Stop the Secrecy


Guardian: Government spying threatening Australians' civil liberties

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:53 -- Eva Prkachin

"Mass surveillance of ordinary people worked out just great in the past" said literally no one ever.

Article by Carly Nyst for the Guardian

Until the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, the East German state security service – the Stasi – conducted surveillance and kept files on a third of the country’s population. One of those people was activist and dissident Ulrike Poppe, whose communications and activities were spied on by Stasi operatives constantly for 15 years.

Wired: First look at early Snowden emails

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:52 -- Eva Prkachin

"This will not be a waste of your time." Fascinating look into the first emails Edward Snowden sent to director Laura Poitras.

Article by Andy Greenberg for Wired

Six months before the world knew the National Security Agency’s most prolific leaker of secrets as Edward Joseph Snowden, Laura Poitras knew him as Citizenfour. For months, Poitras communicated with an unknown “senior government employee” under that pseudonym via encrypted emails, as he prepared her to receive an unprecedented leak of classified documents that he would ask her to expose to the world.

Sydney Morning Herald: Who does your personal information belong to?

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:47 -- Eva Prkachin

This reporter's telecom provider balked at providing him access to his own personal information, but seem to have no problem sharing that kind of info with government agencies. Does that seem backward to anyone else?

Article by Ben Grubb for The Sydney Morning Herald

I'm in a non-descript building in Sydney's central business district.

In a hearing room inside are 13 people. Five work for Telstra, six work for the privacy commissioner, one is an expert witness. They are here to hear what they see as a landmark case.

On the other side of the room is me, representing myself.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to Creators

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 14:33 -- Meghan Sali

This article is a part of a series on the Our Digital Future report, our crowdsourced roadmap for Free Expression that proposes fair and balanced copyright reform for the 21st Century.

You’ve all heard of the term “starving artist,” right?

If you haven’t -- there’s an entire Wikipedia article on it. There are shelves of books that explore the topic: from a starving artist’s diet to a starving artist’s guide to making it in the Big Apple.

Forbes: Could your favourite websites disappear from the Internet?

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:40 -- Eva Prkachin

Harsh provisions in this international trade agreement threaten to censor your Internet. Check out what OpenMedia's Cynthia Khoo has to say, and make sure to check out our positive alternative at

Article by Katheryn Thayer for Forbes

The latest threat to digital innovation and free speech online sounds innocuous. And it is a threat that lives in the details, in pages upon pages of leaked documents, still being parsed by legal experts and internet policy advocates.

We’re taking your voice straight to an FCC Commissioner who could stop the Internet slow lane

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 15:49 -- Josh Tabish

We just found out we have a rare and unique opportunity to take your voice straight to decision-makers who have the power to stop Big Telecom’s Internet slow lane plan.

Our Founder and Executive Director, Steve Anderson, will be holding a one-on-one meeting with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn at an international conference taking place in Ottawa next week. And want to know what you would like us to say to her.

“Cobweb Chains” or Creative Commons: Who do copyright laws really protect?

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:58 -- Eva Prkachin

by Reilly Yeo

A lot can happen in 14 years. In that amount of time, we go from kindergarten to college age. We’ve lived just over 14 years since the turn of this millennia, and the Y2K scare probably feels like a distant memory.

Information wants to be free – so it makes sense that when the first monopoly rights to information and knowledge were granted by the 1710 Statute of Anne (the world’s first copyright law) they lasted for a reasonable 14 years. When the booksellers and publishers -- the Big Media entities of the day -- tried to extend their exclusive rights beyond 14 years, the English House of Lords firmly rejected them.

Engadget: Is the tide turning against bulk surveillance?

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 16:36 -- Eva Prkachin

Senator Ron Wyden to Silicon Valley panel: "It is time to end the digital dragnet". We couldn't agree more.

Article by Cyrus Farivar for Ars Technica

Speaking at the gym at the high school where he used to play basketball in the 1960s, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) gave a dire warning to a group of students and locals on Wednesday about the effects of government spying on Silicon Valley: "There is a clear and present danger to the Internet economy."

Engadget: Obama speaks out against tiered Internet service

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 16:21 -- Eva Prkachin

Don't let anyone tell you speaking out online doesn't work. Hundreds of thousands of people took a stand against the Internet slow lane. We sent our own Josh Tabish to the White House. Now, look who's talking about creating strong net neutrality laws.

Article by Terrence O'Brien for Engadget

President Obama found a place in the heart of many techies during his first campaign thanks to his staunch support of net neutrality. Six years later the debate still rages on, but Obama's position hasn't changed. During a Q&A in California on Thursday the President reiterated his support for the principle saying:

The Guardian: Spies, gag orders, and the decline of American privacy

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 16:04 -- Eva Prkachin

This U.S. government agency has been accessing the private information of countless Americans, and the companies that they forced to help them can't even let you know about it.

Article by Trevor Timm for The Guardian

The most consequential civil liberties case in years is being argued before three judges in California on Wednesday, and it has little to do with the NSA but everything to do with taking away your privacy in the name of vague and unsubstantiated “national security” claims.