This week, the US appeals court struck down the FCC's net neutrality rules. Louis says that the Net Neutrality was executed like a mob hit in a Scorsesse film. Leo says we're seeing a movement of closing the Internet to prevent it from relying on the free flow of bits. Leo says that Verizon and other carriers would like to control access and profit from it, which is a bad thing. Leo says that the battle may have been lost this week, but the war is far from over.
The Senate this week approved an bill this week dubiously called the "Online Privacy Protection Amendment," which gives law enforcement the authority to read your email without a warrant or probable cause. Senator Patrick Leahy has written an amendment that would require the Feds to have probable cause and get a warrant.
Russia has been in favor of a UN takeover of the Internet. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) actually does regulate the Internet as they have all communications mediums since the late 1800s, but the Internet is largely modeled and operated by the United States. Now there are those who want to change the internet and give the UN jurisdiction over it through the ITU. Some believe that the UN should shift to a "sender pay" business model (i.e., Google should pay ISPs for access to customers).