The FCC is Making a Huge Mistake

Your DGB for today is to contact the FCC to comment on the proposed new rules regulating the internet and demand the net remain neutral.

Is it Groundhog Day? Did we not win this battle back in 2014? Didn’t we do a Grab on this back in March? Well, a progressive’s work is never done. Or, as the rally sign says “I can’t believe I still have to protest this shit.”

The latest skirmish in the Trump administration’s battle to sell critical public services to corporate oligarchs is at the FCC. The agency has proposed new regulations that will open the door for internet service providers to hold your access to Game of Thrones (or or your state’s voter registration page....) for ransom. Pay, or have your access throttled. The comment period on these new, nasty regs is open until August 16, 2017.

Confused about what we’re asking for? Learn more about net neutrality and how the FCC makes its rules. You can send your comments to the FCC using a nice form provided by the Electronic Frontier Foundation or Save the Internet. Or if you’re wonkish, verbose, or just like to do things yourself, follow this tutorial to comment directly on the FCCs website.

Imagine a future where Comcast decides what you can do on the internet, and how much it will cost you. Sounds almost as bad as if Joffrey were still King of Westeros.


Passwords Aren’t Enough

Your DGB for today is to secure your inbox.

Maybe you’ve heard of some private email accounts being hacked? We vaguely recall something about that being in the news in the recent past. If someone gets into your email, you may as well hand them your entire life, right? They can change all your passwords, access personal correspondence, financial information, and classified documents. Okay, probably not that last one.

Anyway, you’ll enable two-step authentication to access your email from new devices, which usually includes a text message sent to your phone. For Gmail, you’ll do it here. Find a Yahoo! tutorial here, and a Microsoft/Outlook one here.

So, if a Russian server somewhere tries to access your email account, they’ll KGBe out of luck.