Join Us in the Fight for Net Neutrality

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Automattic strongly believes in a free and open Internet and it’s hard to imagine a truly open Internet without Net Neutrality.

What Is Net Neutrality?

“Net Neutrality” is the simple but very powerful principle that all Internet traffic should be treated equally. Whether you’re reading a blog post on WordPress.com, streaming Game of Thrones on HBO GO, or browsing handcrafted tea cozies on Etsy, your Internet service provider delivers the Internet to you at the same speed, without blocking, throttling, or charging extra tolls based on the content you’re viewing. You can learn more about Net Neutrality and why it’s important by visiting battleforthenet.com.

Net Neutrality gives all online businesses, large and small, a chance to reach customers and succeed. It also protects important free speech rights online by prohibiting Internet providers from slowing or blocking sites or messages they don’t agree with.

Net Neutrality means an Internet where…

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WordPress.com Gets a Perfect Score from the EFF for Digital Privacy Rights

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At Automattic, we’re proud of our commitment to fighting for the digital rights of our users and of our work to keep the internet free and open. Today we’re honored to receive another perfect score from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in its annual Who Has Your Back? report.

The EFF is a well-known nonprofit organization committed to defending digital privacy, free speech, and innovation, and their report evaluates internet companies on how well they safeguard user information when governments come knocking.

This continues our streak of perfect scores. We received 5/5 stars in the last Who Has Your Back? report that we were included in (2015), and 5/5 stars in the EFF’s most recent Who Has Your Back?: When Copyright and Trademark Bullies Threaten Free Speech report (2014).

In this year’s report, the EFF awarded stars to WordPress.com for:

  • Following industry-wide best practices.
  • Promising…

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A Faster Mobile Web: WordPress.com Updates for Accelerated Mobile Pages

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Earlier this year we were proud to announce that WordPress.com users’s sites would automatically support Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) — a new open-source project spearheaded by Google to dramatically improve the performance of web pages on mobile devices.

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It’s Time: Apply For Early Access to Your Own .blog Domain Name

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If you’ve been looking for the perfect address for your blog, it’s about to get even easier. Millions of new .blog domain names (like yourname.blog) will be available this November — and starting today, you can apply to secure your own domain name.

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#Art of Fantasy 56: Aaron Nakahara

Woelf Dietrich

aaron-nakahara-dakrlordriseslAll the artists I feature on here are phenomenal and stand out in a crowd, but every now and again I find an artist who even rises above that, and Aaron Nakahara is one of those artists and you’ll agree with me when you see his work. He blows me away. He’ll blow you away. There is so much savage power in his paintings, so much contained energy, it’s like the composition bleeds and bubble from the strain. And yet, I find myself perplexed because I also see a quiet elegance in his work.

Aaron is a freelance artist who calls himself a faux game designer, family man, lover of stars and science,  and is apparently always smiling, which I don’t doubt. Given the intensity of his paintings, the emotional release from painting them must be fantastic. And, by pure coincidence, Aaron is also on Patreon. If you click this link it…

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The One Where An Author Steals Text From My Book To Sell Pirated Software

David Gaughran

IWSParadonIn today’s episode we are going to out a two-bit huckster who tried to put one over on yours truly, take a quick detour through the verdant fields of copyright law (and the slightly plainer meadows of moral rights), and then end with an example of how to handle a scammer.

Sound fun? Strap yourselves in!

A helpful reader – who will remain nameless for reasons that will become obvious – emailed me yesterday morning. I was just about to start work but the subject line caught my attention: Did You Give Permission For This?

Uh oh. I started reading the message he had forwarded.

It had originated from a domain called IndieWriterSupport.com (you can cut-and-paste that address or Google it, but I’m not linking directly and giving them an SEO boost). And it appeared to be a straight cog from my book Let’s Get Visible.

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The Red Tree

Art by Nancy Farmer

New painting, going into the 303 Gallery’s Christmas exhibition next week. The theme was ‘A Walk in the Woods’…I know, it’s a bit Glastonbury, but at the same point there are interesting environmental and horticultural lessons here to be learned about dandelions and why we should be careful about cutting down trees…

The Red Tree - painting in watercolour by Nancy Farmer The Red Tree – painting in watercolour by Nancy Farmer

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Detail of Dandelions Detail of Dandelions

I’m a fan of Dandelions, and they are good for the soil – but what you see is the mere tip… of the dandelion. This is why they are good for the soil, but of course this is also why they are so very difficult to get rid of, like a self-respecting weed should be.

A foolhardy woodcutter A foolhardy woodcutter

Below is the original sketch for the painting – the painting is watercolour, but the sketch was digital, worked up on my tablet which…

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