The Switchboard: Net neutrality protesters say FCC staff members are giving them solidarity high-fives


Protesters outside the FCC. (Kevin Zeese)

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Net neutrality protesters are literally camped outside the FCC. And the agency is hearing them out. The Switch's Brian Fung reports on the Occupy-style protest currently set up in front of the FCC's headquarters in D.C. According to one protester, some FCC staff members have high-fived the members of the group in solidarity.

‘Right to be forgotten’ highlights sharp divide on U.S., European attitudes toward privacy. "The European Union's highest court ruled Tuesday that search engines such as Google -- the defendant in this case -- must evaluate requests, particularly from private citizens, to have links to damaging content removed from its search engines," reports the Switch's Hayley Tsukayama. But, a right to be forgotten online is unlikely take off in the U.S., she says.

All of the bands you listened to in high school oppose FCC chairman’s net neutrality plan. Content creators, including members from lot of bands you probably listened to in high school like Fugazi and Pink Floyd, sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler saying that his proposal would "kill" net neutrality and let Internet service providers pick the winners and losers online.

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Andrea Peterson covers technology policy for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, consumer privacy, transparency, surveillance and open government.
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