The Federal Communications Commission is on the brink of changing the longstanding net neutrality principle, which allows consumers unfettered access to web content, and limits the ability of Internet service providers to block or filter material. New guidelines would allow some companies to charge more for faster service. Gwen Ifill talks to Cecilia Kang of The Washington Post about what’s at stake. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Thirty years after failing to convince the Supreme Court of the threat posed by home video recordings, big media companies are back and now trying to rein in another technological innovation they say threatens their financial well-being. The … Continue reading
More and more websites are including online commenting as a feature for their visitors. But sometimes the comment boards become venues for rudeness and insults. These comments can influence how a reader perceives the story. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with web experts who help manage online communities and comments in different ways. Continue reading
On Monday, security researchers at Codenomicon and Google discovered a bug in the encryption technology meant to protect your passwords, online files and valuable online information. They’re calling the bug “Heartbleed.” What can you do if you think a site that you use has been compromised?
The little padlock that that sits next to that website you just logged into — the one that’s meant to protect your privacy, your passwords, your online files — isn’t as secure as you thought. Continue reading
Visitors to HealthCare.gov on Monday morning saw messages that the site was down for maintenance. At times the visitors were also directed to a virtual waiting room — a feature designed to ease the strain on the site during periods of heavy use.
A new Pew study says that a majority of people living in developing and emerging countries want their internet access unrestricted. Continue reading
The Washington Post reported Friday that the United States intends to give up federal government authority over the administration of the Internet.
Twenty-five years have passed since a paper first introduced the concept of the World Wide Web. How do Americans think about the Internet and its impact on their lives? Jeffrey Brown talks to three people who have observed the growth of online life from different angles: Xeni Jardin of Boing Boing, Catherine Steiner-Adair of the Harvard Medical School and Daniel Weitzner from MIT. Continue reading