Alleged ‘Consumer Groups’ Oppose Consumers Getting Stuff from Anyone but Government
One thing at which the Left is very good is naming things – so as to hide and obfuscate what these things actually do. Because if they admitted what these things actually do – they would poll…well, right where Congress is polling. But one obvious example: ObamaCare’s official name is “The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.” Which isn’t particularly accurate. “Patient Protection?” President Barack | Read More »
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Will Amazon’s growth end up allowing Internet sales tax reform?
Americans have resisted sales tax reform for the Internet era, because they simply didn’t want to pay more taxes. These days, it’s hard to argue against that, even though most of the taxes we pay go to DC, but the sales tax situation is harming the state budgets. I wonder if this debate will change as people have to pay tax on Amazon anyway, thanks | Read More »
Putin joins the EU in declaring war on American data centers
Traditionally the US has been the world’s powerhouse for Internet data centers. We are the global hub of the Internet, and people put servers here. That’s been great for freedom on the Internet, since we don’t censor and strongarm like other countries do. Well, thanks to Edward Snowden’s propaganda, that’s changing. Russia is demanding that data be stored in Russia, where Putin can gain control, | Read More »
Matthew Keys is guilty and should go to prison for his hacking
Sometimes you can read a story about an alleged criminal, and it’s hard to tell if the person was actually guilty or not. But in the case of Matthew Keys, convicted of breaking into the LA Times website as part of a conspiracy with the online network Anonymous, it’s obvious he’s guilty as sin and deserves to be put away.
Europe goes protectionist on data, ends Safe Harbor system
The European Union has this fantasyland idea that regulation can fix the privacy problem; or at least with respect to private corporations. EU Directive 95/46/EC on Data Protection, which took effect in 1998, prevents private businesses from sending data outside of the EU. The massive regulatory state does not have to comply with any of its privacy protections. However international commerce is greatly threatened by the | Read More »
Tor is a tool of (fortunately incompetent) criminals
The Onion Router (better known as Tor*) is one of the favorite tools of the scum of the Internet. Thieves, terrorists, child pornographers, drug dealers, and more all love to use Tor (and Bitcoin) to run their operations. Fortunately the creeps and their software aren’t very good at this, because the FBI is blowing open holes int he whole system to catch child pornographers.
Harvard Internet Monitor: Bias of Omission in Action
Harvard University, possibly the most overrated institution of learning since the Great Library of Alexandria, has launched a new Internet Monitor Dashboard. They claim that the goal is to drive policy, so it’s not surprising that the dashboard turns out to be an agenda-driven piece of work missing key information.
Why the Ashley Madison Hack is Going to be Awful
In case you missed it, Ashley Madison, the website that specializes in meeting people online to have an affair, was hacked, with millions of email addresses, aliases, and other assorted personal information having been taken. Last night, the info was dropped in large, mostly unorganized files on torrent sites. The Bowels of the Internet (4chan, Reddit, etc.) have been combing through the information, starting with | Read More »
Tech at Night: Ted Cruz is a champion
Since the founding of the Internet, the US Government has had ultimate oversight over its critical institutions. There was a conference in Brazil pushing to end that, and replace the US with the UN or some ‘multilateral’ system, creating a power vacuum that could be filled by China and/or Russia. is saying ‘not so fast’ to that. Good on him.
Tech at Night: The Internet’s dangerous, but the NSA is there to help
I’ve said it pretty regularly in this space: the Internet isn’t for kids. However the scary thing is that even if you don’t realize you’re putting your kids online, you really might be, as those parents with an online service-based nanny cam found out. Be careful out there. NSA does the dirty work, but there’s only so much they can do.
Tech at Night: Democrat thinks global censorship is possible
Look, anarchists are terrible. America should restore the old policy of deporting foreign anarchists, and jailing domestic ones. It’s a dangerous ideology and should not be treated as legitimate. That said, Dianne Feinstein is an idiot. She’s blinded by ideology and believes in an all-powerful government, but in fact government can’t accomplish what she hopes.
Questions and answers on ICANN, a fundamental Internet organization
An issue that has been touched on occasionally here at RedState, both in Tech at Night and in Coffee and Markets, is the future of the governance of the entire Internet, through the future of ICANN and IANA, basic organizations that govern how the Internet operates. The Obama administration appears to be throwing itself behind a basic change that will diminish the influence of the | Read More »
Tech at Night: Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet was worse than we thought
So Obama’s secret plan to regulate the Internet, the one that we weren’t allowed to see what was in it until it was passed, is finally out, and it’s anti-free speech, anti-innovation, and illegal. It was sold as one thing, but there’s a whole iceberg of problems beneath.
Tech at Night: What does FCC have to hide in Obama’s Internet regulation plan?
Mike O’Rielly continues to do outstanding work, joining Ajit Pai in exposing the dangerous lack of transparency the Obama administration has shown. This is pretty bad. What does the FCC have to hide?
Tech at Night: Just how bad is Net Neutrality?
They tell us that regulating things like a utility is good, when it comes to Net Neturality, but New Zealand is clear evidence to the contrary. It’s no wonder a national consensus is forming against Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet. Polls are against it and even Google is realizing how wrong it is.