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Network Neutrality “undo” vote “passes” at FCC: part II of the demonstrations

Well, there was a screenwriter’s “change in plans” today (as in Hauge’s screenwriting classes), and I did make it to the demonstrations around 10:30 AM.

I made two more videos:

1:  Note: the call to do things “collectively” and “keep the eye on the prize”.  Also the call to “hold on”, like us little bloggers would all get blocked tomorrow.  The Left likes scare tactics. The speaker sounds so authoritarian himself, ever much so as Trump or Pence, but on a different side!

 

2:  (some old time religion maybe, or solidarity?  — “Hold On”)

We all know that the FCC vote took place and Ajit Pai “won” by 3-2.  There was a small security disruption reported later; I saw no evidence of this outside except for one or two Secret Service cars.  (ICE is across the street.)

One of the most succinct summaries is on Yahoo, here,  I’ve talked about some of the more controversial (especially Left-wing) predictions on other posts (see the Pingback on yesterday’s post here).   I’m still in the Cato-like libertarian camp on this one.

As to my opening comment, my condo building had a scheduled power outage this morning because Dominion Energy, with little noticed, did a major grid upgrade, including underground cable replacement. I think that there is some security-oriented concern over the need to harden the grid with new neutral grounding circuitry to protect it from Carrington-sized solar storms (we dodged one just barely in July 2012)  and possibly terrorism or enemy attack (E3-level EMP).  (I’ve blogged in detail about this on the news commentary blog mentioned in the pingback above.) Dominion is said to be one of the better companies in taking this seriously.  Dominion Energy ran TV ads on WJLA7 and CNN that seemed to be automatically selected on Cox (at least) by viewer zipcode, right before this upgrade — I say this noting that the more “mainstream” media outlets seem very squeamish about discussing this topic seriously.  Since I’m new to the building, I was fastidious about disconnecting and shutting things down first, but it seems as thought the power in high rise buildings is re-energized slowly by floors to prevent surges.  People who aren’t retired like me don’t have the luxury of being home and being that cautious with their gear (which for me is critical “infrastructure” for my “second career”).  The outage was much shorter than predicted, about three hours.  The power came on literally as I returned home from the demonstrations.  Cable and Internet and everything else came back very quickly (more quickly than it would have in the house I had sold.)

(Posted; Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 5 PM RST)

 

 

Overnight vigil starts at FCC as agency preps to vote to end net neutrality; but will anything really “happen”?

I have an involuntary gig of sorts Thursday (it seems like I’m still “working”), so I might not get to the demonstrations planned by FFTF (“Fight for the Future”) at the FCC tomorrow when it votes on abrogating network neutrality regulations.

In fact FTFF advertised a “Stop the Vote Overnight Vigil” on Facebook.

So I went there late today (the vigil was to start at 4 PM today) and found one young man doing some setup.  People walked by and looked at the “tombstone”.  I talked to the young man and two other people.  All three seemed to think very little would change right now because of the litigation that will come, as well as questions about whether telecom companies really have an economic incentives to cut off sites or manipulate traffic speed when they know that their consumers want a neutral Internet.

I have a feeling that some of the demonstrators will stay in hotels (or especially in Airbnb rooms nearby, as there are many on Capitol Hill).

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Here are a few Wall Street Journal links today

(1)    Manipulation of the comment feed at the FCC

(2)    Don’t panic

(3)    Opposing viewpoints

(4)    Netflix

(Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 8:30 PM EST)

Demonstration against rolling back network neutrality on “day of action” near Capitol in Washington DC

Today I attended a “Battle for the Net” demonstration and rally between the US Capitol and Senate Office buildings in Washington DC.

The event was chaired by Senator E Markey (D-MA). Senator A, Franken (D-MN) spoked, as well as a congresswoman from California, and a representative of the Latino community. I didn’t get the names down.

Generally, the speakers said that fast lanes for big companies would mean most people wouldn’t bother to look at sites of smaller competitors.

I was not allowed to ask a question because I am not a member of the established press. I’ll cover that aspect on a legacy blog (comment). That would seem to undercut one of Markey’s own arguments.

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(Posted: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 4:30 PM EDT)

AFI Docs: QA’s from “Silenced” and “The Internet’s Own Boy”

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I saw four films at AFI Docs (formerly called SilverDocs) this weekend.

Two of the films dealt with the government, surveillance, leaks, overreaching prosecutions, and the like.  While reviews are on Blogger, I have many other videos from the QA to share.

On Thursday, June 19, “Silenced” played at the Naval Archive, directed by James Spione, told the story of CIA operative John Kiriakou, NSA official Thomas Drake, and US attorney Jesselyn Radack.

On Saturday, June 21, 2014, I saw “The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz“, directed by Brian Knappenberger, at the AFI Silver in Silver Spring MD.  The film will be in general release June 27.

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Part 3:

This was an answer to my question, which involved the DMCA Safe Harbor, Section 230, and downstream liability protection, especially in connection with the SOPA bill in 2011, which Aaron’s protest help defeat in early 2012.

Jack Andraka, the teen who discovered a promising test for Pancreatic Cancer, discusses the problem of paywalls for scientific journals at about the 15:00 mark in the YouTube video of his Stanford speech in late 2013, youtube link here.

(Published Sunday June 22, 2014 at 11:45 PM)