False ICANN Rumors Spread About Global Internet Outage For 48 Hrs

False ICANN Rumors Spread About Global Internet Outage For 48 Hrs By Aaron Kesel ICANN updates DNS Root KSK rollover; blogs and news outlets spread rumors of slowdowns and outages expected worldwide … so far everything is fine. Interweb users across the globe are expecting to face Internet disruption connecting to their favorite websites for the next 48 hours was the headline that read across various blogs and news websites. According to Russian news publication Russia Today, the Internet was alleged to face disruption for users across the globe as key…

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“Catastrophic”: EU Passes Copyright Directive Including Internet “Link Tax” and “Upload Filter”

“Catastrophic”: EU Passes Copyright Directive Including Internet “Link Tax” and “Upload Filter” By Joseph Jankowski The European Parliament has passed a controversial copyright directive that contains provisions which force tech giants to install content filters and sets in place a potential tax on hyperlinking. The bill was passed in a final vote of 438 – 226 and will need to be implemented by individual EU member states. Critics of the directive have been laser-focused on two key provisions: Articles 11 and 13, which they have dubbed the “link tax” and “upload filter.”…

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EU Enters “Final Stage” Of Crafting Bill Forcing Big Tech Censorship

EU Enters “Final Stage” Of Crafting Bill Forcing Big Tech Censorship By Joseph Jankowski The European Union is in the final stages of crafting legislation that will force big tech and Internet companies to censor “extremist” content and cooperate with law enforcement, Reuters reports. The bill is expected to be released by the end of the month and will absolutely require companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter to swiftly remove any content considered terroristic from their platforms. In March, the European Commission told such companies that they had three months to…

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A Snapshot of the Internet Kill Switch in 2018

A Snapshot of the Internet Kill Switch in 2018 By Terrence Newton For more than a decade now, activists and truth-seekers have been watching the growing influence of the Internet on society and politics, pointing out that when millions of people become informed to truth, it would drastically change the political landscape in America and around the world. And it has. At the same time, we’ve been warned that when mass, virtually free information sharing by the general public became a genuine threat to the establishment and status quo, that…

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What the Internet Sales Tax Is All About

What the Internet Sales Tax Is All About By John Tamny Just curious, but if a Washington, D.C. resident buys a pack of cigarettes in Arlington, VA, should this person pay a sales tax to the District of Columbia? Figure that cigarettes cost roughly $5.25/pack in Virginia versus $7.99 in D.C. Arlington retailers have a significant tax advantage over merchants in the District, so to “level the playing field” shouldn’t D.C. residents hand over the difference in taxes? The tax will ensure that Washington residents don’t cross the bridge in…

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Your Memes Are Safe (For Now): EU Rejects Internet Censorship Bill

Your Memes Are Safe (For Now): EU Rejects Internet Censorship Bill By Carey Wedler (CW) — In an unexpected move, this week the European Parliament rejected a highly controversial bill that critics claimed would stifle free speech and creativity on the internet. The EU Copyright Directive was heavily criticized over two elements in particular. Article 11 would have established a “link tax,” which would have required online publishes to pay a fee for the right to link to news organizations. Critics argued the vague language did not adequately define what constitutes a…

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U.S. Supreme Court Silently Passes Law — Internet Tax Collection — Will Kill Small Businesses

U.S. Supreme Court Silently Passes Law — Internet Tax Collection — Will Kill Small Businesses By Aaron Kesel U.S. President Donald Trump has vowed to drain the swamp in Washington, DC and claims to be for the people, so much so that he just encouraged imposing yet another tax on American citizens’ backs which will result in raising corporate retail prices online. A new Internet collection tax will allow states to collect — (steal, rob, plunder) [taxation is theft] you get the point — from any retailer across the U.S.…

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The Supreme Court Just Put Small Online Businesses at Serious Risk

The Supreme Court Just Put Small Online Businesses at Serious Risk By Adam Michel The Supreme Court got it right 25 years ago, and it was wrong to second-guess that decision. Small online businesses and consumers around the country will suffer the most from the Supreme Court’s ruling Thursday in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. It’s now up to Congress to protect internet retailers from taxes imposed by states other than their own. The court essentially ruled that all 50 states and the tens of thousands of local tax jurisdictions are now…

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Get Ready for Online Sales Tax as Supreme Court Screws Small Online Businesses

Get Ready for Online Sales Tax as Supreme Court Screws Small Online Businesses By Joe Jarvis Small businesses aren’t disappearing, they are just moving online. The American dream is alive and well and more accessible than ever! Even while Amazon takes 44% of e-commerce sales, half of those sales are through small businesses using Amazon as their platform. Over one million small and medium-sized U.S. businesses sell on Amazon. Owning an online business, you don’t need the capital to open a store and pay the overhead on a physical location.…

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New Copyright Law Could Make Current and Future Internet Memes Illegal to Share

New Copyright Law Could Make Current and Future Internet Memes Illegal to Share By John Vibes Posting memes, remixes, and other similar content could soon be banned from the Web in the European Union, according to critics who are speaking out against a recently proposed copyright law. The law, known as the “Copyright Directive,” will be voted on later this month by the European Parliament, and lawmakers suggest that this will protect content creators in the Internet age. However, one of the primary reasons why the internet age has brought us…

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