President Obama has called his administration the “most transparent in history,” but instead of allowing companies to be completely transparent regarding their involvement in government surveillance, Washington has muzzled them.
Protests like Wednesday’s Internet Slowdown Day and the continued push to make the Internet a public utility are episodes in long battles that have no definite end in sight, but activists are in it for the long haul.
A year-and-a-half after Swartz killed himself because of pressure from felonies he faced over alleged “cyber crimes,” the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act is set to give the government the power to collect and share content from emails, texts or other written communications without a warrant, ACLU adviser Gabe Rottman says.
As the larger part of American culture seems ready to surrender its claim to privacy without question, organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation are riding like Paul Revere through the digital Massachusetts night.
The Internet loves cats, so much so that a group calling itself the Internet Defense League has selected the “cat signal” as its emergency warning to Web surfers that some nefarious threat to Internet freedom is rearing its head in the halls of Congress or elsewhere.
Wednesday, Jan. 18, marked the largest online protest in the history of the Internet. Websites from large to small “went dark” in protest of proposed legislation before the U.S. House and Senate that could profoundly change the Internet.