Stop the Secrecy


The best Internet museum is, not surprisingly, on the Internet

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

Looking for something to do with your family this holiday season? Why not take a virtual visit to the Big Internet Museum?


You are about to enter the Big Internet Museum. Explore an interactive and ever-growing collection about the Internet and its remarkable graphic interface: the World Wide Web.

Chad Koh: Protect our shared resource: Step up for the net!

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 12:28 -- Eva Prkachin

Tech leaders like Chad are stepping up to help us save the open Internet. Check out what he has to say, and learn more at

Article by Chad Koh

The internet is like the sea, a vast and shared resource that we all depend on. Unfortunately we do not have anything like UNCLOS to help protect that resource from the countries and companies that threaten it. So much of the innovation and content on the internet is the result of individual users like us. Well, so is the responsibility to protect it.

Learn a language with Duolingo

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 17:03 -- Eva Prkachin

I'm sure this won't come as a shock, but here at OpenMedia we love the Internet. As we're kicking back over the next couple of holiday weeks, we'll be linking to some of the great websites that we use to learn, share, and expand our horizons. Here's one of our favourites

Learn more at Duolingo

The Knight Foundation: Here's the whole Internet slow lane debate distilled

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:51 -- Eva Prkachin

Are you looking for some talking points to explain Net Neutrality to your family over the holiday table? Check out this invaluable resource.

Article by the Knight Foundation

The debate over regulation of the Internet may be one of the most important of our day. Companies that have invested billions in Internet infrastructure contend that they need the ability to manage their networks, prioritizing some content over others to maintain service, and charging for higher speeds.

Advocates of net neutrality see the Internet as a utility, essential for individual learning, working, civic participation and free expression, as well as economic competition and innovation – too important to have fast lanes and slow lanes, with the fastest speeds going to the highest bidder.

Who is the real Goliath here?

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 15:51 -- Eva Prkachin

Last week’s massive email leak at Sony revealed a number of unsavoury things about the company from the racist comments of Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal, to the company’s scramble to avoid provoking an international incident in the upcoming Judd Apatow comedy The Interview, to the fact that Oscar-winner and A-lister Jennifer Lawrence was paid less than her male counterparts in American Hustle.

It also provided some pretty hilarious celebrity inside gossip, like that George Clooney is super sad that no one liked The Monuments Men, Sony thinks Adam Sandler is terrible, too, and that Channing Tatum writes emails to studio executives like an 18-year old frat boy (to be fair, if I was Channing Tatum I’d totally write emails like that).

Of particular concern to us, however, is a series of legalese-laden email exchanges laying out a detailed plan to go after a company they refer to mysteriously as ‘Goliath’. From the leaked emails, we can ascertain that ‘Goliath’ is a massive Internet search engine one might use to find links to copyrighted material online.

The Internet is at a turning point and here’s some good news

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:59 -- Chris Malmo

Hi there, I’m Chris Malmo, a grassroots development coordinator at OpenMedia, and it’s my job to help our community interact and communicate with our team.

It’s been a big year for your OpenMedia team, but I’d like to step back and think about what it all means and the movement we’re a part of.

As the first generation to come online, we have a responsibility to leave the best possible Internet for future people with dreams just like ours.

Washington Post: Will changes in the U.S. ruin your Internet?

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 16:40 -- Eva Prkachin

If the U.S. allows Big Telecom to build an Internet slow lane, how will the rest of the world be affected?

Article by Nancy Scola for The Washington Post

Two human rights professors at the George Washington University Law School have come up with that rarest of unicorns in the debate over net neutrality: a novel argument.

Izzy Iz Awesome

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 09:24 -- Eva Prkachin

Psst! Hey you! Come here, I want to tell you a secret. Promise you won’t tell anybody, though. Okay, so, you’d never guess this, but OpenMedia’s team consists largely of a syndicate of 20-something hyper-nerds squirreled away in a dusty office in Vancouver’s historic Gastown district.

Sometimes we poke our heads out from behind the calming glow of our laptop screens and look out on the hip youngsters meandering the Gastown streets before getting scared and rushing back to the warm embrace of artificial light. We’re a pale bunch. But for some reason, maybe because the Internet is rapidly bringing geek culture into the mainstream, cool kids sometimes come our way and raise our hipness level to dizzying new heights.