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Google and other telecom giants are wooing cities with plans to create public Wi-Fi grids. But there's no such thing as a free digital lunch: The price we pay is a loss of online privacy.

As the House considers two bills to regulate political speech on the Internet, the liberal Daily Kos and conservative Red State blogs are bedfellows, supporting a flawed GOP-sponsored bill that opens the door for soft money to buy political ads online.

The Global Online Freedom Act should be the beginning of a conversation about what needs to be done to prevent US Internet and technology firms from contradicting American values.

Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Cisco Systems are under fire from Congress for helping China censor and prosecute political dissidents. But a proposed law to guide technology companies doing business abroad raises troubling questions for Internet users everywhere.

Jerome Armstrong and Markos Moulitsas Zúniga, a k a MyDD and Daily Kos, propose to revive the Democratic Party with a technology-driven "bloodless coup."

Telephone and cable bigwigs pitched their vision of a pay-to-play
Internet to the Senate Commerce Committee Tuesday, and web visionaries
pushed back. Lawmakers seemed baffled by the complexity.

Telephone and cable companies are crafting strategies to transform the free and open Internet to a privately run service that would charge a fee for virtually everything we do online. Can we stop them?

Obsessed voyeurs in the Bush Administration are poking their noses into
everyone's business, with the help of Internet giants like Microsoft,
AOL and Yahoo.

The scandals suffocating the Bush Administration seem less like Nixon
and Watergate and more like Louis XV and pre-Revolutionary France. They
are harbingers of a potent cultural event that may jolt the public out
of complacency.

What began as an amateur porn site has become a magnet for graphic images of combat and derisive comments posted by US soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. But military officials are loath to condemn it.

Blogs

The new political correctness is real, even if it isn’t always wrong.

January 29, 2015

The president wants cities to be able to innovate with municipal broadband systems.

January 15, 2015

Standing in opposition to net neutrality is tantamount to standing against innovation, against small business, against private-sector job creation and against competition.

December 2, 2014

Authors Kevin Cooke and Dan Lehrer accurately foresaw in 1993 the debate over net neutrality we’re having today.

November 19, 2014

The famous blogger needn’t panic. Twitter’s new partnership with the feminist group WAM! is an attempt to fight abuse, not impose ideological censorship. 

November 12, 2014

The president calls for the reclassification of Internet services under telecommunications in the name of an open Internet.

November 10, 2014

The FCC is reportedly considering a “hybrid” plan that could still leave us with exactly what we don’t want: fast lanes for the 1% and slow lanes for everybody else.

November 6, 2014

We're running out of time to fight for net neutrality.

September 10, 2014

Jobs that demand constant social media interaction create different burdens for men and women.

August 12, 2014

“This is exactly why we need Net Neutrality. We don’t want to live in a world where Comcast or AT&T gets to decide which side of the story you see.”

August 1, 2014