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(May 2003 - March 2007.) Tama's thoughts on the blogosphere, podcasting, popular culture, digital media and citizen journalism posted from a laptop computer somewhere in Perth's isolated, miniature, urban jungle ...

Save the Internet!

Sunday, April 23, 2006
As the United States Congress is attacking the core of the internet -- it's neutrality as a collection of communicative platforms -- it's great to see that SaveTheInternet.com is spearheading a campaign of information and protest. Their mission statement:
The SavetheInternet.com Coalition is a group of grassroots organizations, bloggers and concerned citizens that are banding together to protect a free and open Internet.

The Coalition believes that the Internet is a crucial engine for economic growth and democratic discourse. We are working together to urge Congress to take steps now to preserve network neutrality, the First Amendment for the Internet that ensures that the Internet remains open to innovation and progress.

From its beginnings, the Internet has leveled the playing field for all comers. Everyday people can have their voices heard by thousands, even millions of people. The SavetheInternet.com Coalition ? representing millions of Americans from all walks of life ? is working together to ensure that Congress passes no telecommunications legislation without meaningful and enforceable network neutrality requirements.


While primarily a US initiative, Net Neutrality is of key importance for free and open(ish) communication across the wired globe. For a quick primer on why Internet Neutrality matters, check out this simple but effective clip from YouTube:


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