Lo, everyone! Back on October 29, 1969, that two-letter greeting was the first message sent over ARPANET, the predecessor to the World Wide Web. Today, on July 12, 2017, people from around the globe are coming together for a day of action to fight for net neutrality. The principle of net neutrality states that all Internet traffic should be treated equally, but those who control the transmission of that data have been fighting for the right to place their preferred data in the fast lane and leave data they don’t like in a traffic jam. We here at AgileBits care quite a lot about data, and while we’re glad your sensitive data is safely locked away, we think the data we want to share on the Internet should remain accessible to everyone.
We all use 1Password a little differently, but one thing we all have in common is we want to keep the data we store safe and private. We don’t know what data you have stored in 1Password and we don’t want to know. If you want to store your logins to every Justin Bieber fansite on the Internet, you’re free to do so and we’ll be none the wiser (plus, we would never judge you anyway – that wouldn’t be very Canadian). We should expect no less of our internet service providers (ISPs).
The Internet was built on the principle of free access to information. If net neutrality ends, ISPs would become the gatekeepers of the Internet. They could track where your data is coming from and where it’s going and could throttle your connection based upon what they find. You shouldn’t be sent back to the 1990s just because you’re browsing one of their competitors’ websites or because you or the website owner didn’t pay for special treatment. If the developer of your very favorite Belieber website can’t afford to pay the gatekeeper, you should still be able to check out the latest fanfiction at the speeds you pay for and free of any snooping or judgment.
Unlike your ISP, we don’t want to know what sites you visit and we purposefully designed 1Password and features like Watchtower to keep us in the dark. 1Password accounts also use two-secret key derivation to protect your encrypted data from sneaky spies. These Secrets are never shared with us or anyone else – it’s your data, after all! ISPs should respect your privacy, too, and provide the Internet service you pay for at the speeds you pay for, no matter where your online adventures take you.
If you’d like to learn more about what you can do to help protect net neutrality and ensure an open Internet for all, check out the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s action center or join Fight for the Future’s Battle for the Net. Together, we can let governments and ISPs around the world know that the Internet should be safe and accessible for everyone.