Stop the Secrecy


PublicCitizen: Lobbyists are using a secretive deal to try to kill Net Neutrality

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:51 -- Eva Prkachin

Another massive, secretive trade deal is threatening Internet freedom.

Article by PublicCitizen

While a domestic debate about net neutrality rages and public demands for better data privacy protections grow, a U.S. trade pact proposal leaked today reveals that issues related to both policies are being negotiated in closed-door trade talks to which corporate trade advisors have special access, said Public Citizen.

Washington Post: Speaking out of both sides of their mouths

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:25 -- Eva Prkachin

Big Telecom can't get their story straight on the Internet slow lane

Article by Brian Fung for the Washington Post

In the past week, I've written a bit about how broadband industry execs are telling Washington one thing about strict net neutrality while suggesting something else to Wall Street. The companies are telling investors that they'll keep making their networks better, just like always — even if federal regulators adopt aggressive Internet rules. But that's not what regulators are hearing from the companies, who are telling them that those same rules would depress investment in the network and hurt consumers.

The Change Blog: Why you should never be afraid to participate in Internet conversations.

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:27 -- Eva Prkachin

Are you a dedicated Internet lurker? Here's why you should make 2015 your year to start participating online. Why not start now - let us know what you think in the comments.

Article by Peter Clemens for The Change Blog

Ok I admit it… I was an Internet lurker. By this, I mean that I was one of those people who read discussions on forums and message boards but never participated. As someone who now enjoys making a contribution on the Internet, I thought I would take a look at some lessons I have learnt.

Bored? Give Manyland a try

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 15:14 -- Eva Prkachin

This wild online game lets you play, create music, and chat with people around the world.

CIGI Ipsos Survey: The Internet community is incredibly sophisticated

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 14:59 -- Eva Prkachin

83% of Internet users believe that affordable access to the Internet should be a basic human right. 2/3rds of users are more concerned today about online privacy than they were compared to one year ago. Check out these and more fascinating facts about the Internet.

Article by the Centre for International Governance Innovation & Ipsos

The CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust, undertaken by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and conducted by global research company Ipsos, reached 23,376 Internet users in 24 countries, and was carried out between October 7, 2014 and November 12, 2014.

How We Get to Next: Wi-Fi everywhere?

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:57 -- Eva Prkachin

Wi-Fi powered by flying wind turbines? The future is now!

Article by Stephanie McPherson

Ben Glass wanted to be a rocket scientist, but his career took him to the skies by way of a different path. A study about high-altitude winds released during his senior year at MIT suggested there’s enough energy in the upper reaches to power 100 Earths.

BBC: Could "dislike" buttons be coming to facebook?

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:46 -- Eva Prkachin

Like or dislike if you like or dislike like or dislike buttons

Article by Dave Lee for The BBC

Facebook is thinking about adding a way to "dislike" posts on its site, founder Mark Zuckerberg has said.

Speaking at a Q&A session in California, he said it was one of the most requested features the social network receives from its users. Will the Internet usher in new models of co-operation?

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 13:40 -- Eva Prkachin

How is the Internet changing old models of ownership and sharing?

Article by Nathan Schneider for

One chilly morning last winter, I reconnected with an old friend, Joel Dietz, on a video chat. We hadn’t seen each other for years, and we’d each had several starts and stops in our lives since. He began telling me about his latest undertaking, Evergreen, a digital currency system that he described as “organic” and “without additives.” I was doing all I could to understand it, and he was struggling to fund it in a way that suited his vision. He needed money, and quickly, but he didn’t want to sabotage his ideals in the process.