At Golden Frog, we are fighting for a free and open Internet, and for fair access to the infrastructure that could support competitive Internet access. We believe the best hope for this is to allow technological innovation to create tools and resources for autonomous people to explore the ocean of ideas, communicate, search, find and exercise their right to free expression and commerce. Golden Frog was created to develop services that give people the ability to defend and protect themselves online.

We wanted to share our core beliefs in a vision paper: "Peace, Prosperity and the Case for the Open Internet".

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  • The Challenge to Freedom

    Not only does Internet access continue to be restricted, but these restrictions are increasing in some parts of the world. Freedom House, a watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom, reported in September 2012 that restrictions on the Internet increased in 20 of the 47 countries. These countries were evaluated on barriers to access the Internet, limits on content and violations of user rights.

  • Encryption is the Second Amendment of the Internet

    Encryption is not unlike the second amendment. It is, quite simply, the right to defend oneself. And like those who defend the constitutional right to bear arms, we must remain ever vigilant.

  • Impacts on Privacy

    ISPs and telecom companies have the capability to store everything that passes to and from your computer over the Internet, and with the implicit permission and support of the U.S.

  • Innovation is the Answer

    Regulations and laws cannot stop technology from finding ways to empower people. As government regulations on the Internet and privacy fluctuate, the best thing Internet proponents can do is continue to create solutions and promote the peaceful and free use of the Internet.

  • The False Promise of Net Neutrality

    There's a reason that service providers fight to achieve a dominant position – monopoly or duopoly. They can create merely toll roads on the data freeway that, rather than charging by the mile (or gigabyte), attempt to capture rents based on the value of the content rather than the cost of providing the service. Despite the fact that every megabyte or gigabyte costs the same, providers are seeking to charge for content and the value they think they can derive.

  • Humanity is an Ocean

    The oceans had long been subject to the freedom of-the-seas doctrine - a principle put forth in the seventeenth century essentially limiting national rights and jurisdiction over the oceans to a narrow belt of sea surrounding a nation's coastline. The remainder of the seas was proclaimed to be free to all and belonging to none.

    Like the ocean, the Internet connects people. It is a sea of ideas, commerce, connections, relationships and consciousness. The Internet facilitates communication, transactions, innovation, identities, entertainment, educational growth, enlightenment.

    Like the ocean, the Internet must remain open and free. Humanity is an ocean. A limit on the Internet is a limit on humanity and its promise for the future.

About the Author

A native Texan and 40+ year resident of Austin, Texas, Ron has held a lifelong passion for electronics and communications-first fueled by obtaining a ham radio license more than 40 years ago. While that made the world smaller for him, it was his discovery of the Internet that truly opened his eyes to the possibilities. He first learned of the Internet in 1976 from Steward Brand's book, "Cybernetics Frontiers II" and attempted to log on for the first time in 1984 at an Artificial Intelligence Conference at the University of Texas in Austin, TX but was refused access.

In 1994, Ron recognized the lack of Internet access options for the "unwashed"-those who were not a student or government employee. In response, he and his wife, Carolyn Yokubaitis, co-founded Texas.net-one of the first 50 ISPs in the United States. Focused on providing Internet services dedicated to customer privacy and security, Ron and Carolyn's investments in Internet businesses have grown and expanded into multiple businesses including Giganews, the world's leading Usenet provider with users in 195+ countries, and Data Foundry, a global provider of data center colocation, managed services and disaster recovery services.

Golden Frog is the latest venture established by Ron and Carolyn and is committed to developing applications and services that preserve an open and secure Internet experience while respecting user privacy. Golden Frog's two products, VyprVPN and Dump Truck, currently have customers in 195+ countries. Golden Frog owns and operates its own global infrastructure with private server clusters in North America, Europe and Asia.

Prior to founding Texas.net, Ron practiced law in Houston and Austin Texas after serving in the Peace Corps with Carolyn in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil ('68-70). Ron holds both a Bachelor of Science, as well as a Juris Doctor from the University of Houston, where he served on the Law Review. Ron is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, lives in Austin with Carolyn, and has five sons.

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