Net Neutrality. Everyone is talking about it but not everyone knows exactly what it means. Here’s a Net Neutrality 101 definition. According to one source at INVESTOPEDIA, it means this: The concept that all data on the internet should be treated equally by corporations, such as internet service providers, and governments, regardless of content, user, platform, application or device. Network neutrality requires all Internet service providers (ISPs) to provide the same level of data access and speed to all traffic, and that traffic to one service or website cannot be blocked or degraded. ISPs are also not to create special arrangements with services or websites, in which companies providing them are given improved network access or speed....read more...
In the online world of human trafficking publications like Backpage.com make most if not all of their profits by selling minors like you would sell a couch that’s in good condition. If the profit margin of Backpage.com continues to grow they may have more power to garner a bigger online presence than before. So if this happens and the non profits that help minors in these situations are slowed down, help will be slow to access as well. It will be harder for youth who are stepping out of a trafficking situation to find shelter because they just simply cannot afford to spend hours waiting for a website to download. I am also aware of street outreach that will literally hand young people food and a phone number to call but that isn’t always the safest option for the non profit or the young person. We must find more creative ways to get to them.
Net Neutrality is indeed a great challenge for us in the non profit world. BeaSister2aSister isn’t scared, we welcome a challenge and we will fight to turn it into a success.
If you would like to know more about the campaign to shut down Backpage.com and the repealing of section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, watch the documentary “I Am Jane Doe” written and directed by Mary Mazzio. The battle is still raging.
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