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AT&T, Time Warner and the Death of Privacy


AT&T, Time Warner and the Death of Privacy

Amy Goodman, Denis Moynihan

It has been 140 years since Alexander Graham Bell uttered the first words through his experimental telephone, to his lab assistant: “Mr. Watson—come here—I want to see you.” His invention transformed human communication, and the world. The company he started grew into a massive monopoly, AT&T. The federal government eventually deemed it too powerful, and broke up the telecom giant in 1982.


Sanders' and Trump's initial response when the merger was announced was an unequivocal NO !

Clinton's response included her usual lawyer weasel words like "scrutinize" and "closer look". We will need to wait until Wall Street advises her before we hear any more from her on this issue.


And because they are lumped together the Clintonistas now think this deal is not a bad thing. If Trump is against it, is must be good, is their logic.


The FCC regulations on ISPs are inadequate, for two reasons.

  1. They limit only using the browsing data for advertising, not using it to identify dissidents and whistleblowers.

  2. More fundamentally, one data are collected, they WILL be misused. To prevent misuse of data about our network connections, we must prohibit ISPs from accumulating those data in the first place, except when authorized by a specific court order.

See http://gnu.org/philosophy/surveillance-vs-democracy.html.