A Brief history of How the Net Neutrality Fight Started

In the middle of summer 2007, I was contacted by my big boss at TorrentFreak, Ernesto van de Sar, to investigate a report he’d had. According to some reports on forums like DSLreports, Comcast users were having issues keeping or making BitTorrent connections, especially seeding, and could I take a look at it? So I […]
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UK IPO Hunting Piracy Suppression Validator

Anti-Piracy efforts have never gone as planned. Enforcement actions have never produced the results that were promised, so what can be done? The UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) is now looking to commission outside research to evaluate just how effective its policies are, and how better enforcement can be made more effective to meet industry-led […]
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Dragon Con, Wifi, and the Marriott Jamming Myth

Over the last 3 years or so there’s been a lot of rumors going around about the host hotels at Dragon Con blocking signals, sometimes cellphone, sometimes Wi-Fi.  The important thing to understand is that these rumors are not true, and have never been true, but are based on misunderstandings and interpretations of news reports […]
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Geolocation – The Fools Tool

Geolocation is one of those tools that the less technically minded like to use to feel smart. At its core it’s a database, showing locations for IP addresses, but like most database-based tools, the old maxim of GIGO [Garbage In, Garbage Out] applies. Over the weekend Fusion’s Kashmir Hill wrote a great story about how […]
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Comments on the DMCA

The US Government’s 3-month consultation on the DMCA ended last night, and as always, I waited until the last day to even start. As a result, instead of a massively long and detailed submission with lots of details and references, they got… 2900 words mostly rattled out in a stream of conciousness, and with references […]
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Safer Internet Day 2016

It’s always important to be safe on the internet, and that more than anything means being safe about your information. Too many people leave information out there that can lead to being stalked, attacked, or otherwise compromised, so your privacy is vitally important. I’ve spent some 20 years online, a lot of it working on […]
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