Stop the Secrecy


Ars Technica: Verizon's Internet slow lane gamble is backfiring

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 16:32 -- Eva Prkachin

U mad bro?

Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

The Federal Communications Commission is about to make a big decision that wouldn't have been necessary if not for a lawsuit "won" by Verizon.

Verizon sued to block the FCC's 2010 net neutrality order,leading to a court ruling that threw out rules against blocking and discrimination. The court said the FCC erred by imposing per se common carrier rules—the kind of rules applied to the old telephone network—onto broadband without first classifying broadband providers as common carriers. Now, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing to reclassify broadband as a common carriage service, an even worse outcome for Verizon and fellow ISPs.

Guest Blog by James Robb - Using the internet to bring democracy closer to the people

Fri, 02/06/2015 - 12:53 -- Eva Prkachin

Thanks to Icelandic resident James Robb for contributing this guest piece.

Shortly after I moved to Iceland, my good friend and former colleague, Helgi Gunnarsson, who is now an MP for the Pirate Party of Iceland, approached me with an idea to build a piece of petition software. At the time there were a few issues moving through the parliament that had garnered a sizeable amount of controversy. The president of Iceland had also recently stated that if a petition or issue could get enough signatures, he would attempt to intervene on behalf of the public. With this in mind, we set out to build a tool that would streamline the collection of signatures opposing parliamentary actions.

Safety Valve ( is an open source project I have created with the Pirate Party of Iceland to help citizens of any country have a more active voice regarding their respective parliaments and parliamentarians. We chose the name because of what the president had said about stepping in on a highly controversial issue. Initially we hoped our software would function as a political safety valve for when things were getting messy. The project currently allows Icelandic citizens to sign petitions either for or against every single bill, motion, or issue coming through their parliament. For example, this is a petition regarding a bill that relates to guaranteed basic income.

Huffington Post: FCC Chairman makes a huge promise

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:02 -- Eva Prkachin

Internet slow lane battles are raging around the world. From the U.S. to the EU to Argentina to Turkey, regulators are considering strong net neutrality rules right now. Here's a peek at how rules compare between neighbours like Canada and the U.S.

Article by Josh Tabish for The Huffington Post

Yesterday, U.S. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his agency's commitment to the strongest possible rules to prevent telecommunications companies from forcing certain websites and services into a slow lane online.

OpenMedia is crowdsourcing a Jumbotron at the FCC for the final Net Neutrality push

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 14:13 -- Eva Prkachin

FCC Chair Tom Wheeler has just revealed key details about upcoming rules to stop Big Telecom’s Internet slow lane plan.

Decision-makers are on the right path but we know telecom lobbyists are pulling out all the stops to stuff the rules full of loopholes before the FCC’s final vote on February 26. They are even threatening to sue the FCC.

To push back, your OpenMedia team is crowdsourcing resources to park a JUMBOTRON in front of the FCC to make the voices of concerned Internet users like you heard. Do you wanna be part of this?

Truthdig: TPP secrecy is getting ridiculous

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 15:34 -- Eva Prkachin

Truthdig lays out the worst potential effects of the TPP on Internet users.

Article by Thor Benson for Truthdig

The new Republican majority in Congress is oiling its trickle-down economics machine in the hope of passing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), an action that would have far-reaching impact.

RT: Is mass online surveillance making us less safe?

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 16:22 -- Eva Prkachin

The NSA and other spying agencies use security to justify bulk surveillance, but what if it's increasing the threat?

Article by RT

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden answered questions from Canadian students on Monday, telling them that mass surveillance can actually harm the ability to prevent terrorist attacks while also being detrimental to personal privacy.

Ars Technica: Municipal broadband could win big

Mon, 02/02/2015 - 15:40 -- Eva Prkachin

*does happy dance*

Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

A Federal Communications Commission proposal to preempt state laws that harm municipal broadband projects are being made official this week, with Chairman Tom Wheeler circulating a draft decision to his fellow commissioners, The Washington Post reported today. The commissioners are expected to vote on the matter on February 26, the same day they are likely to vote for new net neutrality rules.

The New Yorker: More than a year on from the Snowden revelations, what's changed?

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 15:45 -- Eva Prkachin

What will it take to stop mass spying?

Article by Mattathias Schwartz for The New Yorker

President Obama spent only a few moments of his State of the Union this week talking about the National Security Agency and civil liberties. A year before, he’d promised to “end” Section 215, the N.S.A.’s most controversial surveillance program, “as it currently exists.” In his speech last Tuesday, he said almost nothing concrete, aside from mentioning a forthcoming report “on how we’re keeping our promise to keep our country safe while strengthening privacy.”