Net Neutrality: forcing companies to pay attention to their networks. Ian Bicking: a blog (2010-08-18). I absolutely reject any proposal that Net Neturality ought to be enforced through government regulations; but this is as good a short explanation as I’ve read of why it is a good ideal for us to insist on, non-coercively, as a basic requirement for acceptable service from a network operator. (Linked Wednesday 2010-08-18.)
"Guys in Jail Are Going To Rape You" Radley Balko, The Agitator (2010-08-18).
An undercover New York City cop threatens a man taking cell phone video with arrest for being disrespectful. He then explains that an arrest means a weekend in jail, where he'll probably be raped. The confrontation appears to have occurred during an undercover bust of a suspected "illegal social club,"…(Linked Wednesday 2010-08-18.)
The Contradiction of a Conservative, continued. Sheldon Richman, Free Association (2010-08-18).
News Corp. (Murdoch, WSJ, Fox) gave $1 million to the Republican Governors Association because the company “has always believed in the power of free markets and in organizations like the RGA, which have a pro-business agenda….”Not only are those not the same things, they are in conflict with each other….(Linked Friday 2010-08-20.)
I hang around people who talk about security and privacy and activists quite a bit. When talking security beyond the typical attackers — people committing identity theft, simple vandals, spammers, etc. — there's the topic of government surveillance and legal attacks, and privacy as a way to defend political activists…
I’m running a fever right now and suffering from the physical effects of several vaccines combined with a too-large dose of direct sunlight earlier today. But I wanted to link this while I have the chance. I hope to have something more to say about it once I’ve recovered a bit; in the meantime, though, just read the whole thing.