What a year 2016 has been! On the one hand, the American FCC finally began to act to protect Internet users against monopolistic abuses by ISP’s, such as by imposing limits on the secretive collection and sale of consumers’ private information. On the other hand, consumers have suffered from continuing data breaches, such as the notorious hacks of Yahoo! and Adult Friend Finder, while governments worldwide have increased censorship efforts against both porn and political dissent. Adding to the concerns, the incoming US administration has declared its commitment to roll back hard-won consumer protections such as net neutrality and announced its willingness to resurrect the failed adult-content censorship policies of the past.
Despite the political turmoil, this past year was mostly good for me, although my health has continued to deteriorate. I had wanted to comment regularly about the political and legal challenges facing consumers and the adult content industry, but because of painful arthritis of the shoulders, I can no longer write beyond a paragraph or two at a time.
As the year draws to a close, I feel that this would also be a good time for me to retire from blogging, at least for now. I thank all of my readers for their support over the past 3 1/2 years. My wish is that all of us will have a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year and many more great years ahead.