In Malaysia, wholesale decline in Net freedom

Source: The Malay Mail Online

reedom House singled out the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA) as the main culprit for the regression. — AFP pic

Freedom House singled out the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA) as the main culprit for the regression. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 — Online freedom in Malaysia worsened in nearly all categories measured in a global report on Internet censorship, putting the country among those with the most marked increases of government restrictions.

According to Freedom House’s “Freedom on the Net 2016” report, Malaysia rose two points on its Internet Freedom Index since 2015, with the current score of 45 indicating a “Partly Free” environment with continued and growing restrictions on local users.

The index rates a country’s overall freedom from 0 to 100, with 0 meaning no restrictions whatsoever and 100, the complete opposite.

The watchdog group that advocates freedom and democracy credited this to Malaysia’s first overt violations of its previous guarantee not to filter content online, which the country made when it began its embrace of the Internet. Read more

Net Neutrality: The FCC Won. Did You? — Shelly Palmer

Source: LinkedIn

BY SHELLY PALMER

FCC LogoA federal appeals court upheld the rights of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate broadband (wired and wireless) under Title II of the 1934 Communications Act (Title II). Or, to put it another way, regulate the Internet in 2016 like it was the phone system in 1934. This is a big win for the FCC. But what does it mean for you?

First, this opinion by the District of Columbia Circuit (DCCoA) gives the FCC the power it needs to impose some serious regulations. The decision will probably be appealed, either to the DCCoA or the Supreme Court of the United States. But, for a whole bunch of legal technicalities and precedents, neither court is likely to overturn it. So, for your regulatory pleasure, here are some of the things this decision empowers the FCC to do.

Opt-In and Privacy

The FCC used to let service providers automatically collect your data – as long as you were given a way to opt out. Now, the Commission has the power to force service providers to ask your permission to collect your data. This sounds good, but all automated data collection is not evil; some of it is used to customise your online experience. Also, if advertisers can’t get your data, you are likely to see astoundingly irrelevant ads and absolutely all unrequested emails will be spam. There are two sides to this issue. We’ll see how it plays out. Read more