RED ALERT DAY
1) Start here for the basics: – –https://www.theverge.com/2018/5/9/17333188/net-neutrality-red-alert-day-of-action-reddit-tumblr-pornhub-cra-vote
The thing about democracy, beloveds, is that it is not neat, orderly, or quiet. It requires a certain relish for confusion. Molly Ivins
If ever there were a call to relish confusion it is now – the options for “relishment” are myriad. And if ever there were an organized effort to “weaponize” confusion, it is the war to end net neutrality now raging on the nation’s regulatory frontlines.
“Confuse and conquer” is an ancient strategy rendered ever more lethal by the fact that the digital age effectively limits time for the body politic to think, much less thoughtfully discuss. Issues, especially issues involving complex technology, speed their way through a political process well-lubricated with corporate contributions and compliant appointees.
As many but not enough affected Americans know, Wednesday, July 12, is Net Neutrality Day of Action. (https://www.battleforthenet.com/july12 For many of us whose dependence on the Net is assumed without question the ethos of the tool is vague and the implications are vaguer still. Here’s one digestible overview of the issues and implications:
And yet there’s always time to crib for a deep dive into the digital age version of Cliff Notes – some basics:
The corporate campaign to confuse the public opponents of net neutrality has clogged the web with more than the citizen owner of the communication tool needs to know. Still, this is a KISS “keep it simple, stupid” moment.
Herb Schiller is the wise man whose words have long shaped my understanding of the principle, if not the technology, of net neutrality. More about Schiller’s prescient caution in this 2013 post: https:/marytreacy.wordpress.com/tag/herbert-i-schiller/
The control of information is something the elite always does, particularly in a despotic form of government. Information, knowledge, is power. If you can control information, you can control people ~ Tom Clancy
BACKGROUNDER- MINNPOST: https://www.minnpost.com/politics-policy/2017/07/everyone-claims-be-open-internet-so-what-s-latest-net-neutrality-fight-reall?utm_source=MinnPost+e-mail+newsletters&utm_campaign=956e5e91b0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2017_07_21&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3631302e9c-956e5e91b0-123365126
Another front of activity also could play out in Congress. At this point, there are no concrete proposals circulating, and discussion has come mostly from Republican members, with their Democratic colleagues opposed to legislating at this time. Discussions about legislation are likely to ramp up once the FCC’s vote happens.
Throughout, the ALA will continue to work with other supporters of strong net neutrality protections to ensure policymakers know how important a free and open internet is to libraries and the communities we serve. We have fought this fight many times over the past decade, and this will not be the final word on preserving the open and free internet we all need to ensure intellectual freedom and equitable access in the digital age. We will provide analysis of the draft order and additional options for ALA members to raise their voices in support of the Open Internet in the coming weeks.