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Tim Harford got it wrong on net neutrality. Poptech/flickr

Can competition fix net non-neutrality?

Short answer: it isn’t obvious that it can. Let me back up a second and explain why I am revisiting this issue. Tim Harford published an article a few days ago that took his masterful econsplaining skills…
Turkey may censor its internet but there is still, internationally, deep divisions over how the internet should be governed. Miguel Carminati

Forums on internet governance reveal tensions over how the web should be regulated

How the internet is governed is no longer a matter seen fit to be left to mere technical committees. With the extent of online surveillance, so dramatically revealed by the Snowden files, increased content…
Someone get a fire extinguisher! Just, you know, maybe not Mark Zuckerberg. cibomahto

The internet is on fire but Snowden’s heroes can’t save us

Just ahead of the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web, Edward Snowden has sent what he hopes will be a strong message to the powers that control the internet in a video link streamed live to South by…
Verizon, Comcast and other providers have been fighting against net neutrality rules since 2005, when the Federal Communication Commission first introduced such measures. Steve Rhodes

Australia’s net neutrality lesson for the US

A US court ruling meaning broadband internet service providers will no longer have to follow principles of network neutrality has sparked predictions the internet will end as we know it. Some predict it…
But open to all on the same terms? balleyne

Europe can learn from US on how not to do net neutrality

We are entering a time of great uncertainty for internet freedom following two recent events. Both occurred in the US but have repercussions for Europe, where the debate on the future of net neutrality…
Some are more equal than others when it comes to internet access. acroll

Verizon ruling is a major blow to equal internet access

These are wild times for the management and governance of the internet, as is clear from the ruling that came out of the US this week. In a victory for the private sector, the Federal Communications Commission…
Nargono-Karabakh. They’ve got landmarks but no domain name. Blackwych

The politics of getting online in countries that don’t exist

What is the quickest route to international recognition? Aspiring states may try to ally themselves with a great power, lobby national governments, or even try to enlist the support of celebrities, which…
The dark web is under threat. Fir0002

Anonymity will be the next victim of internet censorship

The worrying developments in UK internet freedom over the last year make predictions for 2014 gloomy to say the least. Censorship now affects us all, so we should be thinking about it. And it’s not politically…
Are search engines really at the front line in the fight against child pornography? GoodNCrazy

Blocks just move child porn under the counter

Google and Microsoft have agreed to install filters on their search engines to prevent them being used to search for child abuse images. Some queries on Google and Bing will be blocked, while others will…
The money is piling up but will the regulators knock crowdfunding down? Jeff Belmonte

Crunch time for crowdfunders as regulation looms

Crowdfunding has attracted the attention of regulators and may have to change its ways. As it finds itself at the centre of a Financial Conduct Authority consultation, those in the game are wondering if…
Cheap weekends in NYC could be a thing of the past. WanderingTheWorld

It’s bad news all round if Airbnb bites the dust in New York

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has sent a subpoena to the home-renting company Airbnb. The demand asks for personal data relating to 15,000 users of the service in the city that have rented…
Copyright is changing. Some are yet to catch on. eddiedangerous

MPs have missed the mark in attacking copyright reform

The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee set out some fairly strong views last week about how its members think the UK should approach copyright reform. I have an interest to declare in…
Banking is global at every level. Get used to it and decide what’s important. Hakan Dahlstrom

Pick your battles when fighting financial spying

Another day brings yet another “revelation” based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden. This time, Der Spiegel revealed the details of an NSA programme known as “follow the money”, through which the agency…

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