TOMORROW: Join the Fair Deal Coalition teach-in! The TPP could be finalized in the coming months, and things are moving fast. That’s why we’d like to invite you to hear representatives from several digital rights groups based in TPP countries share their analysis of the latest leaked text, as well as to lay out the current state of play of the negotiations.
Woah, this is huge: Obama says he would sign a bill to reform the NSA if it passes in Congress. This is a big win for our community, who have been speaking out in record numbers for privacy rights!
Article by Kevin Collier for the Daily Dot
Unlike what Big-Telecom lobbyists will tell you, preventing the Internet slow lane is uniting people across political divides. Let's work together to keep the Internet open and innovative at https://BigTelecomVsTheWorld.org
Article by Robinson Meyer for the Atlantic
Everyone likes the Internet.
Guest blog by OpenMedia volunteer and community member Joey Levesque
What does Our Digital Future look like?
Recently, OpenMedia came together with over 300,000 Internet users around the world to release Our Digital Future: a Crowdsourced Agenda for Free Expression. Over 40,000 users expressed themselves using our drag-and-drop tool, and the Our Digital Future report reflects those priorities: respect for creators, free expression, and democratic processes.
But we realize that most people don’t have the time to read a 70-page crowdsourced report on the bus on the way to work, or in line at the grocery store - and we want everyone to know what’s currently at stake with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Just when they thought you weren't looking - the U.S. Congress is trying to sneak through new privacy-invading legislation.
Article by Trevor Timm for the Guardian
Never underestimate the ability of the “do-nothing” US Congress to make sure it passes privacy-invasive legislation on its way out the door. In December 2012, the Senate re-upped the NSA’s vast surveillance powers over the holidays when no one was paying attention. In December 2013, Congress weakened video-rental privacy laws because Netflix asked them to and nobody noticed.
As you may have heard, this morning, U.S. President Barack Obama came out with a decisive statement calling for the strongest possible rules to prevent slow lanes on the Internet. You can read the details in the statement we put out here, but the short version is that Obama unequivocally, and unambiguously committed himself to keeping the Internet an open playing field, stating “no service should be stuck in a ‘slow lane’ because it does not pay a fee.”
Big Telecom have been doing their darndest to prevent communities from building their own super high-speed Internet services, but you just can't stop grassroots Internet users.
Article by Nancy Scola for the Washington Post
Voters in seven cities and counties in Colorado voted Tuesday to free their local governments to offer Internet service.