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Digital Bill of Rights - May 2016

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FreedomWorks Urges Against Rash Action in Encryption Debate

Following the introduction of legislation by House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) and Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) to establish the National Commission on Security and Technology Challenges, FreedomWorks Legislative Affairs Manager Josh Withrow commented:

03/01/2016
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Opening Pandora’s Set-Top Box

Towards the end of January, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler made a surprise announcement about regulations regarding set-top boxes, or what many refer to as their PVR. Mr. Wheeler announced that his agency would make cable providers “open” their set-top boxes to allow third-parties access to the designs and programming, essentially allowing them to compete in the set-top box market. While, at face value, there doesn’t appear to anything too nefarious, cracking open Mr. Wheeler’s plan reveals entirely different intentions and potential costs on consumers.

02/19/2016
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The Biggest Beneficiary from Zero-Rating: The Developing World

There’s no denying it: we live in a world dominated by technology and the internet. We have witnessed the growth of massive tech companies and have seen how these new industry giants, once thought impossible to exist, drive entire economies to grow. For many people around the world, these innovations may be the difference between upward mobility and abysmal poverty. Despite the importance of expanding the reach of the internet, governments around the world have been pursuing policies that may stifle these amazing developments.

02/03/2016
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Zero-Rating, Zero Innovation from the FCC

The Internet: the next frontier of human innovation. A network of infinite connections and infinite possibilities. That is, unless the FCC has anything to say about it.

02/01/2016
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Coalition Letter: Support Amash's Bill to Repeal the Flawed "Cybersecurity" Act of 2015

FreedomWorks has signed onto the following coalition letter, led by the R Street Institute. This letter urges support for H.R. 4350, a recent bipartisan bill introduced by Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) that would repeal the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. As you may recall, this major bill was tucked into the omnibus government funding bill in December of last year, with no chance for most lawmakers to even read it. The bill contains fundamental flaws with regard to privacy and due process, detailed in the letter below, and should be repealed.

01/25/2016
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Hasty Action on Encryption Could Threaten Americans’ Internet Security

Following Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr’s (R-N.C.) statement about bypassing Congress’ encryption commission, FreedomWorks Legislative Affairs Manager Josh Withrow commented:

01/21/2016
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Net Neutrality Is Already Restricting Consumer Choice

When the FCC began to seriously consider imposing Net Neutrality standards on internet service providers, I had many concerns. I wrote an article at the time called “Rebutting the President on Net Neutrality,” in which I listed my disagreements with a policy that, on the surface, sounds reasonable to many. One of the more controversial points I raised was in response to the “No Blocking” principle, which forbids ISPs from picking and choosing which content they provide access to. I wrote:

01/20/2016
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A Paradoxical Question

America is in a paradoxical situation regarding personal and private intrusion by national and local government agencies. While it is true most citizens want police to respond promptly to distress calls, few are aware that there are instruments of surveillance that do indeed threaten civil liberties.

01/11/2016
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Welcome to the Terrifying New World of Pre-Crime

If you have nothing to hide you have nothing to fear, you just need to trade a little liberty for security against the bad guys. After all, what good is freedom when you’re dead?

01/11/2016
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FreedomWorks Reacts to Orwellian Scoring Systems Used by Law Enforcement

Following a Washington Post report detailing how law enforcement calculates privacy-invasive risk assessments, or scores, on potential threats, FreedomWorks Senior Research Analyst Logan Albright commented:

01/11/2016

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