War for the Web
12 03.15

Freedom 2 Connect

War for the Web had the good fortune to attend David Isenberg’s Freedom 2 Connect conference last week and as always we never cease to be struck by the incredible activist community surrounding the Internet. Freedom 2 Connect’s audience encompasses everyone from Lawyers and lobbyists to grass roots activists to tech geeks and grizzly old time computer experts. It’s amazing to watch a single man bring together such a diverse group of people and unite them in a common cause, and our hat is off to David to making it happen. While the conference covered many different topics and sessions examined everything from the surveillance state to the recent FCC reclassification decision, War for the Web was struck by a very specific observation, and one that we think resonates not just in regards to the Internet, but American society as a whole. Read more
01 03.15

Title 1, Title 2, and the future of the Internet

Here at War for the Web, we’ve been very excited to follow the progress of the activist groups pursuing a “title 2” strategy for the Internet. We’ve felt from the very beginning of this project that Title 2 is an important regulatory change for the Internet and we’re glad to see the FCC begin this process. This is a major victory for the forces of net neutrality and those interested in keeping the Internet competitive and available. We celebrate our friends at Fight for the Future, Democracy Now, Demand Progress, the EFF, and the variety of other institutions that fought and ultimately won this battle; but the war for the web isn’t over, not by a long shot. Title 2 isn’t a panacea, but rather a framework into which we can build more effective rules to govern the Internet’s infrastructure. Read more
03 09.14

The celebrity hack that just occurred illustrates some excellent points about the Internet at large, and we would be remiss if we didn’t address them head on, so we’re going to mention a couple specific things. Read more
15 02.14

The Comcast Time Warner merger is a battle in the War for the Web

The Comcast/Time Warner merger will give Comcast an incredible amount of market power in the ongoing battle for content delivery on the Internet, and should be prevented. Read more
18 01.14

The Wall Street Journal and Regulation

Hello from the War for the Web team! We realize it’s been a while but we’ve been chained to a radiator in the edit room, working on getting a cut of the film ready. We’ve been following the news, however, and there was an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal published today that we felt really needed a response. Read more
30 09.13

Snowden, the NSA, and the ITU

There's been a lot of uproar over the last few months since Snowden's disclosures about the NSA's unprecedented surveillance of the Internet at large; and the consequences have been incredibly damaging for US interests both at home and abroad. The NSA's reckless actions will have two sets of distinct long-term consequences for American business and the Internet at large. Read more
25 09.13

Wifi (in)security

It came out a few weeks ago that Google, the benevolent giant, has access to all the wireless passwords stored on Android devices. For the uninitiated, let me explain how this works. Read more
23 09.13

Taken Down

Piracy is a big issue, there's no doubt about it. Certainly with Hollywood blockbusters flopping all summer, there's more concern than ever about pirated TV content, movies, and music eating into the profits of the studios and record labels. Read more
16 09.13

The War for the Web is heating up

When we, as filmmakers, talk about the War for the Web, we are not talking about some abstract battle taking place, but about real battles taking place behind closed doors. The latest update on that front is the FCC and Verizon court case taking place now, which will determine whether the FCC can regulate the Internet, and by the same token, whether Verizon has the right to restrict access to its customers based on how much content providers are willing to pay. Read more
16 07.13

Hacking for Cash: Aaron Swartz on governments paying for common software exploits.

"So what they do is they pay people to find security vulnerabilities but instead of fixing them, instead of securing every one of them, they abuse those for their own private programs and so they've cracked into other countries computers. They've cracked into military installations. They have basically initiated cyber war in a way that nobody's talking about because it's not some kid in a basement somewhere. It's President Obama." -Aaron Swartz, War for the Web interview, July 10, 2012 Read more