Our nation has long used surveillance to control marginalized and dissident voices.
It’s an issue my colleagues and I recently learned a great deal about from activists who exposed our nation’s shameful surveillance operations 40 years ago.
This morning, the Supreme Court delivered two opinions: one that undercut a startup challenging the power of broadcasters, and another that protected our privacy rights on cellphones. Whiplash, anyone?
In his testimony, Wood noted the empty promises AT&T trots out every time it wants to sell a merger. “Each time it goes shopping,” he said, “AT&T comes before you hoping you’re ready to believe anything, and that you have a very short memory.”
Safeguarding free speech rights cannot be left to the whims and bottom lines of self-interested corporations. And if corporate interests are allowed to pick winners and losers online, it does not require much guesswork to predict who the winners and losers will be.
FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is clinging to his plan to allow rampant discrimination online the way Linus clings to his blanket. You know it’s time for both of them to let go, but they aren’t yet ready to step up and heed the call.
On Wednesday night I ventured out of Western Massachusetts’ Comcast country into Albany’s Time Warner Cable territory to testify at a hearing.
At issue were the 3 million New York customers Comcast would serve if its merger with Time Warner Cable goes through.