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As expected, FCC commissioners voted 3-2 today to regulate Internet service providers (ISPs) as "common carriers" under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. (It also voted to override state laws against municipal broadband, but that's another story entirely.)

The vote was split along party lines, with the commission's Democrats voting along with Chairman Tom Wheeler in favor of the proposal and the Republicans against -- in spite of Republican commissioners' attempt to delay the vote. The litigation will probably start immediately.

One of the big surprises at last night's Oscars was the win of "Citizenfour" for Best Documentary. Though that category often involves controversial issues, "Citizenfour" is Laura Poitras' documentary about the Edward Snowden NSA revelations. Snowden himself remains a controversial figure. Depending on your politics, he's either a whistleblower or a traitor.

Of course, without Snowden, we'd have no way of knowing just how insecure our "secure" communications channels are. Week by week, the news just keeps coming that the NSA is listening in on things every way they possibly can. Including your cellphone calls.

If you recently bought Lenovo computers for your office or firm, then you may want to make sure they're not running a vicious piece of adware that can impersonate a website's security certificate.

According to various reports, confirmed by security researchers, some Lenovo-brand computers ship with a kind of malware called "Superfish" that injects advertisements into users' browsers and impersonates security certificates, meaning the "secure" website you're visiting isn't secure at all.

A few years ago, Google began quite an experiment: It offered fiber optic Internet service to the good citizens of Kansas City, Missouri, for an astounding $70 per month. So, basically, for the same price you pay Comcast, AT&T, or Time Warner, you get Internet speeds that are 100 times faster.

First, the ISPs balked. Then their trade groups tried to lobby state legislatures to make it illegal to offer fiber optic service. Now, it looks like they're actually going to play ball. For a price.

Security threats are everywhere on the Internet, but Facebook aims to change that with its new ThreatExchange, a platform for security professionals (and anyone else, I guess) to exchange information on security threats.

Even though there are already centralized repositories of security information, like the Internet Storm Center and the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures List, Facebook's ThreatExchange promises to be a way for security type-folks to interact with each other more directly.

How many times have we told you not to click on that mysterious link? Perhaps Twitter CFO Anthony Noto wasn't listening. On Tuesday, Noto's Twitter account began spewing out hundreds of garbage tweets like "OMG when did you do this?" and "I can't stop laughing!" with links attached.

It's not clear how Noto's account was compromised. But the links to spam websites, it turns out, were likely phishing attempts -- which one of our editors nearly succumbed to, though he was saved by the company firewall.

Last year, the European Court of Justice made some waves (radio waves, that is! Get it? Because it's the Internet) when it announced there was a "right to be forgotten" that should allow people to petition Google to have Web pages removed from search results.

Nice idea, but anyone who knows anything quickly pointed out that would be a logistical nightmare, and besides, Google shouldn't be responsible for policing what's basically a descriptivist index of what's on the Internet already.

Not even a month after it began, the trial of Ross Ulbricht, alleged to be the "Dread Pirate Roberts" who operated the underground website Silk Road, is over.

The verdict is in: After just three hours of deliberation, a jury convicted Ulbricht on all seven charges today, which included trafficking drugs over the Internet, running a continuing criminal enterprise, and several helpings of conspiracy.

Well, color me shocked. In an essay published today in Wired, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler backed the strongest-ever plan for net neutrality: Regulating Internet service providers as telecommunications utilities under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.

The move, if successful, would allow the FCC to regulate broadband ISPs in the same way it regulates phone companies. And as you might expect, the ISPs aren't happy about it, even though it's good for customers.

With a new session of Congress comes new legislation, and here at FindLaw's Technologist, we're obviously concerned with how the proposed laws will regulate technology.

Things look good so far, with a minimum of "cyber"-titled bills, which reflects the fact that maybe people who know what they're talking about are writing this new legislation. Unfortunately, many of these bills were introduced in the last Congress, but sat in committees for months or years, all dying when the new Congress took over. But maybe this new Congress can get something done? (he said naively).