Goal posts move on wide band competition

Goal posts move on wide band competition

Most Americans have several home internet service providers to choose from, but this competition masks their much more limited options for real high-speed connections, proponents say. The big picture: Home internet connections have become even more essential during the pandemic, but there is still widespread disagreement among trade groups, consumer advocates and government agencies over … Read more

California is on track to adopt strict internet privacy rules for children

California is on track to adopt strict internet privacy rules for children

The California legislature is on track to pass tough online privacy rules for children this week, as the state once again overtakes the federal government in internet regulation. Why is this important: Any rules set by California are sure to spur copycat laws in other states and could push Congress to act on similar national … Read more

Life after cookies throws the ad industry into chaos

Life after cookies throws the ad industry into chaos

Advertisers and digital publishers have been far from reaching an agreement on how to replace third-party tracking cookies, and have instead clung to various ad-hoc solutions that don’t all work well together and lack sufficient oversight. . Why is this important: The push to be more privacy-centric has confused a already messy digital advertising ecosystemand … Read more

Apple’s ‘lockdown mode’ highlights security compromises

Apple’s ‘lockdown mode’ highlights security compromises

By announcing a new “lockdown mode” for iPhones, iPads and Macs, Apple has proven that it is possible to protect devices against the most sophisticated attacks, but at a high cost in terms of ease of use. Why is this important: Product design is all about trade-offs, and tech companies are still trying to navigate … Read more

Over 55 countries sign a declaration for internet freedom

Over 55 countries sign a declaration for internet freedom

The United States and more than 50 other countries have signed a pact pledging to keep the Internet freely accessible and open. Why is this important: The move is designed to counter the growing trend of countries adopting policies aimed at blocking part or all of the internet. Details: The “Declaration for the Future of … Read more

US vs. Russia for the Future of the Internet

US vs. Russia for the Future of the Internet

US officials are stepping up a campaign to defeat a Russian candidate for a UN agency that could determine how much control governments have over the internet. The big picture: Russia’s designs on the little-known agency raise the stakes of what the Russian government’s vision for the internet could mean for the rest of the … Read more

America’s internet is divided along party lines

America’s internet is divided along party lines

New investments flooding partisan media platforms begin to reshape US internet activity around the nation deepening of the political divide. Why is this important: For years, internet theorists have warned of the “splinternet”, a splintering of the global internet into regions governed by different rules and laws. Something like this is now starting to happen … Read more