Stop the Secrecy

Washington Post: 7 Colorado communities to Big Telecom: It's cool, we got this

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 16:38 -- Eva Prkachin

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.

EFF: Australian government sneaking extra powers into a security law

Fri, 11/07/2014 - 15:13 -- Eva Prkachin

The Australian government is using this spying law to target Internet users. Got a problem with that? Speak up in the comments!

Article by Jeremy Malcolm for EFF

As we foreshadowed, a new law requiring mandatory data retention by ISPs was introduced into the Australian federal parliament last week. In the few days since then, there have been claims and counter-claims about whether data obtained under the new law would be limited to use in fighting major crimes (such as terrorism, as the government originally claimed), or if it could be used to target citizens who download and share files online.

It's Our Future

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 09:53 -- Eva Prkachin

Over 300,000 Internet users contributed to our crowdsourced vision for free expression online in the 21st century. What matters most to the Internet community? Watch this animated video to find out. Animations by Una Luma Productions, music and sound design by Gabriel Koenig.

Is the FCC about to betray 5+ million people?

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 16:24 -- Josh Tabish

We’ve just learned that U.S. FCC Chair Tom Wheeler is considering a plan that could fall far short of what 5+ million of you have spoken out for: strong, enforceable rules that ban slow lanes on the Internet.1

With an official plan coming from the FCC as early as November 20th, we must act fast to prepare our next steps. We’ve got a rapid-response campaign in the works, but we will need help to make it as loud as possible.

What happens in the U.S. will be seen as an example for other countries worldwide. It’s crucial that we win this fight--if not, Internet slow lanes could quickly expand across the globe.

You can't reign in what you can't know.

Article by Conor Friedersdorf for The Atlantic

The biggest lie Americans are told about the NSA is that it is subject to "strict oversight." Listening to President Obama, Senator Dianne Feinstein, or most any high-ranking official in the national-security bureaucracy, one gets the impression that the Senate and House intelligence committees are keeping careful tabs on the most technologically empowered spy agency in human history.

How (and why) We Did It: Crowdsourcing policy for the 21st Century

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 17:20 -- Reilly Yeo

At OpenMedia, we're pretty attached to the phrase "possibilities of the open Internet." We know that, for better or for worse, technological changes are a huge factor in driving broader systems change (and vice versa). The advent of the Internet, and with it the much-hyped, much-maligned "Digital Age," has brought with it new possibilities for huge changes in our political system. It makes possible a democracy that is more participatory, responsive, inclusive...i.e. much more truly democratic.