Welcome to e.Woke #42: Washington vs. FCC
This week, we celebrate Washington becoming the first state to pass a state-level net neutrality law, shame Geek Squad, and do something a little different. This is your digital twilight zone newsletter. This is e.Woke!
Some would think that it is the media’s job to portray stories accurately, but it hasn’t always been that way. “After an especially violent 5 days in the summer of 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson created the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders — better known as the Kerner Commission — to study the causes of the riots and to prevent them from happening again.”. After the report was released, it was revealed that an ongoing cause of unrest was the lack of black journalists and editors, and although media has improved in some ways, we still lack what we need most: journalists of color. To learn more, and to hear an interview with the last living member of the Kerner Commission, listen to our show.
Washington has taken a big step in the right direction. On March 5th, with the flick of a pen, Governor Jay Inslee turned a bill into a law that will “enforce transparency from ISPs and prohibit blocking, throttling, or prioritizing content online.” While this is something to celebrate, “the FCC made it clear in its official deregulation that states could not supercede the agency’s decision by creating local laws. This means, according to the FCC, Washington had no authority to pass the law it just did”. This will one of many battles to protect the Net.
Last year, the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit to find out about the relationship that Best Buy’s Geek Squad has with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “The documents released to EFF show that Best Buy officials have enjoyed a particularly close relationship with the agency for at least 10 years.” yikes. But to be honest, even the name “Geek Squad” sounds like a bunch of government sellouts.
Digital Security Tips, Resources, and Guides:
- New Reason to Never Use Facebook’s VPN: It May Be Siphoning Your Data Even When It’s Off (via Gizmodo)