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Typically during an #FCCLive @FCC open meeting like today's 10:30, especially one with #NetNeutrality & #TitleII on tap, I tweet (a lot) to debunk the nonsense put out there by @AjitPaiFCC, @BrendanCarrFCC, and their enablers. But today let's take a different approach.
For today's remand order vote, with the Pai FCC botching the DC Circuit's mandate to look at how the repeal and reclassification decisions also harm public safety, broadband competition, and #Lifeline support for broadband, I decided to pre-but as much as I could. #FCCLive
Let's see how quickly my talking points bingo card fills up once the meeting starts at 10:30. But at very least I'll have succeeded in filling up Pai and Carr's mentions and the #FCCLive hashtag. (It's the little things that keep us going this week.) fcc.gov/news-events/ev…
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Each year, @freedomhouse publishes "Freedom on the Net," an annual snapshot of internet policy and outcomes in different countries, from #netneutrality to internet shutdowns to domestic surveillance.

This year's report is a grim read.

freedomhouse.org/report/freedom…

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The new report, spanning Jun 2019 to May 2020, tracks the steady (pre- and post-pandemic) march to a locked down internet robbed of its liberatory power and perverted in service to control, censorship and surveillance.

wired.com/story/internet…

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Even before the pandemic, things were bad, but the pandemic accelerates everything: inequality, monopoly, and internet crackdowns. In the name of epidemiology, the world's governments have criminalized some online speech and then arrested journalists and activists.

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#AaronSwartz advocated that all academic research should be available for free to the people instead of being kept behind publishing paywalls and #government control.
This led him to download millions of journal articles without authorization which ensured him federal
prosecution, that many believe led to his suicide.
Knowledge is power and that’s why the #NWO controls much of it.
Aaron believed an open access information “helped me become the sort of person I am, and writ large, would probably have a similar effect on the rest of
the #world.” Aaron’s father told the #Chicago Sun Times that Aaron was murdered by the government. In 2013, #MIT would release its report on Aaron.

2 Major Key findings: 1) MIT did NOT ‘call in the feds’ to take over the investigation. A #Cambridge police detective brought
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The @EnergyCommerce Communications & Technology subcommittee oversight hearing for the @FCC just started, with Chairman @USRepMikeDoyle laying out the case for for the "Trump FCC: Four Years of Lost Opportunities." #FCCOversight #DigitalDivide #subcommtech energycommerce.house.gov/committee-acti…
As @USRepMikeDoyle makes clear, the #DigitalDivide was a huge problem before the #COVID19 pandemic and economic downturn, and the piecemeal approach to solving it now is not good enough. #FCCOversight #subcommtech
Doyle: we need a better national policy, not just charity from big companies sometimes, and the Trump FCC has squandered chances and misplaced priorities while away people's rights and consumer protections. #FCCOversight #DigitalDivide #subcommtech
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This conversation started by @patrickc is a great discussion on all things #netneutrality

Nearly three years after the FCC voted to undo Title II, Where do things stand? Are tweets still free? Was this much ado about nothing? What is next?

I have some thoughts 🧵
Since the FCC's Restoring Internet Freedom Order took effect two years ago. We've seen:

-US Internet speeds are up!
-None of the hyperbolic predictions occurred (and/or never happened in first place)
-Increased broadband deployment
These 🔼 are all points that can (and should) be debated. Many (included myself) have discussed them ad nauseam.

So instead of rehashing those sticking points, I'm going to to share a few things, not often discussed.
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NEW: We've launched a new campaign to make it super easy for you to tell @AjitPaiFCC and the @FCC exactly what you think about the White House executive order to gut #Section230 and censor the Internet. The deadline is Sept 17, submit your comment at SaveOnlineFreeSpeech.org
DC is in a panic about Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Democrats and Republicans have taken aim at this obscure piece of legislation, called the “26 words that created the Internet.” The only problem is that they have absolutely no clue what they’re talking about.
Simply put, messing with Section 230 in the ways they’re suggesting could force tens of thousands of websites to shut down, silence the voices of millions of people, and open the floodgates for widespread censorship of our videos, memes, selfies, blogs, and social media posts.
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I'm noticing many of the same people who swore #netneutrality is essential to preserving the internet as we know it also demand Big Tech actively regulate speech on their platforms
I'm not an anti-vaxxer or a holocaust denier. I just want people to think *really* carefully before outsourcing speech regulation to Big Tech.
I recommend reading @Cloudflare's official statement when they terminated the Daily Stormer's account bec even as they justify their decision, they're 100% aware of the dangers to free speech.
blog.cloudflare.com/why-we-termina…
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wow. i shouldn't be surprised by this, but I am. AT&T will throw its weight behind Trump's absolutely absurd Executive Order that would gut Section 230 & enable widespread Internet censorship. And they're doing it just to confuse ppl about #netneutrality. attpublicpolicy.com/fcc/the-neutra…
this is perfectly in line with Big Telecom strategies over the last few years. AT&T, Comcast, and Verizon are some of the worst perpetrators of privacy violations and they routinely abuse their monopoly power. But they wave their hands and say "look over there at Facebook!"
Which works pretty well, because Facebook and other Big Tech companies are also doing terrible shit, and also have surveillance capitalist business models that are fundamentally at odds with basic rights and democracy. But AT&T wants us to think that you can only fix one of these
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Unions say AT&T has informed them that the company will be laying off another 3,400 employees over the next few weeks.

For those playing along at home, that's 41,000 job cuts since Trump gave AT&T a $42 billion tax cut in 2017.
Oh, the death of #netneutrality consumer protections were also supposed to create jobs and result in massive network investment. In both cases the exact opposite happened.
Sorry, I know we're supposed to pretend none of this actually happened. MAGA!
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In 2017, my activist organization @fightfortheftr was targeted by the hacking-for-hire firm covered today in Reuters. Since Zbay (my new project) is partly inspired by this experience, I thought I'd share some thoughts here...
reuters.com/article/us-ind…
The Reuters report builds on extensive investigation by security experts @EFF and @citizenlab, see here eff.org/deeplinks/2017… and here citizenlab.ca/2020/06/dark-b… for background.
The attackers also targeted groups working to hold ExxonMobil accountable for funding disinformation on climate change. NYT covers that aspect of the story here nytimes.com/2020/06/09/nyr…
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When we lament the loss of #NetNeutrality perhaps we also have to think back to who actually started us down this path. I think that net neutrality was a direct result of the decentralised nature of the web. Content was created to be accessible and distributed. No?
But. When we “killed” RSS to push content discovery to social media platforms we also made them the de facto closed islands of information. With that attention grabbing (and monetised) power comes responsibility. (Yes, the death of Google Reader still pisses me off)
We pushed users to the “easy” solution which also made content a prisoner of a pay to play model instead of the more distributed model of RSS feeds. Social media platforms became the gatekeepers. Gatekeepers cannot escape scrutiny for long.
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@RepSwalwell Here's a thread with the Resistance orgs & actions that address the specific areas they (the Koch RWing) used to gain power. None of us can do it all... it's small, focused & consistent steps to a win (that's how it worked!)..

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@RepSwalwell There are steps we can take now to curb their power & protect Democracy. IF we're very focused & unified in our resolve & actions

- Secure Elections in States

- Stop #ConCon in states

- inform & engage our communities

- save Net Neutrality

2/ Resources & Citizen Action ⤵️
@RepSwalwell 2/ cont’d... Plz keep reading for specific resources & citizen actions.

- oppose the closure or privatization of USPS

- vehemently oppose GOP judicial nominees

- steps to end Citizens United & ALEC

- #GOTV AND protect voting rights
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Short thread about @Product_Nation and how they operate, as @tam_arund reported this story.
the-ken.com/story/sahay-in…
iSPIRT is a lobby group, cabal, cartel which pushes policy changes to help them push their technology inside government. These volunteers build Aadhaar, UPI, e-KYC, e-Sign, DigitalLocker. They are paid by iSPIRT with their last salary upto 36 lakhs.
The volunteers they get early access to some of these technologies to start companies on top of them. The ex CTO of Aadhaar started Khosla Labs, early access to UPI is given only to friends of iSPIRT. So if you talk against them, you get legal notices or trolled. True story.
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1/23

Count on the US oligarchy to blame others for their own crimes. Although in the age of Trump their stories do have a habit of not always adding up:

January 28th US arrests a Harvard professor working on Nano Viral medicines, this as cases in Wuhan rose uncontrollably. 👇
2/23

We know US Intel had and was sharing numerous reports internally and with allies predicting this would be a worldwide pandemic in November. But under current management you just can't make deals with these guys without expecting a knife in your back. ImageImageImageImage
3/23

Not that it necessarily matters who's in charge of oversight into an agency that includes operatives accused of war crimes, that will literally hack their own oversight officials.
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The central claim behind Comcast's long holy war against #NetNeutrality is that without "network management" (slowing down your connection to the sites you like unless they pay bribes to Comcast), their network would face "congestion."

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This was obviously bullshit all along, but all doubt was erased in 2015, when a set of leaked memos from Comcast management affirmed that "network congestion" is a pretence for charging customers to use the service they are already paying for.

reddit.com/r/technology/c…

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Nevertheless, @AjitPaiFCC cited this "congestion" as justification for his slaughter of Net Neutrality, an accomplishment he was only able to pull off by pretending that millions of comments from fake/stolen identities were "evidence" for his case:

buzzfeednews.com/article/jsvine…

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You may have heard telcoms shills declaring that America's internet is holding up during the pandemic while Europe's is collapsing, and it's all thanks to @AjitPaiFCC's murder of #NetNeutrality. As @karlbode writes, "This entire narrative is fantasy."

techdirt.com/articles/20200…

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Generally networks have help up well in most places because they're managed by engineers who are good at their jobs. The EU's request to streaming companies to lower their video resolution by 25% was a pre-emptive precautionary measure, not a response to actual problems.

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The actual data reveals that, irrespective of Net Neutrality policies, most networks are generally performing at the same level.

That level is...not good, overall. After the FCC killed Net Neutrality, the carriers' network investment plummeted.

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“Second verse, same as the first.”

The Establishment Democrats and their corporate shills on TV and all over social media are already signaling that they want Bernie to drop out of the race, even though half of America hasn’t voted yet.
#DropOutBernie

This was always their main objective.
They sent almost 30 candidates at him.
They spent easy over a billion collectively.
Even now every state has disturbingly inaccurate exit polling that in any other country the OAS would deem as a fraudulent election. And yet here we are.

*crickets.
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There could be more news from the important items on today's #FCCLive agenda, but as we should have done last month, we NEED the press here today to ask @AjitPaiFCC about his lies on broadband investment, deployment and speeds since he abandoned #NetNeutrality and #TitleII.
@AjitPaiFCC Great reporters who aren't here in DC or at the @FCC all the time, sadly -- and whom this Chairman's press people have frozen out -- have tracked this story so well. @jbrodkin @KarlBode @dellcam & others know Pai's investment lies are false claims based on a false frame.
@AjitPaiFCC @FCC @jbrodkin @KarlBode @dellcam How so? Pai said again and again that broadband investment went down when we had #TitleII and #NetNeutrality in place. And this is false. @FreePress has the receipts. See, for example: freepress.net/sites/default/…
or
freepress.net/sites/default/…
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@djrothkopf Please consider what you can do today to protect the foundations of Democracy!

Behind trump's antics, the Koch WH, Cabinet & agencies are weakening our rights, internet freedoms, citizen power threatening #ElectionSecurity, we’re at risk of state's #ConCon

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@djrothkopf There are steps we can take now to curb their power & protect Democracy. IF we're very focused & unified in our resolve and actions

- Secure Elections in States

- Stop #ConCon in states

- inform & engage our communities

- save Net Neutrality

2/ Resources & Citizen Actions ⤵️
@djrothkopf 2 cont’d/. NOW is the time to work & plan for the "if".

We don't have to agree on anything beyond opposing a Fascist RW takeover that endangers us all.

- vehemently oppose GOP judicial nominees

- End Citizens United & ALEC

- #GOTV & protect voting rights

Resources 👇
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@Marston4ca42 Please consider what you can do today to protect the foundations of Democracy!

Behind trump's antics, the Koch WH, Cabinet & agencies are weakening our rights, internet freedoms, citizen power threatening #ElectionSecurity, we’re at risk of state's #ConCon

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@Marston4ca42 There are steps we can take now to curb their power & protect Democracy. IF we're very focused & unified in our resolve and actions

- Secure Elections in States

- Stop #ConCon in states

- inform & engage our communities

- save Net Neutrality

2/ Resources & Citizen Actions ⬇️
@Marston4ca42 2 cont’d/. NOW is the time to work & plan for the "if".

We don't have to agree on anything beyond opposing a Fascist RW takeover that endangers us all.

- vehemently oppose GOP judicial nominees

- End Citizens United & ALEC

- #GOTV & protect voting rights

Resources ⤵️
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@willwilkinson @Mickeefl @AdamSerwer Please consider what you can do today to protect the foundations of Democracy! 👇👇

Behind trump's antics, the Koch WH, Cabinet & agencies are weakening our rights, internet freedoms and citizen power. Threatening #ElectionSecurity, we’re at risk of state's #ConCon

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@willwilkinson @Mickeefl @AdamSerwer PLZ take more citizen actions in addition to #GOTV
This is the battle of our lives... there is no one leader, org, election or candidate that is going to fix our long term Koch RW Network problem. It's up to each of us to work now...

RESOURCE/ACTIONS THREAD 2/ 👇
@willwilkinson @Mickeefl @AdamSerwer There are steps we can take now to curb their power & protect Democracy. IF we're very focused & unified in our resolve and actions

- Secure Elections in States

- Stop #ConCon in states

- inform & engage our communities

- save Net Neutrality

3/ Resources & Citizen Action 👇
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"It is far easier to do nothing, to trust that, somehow, America's dangerous course will be set right. But this is a dangerous gamble, and in fact an abdication of our responsibility as Americans and indeed as human beings."
baltimoresun.com/opinion/op-ed/… ImageImageImage
Clearly the only lawful protest in the US these days is a thoroughly "astro-turfed" one.

theguardian.com/us-news/2020/a…
Ref "Astro-turfed"; replying to this comment on the "Yellow vest", who's funded by the same Russian money, concealed by the same RW politicians & intentionally amplified by the same US tech tycoons. I found another article I've shared tagged with malware.🤬 ImageImageImageImage
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@JadedCreative Please consider what you can do today to protect the foundations of Democracy! 👇👇

Behind trump's antics, the Koch WH, Cabinet & agencies are weakening our rights, internet freedoms and citizen power. Threatening #ElectionSecurity, we’re at risk of state's #ConCon

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@JadedCreative PLZ take more citizen actions in addition to #GOTV

This is the battle of our lives... there is no one leader, org, election or candidate that is going to fix our long term Koch RW Network problem. It's up to each of us to work now...

RESOURCE/ACTIONS THREAD 2/ 👇
@JadedCreative There are steps we can take now to curb their power & protect Democracy. IF we're very focused & unified in our resolve and actions

- Secure Elections in States

- Stop #ConCon in states

- inform & engage our communities

- save Net Neutrality

3/ Resources & Citizen Action 👇
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@waltshaub Please consider what you can do today to protect the foundations of Democracy! 👇👇

Behind trump's antics, the Koch WH, Cabinet & agencies are weakening our rights, internet freedoms and citizen power. Threatening #ElectionSecurity, we’re at risk of state's #ConCon

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@waltshaub PLZ take more citizen actions in addition to #GOTV This is the battle of our lives... there is no one leader, org, election or candidate that is going to fix our long term Koch RW Network problem. It's up to each of us to work now...

RESOURCE/ACTIONS THREAD 2/ 👇
@waltshaub There are steps we can take now to curb their power & protect Democracy. IF we're very focused & unified in our resolve and actions

- Secure Elections in States

- Stop #ConCon in states

- inform & engage our communities

- save Net Neutrality

3/ Resources & Citizen Action 👇
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