Stop the Secrecy


Ars Technica: Error 404: astroturfed news site not found

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 16:01 -- Eva Prkachin

Verizon tried to start a "tech news" site but wouldn't let reporters talk about the Internet slow lane or spying. Hilarity ensued.

Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

Verizon's attempt at technology journalism has seemingly been halted, as its widely mocked news site hasn't published anything new in more than three weeks.

Medium: Facebook thinks you're some kind of terrifying ghost-blob

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:30 -- Eva Prkachin

Ever wondered what you look like to a face-recognition algorithm? Spoiler alert: incredibly creepy.

Article by Kyle Chayka for Medium

Sterling Crispin’s “Data Masks” are haunting portraits that don’t actually depict any one person. Instead, they use raw data to show how technology perceives humanity. Reverse-engineered from surveillance face-recognition algorithms and then fed through Facebook’s face-detection software, the Data Masks “confront viewers with the realization that they’re being seen and watched basically all the time,” Crispin says.

Ars Technica: AT&T throws a hissy fit over municipal fiber

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:24 -- Eva Prkachin

Yet again, Big Telecom is trying to get in the way of communities that want to build their own high-speed Internet. That makes me hopping mad, how about you?

Article by Jon Brodkin for ArsTechnica

A city in Kansas that plans to expand a fiber broadband network to serve all residents and businesses has to explain itself to local DSL provider AT&T.

Ars Technica: More complaining from the FBI over cell phone encryption

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 13:22 -- Eva Prkachin

The FBI is really having a tough time getting over this whole encrypted phone thing.

Article by Cyrus Farivar for Ars Technica

Newly discovered court documents from two federal criminal cases in New York and California that remain otherwise sealed suggest that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is pursuing an unusual legal strategy to compel cellphone makers to assist investigations.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 13:18 -- Eva Prkachin

Every year since OpenMedia’s founding we’ve organized a major push to sign up new monthly donors in December. It’s the success of this drive that keeps our campaigns running all through the year, and the people who have signed up have played a critically important role in protecting the possibilities of the open Internet.

Today, December 2nd 2014, is “Giving Tuesday”. You might not be familiar with it, but Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 as an altruistic response to the commercialism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The day encourages people to think selflessly by donating or volunteering for a cause they care about, and always falls on the first Tuesday of December.

This year, Giving Tuesday happens to fall on the official start of OpenMedia’s December Monthly Allies Drive, so I thought I would take the opportunity to write a bit about how awesome our monthly donors are.

A new tool to fight Big Telecom's slowdown of your favorite online services

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 16:33 -- David Christopher

The battle against Big Telecom’s Internet Slow Lane plan is really heating up - and it’s never been more important to speak out. Decision-makers are on the verge of making new rules that will either open the door to Internet slow lanes, or preserve the free and open Internet for future generations.

Use our straightforward Letter to the Editor tool right now to make sure your voice is heard at this crucial time ->>

A lot is at stake. If the telecom giants get their way, the Internet as we know it would change forever: Big Telecom giants like Comcast and Verizon are pushing for new rules that would make your Internet more expensive, while slowing every website that can’t pay expensive new prioritisation fees to a crawl.

TechCrunch: What cell phones have to teach us about Net Neutrality

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 14:23 -- Eva Prkachin

Wondering what the world might look like if Big Telecom builds Internet slow lanes? Look no further than the recent history of SMS

Article by Jeff Lawson

People have wondered how an Internet without net neutrality would work. Net neutrality is more than just a debate, it’s not a hypothetical, and it’s real and alive today with SMS.

The Verge: Guy who profited off of net neutrality wants to destroy it

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 15:30 -- Eva Prkachin

Apparently, already being a billionaire isn't enough

Article by Ben Popper for The Verge

Over the last few weeks, billionaire and former tech executive Mark Cuban has become increasingly vocal on the subject of net neutrality. In an interview with The Washington Post yesterday, Cuban said that he was in favor of creating "fast lanes" on the internet that would ensure the quality of certain services. He’s a man who has always had plenty of opinions, and he’s certainly entitled to them, but in this case, it’s worth pointing out what a hypocrite he sounds like, pushing a position that would have been a death blow to the very startup that made him so rich in the first place.

BoingBoing: Governments should focus on cybersecurity, not spying

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 15:30 -- Eva Prkachin

Government spying is putting our cybersecurity at risk

Article by Cory Doctorow for BoingBoing

Citizenlab's Ron Diebert lays out the terrible contradiction of putting spy agencies -- who rely on vulnerabilities in the networks used by their adversaries -- in change of cybersecurity, which is securing those same networks for their own citizens.

The Intercept: U.S.-built surveillance tools found in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 14:16 -- Eva Prkachin

Have U.S. firms been complicit in oppressive regimes in Central Asia?

- Article by Cora Currier for The Intercept

U.S. and Israeli companies have been selling surveillance systems to Central Asian countries with records of political repression and human rights abuse, according to a new report by Privacy International. The U.K.-based watchdog charges that the American firms Verint and Netronome enable surveillance in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.