the House rushed through a vote on CISPA — the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and
supporters in the House were so rattled by mounting opposition to their creepy
bill — more than 1 million people told them to ditch it — that they passed the
legislation before our outcry could spread.
On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission ruled
that television stations must enter the 21st century and put the information in
their public and political files online. Now anyone with an Internet connection
will be able to access information about who is spending all that money on
political advertising. The files will also allow us to see how stations are serving
— or failing to serve — community needs.
Less than a week before the Federal Communications
Commission is set to vote on a proposal that would transform public access to
information about political ad spending, it seems the agency may be on the
verge of caving to industry pressure. Two out of three FCC commissioners have
expressed openness to a broadcast industry counter proposal to segregate
information about individual political ads, keeping that information offline
and locked in dusty file cabinets.
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is the most powerful corporate front group you’ve never heard of. Drawing the vast majority of its financing from big corporations, the group allows these firms to help write bills that it then secretly passes off to state legislators to get turned into laws.
The U.S. government has increasingly shown an intense desire to “friend” you, to “follow” you, to get to know your every online move.
Now members of the House of Representatives are channeling that desire into legislation that clears a path for authorities to work with companies like AT&T, Facebook and Google to snoop on Internet-using Americans.
Sounds like an Onion headline, but it’s not. Yesterday
a U.S. appeals court struck
down a ban on political advertising on public TV and radio stations. That
means your local NPR and PBS stations could start airing all those nasty attack
ads that clog up the airwaves in an election year.