Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Internet Users Unite!

We just received word from People For Internet Responsibility about their brand-new project, the Net Neutrality Squad.

According to its executors, NNS is "is an open-membership, open-source effort, enlisting the Internet's users to help keep the Internet's operations fair and unhindered from unreasonable restrictions." FMC's own Rock the Net campaign has made great strides in educating and mobilizing musicians on net neutrality. How cool is it to use the collective intelligence of the open internet to keep the internet open? We think it's very cool.

Here's some more info from the announcement:

The project's focus includes detection, analysis, and incident reporting of any anticompetitive, discriminatory, or other restrictive actions on the part of Internet service Providers (ISPs) or affiliated entities, such as the blocking or disruptive manipulation of applications, protocols, transmissions, or bandwidth; or other similar behaviors not specifically requested by their customers.

Other key aspects of the project are discussions, technology development and deployment, and associated activities -- fostering cooperation and mutually agreeable methodologies whenever possible -- aimed at keeping the Internet a maximally unhindered, useful, competitive, fair, and open environment for the broadest possible range of applications and services.

The NNS is open to individual, commercial, nonprofit, government, and all other Internet users and stakeholders (including ISPs). Sounds like a party!

Join the moderated mailing list by heading here.

There's also an "interactive discussion and incident reporting forum" for further communications on related topics. Check it out here.

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