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New York Times: The European Parliament may kill net neutrality

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 13:32 -- Eva Prkachin

Net neutrality alert! European lawmakers are considering new rules that would allow Big Telecom to create Internet slow lanes.

Article by Mark Scott for the New York Times

Just as the United States takes steps to secure people’s unfettered access to the Internet, Europe may soon backtrack on its own proposals.

Defend the Internet: Join the DAT

Wed, 11/26/2014 - 09:53 -- Eva Prkachin

At OpenMedia, we believe in the possibilities of the open Internet. We're working to safeguard the possibility to easily create ties and connections with people all over the world.

The challenge, however, is when those ties remain weak -- when we only know each other very loosely, not enough to collaborate on big projects together, or build relationships over time.

Wired: It's going to be hard to store all that data with no water

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 15:32 -- Eva Prkachin

Utah is fighting back against NSA spying.

Article by Robert McMillan for Wired

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would shut off the water spigot to the massive data center operated by the National Security Agency in Bluffdale, Utah.

The Oatmeal nails the state of the music industry

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 16:23 -- Eva Prkachin

In our crowdsourced free expression report, we discovered that Internet users want most of the proceeds from music sales online to go to the artist. Here's that finding hilariously reimagined.

Cartoon by The Oatmeal

Wired: Utahns are getting increasingly fed up with the NSA

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:48 -- David Christopher

Lawmakers in Utah have found a new way to push back against the NSA’s collection of citizens’ private data.

Article by Robert McMillan for Wired

Lawmakers are considering a bill that would shut off the water spigot to the massive data center operated by the National Security Agency in Bluffdale, Utah.

The legislation, proposed by Utah lawmaker Marc Roberts, is due to go to the floor of the Utah House of Representatives early next year, but it was debated in a Public Utilities and Technology Interim Committee meeting on Wednesday. The bill, H.B. 161, directs municipalities like Bluffdale to “refuse support to any federal agency which collects electronic data within this state.”

Ars Technica: How cities can lead growth in Internet infrastructure

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:25 -- Eva Prkachin

U.S. cities are getting tired of Big Telecom's price gouging and slow connections, so they're taking matters into their own hands.

Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

State and local governments aren't typically known for leading the way on technology. Remember that West Virginia library that uses a $20,000 router for a building the size of a trailer?

The Intercept:

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:28 -- Eva Prkachin

The USA Freedom Act, which was set to deliver some reforms to the NSA dragnet surveillance program, failed in Congress yesterday. Could this be the first step in a longer, more drawn out battle against invasive government spying?

Article by Dan Froomkin for The Intercept

Join us for the Fair Deal Teach-In

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 10:36 -- Meghan Sali

OpenMedia has been here with you throughout the negotiation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - rallying a huge global movement to oppose the Internet censorship provisons included in the agreement.

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