Stop the Secrecy


Daily Dot: The NSA really, REALLY wanted Yahoo to hand over their subscribers' information.

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:23 -- Eva Prkachin

After refusing to hand over subscribers' communications, the NSA threatened to levy unprecedented fines against Yahoo. Just how much money are we talking about? After enough time, literally all of it.

Article by Dell Cameron for the Daily Dot

Last week, we learned from the New York Times that in order to acquire the Internet communications of Yahoo’s customers, the U.S. government was willing to impose a $250,000 per day fine for the company’s noncompliance.

WhoIsHostingThis: Wireless Internet everywhere? It's not as far off as it sounds

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:11 -- Eva Prkachin
Infographic: How the Outernet will free the Internet

It sounds like science fiction, but here's how a bunch of cube satellites could bring universal Internet to the world in only a few years. What do you think about the Outernet?

Article by WhoIsHostingThis

The invention of Internet has ushered in a revolution: a new information age that has changed the way we live our lives day-to-day.

Motherboard: Transparency reports aren't transparent enough yet

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:29 -- Eva Prkachin

After the Snowden revelations exposed the depth of NSA spying and the ways that private companies supplied information to government agencies, more and more citizens have been pushing for transparency reports to provide some accountability around how our information is gathered and stored. Here's why we need to push a little harder.

Article by Joseph Cox for Motherboard

In the continued push for transparency post-Snowden, many communications companies and service providers are publishing reports with more details on what sort of data, and how much, they're being asked to hand over to law enforcement.

BREAKING: I’m taking your voice to the White House

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 09:26 -- Steve Anderson

We just got some huge news. The White House has invited me to a meeting with key Obama administration officials after feeling the heat from all of you speaking out against the Internet slow lane.

Truthfully, we hadn’t expected or budgeted for this happening, and now we need to book a last-minute flight to Washington, D.C.

Your support, hard work, and dedication has taken our movement this far—now we need you to chip in what you can right now so I can take this amazing opportunity to go to the White House on your behalf.

Boing Boing: Social media users helped track down a gang of violent misfits

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 14:49 -- Eva Prkachin

Some jerks decided to gay bash a couple out on the town. Here's how the Internet responded.

Article by Rob Beschizza for Boing Boing

Two gay men were savagely beaten last week in Philadelphia's Center City district by a group of 10-15 "clean-cut, well-dressed" people in their twenties. With only a blurry security video to go on, finding the attackers would have been a long shot were it not for Twitter, Facebook and the viral spread of a cheesy restaurant photo.

The Intercept: NZ Government caught red-handed

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 09:40 -- Eva Prkachin

"If you live in New Zealand, you are being watched" - Edward Snowden

Article by Edward Snowden for The Intercept

Like many nations around the world, New Zealand over the last year has engaged in a serious and intense debate about government surveillance. The nation’s prime minister, John Key of the National Party, has denied that New Zealand’s spy agency GCSB engages in mass surveillance, mostly as a means of convincing the country to enact a new law vesting the agency with greater powers. This week, as a national election approaches, Key repeated those denials in anticipation of a report in The Intercept today exposing the Key government’s actions in implementing a system to record citizens’ metadata.

Slate: President Obama needs to lead on Net Neutrality

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 15:57 -- Eva Prkachin

The FCC received 3 million comments about the Internet Slow Lane. Here's why they need 3 million and one.

Article by Marvin Ammori for Slate

The FCC has received more than 3 million comments on Commissioner Tom Wheeler’s controversial plan to rethink net neutrality. If the last couple of million comments are anything like the first 1.1 million, 99 percent of commenters were strongly in favor of protecting net neutrality. They include startups, small businesses, artists, and small- and medium-size broadband providers, among many others.

The Intercept: John Key needs to get his story straight on mass spying

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:04 -- Eva Prkachin

If New Zealanders think that their government has been honest with them about bulk surveillance of citizens, new information reveals that they need to think again.

Article by Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher for The Intercept

The New Zealand spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), worked in 2012 and 2013 to implement a mass metadata surveillance system even as top government officials publicly insisted no such program was being planned and would not be legally permitted.

Fight for the Future: The FCC won't be able to ignore this

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:35 -- Eva Prkachin

Our friends at Fight for the Future parked a huge truck with a video billboard on top to fight the Internet slow lane. Check it out, and don't forget to speak out for Net Neutrality at

Article by Fight for the Future

This just in! We’ve teamed up with our friends at domain registrar Namecheap to bring the overwhelming public outcry for real net neutrality protections directly to the agency’s doorstep.