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Questions tagged [internet]

Questions related to the policies surrounding the internet.

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Why was Google grilled by congress for prototyping a censored search engine?

Sudar Pichai was summoned and grilled by Congress regarding numerous topics: among them was the Dragonfly censored search engine for China. What exactly is the problem with Google creating a state ...
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Did the EU cookie consent law have a pilot scheme?

Was the EU ePrivacy Regulation law subject to prior testing? ePrivacy was introdued in 2009 and updated in 2017. A key goal was: The new rule will streamline the overload of consent requests for ...
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Chinese government internet censorship - statistics on evasion?

This may belong better somewhere else but I see this as relevant. China extensively censors what its internet users can see. However, users can circumvent this by using a VPN. Are there any ...
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Are there any high profile candidates that debate with the aid of the internet?

In any democratic countries, are there examples of high profile political candidates that enter public debates with explicit use of internet resources in real time? The following are some ...
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Why is the European Parliament still pursuing copyright law despite its implementation issues?

According to this article, the European Parliament is considering rolling out taxation of news aggregators: (..) large European newspaper publishers have dreamed of charging news aggregators such ...
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Is it possible that the US raises fees for using US based internet services – like Stack Exchange or Google – for people not living in the US?

In the current discussion about fees and taxes for import and export of goods to and from the US I have a question about internet services (as kind of virtual goods): Is it possible that the US ...
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Will the repeal of Net Neutrality block me from accessing any websites? [closed]

Will the repeal of Net Neutrality block me from accessing ANY LEGAL website? These websites are small but VERY popular, and some contain adult content.
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Do countries other than the US operate “intranets” like the SIPRnet or JWICS? [closed]

...and what are they called? SIPRNet is an intranet system operated by the US government for the passage of information classified as SECRET or lower. JWICS is an intranet system operated by the US ...
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What communications of Julian Assange made Ecuador cut off his Internet access?

It was reported today that Ecuador’s government is cutting off WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s communications outside the nation’s London embassy. Officials announced Wednesday they were ...
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Why must Title II be applied universally federally?

The argument for Net Neutrality (well, one of them) is that: Many people don't have an option of choice between >1 broadband ISP in their area For those people who live in broadband monopoly area, ...
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Do “X% of people in US live in cable monopoly area” estimates include any other broadband ISP technologies? [closed]

In the context of Net Neutrality debate, one often hears claims that "X% of people live in the area with only one cable internet provider" (last one I heard was a podcast so don't recall exact # they ...
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What would it take to shut down NK’s internet? [closed]

According to the South Korean govt, North Korea makes quite a bit of money of crypto mining and hacking. If we could shut off there internet, we could make this income a lot harder to get and access, ...
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How could the free market limit the effects of net neutrality's repeal?

How could the free market limit the effects of net neutrality's repeal? Specifically, how will consumers' internet access be protected without government regulation?
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What are the main arguments against net neutrality?

With the upcoming FCC vote to abolish net neutrality provisions in the United States, I have read a tremendous amount about why net neutrality is a good thing and should be kept. What I haven't seen ...
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Are there any political parties floating the idea of nationalization of telecommunications monopolies?

What I mean by nationalization - Government aquires the physical infrastructure through eminent domain (especially the last mile, which is where these monopolies form), and either rents access back to ...
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Has there ever been a documented instance of the problem that net neutrality purports to solve?

The typical argument, seen here, goes like this: Without net neutrality, cable companies could censor websites, favoring their own business partners. Typically, proponents of legislation point to ...
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How will the death of American Net Neutrality affect me as a Canadian? [closed]

What will change about my Internet as a Canadian after Net Neutrality is killed in the United States? What do and don't apply to me?
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What studies have been done on online spaces in politics?

Particularly with reference to 'troll farms' and other methods of online influence, what has been done to quantify tactics used and what resources are accessible regarding this?
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Why did it take so long for Germany to change laws applied to wireless hot spots?

According to this article (2014) wireless networks in Germany were way less than in other European countries. Compared to many other countries, Germany is little more than a patchwork when it ...
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How large of an effect did the internet regulation proposed by the conservative manifesto have on the election?

To the tech-savvy world, the part of the manifesto that dealt with internet regulation was... laughably insane and likely impossible to implement. But what effect did it have on the election results?...
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How would even more internet regulation hinder terrorism?

In light of the London Attacks, Theresa May blames the internet: “We cannot allow this ideology the safe space it needs to breed – yet that is precisely what the internet, and the big companies ...
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Can twitter de-activate a government official's account? [closed]

I'm curious about this. Twitter's views are more progressive so what do the terms and conditions of twitter say about banning/De-activating a government officials account e.g. Trump's account. I'm ...
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What's the definition of “fake news” in the context of facebook? [closed]

Facebook is being asked by some people to do something about fake news. Does the term "fake news" refer to hit and run operations that try to get traffic for a particular article, or does it also ...
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Authoritarian regimes creatively dispensing information [closed]

At university we had a lengthy debate, about whether internet was a liberation technology, or a "stabilisation" technology for authoritarian regimes. This made me think about different scenaria. I had ...
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Can Title II reclassification of broadband be used to require ISPs to let competitors use their infrastructure?

The FCC just voted to reclassify broadband under Title II of the communications act. Could this be used by a new ISP (like Google) to make use of existing ISPs cable infrastructure (e.g. Comcast's ...
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Why is there so much fuss about an internet “fast lane” for a privileged few? [closed]

Preferred access for those who can afford it is most of the time the rule and not the exception. Some examples are, if you pay more then you can get: First class flights Better medical treatment ...
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Would the Clayton Antitrust Act prevent the proposed “Fast Lane” of the internet problem with net neutrality?

Many people are going on about how the merger of Comcast and Time Warner will enable them to create a lane for the internet where wealthier individuals or companies can pay more for a 'faster lane.' ...
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Why has North Korea been assigned IP addresses?

Until recently, the Internet has been under control of its inventor, the US. If I understand correctly the ICANN and the IANA have been administrating IP address space and the domain name system ...
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Has hacking a website been effective to spread a political message?

Because hacking in such a manner is unethical, it makes me wonder why people do such a thing and whether spreading a message in this manner will gain any sympathy from the rest of the world. Are ...
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What is the economic argument for taxing sales at the place of purchaser instead of the place of provider?

tl;dr> When a transaction occurs over the internet, why do you collect sales tax in the purchaser's home state, and not the producers? This article in The Economist: "Click and Pay" discusses how ...
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Are internet petitions a practical way to accomplish grass roots political goals?

Are internet petitions a practical way to accomplish grass roots political goals? For example, the White House has a mechanism to petition the president to take action. Are there some kinds of ...