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Following net neutrality from FDR to Obama

Russell Brandom February 27, 2015 05:18 pm02.27.2015 21

Thursday's FCC vote was a huge win for net neutrality, but it isn't the whole story. The FCC's latest move is just the latest entry in an evolution that stretches back more than 80 years, long before the...

Where did Net Neutrality come from and where is it going?

Scopes that caused UCLA superbug deaths linked to past outbreaks

Arielle Duhaime-Ross February 27, 2015 02:07 pm02.27.2015 6

The family of a 48-year-old woman who died in November is suing the maker of a medical scope, following a superbug outbreak at a UCLA medical center late last year. The woman, Antonia Cerda, died in...

"The Olympus TJF-Q180V requires careful attention to cleaning..." Olympus, scope manufacturer

White House releases draft of consumer privacy bill

Adi Robertson February 27, 2015 04:16 pm02.27.2015 10

The Obama administration is releasing a draft of legislation that would make it easier for consumers to see or remove the personal data that companies keep. Today, the White House announced that it was...

The 'Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights' expands on a plan from 2012

Plan to crack down on ketamine puts millions of women at risk, say campaigners

James Vincent February 27, 2015 07:25 am02.27.2015 25

A new proposal to limit access to ketamine around the world would have a devastating effect on the health of millions of women in poorer countries, say campaigners. Although in developed nations ketamine...

k-hole proposal

Banksy went to the Gaza Strip to paint new artwork

Lizzie Plaugic February 26, 2015 03:31 pm02.26.2015 34

The man, woman, or collective known as Banksy released a video this week showcasing new artwork created in the Gaza Strip, and, understandably, it's pretty dark. As The Daily Dot notes, the two-minute clip...

Featuring three new pieces

Fox News is confused about net neutrality, knows it hates Obama

Nilay Patel February 26, 2015 03:05 pm02.26.2015 252

One of the interesting things about the net neutrality debate is how resistant it's been to traditional left-right politics — turns out everyone hates their cable company. The millions of people flooding...


Verizon trolls the FCC's net neutrality vote with a blog post written in morse code

Ben Popper February 26, 2015 02:17 pm02.26.2015 73

Today the FCC voted to apply the Title II regulations of the Telecommunications Act to broadband internet services. The commission argues that it has updated the rules for our modern age, but opponents of...

"FCC’s ‘Throwback Thursday’ Move Imposes 1930s Rules on the Internet" Verizon

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Obama, AT&T, Verizon, Netflix and more react to the FCC's historic net neutrality vote

Chris Welch February 26, 2015 01:38 pm02.26.2015 147

The FCC has just made history by placing broadband under Title II regulation in an attempt to permanently safeguard net neutrality. The 3-2 vote was the culmination of months of back-and-forth between net...

Passionate responses on both sides

FinFisher spyware violated human rights guidelines, says UK watchdog

Russell Brandom February 26, 2015 01:11 pm02.26.2015 4

Today, a British human rights watchdog condemned private surveillance vendor Gamma International for violating human rights guldelines through its sale of the FinFisher spyware program. Based in London and...

"One of the most critical decisions ever issued by the OECD."

FCC votes to protect the internet with Title II regulation

Jacob Kastrenakes February 26, 2015 12:59 pm02.26.2015 407

Net neutrality has won at the FCC. In a 3-to-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission today established a new Open Internet Order that implements strict net neutrality rules, including prohibitions on...

A huge win for net neutrality

FCC overrules state laws to help cities build out municipal broadband

Chris Welch February 26, 2015 11:21 am02.26.2015 89

Before it tackles net neutrality, the FCC is setting a major precedent for municipal broadband: it's just voted to preempt state laws that were preventing two cities from building out their own locally run...

"You can’t say you’re for broadband, and then turn around and endorse limits." FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

Amazon just hired former Obama press secretary Jay Carney

Chris Welch February 26, 2015 09:48 am02.26.2015 23

Jay Carney, who served as the 29th White House Press Secretary under President Obama for over three years, is now an Amazon employee. Politico reports that Carney has been appointed VP of corporate...

He's now VP of corporate affairs
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