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Googlegate?

Moveon.org and Google appear to be to back-pedaling from their conspiracy of last week to block the political free speech of a U.S. Senator up for reelection. 

    Moveon.org's Google coverup?

    Art Brodsky's of Public Knowledge recently posted his long defense of Moveon.org and Google for their blocking the free speech of U.S. Senator Susan Collins.

    • Brodsky claims that Moveon.org has called off its trademark protection dogs and is now allowing Google to place anti-Moveon.org ads now that they blocked last week at Moveon.org's urging.
      • How skulkingly magnanimous of them!

    What appears to be missing from this sleight-of-hand mea culpa, is Google/Moveon.org or both of them:

    • admitting they made an egregious mistake in conspiring to block the free speech of a U.S. Senate candidate;
    • taking full responsibility for the Internet free speech censorship;
    • pledging it won't happen again; and
    • explaining that they have taken sufficient actions (policy changes) so it won't reoccur.

    I doubt a congressional panel, the press or the blogosphere will drop this issue just because one of Google's Poodles organizations, Public Knowledge, posted a preemptive defense on the Huffington Post to try and frame this issue before their "progressive" base got a whif of their week-old anti-free speech droppings.

    Mr. Brodsky also claims that Google and Moveon.org have never limited free speech before.

    Let's see how principled Google's Open Internet Coalition is on protecting free speech

    How timely for the Google-backed Open Internet Coalition to be writing Congress asking for Congressional hearings on allegations of censorship of free speech on the Internet.

    Google bans Senator Collin's anti-Moveon.org ads -- Google's "Free Speech" double standard

    Robert Cox, the Founder and President of the Media Bloggers Association, a non-partisan professional standards group, reports that Google has blocked the running of U.S. Senator Susan Collins' anti-Moveon.org ads on Google.

    •  "Internet giant Google has banned advertisements critical of MoveOn.org, the far-left advocacy group that caused a national uproar last month when it received preferential treatment from The New York Times for its “General Betray Us” message."
    • "The ads banned by Google were placed by a firm working for Republican Sen. Susan Collins’ re-election campaign. Collins is seeking her third term."

      Google has a particularly tortured concept of "free speech" if it is willing to editorially ban Republican speech that opposes its most important and high-profile lobbying ally in the net neutrality fight.

    The outrageous hypocrisy behind Net Neutality support of Free Speech

    Someone needs to call the SaveTheInternet/FreePress/net neutrality crowd on their outrageous hypocrisy in politically claiming that being for "net neutrality" is being for more "free speech" protections.

    When the SaveTheInternet organization and their net neutrality allies were offered very specific legislative language that would explicitly protect "free speech'' on the Internet -- they actively blocked it from passage in the Senate Commerce Committee in August of 2006 and from it passing into law last Congress. 

    The legislative text below was in the HR5252 Amendment proposed by then Chairman Stevens in the telecom reform bill in June of 2006.

    • SaveTheInternet and the net neutrality movement opposed that protection of free speech language (Sec. 904. Application of the First Amendment) because what they really wanted was to make broadband subject to common carrier regulation.

     "SEC. 904. APPLICATION OF THE FIRST AMENDMENT.

    I am a panelist with Tim Wu at Future of Music Conference 9-17

    I am on a Broadband Policy panel on Monday at 4:45 at the Future of Music Summit with a couple of the lead folks who champion net neutrality: Professor Tim Wu, who coined the term, and Ben Scott, of Free Press who has slickly popularized it in close coordination with Moveon.org.

    • Should be interesting, the panel appears to be fairly balanced: one against NN (me) and the rest of the panel avidly for it.
    • Wish me luck.

     Leveling the Playing Field: how does broadband policy affect musicians?

    Congress and the FCC are currently working a series of initiatives designed to revise the telecommunications regulatory framework, with everything from spectrum reform, to broadband deployment, to network neutrality on the table. How will proposed revisions impact musicians, citizens and technologists? How does broadband policy intersect with concerns about protecting intellectual property? What would a pro-musician Telecom Act look like?

    Charles Bissell Musician, The Wrens

    Scott Cleland Chairman, NetCompetition.org

    Peter Gordon President, Thirsty Ear

    Jason Oxman Vice President, Communications, Consumer Electronics Association

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