Posts tagged Internet

Spot on. For all of our 90s obsession with compassionate capitalismtomorrow’s biggest companies are all being built by sociopaths.

Do NOT download the new Facebook messaging app.

In a breathtakingly creepy invasion of privacy, Facebook is forcing all smartphone users to download a new messaging app. The Android version of the app — and to a lesser extent the iPhone version as well — allows Facebook to access your phone camera and record audio, call and send messages without your permission, identify details about you and all your contacts, and send that info on to third parties.

If you want to carry on sending and receiving messages through Facebook on your mobile phone you now have no choice but to install Facebook Messenger — and give the company access to a wealth of personal data stored on your phone.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has also admitted that his long-term plan could be to ‘monetize’ the app, so we need to act now before the app becomes impossible to stop.

Tell Facebook to stop invading its users’ privacy and allow people to keep using the old messenger feature.

The company claims that it is simply improving the user experience, and that it doesn’t have control over the permissions required for the app, specifically on Android phones. But there’s a simple solution to the problem: don’t make users download the new messenger.

Most people installing the app have absolutely no idea what they just agreed to. We need to spread the word about Facebook’s shocking privacy invasion — and if we can make this petition huge, Facebook will have to listen and get rid of this invasive new app.

Sign the petition and share it on Facebook.

I just uninstalled it from my phone.

Don't Let Congress Ruin Net Neutrality

The Internet as we know it is under attack like never before. And now some members of Congress are ramping up the fight.

Rep. Bob Latta has introduced a bill that would prevent the FCC from reclassifying Internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon as common carriers. This is the exact opposite of what will protect the open Internet.

Reclassifying broadband under Title II of the Communications Act is the only way to protect real Net Neutrality.

A vote for this bill is a vote against the open Internet.

Tell your representative to reject this bill.

This is a potentially tragic turning point in American
politics and policy. We are on the verge of turning over the internet – the
most important communications system ever invented– to telecoms that grew huge
through the government granting them monopoly status. Barring a genuine shift in policy
or a court stepping in to ensure fair treatment of captive customers – or
better yet, genuine competition – companies like Verizon and Comcast will have
staggering power to decide what bits of information reach your devices and mine,
in what order and at what speed. That is, assuming we’re permitted to get that
information at all.Do we want an open internet? Do we want digital
innovation and free speech to thrive? If we continue down the regulatory road
pursued by the former cable and wireless industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler, all of
those good things will be in serious jeopardy.

 (via The FCC is about to axe-murder net neutrality. Don’t get mad – get even | Dan Gillmor | Comment is free | theguardian.com)
Did you know that Wheeler has a comment page? Do you care enough about the way that the internet is presented to you to tell him what a rotten rule he has proposed? Are you genuinely upset to enough about the death of net neutrality to actually write someone who has something to do with it?
This is a potentially tragic turning point in American politics and policy. We are on the verge of turning over the internet – the most important communications system ever invented– to telecoms that grew huge through the government granting them monopoly status. Barring a genuine shift in policy or a court stepping in to ensure fair treatment of captive customers – or better yet, genuine competition – companies like Verizon and Comcast will have staggering power to decide what bits of information reach your devices and mine, in what order and at what speed. That is, assuming we’re permitted to get that information at all.

Do we want an open internet? Do we want digital innovation and free speech to thrive? If we continue down the regulatory road pursued by the former cable and wireless industry lobbyist Tom Wheeler, all of those good things will be in serious jeopardy.

(via The FCC is about to axe-murder net neutrality. Don’t get mad – get even | Dan Gillmor | Comment is free | theguardian.com)



Did you know that Wheeler has a comment page? Do you care enough about the way that the internet is presented to you to tell him what a rotten rule he has proposed? Are you genuinely upset to enough about the death of net neutrality to actually write someone who has something to do with it?

Stop the FCC from Breaking the Internet

People everywhere understand that the Internet is a crucial driver of free speech, innovation, education, economic growth, creativity and so much more. They demand real Net Neutrality rules that protect Internet users from corporate abuse.

But the Federal Communications Commission is proposing rules that would kill — rather than protect — Net Neutrality and allow rampant discrimination online.

Under these rules, telecom giants like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon would be able to pick winners and losers online and discriminate against online content and applications. And no one would be able to do anything about it.

We must stop the FCC from moving forward with these rules, which would give the green light to ISPs eager to crush Net Neutrality.

The agency can preserve Net Neutrality only by designating broadband as a telecommunications service under the law. Anything else is an attack on our rights to connect and communicate.

Tell FCC Chairman Wheeler to throw out his proposed rules. Demand nothing less than real Net Neutrality.

Congress: Stop Comcast's mega-merger!

If you’re sick and tired of skyrocketing cable TV and Internet rates, and lousy customer service, then take a minute and join me in opposing Comcast’s takeover of Time Warner Cable.

If this mega-merger is allowed to go through, Comcast will dominate much of the nation’s TV and Internet marketplace, and be in 19 of the 20 largest cities. When one company has that much control, you can bet we’ll get hit with even higher prices and fewer program choices!

The Senate is holding its first hearing on this bad deal Wednesday. I just sent a message of opposition to my members of Congress you can do the same by going to Consumers Union’s website. It only takes a minute, and it’s important our elected officials know that we are fed up with giant conglomerates draining our wallets.

If nobody else will take action and the government of Uganda refuses to see reason, Anonymous will adopt a scorched earth policy towards Uganda’s network infrastructure. You should expect us, for we do not forgive and we will not forget.
 (via FreePress.net | Comcast   Time Warner Cable = Disaster)The proposed Comcast–Time Warner Cable deal would create a television and Internet colossus like no other.
Comcast is the country’s #1 cable and Internet company and Time Warner Cable is #2. Put them together and you get a single giant controlling a massive share of our nation’s TV and Internet-access markets.
Putting this much power in the hands of one company is dangerous. This deal would lead to less consumer choice, less diversity and higher cable bills.
Please take the necessary steps to block this merger.

The proposed Comcast–Time Warner Cable deal would create a television and Internet colossus like no other.

Comcast is the country’s #1 cable and Internet company and Time Warner Cable is #2. Put them together and you get a single giant controlling a massive share of our nation’s TV and Internet-access markets.

Putting this much power in the hands of one company is dangerous. This deal would lead to less consumer choice, less diversity and higher cable bills.

Please take the necessary steps to block this merger.

In an already uncompetitive market with high prices that keep going up and up, a merger of the two biggest cable companies should be unthinkable.

This deal would be a disaster for consumers and must be stopped.

I just signed this petition about Net Neutrality - care to join me?

Verizon struck the final blow against Net Neutrality when a federal appeals court ruled in its favor and struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order. The FCC must take action now to stop the corporate takeover of the internet. I just signed a petition about this. It only takes a moment at the link .