My identity was stolen to help the FCC repeal Net Neutrality, and the short of it is I am outraged to have been slandered as a matter of public record (see pic) with my name supporting a repeal of Title II net neutrality rules when I have vehemently fought against such a repeal.
The long of it is as an author who has not only petitioned (download the actual CREDO pdf to view the one I signed here that is also on record on FCC.gov) for Title II net neutrality rules to be left in place weeks before my name was fraudulently used to comment on the FCC site in favor of repeal, but also as someone who has written a book called CYBERWAR wherein I am critical of anti-privacy and censorship issues and am writing about the cutting edge technology surrounding the Cyberverse, and I have spoken publicly on cyber-related issues where I have promoted net neutrality, I am really worried for a grim reality that the FCC is trying to force upon us in the USA.
I am an annual supporter of the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) as they research, report, and fight via the law for our digital rights as humans.
When I began donating to Eff.org, I started to use their badge on my sites in the footer: “I Support Online Rights.”
That sums up my real stance.
And with supporting cyber security, digital freedoms, and online rights, I fully support Net Neutrality and the Title II net neutrality rules that are in place in the United States to keep a level playing field and prevent the ISP’s like Comcast and Verizon from dictating, censoring, and preventing what media we receive via the Internet (and how quickly we receive it and at what extra cost for equal treatment).
I am a citizen of the country I love, and I have now suffered defamation by bots that I believe the FCC purposefully put in place to fill their web site with over a million comments in favor of, and begging for, the repeal of net neutrality.
The detail with which my name used in conjunction with a former address of mine (and a current address of my family members is used and it is under my full name, not my pen name of RJ) is nauseating.
If I were an employer interviewing someone who said these views, I would think twice before hiring them.
Read what my Bizarro wrote:
The Obama-era FCC regulations known as "Title II" enable the federal government to exert an extraordinary and unnecessary amount of regulatory control over the internet. This bureaucratic overreach impedes innovation, stifles investment and continues to create economic uncertainty for one of the largest sectors of the U.S. economy. I support Chairman Pai's proposal to roll back Title II and restore the sensible regulatory framework that enjoyed broad bipartisan consensus and enabled the internet to thrive for more than two decades. I strongly urge all of the FCC Commissioners to support the Chairman's proposal to repeal the harmful Title II internet takeover.
This is entirely false; I never made that statement.
The best part is that when using the Attorney General of New York’s tool to see if my identity was stolen and miss-used on the FCC site (click to check your name here, folks), two comments show up: the first is the fake repeal-happy comment and below that is my comment in the form of a petition to keep Title II net neutrality rules in place signed by me, R.J. Huneke, and from my home town.
I fought against the repeal of net neutrality just weeks before the fake comment of mine appears in support of it on FCC.gov.
Since me and my overt call-outs for everyone to help support net neutrality (dozens of writings and all of them quite public via social media channels that include Google, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn), it is almost funny that my identity was stolen and maliciously and fraudulently used in this manner to make a public statement on the FCC.gov web site; but it is not funny: it is terrifying.
The fact that the evidence used by the FCC in the million-plus “individuals” that the FCC touted as having spoken in support of the repeal of Title II net neutrality rules are riddled with false submissions, so far including dead people and plain old living citizens (like myself) who have had fraud committed against, is utterly unethical and damn scary.
And yet the FCC refuses to, at the least, delay the December 14th 2017 repeal Title II net neutrality rules until proper evidence is verified.
New York State noticed that many numbers did not add up and our NYS Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has not been satisfied with the brush-off from the FCC. And so it is commendable that he has constructed on his own government web page a simple tool to search for fake (or real) comments on the FCC.gov site and then if you find you have been wrongly represented on there a simple button click and form that takes seconds to complete allows you to open up an official investigation into the fraud.
I must urge all of my Eager Readers and all who value their online rights and a fair Internet in the US to spread the word that the FCC must delay the repeal and to check that your friends and family are not a victim of identity theft being used to falsely support the repeal of net neutrality as we know it.
I have turned the tide and started on my journey. Words and Worlds hang in the balance and I am writing it all down before the RJ Tower! Read about my newest novel on CyberwarSeries.com