Support California Broadband Internet Privacy Act
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Support California Broadband Internet Privacy Act

Posted July 10th, 2017 by seanm

Access Humboldt filed letter of support for the California Broadband Internet Privacy Act

10 July 2017

Eureka, CA - Access Humboldt today filed a letter with the California Legislature expressing support for AB 375, the California Internet Privacy Act.

The letter is attached, contents here:

July 10, 2017
RE: AB 375 (Chau) California Broadband Internet Privacy Act of 2017
Testimony of Sean Taketa McLaughlin for Access Humboldt in Support

Access Humboldt is a non-profit, community media organization serving the residents and local jurisdictions of Humboldt County on the North Coast. We manage resources that include: cable access TV channels; KZZH FM 96.7 community radio; a wide area broadband network with dedicated optic fiber connections to twenty locations serving local jurisdictions and community anchor institutions; broadband access wireless networks; a Community Media Center with studio and other production equipment and training on the Eureka High School campus; and ongoing operational support for public, educational and governmental access media services.

We support the proposed California Broadband Internet Privacy Act (AB 375) because personal privacy is essential for open networks to support freedom of information and expression. Citizens must have the opportunity to make informed choices about how their personal communications are monitored and their online information is gathered, stored and shared.

Unwanted surveillance for commercial gain has an immediate chilling effect on local voices and harms many aspects of modern life. Public safety, health, education, commerce and civic engagement all suffer when our freedom of information and expression is suppressed.

Digital network devices actively gather intelligence from users of the network. While some data gathering is necessary for advancing efficacy of network operations, there is great potential for unwanted censorship, filtering and editorial bias to occur without knowledge of the network user. This inherent network surveillance is one layer beneath the value added intelligence of edge services (like search engines, webpages and apps) and therefore has an unavoidable and severe chilling effect on all aspects of our information ecosystem. This is particularly true for remote rural communities that lack options and competition in the marketplace.

Diverse local voices require open, secure networks that respect the personal privacy of all people, supporting our basic human right to 'seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.' (Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19)

For these reasons we support the California Broadband Internet Privacy Act of 2017 (AB 375) and we hope the measure gets full and timely consideration.

If you’d like more information, please feel free to contact me directly via e-mail at sean@accesshumboldt.net or via cell at 707-616-2381.

Sean Taketa McLaughlin, Executive Director

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