildings, ‘austerity’ continued in Europe and the US was still printing dollars like they are going out of fashion. They might be, given the ongoing rush to buy gold by various countries and talk of replacing the dollar as the world’s reserve currency.


A building collapsed in Bangladesh killing 1,129 and injuring 2,500. It was the third worst industrial accident ever. And there was high-profile political turmoil  in Ukraine, Thailand, Egypt and Turkey. There was even a glimpse of a major thaw in US-Iran relations.


Many things happened that were unreported or under - reported, not least because they were not deemed ‘newsworthy’. For example, candlelit marches in Delhi are headline grabbing, the ongoing tragedy affecting Indian farmers is not. The IPL is extremely newsworthy, Irom Sharmila’s cause is not.  


And the same may be said about this particular look back. Some occurrences have been included, many have not. Any write up is bound to be partial and subjective. Ask ten different people to write about the year just gone and you would probably get ten totally different narratives.


However, this particular look back has been very apt because it had much in common with 2013. It was long and winding, had some interesting highlights (hopefully) and went over in a flash. But the biggest thing it has in common with 2013 - it’s finally over

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For now, most of the scientists that are working on brain implant technology do not seem to be too worried about those kinds of concerns.  Instead, they are pressing ahead into realms that were once considered to be impossible.

Right now, there are approximately 100,000 people around the world that have implants in their brains.  Most of those are for medical reasons.

But this is just the beginning.  According to the Boston Globe, the U.S. government plans “to spend more than $70 million over five years to jump to the next level of brain implants”.

This new project is being called the Systems-Based Neurotechnology for Emerging Therapies (SUBNETS), and the goal is to be able to monitor the “mental health” of soldiers and veterans.  The following is how a recent CNET article described SUBNETS…

SUBNETS is inspired by Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), a surgical treatment that involves implanting a brain pacemaker in the patient’s skull to interfere with brain activity to help with symptoms of diseases like epilepsy and Parkinson’s. DARPA’s device will be similar, but rather than targeting one specific symptom, it will be able to monitor and analyse data in real time and issue a specific intervention according to brain activity.

This kind of technology is being developed by the private sector as well.  In fact, according to Scientific American scientists are becoming increasingly excited about how brain implants can be used to “reboot” the brains of people with depression…

Psychological depression is more than an emotional state. Good evidence for that comes from emerging new uses for a  technology already widely prescribed for Parkinson’s patients. The more neurologists and surgeons learn about the aptly named deep brain stimulation, the more they are convinced that the currents from the technology’s implanted electrodes can literally reboot brain circuits involved with the mood disorder.

Would you like to have your brain “rebooted” by a chip inside your head?

And of course this is how brain implants will be marketed to the public at first.  They will be sold as something that has great “health benefits”.  For example, one firm has developed a brain implant that can detect and treat epileptic seizures

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A different team of researchers has discovered that it can stimulate the repair of brain tissue in rats using brain implants

Stroke and Parkinson’s Disease patients may benefit from a controversial experiment that implanted microchips into lab rats. Scientists say the tests produced effective results in brain damage research.

Rats showed motor function in formerly damaged gray matter after a neural microchip was implanted under the rat’s skull and electrodes were transferred to the rat’s brain. Without the microchip, rats with damaged brain tissue did not have motor function. Both strokes and Parkinson’s can cause permanent neurological damage to brain tissue, so this scientific research brings hope.

Most of us won’t need brain implants for medical reasons though.

So how will they be marketed to the rest of us?

Well, what if you were told that they could give you “super powers”?

Would you want a brain implant then?

The following is a short excerpt from a recent Scientific American article

Our world is determined by the limits of our five senses. We can’t hear pitches that are too high or low, nor can we see ultraviolet or infrared light—even though these phenomena are not fundamentally different from the sounds and sights that our ears and eyes can detect. But what if it were possible to widen our sensory boundaries beyond the physical limitations of our anatomy? In a study published recently in Nature Communications, scientists used brain implants to teach rats to “see” infrared light, which they usually find invisible. The implications are tremendous: if the brain is so flexible it can learn to process novel sensory signals, people could one day feel touch through prosthetic limbs, see heat via infrared light or even develop a sixth sense for magnetic north.

And some very prominent Internet firms simply take it for granted that most of us will eventually have brain implants that connect us directly to the Internet…

Google has a plan. Eventually it wants to get into your brain. “When you think about something and don’t really know much about it, you will automatically get information,” Google CEO Larry Page said in Steven Levy’s book, “In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes Our Lives.” “Eventually you’ll have an implant, where if you think about a fact, it will just tell you the answer.”

At this point you might be thinking that this will never happen because getting a brain implant is a very complicated and expensive procedure.

Well, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal, that is not actually true.  In fact, the typical procedure is very quick and often only requires just an overnight stay in the hospital…

Neural implants, also called brain implants, are medical devices designed to be placed under the skull, on the surface of the brain. Often as small as an aspirin, implants use thin metal electrodes to “listen” to brain activity and in some cases to stimulate activity in the brain. Attuned to the activity between neurons, a neural implant can essentially “listen” to your brain activity and then “talk” directly to your brain.

If that prospect makes you queasy, you may be surprised to learn that the installation of a neural implant is relatively simple and fast. Under anesthesia, an incision is made in the scalp, a hole is drilled in the skull, and the device is placed on the surface of the brain. Diagnostic communication with the device can take place wirelessly. When it is not an outpatient procedure, patients typically require only an overnight stay at the hospital.

In the future, the minds of most people could potentially be connected to the Internet 24 hours a day.  Imagine sending an email or answering your phone by just thinking about it.  According to the New York Times, this is where we are eventually heading…

Soon, we might interact with our smartphones and computers simply by using our minds. In a couple of years, we could be turning on the lights at home just by thinking about it, or sending an e-mail from our smartphone without even pulling the device from our pocket. Farther into the future, your robot assistant will appear by your side with a glass of lemonade simply because it knows you are thirsty.

Researchers in Samsung’s Emerging Technology Lab are testing tablets that can be controlled by your brain, using a cap that resembles a ski hat studded with monitoring electrodes, the MIT Technology Review, the science and technology journal of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, reported this month.

The technology, often called a brain computer interface, was conceived to enable people with paralysis and other disabilities to interact with computers or control robotic arms, all by simply thinking about such actions. Before long, these technologies could well be in consumer electronics, too.

So how far away is such technology?

According to a Computer World UK article, Intel believes that they will have Internet-connected brain implants in people’s heads by the year 2020…

By the year 2020, you won’t need a keyboard and mouse to control your computer, say Intel researchers. Instead, users will open documents and surf the web using nothing more than their brain waves.

Scientists at Intel’s research lab in Pittsburgh are working to find ways to read and harness human brain waves so they can be used to operate computers, television sets and cell phones. The brain waves would be harnessed with Intel-developed sensors implanted in people’s brains.

The scientists say the plan is not a scene from a sci-fi movie, Big Brother won’t be planting chips in your brain against your will. Researchers expect that consumers will want the freedom they will gain by using the implant.

And that would only be the tip of the iceberg.  Futurist Ray Kurzweil is actually convinced that we will all eventually have hordes of nanobots running around our bodies monitoring our health and looking for disease…

‘Bridge two (is) the biotechnology revolution, where we can reprogram biology away from disease.

‘And that is not the end-all either.

‘Bridge three is to go beyond biology, to the nanotechnology revolution.

‘At that point we can have little robots, sometimes called nanobots, that augment your immune system.

‘We can create an immune system that recognizes all disease, and if a new disease emerged, it could be reprogrammed to deal with new pathogens.’

Such robots, according to Kurzweil, will help fight diseases, improve health and allow people to remain active for longer.

Are you ready for this kind of a future?

These technologies are being developed right now, and they will be enthusiastically adopted by a large segment of the general public.

At some point in the future, having a brain implant may be as common as it is to use a smart phone today.

And of course the mainstream media will be telling all of us how wonderful it is to have a brain implant.  If you doubt this, just check out the following NBC News report where we are all told that we can expect to have microchip implants by the year 2017…

So are you ready for this brave new world?

Will you ever let them put a chip in your head?

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University at Buffalo researchers are developing a deep-sea computer network that may lead to improvements in tsunami detection, offshore oil and natural gas exploration, surveillance, and pollution monitoring.

“A submerged wireless network will give us an unprecedented ability to collect and analyze data from our oceans in real time,” Tommaso Melodia, UB associate professor of electrical engineering and the project’s lead researcher, said in a statement. “Making this information available to anyone with a smartphone or computer, especially when a tsunami or other type of disaster occurs, could help save lives.”

The framework Melodia and his team are developing would transmit data from existing and planned underwater sensor networks to laptops, smartphones, and other wireless devices in real time. It also would allow the many disparate underwater communication systems around the world to communicate with each other, effectively creating a deep-sea Internet.

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