Stop the Secrecy

Ars Technica: AT&T + Verizon: Stop trying to make data caps happen

Thu, 09/25/2014 - 11:13 -- Eva Prkachin

AT&T and Verizon are hopping in the wayback machine on their definition of "broadband"

Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

AT&T and Verizon have been fighting to preserve 4Mbps as the nation’s definition of “broadband,” saying the Federal Communications Commission should abandon plans to raise the minimum to 10Mbps.

OpenMedia takes your voices to the FCC in Sacramento

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 14:45 -- Eva Prkachin

OpenMedia partnered with Big Telecom -vs- The World allies at RootsAction, Credo, and DailyKos today to deliver over 400,000 petition signatures and comments against the Internet slow lane to decision-makers. This would never have happened without our community’s relentless pressure and generous support.

The petition delivery took place in Sacramento, California, at an official forum organized by Congresswoman Doris Matsui, known for her outspoken defense of Net Neutrality. Rep. Matsui’s forum was attended by FCC Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel.

The Intercept: The Australian government just doesn't get it

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 16:17 -- Eva Prkachin

The Australian government is stoking fears in order to create new, wide-ranging surveillance powers. Internet, what do you have to say about that?

Article by Glenn Greenwald for The Intercept

If you’re an Australian citizen, you have a greater chance of being killed by the following causes than you do by a terrorist attack: slipping in the bathtub and hitting your head; contracting a lethal intestinal illness from the next dinner you eat at a restaurant; being struck by lightning. In the post-9/11 era, there has been no terrorist attack carried out on Australian soil: not one. The attack that most affected Australians was the 2002 bombing of a nightclub in Bali which killed 88 of its citizens; that was 12 years ago.

Big Telecom releases its army of lobbyists

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:45 -- Chris Malmo

Important news from Washington, D.C.: OpenMedia has learned that Big Telecom lobbyists are “sweeping the halls of Congress”, intimidating elected representatives into supporting their Internet Slow Lane plan.

As our expert contact Marvin Ammori hilariously writes, “It's the part of the saga when the Jedi are slaughtered, when Walder Frey massacres the Starks, when the Ministry of Magic falls and the Weasley children die, when the Red Coats round up innocents and burn their homes and take their children. That kind of thing. Just masses and masses of enemies on the move and destroying everything in their path.”

Despite his allusions to some of our favourite stories, this threat is very real and very serious.

CSEC is watching Canadians

Mon, 09/22/2014 - 16:29 -- Eva Prkachin

We've been joining efforts around the globe to end reckless government spying on innocent citizens. Most people think about the NSA and GCHQ when it comes to out-of-control mass surveillance. But did you know that here in our home country of Canada, our spy agency CSEC has been spying on citizens without a warrant and spending billions of taxpayer dollars to do it? That's why we produced this video. Give it a watch and share with your friends!

Daily Dot: The NSA really, REALLY wanted Yahoo to hand over their subscribers' information.

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:23 -- Eva Prkachin

After refusing to hand over subscribers' communications, the NSA threatened to levy unprecedented fines against Yahoo. Just how much money are we talking about? After enough time, literally all of it.

Article by Dell Cameron for the Daily Dot

Last week, we learned from the New York Times that in order to acquire the Internet communications of Yahoo’s customers, the U.S. government was willing to impose a $250,000 per day fine for the company’s noncompliance.

WhoIsHostingThis: Wireless Internet everywhere? It's not as far off as it sounds

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:11 -- Eva Prkachin
Infographic: How the Outernet will free the Internet

It sounds like science fiction, but here's how a bunch of cube satellites could bring universal Internet to the world in only a few years. What do you think about the Outernet?

Article by WhoIsHostingThis

The invention of Internet has ushered in a revolution: a new information age that has changed the way we live our lives day-to-day.

Motherboard: Transparency reports aren't transparent enough yet

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:29 -- Eva Prkachin

After the Snowden revelations exposed the depth of NSA spying and the ways that private companies supplied information to government agencies, more and more citizens have been pushing for transparency reports to provide some accountability around how our information is gathered and stored. Here's why we need to push a little harder.

Article by Joseph Cox for Motherboard

In the continued push for transparency post-Snowden, many communications companies and service providers are publishing reports with more details on what sort of data, and how much, they're being asked to hand over to law enforcement.

BREAKING: I’m taking your voice to the White House

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 09:26 -- Steve Anderson

We just got some huge news. The White House has invited me to a meeting with key Obama administration officials after feeling the heat from all of you speaking out against the Internet slow lane.

Truthfully, we hadn’t expected or budgeted for this happening, and now we need to book a last-minute flight to Washington, D.C.

Your support, hard work, and dedication has taken our movement this far—now we need you to chip in what you can right now so I can take this amazing opportunity to go to the White House on your behalf.

Boing Boing: Social media users helped track down a gang of violent misfits

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 14:49 -- Eva Prkachin

Some jerks decided to gay bash a couple out on the town. Here's how the Internet responded.

Article by Rob Beschizza for Boing Boing

Two gay men were savagely beaten last week in Philadelphia's Center City district by a group of 10-15 "clean-cut, well-dressed" people in their twenties. With only a blurry security video to go on, finding the attackers would have been a long shot were it not for Twitter, Facebook and the viral spread of a cheesy restaurant photo.