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Communities across the U.S. are taking network construction into their own hands. T.Dallas/Shutterstock.com

Cities and states take up the battle for an open internet

A recent federal court ruling lets big telecom companies censor the internet in ways that boost their own profits – but also allows local and state governments to outlaw censorship if they wish.
Optical fibres carry data from the web, these cables were previously neutral containers – but not anymore. Groman123/Flickr

The end of web neutrality, the end of the Internet?

Until last December, Internet service providers were required to respect the principle of web neutrality. This is no longer the case in the United States. What are the consequences?
Toronto could learn a lot from Brazil following the flawed and opaque consultation process to develop parts of the city’s waterfront. (Shutterstock)

Quayside Toronto project proves that smart city talks must be transparent

Toronto’s Quayside smart city project needs a new, truly consultative process. An innovative method used by Brazil to develop its landmark Internet Bill of Rights may be the answer.
Conversations on Facebook ethics are part of a bigger conversation about information architecture. AP Photo/Alastair Grant

The internet is designed for corporations, not people

An expert explains how Facebook's privacy issues are linked to a bigger problem – a 'hostile information architecture,' largely controlled by corporate interests.
Ajit Pai, former Verizon lawyer turned head of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), rolled back President Barack Obama’s net neutrality policy in December. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The data war behind net neutrality

Repealing net neutrality regulations in the United States will be disastrous for the rest of the world.
Consolidation is happening at a rapid pace. But who will bear the brunt of the costs? Khakimullin Aleksandr/Shutterstock.com

Defanged regulations have big media licking their chops

In the coming year, media companies will be adjusting to a new reality – one that ultimately leaves consumers with fewer choices.
Is America’s digital economy facing a stormy future? Filipe Frazao/Shutterstock.com

Is America’s digital leadership on the wane?

The digital economy in the US is already on the verge of stalling; failing to protect an open internet would further erode the United States’ digital competitiveness.
Some Americans have fast internet, but many still lag behind – especially in rural areas. BlueRingMedia via shutterstock.com

Will Trump and the FCC heal or worsen America’s digital divide?

The Trump administration's proposed budget suggests it will continue to spend federal dollars on expanding broadband internet access. But the rules governing internet traffic matter too.

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