Selling Our Internet Activity


In March, 2017, Congress voted to eliminate rules that "would have required home Internet and mobile broadband providers to get consumers' opt-in consent before selling or sharing Web browsing history, app usage history, and other private information with advertisers and other companies."  -- Ars Technica, 3/29/2017

You can get more information on this decision from this article and the additional references the article links to:

ISPs and FCC Chair Ajit Pai celebrate death of online privacy rules

Research, Analyze, Decide, Propose

  1. Consider that you are a staffer for the FCC. Write at least a 300-word response that will be posted on the FCC web site for consumers that explains the benefits and reasoning behind this decision.
  2. Assume the role of a privacy advocate in the district of RI Representative James Langevine. Write your post as if it was a memo to Mr. Langevine explaining why he should vote against revoking these rules.
  3. Vote with a "Like" on the FCC response and Langevine memo that you feel was the most persuasive and write a short paragraph explaining why.

I encourage you to dig into this topic with information from the textbook and additional online resources. At the end of each post, be sure to include links to any references you used other than the above URL and textbook.