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The European Parliament Rejects ACTA: The Impossible Becomes Possible

Thu, 07/05/2012 - 00:00 -- Anonymous (not verified)

Great news! The European Parliament has voted down ACTA. That's one secretive international treaty down...

This is a big victory in the international pro-Internet community, and it really shows that citizens like us do have the power to fight secretive trade agreements that threaten the open Interntet. We still have lots of work to do— starting with stopping the TPP's Internet trap — but let's take a moment to draw some inspiration from what has just happened with ACTA and use it when explaining the battles ahead (and our potential for huge success) to our friends, family, coworkers, and community.

Video: The Electronic Frontier Foundation give a rundown on the TPP's Internet trap

Tue, 07/03/2012 - 11:28 -- Lindsey Pinto

In this interview, the Electronic Frontier Foundation's Maira Sutton breaks down the secrecy that surrounds the TPP's Internet trap, and the huge implications the TPP will have for our digital future. Check it out for a thorough rundown of this obscene agreement, then sign the petition at

Once you're trapped, there's no going back

Tue, 06/26/2012 - 03:05 -- OpenMedia

Imagine a world where you could be dragged to court and receive a large fine for simply clicking on the wrong link, where service providers would hand over information about your online activities without privacy safeguards, and where online content could be removed by big media conglomerates at will.

Poor surveillance safeguards around the world

Mon, 12/31/1973 - 16:48 -- Joel Milne

State surveillance on the Internet is becoming ever more common worldwide. Yet repeatedly we find that “although state surveillance of communications can be justified in exceptional instances, it leads to the violation of individual privacy when implemented without adequate legal safeguards.” We need a firm commitment to protect individuals’ privacy. Sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom and fight for your privacy:

Article by Katitza Rodriguez for Electronic Frontier Foundation:

CISPA is back and dangerous

Mon, 12/31/1973 - 16:48 -- Joel Milne

The highly invasive Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is back. CISPA’s danger lies in it’s equating “greater cybersecurity with greater surveillance and information sharing”. As the EFF points out though, “cybersecurity problems arise from software vulnerabilities and human failings, issues CISPA fails to address.” Take action with EFF to stop this Act:

Article by Mark M. Jaycox for EFF: 


Open Wifi under threat in the U.S.

Mon, 12/31/1973 - 16:48 -- Joel Milne

U.S. telecom companies are pushing policies that would mean “a lot less public and open WiFi at a time when we actually need much more open access.” Open public WiFi helps improve the Internet’s accessibility and citizens’ opportunities to use it. We need to send a clear message - Internet access and openness are priority:


Article by Mike Masnick for TechDirt:

Government requests for online data increases.

Mon, 12/31/1973 - 16:48 -- Joel Milne

Google's Transparency Report reveals the U.S. government (as well as other governments) increased the number of requests for users’ private online information last year…and only 22% of these requests came with warrants. This is a worrying trend for online privacy. Demand your rights be protected - help spread the word and sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom:

Daily Dot: Three battles we face in 2013

Mon, 12/31/1973 - 16:48 -- Joel Milne

Article by Kevin Collier for the Daily Dot:

The battle over Internet rights has only just begun.

For all intents and purposes, the movement was created in January 2012, when millions of ordinary citizens saw, talked about, and complained to their representatives in Congress that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) could end the Web as they knew it. The newfound Internet rights campaign success was a "victory for democracy" in the U.S., and five months later, Europe experienced its own version.