Presence of NIET Firefox Club on Net Neutrality

NIET Firefox Club organized a seminar on the issue of Net Neutrality.The main objective or aim of this seminar was to spread awareness about Net Neutrality among the students.We had a very meaningful and healthy discussion about Net Equality.About 40-50 students including club members attended the seminar.

There are some following points which were discussed in the seminar :-

  • What is Net Neutrality ?
  • How it is going to affect us ?
  • Should we fight for it ?
  • Web without Net Neutrality
  • What an individual can do to support it ?
  • Regulatory Framework for Over-the-top (OTT) services
  • Web discrimination
Member (NIET Firefox Club)

Member (NIET Firefox Club)

The seminar host finally concluded the discussions and reached at the point that TRAI must accept and practice Net Neutrality to keep the web alive and open.

The authority asks 20 critical questions. You can send in your responses to advqos@trai.gov.in.

Do make your opinion count. Otherwise, next time, this page may not load properly on some Internet service.

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MozMeet @ NIET Firefox Club

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On the 1st of April, 2015 we had our very first meet which aimed to welcome the new initiates in the club and introduce them to Mozilla and to make them explore on the Mozilla mission. The meet started with a formal introduction about what Mozilla is and briefing them about its missions to promote openness, innovation and opportunity on the web.

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Then the meet moved on to having a closer look at the skills, capabilities and achievements acquired by the candidates which in turn promised a bright future for the club. Keeping in mind the main objectives behind the existence of this club various amazing ideas were discussed between the club members to help promote the club in an effective and interactive manner.

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Taking initiative to promote openness and talking about Mozilla and its product

Several positions for the club were also decided in the meet to supervise and coordinate various activities. Various tasks and responsibilities were also distributed in the group for the smooth control of activities being held. To boost up the morale of the club members Mozilla badges and swag were also distributed which not only made them proud being a part of the group but also helped raise their excitement levels.There are about 50 members in the club.

Club Lead (Lower Middle)  with club coordinators

Club Lead (Lower Middle) with club coordinators

All the club members accepted their set of tasks with open hands and agreed to work with full dedication to help make the web a better place. We, the NIET Firefox Club envisions to work hard to our fullest and help introduce the Mozilla mission and its various open source technologies to the people around us by organizing various events in the near future.

Firefox Club foxes have lit fire to promote Mozilla mission

Firefox Club foxes have lit fire to promote Mozilla mission

Club Execution Board/Club members:

Communications Lead– Sonakshi Gupta, Shaifali Bhardwaj
Developer Relations Lead– Kartikey Chawla, Hitesh Goel, Swapnil Gupta
Event Coordinators– Shubhankit Porwal, Anupam ,Shivam Chopra, Mayank Saini
Marketing & Publicity Lead– Smita Tiwari, Mohit Anand
Web Education Lead– Shubham Aggrawal, Jaya Raut, Shubham Jain
Membership Lead-Sanyam Yadav, Neha Singh
Coordinator Heads-Akshay Malik, Swati Malik

Coordinators are happy after getting  their positions in the club

Coordinators are happy after getting their positions in the club

Pic credits : Sanyam Yadav , Akshay Malik

Content credits : Vibhanshu Chaudhary(CL) , Sonakshi Gupta , Shaifali Bhardwaj

Faculty Mentor : Dr. Sandeep Gupta(Professor)

Club Wiki : https://wiki.mozilla.org/NIET_Firefox_Club

Net Neutrality & its importance

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What is Net Neutrality ?

Net Neutrality is also known as Network Neutrality, Internet Neutrality, or Net Equality.It is a principle  that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform or application.Telecom operators/ISPs are access services providers, and can control either how much you access, what you access, how fast you access and how much you pay to access content and services on the Internet.

It’s important for access to knowledge, services and free speech, as well as freedom and ease of doing business online, for this access to be neutral :-

  • All sites must be equally accessible
  • The same access speed at the telecom/ISP level for each (independent of telecom selection)
  • The same data cost for access to each site (per KB/MB)

This means, Net Neutrality is about :

  • No telecom-style licensing of Internet companies
  • No gateways (Internet.org, Airtel OneTouch Internet, Data VAS), censorship or selection
  • No speeding up of specific websites (that may or may not pay telcomes)
  • No “zero rating” or making some sites free over others (and that goes for you too, Wikipedia and twitter)

Net Neutrality is the Internet’s guiding principle: It preserves our right to communicate freely online. This is the definition of an open Internet.

Net Neutrality means an Internet that enables and protects free speech. It means that Internet service providers should provide us with open networks — and should not block or discriminate against any applications or content that ride over those networks. Just as your phone company shouldn’t decide who you can call and what you say on that call, your ISP shouldn’t be concerned with the content you view or post online.
Without Net Neutrality, cable and phone companies could carve the Internet into fast and slow lanes. An ISP could slow down its competitors’ content or block political opinions it disagreed with. ISPs could charge extra fees to the few content companies that could afford to pay for preferential treatment — relegating everyone else to a slower tier of service. This would destroy the open Internet.
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Why is this important ?
  1. A free and open internet is the single greatest technology of our time, and control should not be at the mercy of corporations.
  2. A free and open internet stimulates ISP competition.
  3. A free and open internet helps prevent unfair pricing practices.
  4. A free and open internet promotes innovation.
  5. A free and open internet promotes the spread of ideas.
  6. A free and open internet drives entrepreneurship.
  7. A free and open internet protects freedom of speech.

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