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It’s Time to Nationalize the Internet

Julianne Tveten In These Times
To counter the FCC’s attack on net neutrality, we need to start treating the Internet like the public good it is.

Friday Nite Videos | December 15, 2017

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Black Women Save America from Roy Moore. "I Want a Marriage Like They Had in the Bible." Doug Jones Wins in Alabama; Moore, Bannon and Trump Lose. How to Be the Perfect Rape Victim. R.I.P. The Internet.

R.I.P. The Internet

Stephen has a message for the FCC that also involves a phrase beginning with 'F.'

Net Neutrality: What Happens Next

Aja Romano Vox
The overwhelming majority of the public, including Republicans, support net neutrality. The FCC just voted to end it. Here's what happens next.

Friday Nite Videos | May 12, 2017

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Elizabeth Warren: Trump Fires the Investigators. John Lee Hooker - Serves Me Right to Suffer. John Oliver | Net Neutrality II. Mother's Day for Peace. Stephen Colbert Reacts to Trump Calling Him 'A No-Talent Guy'.

Trump/Nunes Story Gets Weirder

Plus, Seth takes a closer look at Trump and the GOP's plan to allow Internet companies to sell people's Internet data.

Senate Republicans Just Sold You Out to Advertisers

Sam Biddle The Intercept
In a 50-to-48 vote along party lines, the U.S. Senate decided to kill FCC rules blocking your ISP from selling your browsing history to the advertising industry without permission. ISPs would not only be able to commodify your browser history, but “[hijack] their customers’ search queries and [redirect] them to a place customers hadn’t asked for” and “inject ads into your traffic based on your browsing history.

Three Myths the Telecom Industry is Using to Convince Congress to Repeal the FCC’s Privacy Rules, Busted

E. Falcon, J. Gillula, C. McSherry, K. Tummarello Electronic Frontier Foundation
(Fair warning: some of these are fairly wonky, so if you’re not the type that gets excited by telecom law, you can always skip to the part where you call your senators and representative and tell them not to repeal the FCC’s ISP privacy rules—because if we raise our voices together, we can stop Congress before it’s too late.)

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Making Sense of Modern Pornography

Katrina Forrester The New Yorker
Disagreement on the left reigns over pornography. Is it in essence the objectification of capitalist commodity relations applied to "the other" with possibly disastrous social consequences, or is its celebration of eroticism potentially subversive of an entire repressive culture? The book under review examines the modern porn industry where the Internet has made it ubiquitous, and access on many sites even free. So if this isn't our fathers' old titillations, what is it?
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