Stop the Secrecy


EFF: Australian government sneaking extra powers into a security law

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 15:13 -- Eva Prkachin

The Australian government is using this spying law to target Internet users. Got a problem with that? Speak up in the comments!

Article by Jeremy Malcolm for EFF

As we foreshadowed, a new law requiring mandatory data retention by ISPs was introduced into the Australian federal parliament last week. In the few days since then, there have been claims and counter-claims about whether data obtained under the new law would be limited to use in fighting major crimes (such as terrorism, as the government originally claimed), or if it could be used to target citizens who download and share files online.

It's Our Future

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 09:53 -- Eva Prkachin

Over 300,000 Internet users contributed to our crowdsourced vision for free expression online in the 21st century. What matters most to the Internet community? Watch this animated video to find out. Animations by Una Luma Productions, music and sound design by Gabriel Koenig.

Is the FCC about to betray 5+ million people?

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 16:24 -- Josh Tabish

We’ve just learned that U.S. FCC Chair Tom Wheeler is considering a plan that could fall far short of what 5+ million of you have spoken out for: strong, enforceable rules that ban slow lanes on the Internet.1

With an official plan coming from the FCC as early as November 20th, we must act fast to prepare our next steps. We’ve got a rapid-response campaign in the works, but we will need help to make it as loud as possible.

What happens in the U.S. will be seen as an example for other countries worldwide. It’s crucial that we win this fight--if not, Internet slow lanes could quickly expand across the globe.

How (and why) We Did It: Crowdsourcing policy for the 21st Century

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 17:20 -- Reilly Yeo

At OpenMedia, we're pretty attached to the phrase "possibilities of the open Internet." We know that, for better or for worse, technological changes are a huge factor in driving broader systems change (and vice versa). The advent of the Internet, and with it the much-hyped, much-maligned "Digital Age," has brought with it new possibilities for huge changes in our political system. It makes possible a democracy that is more participatory, responsive, inclusive...i.e. much more truly democratic.

Wired: How some insiders are fighting NSA abuses

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 16:16 -- Eva Prkachin

“Intel leaders can no longer operate under the assumption that they can say pretty much whatever they want in public and it’s never going to come home to roost.”

Article by Kim Zetter for Wired

Senator Ron Wyden thought he knew what was going on.

USA Today: The Internet is updating a very old idea

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 14:30 -- Eva Prkachin

Learn how artists are sidestepping old media empires and using the Internet to make a living off their work

Article by Marco della Cava for USA Today

"The pitch is simple," says Conte, who despite being the company's CEO doesn't currently take a salary because he wants to be able to relate to his users. "People like my videos, some of which can cost me thousands to make. So I just ask, 'How about giving me $1 to help me make my next one?'"

The Verge: Check out "Off the Grid"

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:32 -- Eva Prkachin

This video game uses intuitive learning to teach players about how online information really functions on the Internet - from enhancing our understanding to undermining our privacy.

Article by Andrew Webster for the Verge

In 2011, Rich Metson was a metal worker who was just starting to dabble in the world of coding and open source software. This newfound interest led him to a conference put on by the Internet Society, and in between dry discussions of internet protocols and domain names, he stumbled on a talk by Columbia University professor Eben Moglen. That moment was the first time Metson truly understood the implications of net neutrality and data privacy. He describes the talk as "a rallying cry." And coupled with ongoing events like the Arab Spring uprising, it had a profound influence on him.