Category: Liberties and Equality

The FCC Wants to Let Us Choose What the Internet Knows About Us

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By , March 18, 2016


he chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Tom Wheeler, is proposing the first ever effort to let internet users choose how much information an internet service provider is allowed to collect, and how that information is used. As it stands, ISPs collect all sorts of data on their users: websites we visit, files we download, even our various physical locations. They often sell that data to places that are littering your screen with you-specific ads. As part of a new plan that will be formally proposed on March 31, Wheeler wants internet users to be able to opt-out of that kind of information collection, while ISPs sharing your information with third parties would be opt-in.

“All we’re saying in our proposal is that you, the consumer, ought to have a say in whether they can repackage and use information, which is basically your information, not their information,” Wheeler said to NPR. Telecom companies are against the proposal and have said that it undercuts their ability to compete with a company like Google, which is regulated by the FTC and is free to collect as much data as it wants. The business concerns seem to be real: Earlier this week, Moody’s said that the FCC’s privacy proposal could hurt broadband providers’ credit ratings.

If the plan goes through, companies will likely be in a position of needing to create incentives for you to share your information. AT&T already allows customers to opt-out of their data-tracking program for a nominal fee. Wheeler says that he wants to cut customers in on the bartering that is already going on over the buying and selling of their information. “First you empower consumers to say, ‘Do I want my information used?’ Then you empower consumers to say, ‘Is there a value that I put on my information?’ and work some kind of a deal with the Internet service provider to reflect that value.” It is important to note that the proposal holds no weight until the “net neutrality” or Open Internet case, still sitting in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, actually rules that ISPs are providing a service that can be regulated by the FCC.

via: The FCC Wants to Let Us Choose What the Internet Knows About Us

If the world were 100 people

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By , March 15, 2016


The Corporation

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By , March 10, 2016


Hidden Knowledge: Corporations; how they came into being, how they have changed, how they are run and how they are the key to the erosion of society, erosion to the rights and lifestyles of people, etc

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Doll Test

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By , February 3, 2016

This is heartbreaking.

“Every time we impose our will on another it is an act of violence.” –Gandhi.

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By , January 21, 2016

Every time we impose our will on another it is an act of violence.”


Senator Elizabeth Warren

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By , August 7, 2015

Senator Elizabeth Warren: I stand with Planned Parenthood


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By , July 15, 2015


Yesterday, British Spoken word performer Agnes Töröka release an inspired, three-minute poetic call-to-arms for the austerity generation that quickly went viral, garnering almost 100,000 views by the end of the day.

In “Worthless” ,Töröka masterfully calls into question the unfair social contract inherented by todays youth: from nonstop internships to massive debt to the wholesale gutting of social programs. Underlying the spoken word poem is a biting sarcasm, contrasting the public funding of bank bailouts with the raiding of public trusts. She also wonderfully skewers the patronizing, “realistic” platitudes of austerity, from “cost cutting” to telling out-of-work graduates to focus on “polishing their CV’s”.

It’s a brilliant – and unexpected – piece of rage-fueled poetry that should speak to anyone who’s been tightened, cost-cutted, and left to fend for themselves by a system that glorifies the rich while, time and time again, telling the rest of us we’re “worthless”.


Fed Report: Most US families can’t raise $400

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By , July 15, 2015

Fed Report: Most US families can’t raise $400 By Andre Damon 9 August 2014 A typical American household cannot raise $400 without borrowing money or selling possessions, according to the results of a survey published Friday by the Federal Reserve, the US central bank. The Fed’s Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2013 points to the precarious state of the majority of US households, who risk poverty or bankruptcy in the event of job loss, accident or unforeseen medical expense.

Source: Fed Report: Most US families can’t raise $400 – World Socialist Web Site


Lost Voices

By , June 28, 2015

microphoneTwo students at Eastern Michigan University, Darius Simpson and Scout Bosley, switch mikes and  teach a poetic lesson about privilege and empathy.