One Website Wants to Track Every Search Result Google Erases by Request

Europe recently decided that folks have a "right to be forgotten" on the internet, giving people the opportunity to get results they don't like erased from Google and other search sites. But the internet never really forgets, and here's proof: Hidden From Google, a new website that documents the things people ask… » 7/17/14 11:32am 7/17/14 11:32am

Who's Really to Blame When Netflix Slows Down?

If you're a Netflix customer on Verizon, there's a good chance you've spending a lot more time with that bright red buffering screen than you'd like. That's why, over the past few weeks, Netflix and Verizon have been displacing blame by taking pot shots at each other. But while they're busy bickering, we're the ones… » 7/16/14 10:00am 7/16/14 10:00am

How to Yell at the FCC About How Much You Hate Its Net Neutrality Rules

In spectacularly bureaucratic fashion, the FCC just voted to start the formal consideration of its horrible net neutrality rules. That means the floor is now open for public comment, and the future of the internet is at stake. In fact, it's up to you. "But how do I comment?" you ask, "How do I politely but firmly… » 7/11/14 8:45am 7/11/14 8:45am

Ask Tim Wu—The Guy Who Coined "Net Neutrality"—Anything

Tim Wu is a busy man. When he's not teaching law at Columbia or writing for The New Yorker, he's testifying before Congress about the FCC proposed net neutrality. And as of last month, Wu is running for lieutenant governor of New York State. Busy might not be the right term, actually. Tim Wu is brimming with purpose. » 7/09/14 12:47pm 7/09/14 12:47pm

Net Neutrality Must Apply to Mobile Internet Access Too

Recent debate about network neutrality has largely focused on how to make sure broadband providers don't manipulate their customers' Internet connections (or as John Oliver put it, how to prevent "cable company f*ckery"). But in today's world of smartphones and tablets people are spending less of their time on the… » 7/09/14 5:20am 7/09/14 5:20am

The Biggest Misunderstanding in the Net Neutrality Debate

Pending public rage, the FCC's flawed net neutrality rules will kick in later this summer. And yet, despite the impassioned coverage in the media, it's obvious that most people are still missing the point. As Wired points out today, a type of internet fast lane already exists, and nobody's talking about how to shut… » 6/24/14 1:20pm 6/24/14 1:20pm

Neutrality Begins at Home: How Mayors Could Help Save the Internet

This weekend at the U.S. Conference of Mayors annual meeting in Dallas, some mayors will take a strong stand in support of net neutrality. According to an op-ed by Mayors Ed Lee of San Francisco and Ed Murray of Seattle, the city leaders are unveiling a resolution calling on the FCC to preserve an open Internet. » 6/23/14 5:00am 6/23/14 5:00am

Who Should Really Decide Net Neutrality's Fate?

Tim Wu, the guy who coined the phrase "net neutrality," went nose-to-nose with the House Judiciary subcommittee on Friday morning to fight for the future of the internet. Congress wants to know if somebody other than the FCC should decide the fate of net neutrality. Wu, for one, thinks that's a pretty silly idea. » 6/20/14 1:20pm 6/20/14 1:20pm

Netflix Lets People Know When Bad Streaming Is the ISP's Fault (Updated)

Last night, Yuri Victor tweeted a screenshot of a new Netflix error message he saw while a video was buffering. It tells Verizon customers exactly what's to blame for slow video. And judging by the response from Netflix's spokesperson Jonathan Friedland, it's no mistake. Update: AT&T customers are getting similar… » 6/04/14 9:45am 6/04/14 9:45am

The FCC Gets the Premium Cable Takedown It Deserves

The death of net neutrality is a looming catastrophe that the FCC thinks it can slip past you, while you just twiddle your thumbs and fail to notice how much of a farce the whole process is. And if that hadn't hit home just yet, John Oliver's explanation from last night's Last Week Tonight is a solid (and funny) recap. » 6/02/14 9:23am 6/02/14 9:23am

How Verizon Tricks You Into Paying for the Privilege to Pay More

Earlier this month, the FCC voted in favor of a pretty thoroughly terrible proposal that would kill net neutrality as we know it. A proposal that would give broadband companies an absurd amount of powers that they themselves delineated. And a proposal that would give Verizon (and broadband carriers in general) the… » 5/30/14 3:00pm 5/30/14 3:00pm