Stop the Secrecy

Washington Post: Librarians to NSA: Don't mess with library users

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 16:07 -- Eva Prkachin

Librarians across the U.S. are outraged about government surveillance, and have been using their awesome shushing powers to fight back against invasive spying

Article by Andrea Peterson for The Washington Post

In September 2003, Attorney General John Ashcroft called out the librarians. The American Library Association and civil liberties groups, he said, were pushing "baseless hysteria" about the controversial Patriot Act. He suggested that they were worried that spy agencies wanted to know "how far you have gotten on the latest Tom Clancy novel."

The Guardian: The FBI is not happy with Apple

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 14:32 -- Eva Prkachin

The FBI is crying foul over new encryption standards on iPhones. But it wasn't that long ago that they were advising everyone to encrypt their data to keep the bad guys out. Flip flop much?

Article by Trevor Timm for The Guardian

Much of the world has been enthralled by the new iPhone 6, but civil liberties advocates have been cheering, too: Along with iOS 8, Apple made some landmark privacy improvements to your devices, which Google matched with its Android platform only hours later. Your smartphone will soon be encrypted by default, and Apple or Google claim they will not be able open it for anyone – law enforcement, the FBI and possibly the NSA – even if they wanted to.

Carpe Internet: creating the web we want

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 15:17 -- Meghan Sali

This June I joined the OpenMedia team as the Campaigns Coordinator for Free Expression. One of my first tasks was setting to work on the Our Digital Future report, a crowdsourced document for moving free expression forward in the 21st century. As the newest member of the troupe fighting Internet injustice, I was incredibly lucky to inherit a project with such amazing potential.

The Our Digital Future report comes straight from Internet users. It pulls together the input of over 40,000 people from 155 countries worldwide who told us they were concerned about both the future of how we share and collaborate online, and how everyday Internet users were being left out of the discussion.

The Guardian: Hong Kong protesters are getting help from this cool app

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:58 -- Eva Prkachin

Check out how pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong are using a mobile app to connect with each other.

Article by Archie Bland for the Guardian

Joshua Wong, a 17-year-old student in Hong Kong, had a problem. You will have experienced a version of it yourself: you are at a football match or a gig and you need to find a friend. But the crowd means that the network is overloaded, and you can’t get a signal on your phone. The thing that means you need to call someone is the very thing that means you can’t.

The Guardian: Tim Berners-Lee: the time to save the Internet is now

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 15:30 -- Eva Prkachin

World wide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee is calling for an Internet bill of rights to secure citizens' privacy and prevent government censorship

Article by The Guardian

The inventor of the world wide web has warned that the freedom of the internet is under threat by governments and corporations interested in controlling the web.

Here’s what happened when I went to the White House

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:29 -- Josh Tabish

When we heard we had been invited to meet with senior White House decision-makers about the future of the open Internet, we dropped everything to arrange flights, hotels, and everything else you need to deliver the voices of everyday Internet users to some of the most powerful decision-makers in the world.

We also announced the big news to our community as quickly as possible, and saw an outpouring of support that astounded us, and made our trip possible. Now, 4500 miles, four plane rides, and dozens of cups of coffee later, we have the pictures to prove that we took your voice straight to D.C.![1]

Ars Technica: Two FCC commissioners just changed the whole game

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 15:04 -- Eva Prkachin

You spoke out in record numbers to stop Big Telecom's slow lane plan. Now, that pressure is having a powerful effect, as FCC commissioners move to ban slow lanes and enshrine wireless net neutrality. Good job! Now read on.

Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

FCC commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn yesterday called for stronger network neutrality rules than the ones fellow Democrat and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has thus far supported.

EFF: Ignoring global outcry, Australian government veers towards more mass surveillance

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 14:51 -- Eva Prkachin

The Australian government is using bullying tactics, fear, and intimidation to force through draconian new spying powers.

Article by Jeremy Malcolm for EFF

This week, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott used recent terrorist threats as the backdrop of a dire warning to Australians that “for some time to come, the delicate balance between freedom and security may have to shift. There may be more restrictions on some, so that there can be more protection for others.”