From electricity to earmuffs, once you buy a product or service from a company, it shouldn't be any of their business how you choose to use it.
The power company doesn't say you can't use the energy-saving features on your new refrigerator unless you buy more electricity, and your grocer doesn't make you buy an extra loaf of bread if you stop purchasing potato chips.
While competition is the name of the game for the 10,000 athletes competing in the Summer Olympics, the same can’t be said for the viewing audience. In fact, the Olympics show what happens when viewers don’t have enough options at their disposal.
Our friends at Global Voices, the international community of bloggers and citizen journalists, have been big supporters of the Declaration of Internet Freedom from day one. Last Friday they launched a “translathon” — a 24-hour marathon in which people translated the Declaration into as many languages as possible.
Thanks in large part to an all-hands-on-deck effort from civil liberties and privacy activists and advocacy groups, the Senate voted Thursday to stop the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 from moving forward. As our friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation put it, "this is a victory for Internet freedom advocates everywhere."
This week, the Federal Communications Commission delivered a long-awaited victory in the fight for Internet freedom. It fined Verizon Wireless $1.25 million for illegally limiting customers’ use of competitive applications on the company’s 4G network. The FCC action will save lots of Verizon customers hundreds of dollars a year, giving those folks more affordable and open Internet access.
Wow, Internet freedom is delicious.
At least that’s how some Free Pressers felt when we conducted a little photo shoot to help kick off the Summer of Internet Freedom.
We figured we’ve been helping activists around the world organize their own Internet freedom events, so why not join in the fun?
Think you have the right to speak freely via cellphones, websites and social media? Well, the companies that provide you with access to the Internet don’t.
The framers drafted the First Amendment as a check on government authority — not corporate power. But whether we’re texting friends, sharing photos on Facebook, or posting updates on Twitter, we’re connecting with each other and the Internet via privately controlled networks.