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Congress Finally Agrees On Something — Doing Nothing

A small victory for the good guys. With some help from the not-so-good guys. Barring a last-minute compromise when the Senate returns to session on May 31st, a controversial provision of the Patriot Act authorizing the NSA collection of phone records will sunset on that date. (A federal appeals court has already ruled that the

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Big Win For Net Neutrality . . . And Dave . . . And Everybody Else

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his support for reclassifying the Internet and treating it as another utility. According to the HuffPo “FCC Chief Announces Big Win for Net Neutrality Advocates” In a Wired op-ed, Wheeler said he is proposing the FCC use its authority under Title II of the Communications Act to protect consumer broadband

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Net Neutrality Finds Conservative Support

On February 26th the FCC will either vote to preserve Net Neutrality, or pave the way for Comcast and other ISPs (Verizon, AT&T, Cox, Time Warner Cable) to create Internet slow lanes. The encouraging news is that many Congressional Republicans are getting schooled by their own base on how this is actually a conservative cause.

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Fighting To Right A Wrong — Aaron’s Law

David Scharfenberg has a wonderful piece in this week’s Providence Phoenix — “Weeks after Aaron Swartz’s death, a friend takes action” — updating us on our friend Dave Segal*. Prior to his death Aaron Swartz had been targeted by the Justice Department and was facing a potential 35 years in prison for violating the Computer

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Cyber-Security Vote This Week: Big Brother Comes Knocking

There’s a push for cyber-security legislation in Congress this week and we have a chance to pressure our lawmakers to make sure that the legislation respects privacy rights and internet freedom.   The House has already passed a bill, called CISPA, which had truly dreadful privacy implications:  It would have trumped all existing online privacy protections,

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Segal Ponders The Political Landscape

It will come as no surprise that former State Rep, and Dose creator, David Segal has been thinking about that First Congressional District seat again. Cicilline’s numbers are terrible and a recent WPRI-TV poll has him losing to the Republican candidates. Segal spoke to David Scharfenberg at The Phoenix, Rhode Island’s First Congressional District, he

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