The Daily Caller has reported that the Republican Party will included a plank in its GOP convention platform to guarantee Internet freedom. The GOP is the first of the two political parties to fully embrace Internet freedom, the Daily Caller reports.
“Internet freedom,” according to the finalized draft language, would entail the removal of “regulatory barriers” for technology businesses, resistance to international governance of the Internet and the “constitutional protection” of personal data.
The draft language, which must be approved by the Republican Party at the upcoming Republican National Convention, contains the following: “We will remove regulatory barriers that protect outdated technologies and business plans from innovation and competition, while preventing legacy regulation from interfering with new technologies such as mobile delivery of voice and video data as they become crucial components of the Internet ecosystem.”
The draft continued, “We will resist any effort to shift control away from the successful multi-stakeholder approach of Internet governance and toward governance by international or other intergovernmental organizations.”
The plank also states, “We will ensure that personal data receives full constitutional protection from government overreach and that individuals retain the right to control the use of their data by third parties.”
On the road with the Internet 2012 bus tour
No, it isn’t a cyber tour. It’s an honest-to-goodness, rubber-meets-the-road bus tour to call attention to the importance of protecting Internet freedom.
The 1,000-mile Internet 2012 campaign bus trip in a red and blue bus (to be political party inclusive) will begin Oct. 1 in Denver. The route winds up in Danville, Ky., and is being organized by Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of social sharing site Reddit.
Key issues include Web freedom, affordable access and online privacy. Ohanian was engaged in the effort to derail the Stop Online Piracy Act.
“From taxes, to health care, to immigration – Democrats and Republicans can’t seem to agree on anything,” reads the project’s IndieGoGo fund-raising campaign. “But there’s one thing no one’s really talking about that both sides should be championing: The Open Internet.”
The website continues, “We want to embark on an ‘Internet 2012’ campaign-style bus tour where we’ll talk to local startups, college students, media, politicians and grassroots organizations about the power and promise of the Open Internet. We’ve already drafted a Declaration of Internet Freedom, created an Internet Defense League, and encouraged both parties to adopt Internet freedom into their platforms.”
“I would love to hear it brought up during the debates,” Ohanian said. “I would love it to be the thing that Obama and Romney try to one-up each other on.”
In a somewhat related post, Internet freedom watchdog Seton Motley of Less Government writes: “Bad policy after bad policy. Often illegally imposed. As a result, the Tech Sector – 1/6 of our nation’s economy, as big as health care – is hemorrhaging jobs. … And our Internet service would be better, faster and cheaper were it not for this administration.”
Dialing for dollars?
Did you know your mobile device might be making a donation to a political campaign without your knowledge? WND’s Bob Unruh did the research and here’s what he found.
Brevity is the soul of … email
It’s true. Keeping your emails short and to the point is one of the ways you can plow through them and keep everyone happy. Another helpful tip: respond within 24 hours. And delegate action items by cc-ing others involved.
Fraud on the Internet
“How can you really be sure something is original? How do we know someone hasn’t modified the Constitution, replaced the surveillance tapes, bribed the scholars, a la George Orwell?”
Those are questions posed in an article at TechCrunch that addresses the weakness of the Internet. Is everything you’ve done on the Internet permanent? Maybe not. Could this pose a danger to you?
A coming out party for the Mini iPad
I’m still getting used to my iPad’s smaller screen and touch and swipe functionality. Alternating between a 15-inch MacBookPro computer screen to the 10-inch iPad version takes some adjusting, but overall, the tablet’s size is convenient and suits my needs – especially now that I’ve added a keyboard that lets me type as fast as I want.
Just as I’ve become enamored of my iPad, an even smaller iPad is set to roll out in October. This version is rumored to be comparable in size to the Amazon Kindle Fire.
Moving in the opposite direction size-wise is the new iPhone 5, which is said to sport a larger screen than its current 3.5 inch version and 4G LTE connectivity (even though a study shows that nearly half of those polled said they don’t need download speeds nearly as fast as cable or DSL modem).
The iPhone 5 is expected to be unveiled on Sept. 15. Watch for it! Will the iPhone 5 charger cables look different? Could be.
Anyone want to go dance up on the roof?
Facebook’s getting a new home, complete with a rooftop garden.
Famed architect Frank Gehry (designer of the Disney Concert Hall, home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic) has designed FB’s new campus in Menlo Park, Calif.
It will feature a building with irregular exterior walls that will house 3,600 engineers who will work in an open area. No office boxes for Facebook.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “The idea is to make the perfect engineering space: one giant room that fits thousands of people, all close enough to collaborate together.”
Related: 543 million users now access Facebook through their mobile devices each month, according to a CNN Money report. Facebook has a new mobile app that makes its downloads twice as fast, all part of Facebook’s view that the future for the social networking giant is mobile. See video.
Life after Steve Jobs
Here’s a look at Apple’s top 10 milestones in the year since Apple founder died Oct. 5, 2011, and Tim Cook took over the helm.
What’s on the tube?
TV Guide Mobile, provider of program guides, and GetGlue, a new start-up operation, are offering new versions of their apps for discovering what’s on TV.
TV Guide has Watchlist, a linear grid that will look familiar to those who have used TV Guide’s online version. The app version lets you locate your favorite program episodes that are available online and view listings that give the time and channel on which they’ll be broadcast in the coming two weeks.
GetGlue is using a different approach, with a scrollable calendar that first displays what’s currently airing, then reveals shows to be broadcast later in the day, followed by favorite new shows airing tomorrow. More details in this piece published in the Los Angeles Times.
Bits & Bytes
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