Stop the Secrecy


OpenMedia delivers letter from 48 leading organizations calling for full text of TPP to be released to enable public debate

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 15:57 -- Josh Tabish

This week, our own Free Expression Campaigner Meghan Sali travelled to Washington, D.C., to hand-deliver an exciting new letter organized by our friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and 47 other civil society organizations calling on TPP negotiators to release the text of the Trans Pacific Partnership.

The letter represents a large and diverse group of experts and public interest groups have come together to call out the secrecy surrounding the talks. Together, these organizations say it’s time for TPP negotiators to follow the lead of the European Commission, which recently announced it would release the draft text of a similar Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal in the name of greater transparency.

The Guardian: There's no excuse for mass spying

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 15:07 -- Eva Prkachin

Has the indiscriminate mass collection of private information really made the world any safer?

Article by Owen Bowcott for The Guardian

The “secret, massive and indiscriminate” surveillance conducted by intelligence services and disclosed by the former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowdencannot be justified by the fight against terrorism, the most senior human rights official in Europe has warned.

EFF: There's no excuse for secrecy at the TPP

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 15:00 -- Eva Prkachin

The European Union has taken a huge leap towards transparency in releasing the text of a trade deal affecting member nations. Now, it's time for Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiators to do the same and stop the secrecy.

Article by Maira Sutton for the EFF

EFF joins 47 other civil society groups and experts from around the world to call on trade ministers of countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to publish the current draft of the agreement, as well as all nations' negotiating positions. The TPP has been negotiated in secret for the last five years. But we know from several leaks of its Intellectual Property chapter that it contains various provisions that pose wide-ranging threats to users' rights to free speech and privacy online.

BGR: Big Telecom is trying to scare you

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 14:29 -- Eva Prkachin

Halloween's over, guys.

Article by Brad Reed for BGR

With a renewed push to reclassify ISPs as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, the cable industry has ramped up its public relations blitz to convince you that Title II reclassification is the single scariest proposal in the history of the world. Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin points us to a new ad funded by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association that is just about the least convincing argument against Title II reclassification that we can imagine.

Heading to D.C. to show decision-makers that Internet users ‘gon run this town.

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 14:27 -- Eva Prkachin

This post is from OpenMedia and does not represent the Fair Deal Coalition.

On behalf of OpenMedia and our growing international community of supporters, I have been given a fantastic opportunity to deliver the voices of everyday Internet users to people in power. As you read this, I am sitting on a plane en route to Washington, D.C., where I will meet with some of the most important decision-makers in the world on digital rights issues, including negotiators from several participating Trans-Pacific Partnership countries.

At OpenMedia, we talk a lot about “delivering voices” of citizens to decision-makers. And that’s because it’s integral to the way that we are able to help people be heard and make change in our society. Whether the issue is Big Telecom’s Internet slow lane plan, the TPP’s extreme Internet censorship, or out-of-control government spying, we make sure your voice gets as close to decision-makers as possible.

The Guardian: Is mass spying undermining your well-being?

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 13:30 -- Eva Prkachin

"Indiscriminate intelligence-gathering presents a grave risk to our mental health, productivity, social cohesion, and ultimately our future."

Article by Chris Chambers for The Guardian

Recent disclosures about the scope of government surveillance are staggering. We now know that the UK's Tempora program records huge volumes of private communications, including – as standard – our emails, social networking activity, internet histories, and telephone calls. Much of this data is then shared with the US National Security Agency, which operates its own (formerly) clandestine surveillance operation. Similar programs are believed to operate in Russia, China, India, and throughout several European countries.

The Guardian: What secrets are you revealing every day?

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 14:53 -- Eva Prkachin

Big data is getting creepier and creepier.

Article by Ben Goldacre

It’s easy to be worried about people simply spying on your confidential data. iCloud and Google+ have your intimate photos; Transport for London knows where your travelcard has been; Yahoo holds every email you’ve ever written. We trust these people to respect our privacy, and to be secure. Often they fail: celebrity photos are stolen; emails are shared with spies; the confessional app Whisper is caught tracking the location of users.

Slate: Solar. Powered. Internet balloons. Yes, please!

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:30 -- Eva Prkachin

You won't believe how Google plans to bring Internet access to remote areas.

Article by Will Oremus for Slate

The majority of people in the world lack access to the Internet. Either they can’t afford a connection, or none exists where they live. Of all the efforts to bring those people online, Google’s “Project Loon” sounds like the most far-fetched. At the secretive Google X labs, it’s a moonshot among moonshots.

Celebrating our Community

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:14 -- Jes Simkin

One of the best parts about our work at OpenMedia is our community -- that’s you!

But seriously, whether it’s on Access, Privacy, or Free Expression work, our job is to make your voice heard and have you be a part of the change-making process.

This is exactly why the Our Digital Future crowdsourced report project has been so moving. Over a span of two years, over 300k of you participated from over 155 countries - making this our largest crowdsourcing project yet.