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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
 
09 07.13

Power Corrupts: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and Privacy

Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, Julian Assange, CIA, NSA, FBI. David and Goliath? Heroes and Tyrants? These situations are full of shades of gray. There is one thing transparently black and white, however; the Internet has placed the power of a surveillance state, and by extension the tools for tyranny, in government and corporate hands. We now know, definitively, that the NSA colludes with Verizon, AT&T and others to collect information about Americans, ostensibly to prevent terrorist attacks. "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” -Lord Acton, 1887 Read more
 
28 05.13

Plan X and the Gamification of War

We've seen a lot of controversy over the gamification of war, a concept that generally refers to the separation of the act of killing with the process by which you kill. This can mean drone strikes, this can mean Apache attack helicopter strikes, and various other things. Ultimately, this is a process that the military uses to make the act of killing easier for our troops. That's an important thing, it's part of the propaganda machine that keeps the military moving. They did it in world war one, they did it in world war two, they did it in Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq one; there's nothing new about it. It really just amounts to the separation of strategy and the tools of war. Read more
 
30 03.13

Internet (In)security

So last week there's been a whole hubbub about how a DDOS attack in Northern Europe is bringing down the whole Internet. We should be clear on something; the Internet is fine. Now, that doesn't mean it's not troubling. DDOS attacks happen all the time, but this DDOS attack is roughly 6 times larger than any we've really seen previously, and there are some Internet outtages in Northern Europe. All that said, Gizmodo has a really great explanation of what's really going on, which you can check out here. Read more
 
24 01.13

Susan Crawford in the New York Times

War for the Web interview subject Susan Crawford published a great editorial in the times today. One of the reasons we love Susan is because she is never afraid to recommend solutions to problems. The particular problem she discusses today is core to the entire structural problem the Internet faces today. Without a competitive marketplace for Internet services in the United States, we cannot hope to compete with the rest of the world. Read more
 
12 01.13

A Sad Week for the Internet

This week we mourn the loss of two men who were integral to the formation of War for the Web, and who, moreover, dedicated the majority of their lives to the Internet in the most meaningful ways imaginable. The world is poorer for the absence of Wally Feurzeig and Aaron Swartz. Read more
 
12 10.12

Telecommunications and National Security

The majority of telecommunications equipment is manufactured in China. There, I said it. China. China makes us nervous, China is an emerging super power, and looks to compete with us by allying with North Korea and pissing off its neighbors. It bought an aircraft carrier, and it's building another. And now Huawei, a company heavily subsidized by the Chinese government, is the largest manufacturer of 4G networking equipment, and other telecommunications equipment, in the world. The Congressional Intelligence Committee has issued a report that strongly discourages businesses from dealing with Huawei or ZTE (another similar company) if they value their intellectual property and consumers' privacy. Read more
 
24 09.12

And We’re Back!

We wrapped two weeks of principal photography at the end of July and we got some incredible interviews in the can. We sat down with all kinds of exciting subjects, from Susan Crawford, of the Roosevelt institute, to Sascha Meinrath of the New America Foundation, and even Richard Clarke, former member of the National Security Council. A full list of the folks we interviewed is on our website here. Read more