Stop the Secrecy

Let’s save online privacy, together

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 13:06 -- Eva Prkachin

Photo by DonkeyHotey via Flickr

Governments around the world just don’t seem to get it.

It’s been nearly two years since Edward Snowden revealed that the United States and their allies, including Canada, had been spying on their own citizens at an unprecedented scale.

It’s been nearly two decades now since the Internet began to transform our society - opening up new avenues for free expression, unbridled creativity, and unrestrained collaboration.

Internet citizens hold the freedom that open online platforms represent dear to their hearts, and have fought back time and again to keep the Internet open and free. But governments keep coming back with efforts to eliminate online privacy, decrypt cell phone communications, and crackdown on free speech online.

This is getting ridiculous.

As James put it on our facebook page:

This is insane and against the fundamental values western society and law are founded on. This is right up there in the human rights violation category.”

That’s why your OpenMedia team is considering launching a huge, international campaign to save privacy online. We know that when we speak out together with one voice we can make change and secure the open Internet. But we need your help.

We’re doing things a little differently this time. The best solutions to the threats facing the Internet are always those that we come up with together, collaboratively. So we put this question to you: what do you think about this idea? What would you like to see in an international privacy campaign? How do you think we can best spread the word?

There’s a whole heap of ways you can let us know what you think. Give us your ideas in the comments below, follow us and comment on facebook and google+, and tweet at us at @TheOpenMedia.

We’ve got our ears to the ground - we just need your input.