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  • May 28, 2020 @ 07:05am

    Balancing Rights and Responsibilities

    I hope that this discussion as well as future ones take note of both rights and responsibilities. It seems the latter is all too often muted.

  • May 24, 2019 @ 07:02am


    You might try reaching out to ICANN/registries...at the very least a web site seizure should have some kind of note in the WHOIS, shouldn't it?

  • Jun 03, 2016 @ 07:55am

    So What?

    Indeed, so what? Anyone with any knowledge of history and foreign policy knows that deception and dissimulation is a tool of the trade with any state's foreign policy organization.


  • May 24, 2016 @ 10:57am

    Available CRS Reports

    I'd like to point out that Steven Aftergood's Secrecy Project at the Federation of American Scientists has been publishing leaked CRS reports for a long time.


  • Feb 09, 2016 @ 10:19am

    *cough* Carterphone *cough*

  • Jan 18, 2016 @ 09:20am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Won't somebody please think of the children!

    At Facebook's discretion, yes.

    I understand that this is unacceptable for some. However, my broader point is that if Free Basics introduces people to a walled garden, those walls are low enough that people will see what's going on over the fence. If Free Basics fails to meet peoples' needs, they will look elsewhere for another service.

    Connecting the Unconnected is the first priority.

  • Jan 16, 2016 @ 03:28pm

    Re: Re: Won't somebody please think of the children!

    Oh please...

    Free basics is not "full & free" Internet access. It provides access to limited spectrum of destinations. That said, I'll let users decide if a service of useful rather than making that determination for them.


  • Jan 16, 2016 @ 09:36am

    Won't somebody please think of the children!

    Enough already with the false moral outrage.

    Facebook is first and foremost a business meaning that it's goal is (depending on your business theorist) profit or customer acquisition. If you believe the altruistic elements of their argument, that's on you. Welcome to modern global online marketing.

    Furthermore, this is a perfect situation for invoking Hanlon's Razor: Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. Improperly implemented or thought through marketing campaigns fall into the latter, especially when you consider other Facebook official comments noting how surprised they were at public reaction.

    Oh and BTW India only has 20% Internet penetration leaving 1 billion people offline. For comparison, Facebook has about 1.5 billion regular users. Pretty much any tool or service that extends Internet access to the Unconnected is good. The Unconnected in India need all the help they can get.

  • Dec 28, 2015 @ 09:59am

    Half a loaf...

    With 80%+ of the Indian population unconnected, any solution(s) to help them get online is welcome, walled garden or not.

    My biggest complaint about this whole discussion is that for the most part support and opposition to Free Basics is voiced by people who already have Internet access. The people I've spoken to who want access and don't have it largely don't care about the issues that the rest of us talk about. We're talking about it as a luxury or a right (down) to people who don't have it at all.

    I'm a fan of a more the merrier plan. Let everyone try to expand access.

  • Nov 18, 2015 @ 09:56am

    Misunderstanding Mass Surveillance.

    Mass surveillance is not about stopping terrorist activities; it's about terrorist resource depletion. It does this in two ways:

    1) Terrorist organizations must devote resources to implementing organizational communication security.

    2) Mass surveillance makes it more difficult and risky to coordinate large scale, complex attacks. For all its bloodiness, the Paris attacks were far simpler than 9/11.

    Net-centric warfare has been a staple strategy for decades and this is one implementation.

    Mass surveillance should be understood as a risk reduction strategy to avoid 9/11 scale attacks by making it harder and more expensive for terrorist organizations to organize rather than a panacea to every threat.


  • Sep 29, 2015 @ 11:20am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Disagree about the disaster. For reference comparison, so far in the history of the Internet, what would constitute disaster?

    As it stands, Facebook's commitment to privacy and security for users is nonexistent. The policy of the Indian government is largely to blame for this. I'm not concerned with vendor lock-in because I trust users to learn and quickly the difference between full and walled garden Internet. I also am confident that FB's internet.org/freebasics.com will be hacked by users to enable broader access.

    I am more concerned by unconnected users continuing lack of access than their privacy and security. Considering the lives that many of these people lead, their offline lives have considerably more risks to security and far greater threats to privacy than anything Facebook could present:

    How concerned are people about child online protection if children are routinely trafficked, abused, impressed into the military? It's a question of perspective.

  • Sep 29, 2015 @ 10:05am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Disagree. The "disaster" is the hyperbole of the haves.

    Really, you're discussing Internet policy on Techdirt. That puts you in a very specific group of haves...

  • Sep 29, 2015 @ 09:49am

    Re: Re: can you really complain about free?

    But even that is false. The "open" Internet of India is censored (see Citizen Lab research). It's walled garden or walled garden within walled garden.

    I disagree that buying into the walled garden automatically kills other ways. Many tools are available.

  • Sep 29, 2015 @ 09:24am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Certainly people can live without the Internet. However, it's a lot more expensive and that expense is amplified to those living in poverty. The difference between selling your harvest for a few more rupees because you know the comparative prices in neighboring villages is huge.

    I'm not saying that it's a great solution or even good. I am saying that in the world of extending the Internet to the next billion users who largely live in poverty, it's one of the most significant games in town. I'm also saying that if it gives users an economic leg up, it's likely they will migrate to regular Internet service.

  • Sep 29, 2015 @ 09:19am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    And yet the disaster is only a hypothetical. I'm on board with the security issues but given the Indian government's views on encryption, Facebook's policies are more likely in place to political resistance than anything else. I'm not saying this is good for users but the blame properly belongs with the Indian government.

    Yes I did.

  • Sep 29, 2015 @ 08:46am

    Re: Re:

    Yes, but zero rating in the US is of a whole different character. It targets existing Internet users whereas in India it's targeting users who don't have Internet access because they can't afford it.

    Drawbacks? I've heard a lot of FUD but not very much in concrete harms. The only exception to that being the weak security but the Indian government and it's policies on encryption are more to blame than Facebook.

    Perhaps. I've been talking about this subject since it first came up and contribute regularly in policy discussions. The final paragraph is more of an angry rant than anything else.

  • Sep 28, 2015 @ 02:01pm

    Re: Re:

    On encryption in India:

    This might be a bit of political finesse. In the last few weeks the Indian was mulling over the banning of encryption. If you were FB and it's local telco partner and were trying to stay on the Govt's good side, you'd not include encryption in the current environment.

  • Sep 28, 2015 @ 01:58pm

    Re: "firstworldproblem"

    Because all it takes is the first comparative exposure for new users to recognize the difference. The recognition problem is a temporary situation.

    As for anti-competition, well, I'm sure that FB's partners competitors are even now looking for ways to compete in new ways. I'd call it a spur to innovation. It's too soon to call it anti-competitive.

  • Sep 28, 2015 @ 01:54pm

    Amazing how other market competitors are seeking to roll out competing services, isn't it? It will be interesting to see how they compare and how Facebook reacts.

    Yes Karl, because we have a very different regulatory environment that comes in part from not having a state owned PTT in our history as well as a different idea of what constitutes collusion. Zero rating services would not work in the US because Internet is so common and abject poverty is relatively more unusual. The closest we get is airport wi-fi with pop-up ads.

    No not at all. I'm in favor of getting people access. Period. Facebook is an imperfect solution and as you point out, one of many. But to criticize a for profit company for being, well, commercial is irrational.

    I'm all for granting global ubiquitous broadband yesterday (and devices to access it) but that doesn't grow on trees.

  • Sep 28, 2015 @ 12:57pm

    You're way off on this one Karl. Facebook certainly has commercial interests but I don't see anyone else with similar resources extending access to the unconnected billions. Also realise that this is essentially a walled garden within a state-imposed walled garden. The name confusion issue that prompted the change is a red herring. Anyone who sees internet.org side by side with regular Internet will see the difference. I expect it to be a regular hacking target.

    The net neutrality comment is completely non-contextual. Net neutrality means different things globally things globally and certainly in this case. The US & Indian telecommunications regulatory environment are very different.

    Yes, it's a commercial service so Facebook gets to make decisions about it. Get over it.From the many discussions I've seen and participated in on this policy issue, this is a prime example of #firstworldproblems. Easy enough to complain about when you already have access.

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