Stop the Secrecy


The Guardian: Hong Kong protesters are getting help from this cool app

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:58 -- Eva Prkachin

Check out how pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong are using a mobile app to connect with each other.

Article by Archie Bland for the Guardian

Joshua Wong, a 17-year-old student in Hong Kong, had a problem. You will have experienced a version of it yourself: you are at a football match or a gig and you need to find a friend. But the crowd means that the network is overloaded, and you can’t get a signal on your phone. The thing that means you need to call someone is the very thing that means you can’t.

The Guardian: Tim Berners-Lee: the time to save the Internet is now

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 15:30 -- Eva Prkachin

World wide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee is calling for an Internet bill of rights to secure citizens' privacy and prevent government censorship

Article by The Guardian

The inventor of the world wide web has warned that the freedom of the internet is under threat by governments and corporations interested in controlling the web.

Here’s what happened when I went to the White House

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:29 -- Josh Tabish

When we heard we had been invited to meet with senior White House decision-makers about the future of the open Internet, we dropped everything to arrange flights, hotels, and everything else you need to deliver the voices of everyday Internet users to some of the most powerful decision-makers in the world.

We also announced the big news to our community as quickly as possible, and saw an outpouring of support that astounded us, and made our trip possible. Now, 4500 miles, four plane rides, and dozens of cups of coffee later, we have the pictures to prove that we took your voice straight to D.C.![1]

Ars Technica: Two FCC commissioners just changed the whole game

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 15:04 -- Eva Prkachin

You spoke out in record numbers to stop Big Telecom's slow lane plan. Now, that pressure is having a powerful effect, as FCC commissioners move to ban slow lanes and enshrine wireless net neutrality. Good job! Now read on.

Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

FCC commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn yesterday called for stronger network neutrality rules than the ones fellow Democrat and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has thus far supported.

EFF: Ignoring global outcry, Australian government veers towards more mass surveillance

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 14:51 -- Eva Prkachin

The Australian government is using bullying tactics, fear, and intimidation to force through draconian new spying powers.

Article by Jeremy Malcolm for EFF

This week, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott used recent terrorist threats as the backdrop of a dire warning to Australians that “for some time to come, the delicate balance between freedom and security may have to shift. There may be more restrictions on some, so that there can be more protection for others.”

Ars Technica: AT&T + Verizon: Stop trying to make data caps happen

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:13 -- Eva Prkachin

AT&T and Verizon are hopping in the wayback machine on their definition of "broadband"

Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

AT&T and Verizon have been fighting to preserve 4Mbps as the nation’s definition of “broadband,” saying the Federal Communications Commission should abandon plans to raise the minimum to 10Mbps.

OpenMedia takes your voices to the FCC in Sacramento

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 14:45 -- Eva Prkachin

OpenMedia partnered with Big Telecom -vs- The World allies at RootsAction, Credo, and DailyKos today to deliver over 400,000 petition signatures and comments against the Internet slow lane to decision-makers. This would never have happened without our community’s relentless pressure and generous support.

The petition delivery took place in Sacramento, California, at an official forum organized by Congresswoman Doris Matsui, known for her outspoken defense of Net Neutrality. Rep. Matsui’s forum was attended by FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel.

The Intercept: The Australian government just doesn't get it

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 16:17 -- Eva Prkachin

The Australian government is stoking fears in order to create new, wide-ranging surveillance powers. Internet, what do you have to say about that?

Article by Glenn Greenwald for The Intercept

If you’re an Australian citizen, you have a greater chance of being killed by the following causes than you do by a terrorist attack: slipping in the bathtub and hitting your head; contracting a lethal intestinal illness from the next dinner you eat at a restaurant; being struck by lightning. In the post-9/11 era, there has been no terrorist attack carried out on Australian soil: not one. The attack that most affected Australians was the 2002 bombing of a nightclub in Bali which killed 88 of its citizens; that was 12 years ago.

Big Telecom releases its army of lobbyists

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:45 -- Chris Malmo

Important news from Washington, D.C.: OpenMedia has learned that Big Telecom lobbyists are “sweeping the halls of Congress”, intimidating elected representatives into supporting their Internet Slow Lane plan.

As our expert contact Marvin Ammori hilariously writes, “It's the part of the saga when the Jedi are slaughtered, when Walder Frey massacres the Starks, when the Ministry of Magic falls and the Weasley children die, when the Red Coats round up innocents and burn their homes and take their children. That kind of thing. Just masses and masses of enemies on the move and destroying everything in their path.”

Despite his allusions to some of our favourite stories, this threat is very real and very serious.

CSEC is watching Canadians

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 16:29 -- Eva Prkachin

We've been joining efforts around the globe to end reckless government spying on innocent citizens. Most people think about the NSA and GCHQ when it comes to out-of-control mass surveillance. But did you know that here in our home country of Canada, our spy agency CSEC has been spying on citizens without a warrant and spending billions of taxpayer dollars to do it? That's why we produced this video. Give it a watch and share with your friends!