Stop the Secrecy

You Spoke, We Listened: The 2014 OpenMedia community survey

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 16:54 -- Eva Prkachin

Guest blog by Volunteer and Open Media Community Member Liam McCosh

As a volunteer who helped analyze and interpret the results of this year’s survey, I am thrilled to see that our diverse community is just as passionate about a free and open Internet as I am. Growing up with the Internet, I have seen how crucial it is to our day-to-day life. I believe we have to stop censorship and unnecessary regulation of the Internet. When I’m old, I don’t want to be telling younger generations about the glory days of the Internet before restriction – I want it to be as free as it ever was!

By volunteering at OpenMedia, I got a chance to be part of the team that is fighting to keep the Internet the way we want it.

This year’s survey had a remarkable international turnout! More than half of respondents were from outside Canada, in comparison to last year where international respondents only made up less than 10 percent. We’re thrilled to know that community members around the world are just as concerned about the Internet in their home countries as we are in Canada.

Express yourself, don’t repress yourself

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 16:13 -- Meghan Sali

This article is a part of a series on the Our Digital Future report, our crowdsourced roadmap for Free Expression that proposes fair and balanced copyright reform for the 21st Century. See Part 1 here.

Put on your glasses, nerds, it’s gonna be a wild ride.

A new leaked draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s (TPP) Intellectual Property chapter was released by Wikileaks late last week, and although the provisions change from leak to leak, this one confirms our greatest fears: it’s still going to censor our Internet.

New Zealand Herald: Plot thickens in new revelations about New Zealand spying

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 14:16 -- Eva Prkachin

Has New Zealand been spying on friendly countries on behalf of the United States?

Article by Adam Bennett for the New Zealand Herald

New documents released by NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden suggest New Zealand's embassies have been involved in spying on friendly nations on behalf of the United States, just as this country is seeking all the support it can get to win a seat on the United Nations Security Council.

Guardian: Government spying threatening Australians' civil liberties

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 14:53 -- Eva Prkachin

"Mass surveillance of ordinary people worked out just great in the past" said literally no one ever.

Article by Carly Nyst for the Guardian

Until the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, the East German state security service – the Stasi – conducted surveillance and kept files on a third of the country’s population. One of those people was activist and dissident Ulrike Poppe, whose communications and activities were spied on by Stasi operatives constantly for 15 years.

Wired: First look at early Snowden emails

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:52 -- Eva Prkachin

"This will not be a waste of your time." Fascinating look into the first emails Edward Snowden sent to director Laura Poitras.

Article by Andy Greenberg for Wired

Six months before the world knew the National Security Agency’s most prolific leaker of secrets as Edward Joseph Snowden, Laura Poitras knew him as Citizenfour. For months, Poitras communicated with an unknown “senior government employee” under that pseudonym via encrypted emails, as he prepared her to receive an unprecedented leak of classified documents that he would ask her to expose to the world.

Sydney Morning Herald: Who does your personal information belong to?

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:47 -- Eva Prkachin

This reporter's telecom provider balked at providing him access to his own personal information, but seem to have no problem sharing that kind of info with government agencies. Does that seem backward to anyone else?

Article by Ben Grubb for The Sydney Morning Herald

I'm in a non-descript building in Sydney's central business district.

In a hearing room inside are 13 people. Five work for Telstra, six work for the privacy commissioner, one is an expert witness. They are here to hear what they see as a landmark case.

On the other side of the room is me, representing myself.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to Creators

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 14:33 -- Meghan Sali

This article is a part of a series on the Our Digital Future report, our crowdsourced roadmap for Free Expression that proposes fair and balanced copyright reform for the 21st Century.

You’ve all heard of the term “starving artist,” right?

If you haven’t -- there’s an entire Wikipedia article on it. There are shelves of books that explore the topic: from a starving artist’s diet to a starving artist’s guide to making it in the Big Apple.

Forbes: Could your favourite websites disappear from the Internet?

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:40 -- Eva Prkachin

Harsh provisions in this international trade agreement threaten to censor your Internet. Check out what OpenMedia's Cynthia Khoo has to say, and make sure to check out our positive alternative at

Article by Katheryn Thayer for Forbes

The latest threat to digital innovation and free speech online sounds innocuous. And it is a threat that lives in the details, in pages upon pages of leaked documents, still being parsed by legal experts and internet policy advocates.

We’re taking your voice straight to an FCC Commissioner who could stop the Internet slow lane

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 15:49 -- Josh Tabish

We just found out we have a rare and unique opportunity to take your voice straight to decision-makers who have the power to stop Big Telecom’s Internet slow lane plan.

Our Founder and Executive Director, Steve Anderson, will be holding a one-on-one meeting with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn at an international conference taking place in Ottawa next week. And want to know what you would like us to say to her.

October 16, 2014 – This morning Wikileaks published a second leaked draft of the Intellectual Property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The draft confirms people’s worst fears about Internet censorship. That’s according to community-based organization OpenMedia, which is leading a large international Fair Deal Coalition aimed at securing balanced copyright rules for the 21st Century.

“It is hugely disappointing to see that, yet again, members of the public worldwide have to be informed about these critical issues through leaked drafts, instead of through democratic engagement on the part of governments and elected officials,” said OpenMedia Campaigns Coordinator Meghan Sali. “When will our decision-makers recognize that negotiating serious issues - especially proposals that would censor our use of the Internet - must be considered and debated democratically instead of in secret meetings with industry lobbyists?”