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Advocates: Net Neutrality Is Necessary

ONLINE PRIVACY

August 16, 2010

Privacy experts are questioning the impact that moving away from net neutrality, where ISPs are prohibited "from exploiting their role in delivering information to favor their own content or the content of the highest bidders," will have on online privacy. The New York Times reports on privacy advocates' concerns that in a non-neutral Web environment, "the Internet becomes more like a mall--where users are from the start viewed as consumers--and less like a public square." Cindy Cohn of the Electronic Frontier Foundation contends, "The people who are pushing for a non-neutral world are pushing it for monetary purposes," while Columbia Law School Prof. Eben Moglen believes such moves emphasize the business of the Internet at the expense of privacy. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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