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Vihart Explains the History of the Net Neutrality Debate and What’s Going on With it Right Now

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We're pretty invested in news of net neutrality here, for obvious reasons. So it's good to see a wonderful explanation of the complicated situation from one of our favorite YouTubers, Vihart. Previously in Vihart

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Representative Zoe Lofgren Shows Her Internet Savvy: Ask Reddit for Internet Law Suggestions

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Zoe Lofgren made sure that her name echoed loudly through the hallowed halls of the internet (did you know we have halls? Yeah, like tons of halls. Acres. With pillars and junk.) a year ago during the SOPA/PIPA debates in congress, by loudly opposing it, and even engaging in a Reddit AMA, hoping to drum up some attention to the pretty alarming powers the bill gave to rights holders and the pretty alarming requirements it made of internet service providers. While I won't say she brought the issue to Reddit's attention in the first place, her engagement with a large and influential internet community became part of a temporary internet revolution that culminated in Wikipedia, Tumblr, Reddit, Google, and a host of other websites going completely dark or otherwise completely devoting a day to raising awareness of the bill. She has returned to Reddit recently, at the turn of the tide to perform a rather interesting experiment:

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Estonia Somehow Tops Internet Freedom Chart, Has Least Amount of Digital Tomfoolery

This is Estonia. For those that might not know, Estonia is a small country that sits on top of Latvia and has Finland across a bit of water directly to the north. According to the most recent assessment by Freedom House, an advocacy group that unsurprisingly focuses on exactly what you might think, Estonia is also the country that provides the best, most unrestricted access to the Internet. That's right: A former Soviet republic tops the charts of digital freedom.

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Canadian Supreme Court Will Hear Appeal in Hyperlinking Lawsuit

The Supreme Court of Canada has decided to hear an appeal in a lawsuit that wishes to prove that hyperlinking constitutes publication, and that hyperlinkers can be thus be prosecuted for defamation. From the Montreal Gazette:

Vancouver businessman Wayne Crookes... alleges that writer Jon Newton defamed him by linking to reputation-smearing articles in a 2006 post about free speech on his website.
And isn't it ironic?

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