Future of the Internet
United States Civil Liberties Groups, Internet Companies, and Citizens Demand an End to NSA Spying. Join them.
The recent revelations about the National Security Agency’s surveillance apparatus, including using data from non-governmental business entities, if true, expose stunning abuses and violations of our basic Constitutional rights. Demand that the U.S. Congress reveal the full extent of the NSA’s data-collection (some say spying) programs, and that Congress eliminate Constitutional violations. Petition your government. (The right to petition government for redress of grievances is the right to make a complaint to, or seek the assistance of, one’s government, without fear of punishment or reprisals.)
Vuze supports civil liberties and your right to anonymity and privacy for legitimate reasons, including free speech and association, freedom of and from religion, and political, democratic, social, and human (and animal) rights, among other rights, and is against censorship, hate, oppression, punishment, reprisal and retaliation. Vuze supports the uses of tools to protect and safeguard those rights and uses, and against evil, from printed pamphlets to encryption to avoiding storing private data and communications on central servers. To be very clear, and we are very serious and don’t say this with a wink or a knowing nod, we are publicly coming out in support of these rights and tools for legitimate uses now because of these recent shocking (maybe not so shocking) revelations, and we strongly condemn the use of tools to attempt to protect against the detection of illegal activity, including infringing upon the rights of others, including copyright under the laws of your territory as they currently exist – regardless of whether those laws should be reformed. That said, learn some more about some of these tools as relates to P2P here: http://wiki.vuze.com/w/Proxies_And_VPNs ; http://wiki.vuze.com/w/Anonymous_file_sharing_with_Tor_and_I2P. Tools for good should not be misused. (We disclaim liability in connection with tools, links, linked sites, and your activities.) Any use of Vuze® and Vuze+™ that violates the rights of any person or entity is condemned and is not allowed. More
Today, Vuze co-signed a letter to the FCC supporting an open Internet with a group of 24 internet CEOs and founders, including Amazon, Craigslist, Digg, eBay, Facebook, Flickr, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Skype, Tivo, Twitter, YouTube, and Zynga.
Back in 2007-08, Vuze was an early advocate for the net neutrality movement when we took Comcast to task for unfairly discriminating against p2p traffic. The FCC agreed with us, and vowed to prevent cable companies and ISPs from unfairly discriminating against internet traffic in the future. Since then, we’ve continued to consistently encourage the FCC to actively guard net neutrality.
As a small start-up, this government advocacy takes up valuable time, resources, and executive bandwidth. However, the Vuze team firmly believes that the net neutrality cause is well worth our efforts. There is an inherent conflict of interest in network providers (cable companies / ISPs) providing content services while arguing that they should be allowed to prioritize some content types over others. The Comcast debacle proved the danger of not remaining vigilant, and since then, other cable operators have gone down a similarly dangerous path.
At the end of the day, Vuze simply wants a level playing field. This is why we continue to advocate net neutrality, and why we were pleased to sign today’s letter, reinforcing the idea that:
An open Internet fuels a competitive and efficient marketplace, where consumers make the ultimate choices about which products succeed and which fail. This allows businesses of all sizes, from the smallest startup to larger corporations, to compete, yielding maximum economic growth and opportunity.
TV Everywhere is like oil companies saying “Oh you can have all the electric cars you want, as long as you still spend $250/month on gas.”
Last week, Vuze was asked to participate in an FCC workshop focused on Internet TV and its implications for national broadband policy. The workshop was organized by Jon Peha, the FCC’s Chief Technologist, and aimed to inform the FCC as it charts the course on the National Broadband Plan. It was great to be back at the FCC again, after our very productive conversation last year surrounding the Comcast throttling issue.
A few themes emerged from the workshop that I found particularly compelling.
First, within the broadband video ecosystem, we discussed how troubling it is that both the delivery system and the content are dominated by very large incumbents that prefer to operate without meaningful competition. If you think about it, the “TV Everywhere” concept under development by the cable operators is an attempt to ensure that consumers will still pay their TV cable bill, even if they don’t need it anymore. It’s like oil companies saying “Oh you can have all the electric cars you want, as long as you still spend $250/month on gas.”
Second, and very related, online video content should be separate from the network pipes it rides on. There is an inherent conflict of interest in network providers (cable companies / ISPs) providing content services, especially when they’re also arguing that they should be allowed to prioritize some content types over others.
And third, we continued to be your advocate in arguing for the ability to move your content around and watch it anywhere, anytime you want (PC, Mac, Mobile, TV), unencumbered by format incompatibilities and DRM handcuffs. Let’s face it, you already have this benefit through DVDs and MP3s. Why should the broadband video experience be any different?
At the end of the day, as an entrepreneur, I find it really bothering that cable companies are using their two-pronged monopoly (on TV content access and internet access) to arm-twist their way into broadband video, and trying to prevent innovative, more consumer-friendly concepts to emerge. Think about what e-commerce would be today if it had been left to WalMart to invent, instead of Amazon or Ebay…
- 5001 B12 June 13, 2013The ‘new’ (or ‘unopened’) indicator should now get cleared when you launch downloads - previously this was only working for the ‘play’ action - a bug introduced in 126.96.36.199 Reduced console spew some users getting on OSX during media server playback Added a per-file availability column to the Files view as requested by this idea on vote.vuze.com : Added the ab […]
- 5001 B11 June 12, 2013Fixed issue with the Dasu plugin causing config-backup to fail by locking a plugin file Reworked Tools->Options->Interface->Display to group options; added a Side Bar config group to allow show/hide option setting and also the inter-header top-level spacing to allow compaction. In the future further controls could be added here to control visibility […]
- 5001 B10 June 8, 2013Fix for icon transparency issues on Windows 8 Move search results to top of Content Discovery area […]