Stop the Secrecy


Guardian: Privacy - it's a fundamental human right

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 15:40 -- Eva Prkachin

European government is finally coming around on privacy.

Article by Luke Harding for The Guardian

Europe’s top rights body has said mass surveillance practices are a fundamental threat to human rights and violate the right to privacy enshrined in European law.

TechCrunch: If it's data, it could be in trouble

Fri, 01/30/2015 - 14:33 -- Eva Prkachin

Could your text messages get tossed in the slow lane if net neutrality falls?

Article by Nic Denholm for BGR

Net neutrality was one of last year’s biggest tech stories. The one that went mainstream after John Oliver poked fun at it and beseeched his viewers to flood the FCC’s comments page with tirades against a two-tiered Internet (which caused the site to crash).

The Mega-spies on Megaupload

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 13:59 -- Eva Prkachin

Have you ever used Megaupload or Rapidshare to store or share files online? Because if you have used those services, or any of over 100 other popular file hosting services, there’s a very good chance that agents at Canada’s spy agency CSEC have been rifling through your private, personal uploads.

A report from The Intercept revealed that Canadian spies conducted surveillance on files that people upload using services like Rapidshare and Megaupload. Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher report that CSEC analyzed between 10 and 15 million downloads per day from the popular file-sharing services.

Despite the huge volume of data vacuumed up in the effort, the spy agency only deemed 350 download events “interesting” - only 0.00001% of the total files swept up for examination.

The Daily Dot: The Internet is crashing the TPP's party

Tue, 01/27/2015 - 14:50 -- Eva Prkachin

Internet activists got all up in TPP negotiators' faces yesterday.

Article by Dell Cameron for The Daily Dot

Fed up with secret meetings that will decide the future of trade for more than a dozen nations, a number of protesters swarmed a congressional hearing on the TPP Tuesday morning.

EFF: We're fighting back against the TPP and we need your help

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 13:56 -- Eva Prkachin

Couldn't make it to today's protest in New York against the TPP? Find out what else you can do to fight Internet censorship.

Article by Maira Sutton for EFF

The next round of secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations begins this Monday, January 26, and runs through the following week at the Sheraton New York Time Square Hotel in downtown Manhattan. As with many previous TPP meetings, the public will be shut out of talks as negotiators convene behind closed doors to decide binding rules that could impact how our lawmakers set digital policy in the decades to come. Big content industry interests have been given privileged access to negotiating texts and have driven the US Trade Representative's mandate when it comes to copyright—which is why the TPP carries extreme copyright measures that ignore users' rights.

UPDATED: Your letters are being published! Tell the FCC and Congress to stop the Internet slow down

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 09:58 -- Josh Tabish

Surprise, surprise. Once again, Big Telecom giants are trying to force their Internet slow lane plan on us – but now they’re trying to use Congress to do it. They’re pushing a reckless, loophole-filled piece of legislation that would prevent decision-makers at the FCC from following through on delivering the strongest net neutrality rules possible to Internet users. And, what’s worse: there are important hearings happening tomorrow on rules that could change the net forever.

If we don’t speak out now, then we could risk all the progress we’ve made pushing back this slow lane plan. This is why need you to get letters about this slowdown published in your local paper. Get your letter published ASAP to let your Member of Congress, decision-makers at the FCC, and your community know where you stand when they open their newspapers tomorrow.

Time: The John Oliver effect: it's officially real

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 16:13 -- Eva Prkachin

After drumming up a huge amount of support to stop the Internet slow lane, find out how else the John Oliver effect is creating change.

Article by Victor Luckerson for Time

His show has crashed websites, boosted donations and inspired legislation

Comedians mock our cultural and political institutions on TV all the time. But it’s not every day that a comic’s jokes crash a government website or directly inspire legislators to push for new laws.

LA Times: Let's bring dark fiber networks to light

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 16:01 -- Eva Prkachin

It sounds sinister, but is secretly awesome.

Article by David Lazarus for the LA Times

The problem with cutting the pay-TV cord is that you still need a high-speed Internet connection. No surprise, then, that the big telecom companies are jacking up fees for broadband access.

But I have two words that should worry the likes of Time Warner Cable, AT&T and Verizon Communications.

Medium: This is how you create change

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:43 -- Eva Prkachin

Why the sudden turn-around on the Internet slow lane debate in the U.S.? It's simple: Internet users spoke out.

Article by Susan Crawford for Medium

Five years ago, when the Obama administration was still wet behind the ears and hugely popular, the Obama Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a National Broadband Plan that talked a lot about the magic of spectrum but said almost nothing about competition policy. In particular, the plan did not recommend that the FCC use its authority under the 1996 Telecommunications Act to act like a regulator when dealing with the providers of high-speed Internet access. Nor did the plan mention net neutrality. The idea was, apparently, that focusing on net neutrality — then seen as a polarizing, touchy subject — would doom the success of the plan, which got a big roll-out, a major media push and a splashy new Web site.

Wired: Global Internet at stake in Net Neutrality fight

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 16:26 -- Eva Prkachin

Why we need to win the Internet slow lane battle.
Article by Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda

Does the United States act in accordance with the same principles that we advocate to others? The answer needs to be yes.

When it comes to the debate on network neutrality, the world watches what we do at home. That’s one reason that the President’s commitment to network neutrality is so important: In the struggle to protect a global, open, and free internet, we must also protect it at home.