Stop the Secrecy


Together, we made President Obama speak out on the Internet slow lane

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:18 -- Eva Prkachin

It looks like we did it. After our meeting with senior White House officials two weeks ago, U.S. President Barack Obama has spoken out against Big Telecom’s Internet slow lane plan, and voiced support for the open Internet and real net neutrality.

This is a crucial development in the fight to safeguard the open Internet. Obama has the power to stop the slow lane plane, and we need to ensure he doesn't buckle under pressure from Big Telecom lobbyists.

ProPublica: There's something fishy about these blue mystery boxes

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 14:56 -- Eva Prkachin

What's up with these mysterious "Internet suggestion" boxes that are popping up in major U.S. cities?

Article by Robert Faturechi for ProPublica

On a recent Monday evening, two bearded young men in skinny jeans came to a parklet in San Francisco's trendy Hayes Valley neighborhood and mounted what looked like an art installation. It was a bright blue, oversized "suggestion box" for the Internet.

The Verge: Here’s why it’s becoming next to impossible to shut down free speech online

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:02 -- David Christopher

As the South Korean government cracks down on Internet free speech, South Koreans are heading en masse to encrypted chat programs.

Article by Russell Brandom for The Verge

Two weeks ago, Kakao Talk users in South Korea users got an unpleasant surprise. After months of enduring public criticism, President Park Geun-Hye announced a crackdown on any messages deemed as insulting to her or generally rumor-mongering — including private messages sent through Kakao Talk, a Korean messaging app akin to WhatsApp or iMessage. Prosecutors began actively monitoring the service for violations, promising punishment for anyone spreading inappropriate content.

International Business Times: An Internet nerd in Iceland's Parliament

Tue, 10/07/2014 - 16:01 -- Eva Prkachin

Find out how hackers are using the Internet to reshape Iceland's political landscape.

Article by Anthony Cuthbertson for International Business Times

It was a bright cool evening in August, and the clocks were striking nineteen. Iceland's national broadcaster RUV had just been handed a gagging order as the nightly news was about to air, prohibiting any reports on documents released earlier that day by WikiLeaks. Less than a year had passed since the start of the 2008 financial crisis that decimated the country's economy and the leaks implicated Iceland's largest bank in the collapse.

The Intercept: You and me and the NSA makes three (at least)

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 15:04 -- Eva Prkachin

Looking for a great afternoon read? Check out this long-form piece by James Bamford about his experiences with the NSA.

Article by James Bamford for the Intercept

The tone of the answering machine message was routine, like a reminder for a dental appointment. But there was also an undercurrent of urgency. “Please call me back,” the voice said. “It’s important.”

Ars Technica: Are the days of pay-TV coming to an end?

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 16:29 -- Eva Prkachin

Are the days of pay-TV coming to an end?

Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

Programming costs are so high today that even Comcast complains about the expense. What of small Internet service providers who lack the negotiating power of the nation's largest TV and broadband company?

Washington Post: Librarians to NSA: Don't mess with library users

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 16:07 -- Eva Prkachin

Librarians across the U.S. are outraged about government surveillance, and have been using their awesome shushing powers to fight back against invasive spying

Article by Andrea Peterson for The Washington Post

In September 2003, Attorney General John Ashcroft called out the librarians. The American Library Association and civil liberties groups, he said, were pushing "baseless hysteria" about the controversial Patriot Act. He suggested that they were worried that spy agencies wanted to know "how far you have gotten on the latest Tom Clancy novel."

Mashable: More bad news for the Internet in Turkey

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 14:10 -- Eva Prkachin

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hates the Internet. No seriously, he actually said that.

Article by Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai for Mashable

It's hard to find a politician who says what he really thinks.

The Guardian: The FBI is not happy with Apple

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 14:32 -- Eva Prkachin

The FBI is crying foul over new encryption standards on iPhones. But it wasn't that long ago that they were advising everyone to encrypt their data to keep the bad guys out. Flip flop much?

Article by Trevor Timm for The Guardian

Much of the world has been enthralled by the new iPhone 6, but civil liberties advocates have been cheering, too: Along with iOS 8, Apple made some landmark privacy improvements to your devices, which Google matched with its Android platform only hours later. Your smartphone will soon be encrypted by default, and Apple or Google claim they will not be able open it for anyone – law enforcement, the FBI and possibly the NSA – even if they wanted to.

Carpe Internet: creating the web we want

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 15:17 -- Meghan Sali

This June I joined the OpenMedia team as the Campaigns Coordinator for Free Expression. One of my first tasks was setting to work on the Our Digital Future report, a crowdsourced document for moving free expression forward in the 21st century. As the newest member of the troupe fighting Internet injustice, I was incredibly lucky to inherit a project with such amazing potential.

The Our Digital Future report comes straight from Internet users. It pulls together the input of over 40,000 people from 155 countries worldwide who told us they were concerned about both the future of how we share and collaborate online, and how everyday Internet users were being left out of the discussion.