Stop the Secrecy

The Intercept: NZ Government caught red-handed

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 09:40 -- Eva Prkachin

"If you live in New Zealand, you are being watched" - Edward Snowden

Article by Edward Snowden for The Intercept

Like many nations around the world, New Zealand over the last year has engaged in a serious and intense debate about government surveillance. The nation’s prime minister, John Key of the National Party, has denied that New Zealand’s spy agency GCSB engages in mass surveillance, mostly as a means of convincing the country to enact a new law vesting the agency with greater powers. This week, as a national election approaches, Key repeated those denials in anticipation of a report in The Intercept today exposing the Key government’s actions in implementing a system to record citizens’ metadata.

Slate: President Obama needs to lead on Net Neutrality

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 15:57 -- Eva Prkachin

The FCC received 3 million comments about the Internet Slow Lane. Here's why they need 3 million and one.

Article by Marvin Ammori for Slate

The FCC has received more than 3 million comments on Commissioner Tom Wheeler’s controversial plan to rethink net neutrality. If the last couple of million comments are anything like the first 1.1 million, 99 percent of commenters were strongly in favor of protecting net neutrality. They include startups, small businesses, artists, and small- and medium-size broadband providers, among many others.

The Intercept: John Key needs to get his story straight on mass spying

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:04 -- Eva Prkachin

If New Zealanders think that their government has been honest with them about bulk surveillance of citizens, new information reveals that they need to think again.

Article by Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher for The Intercept

The New Zealand spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), worked in 2012 and 2013 to implement a mass metadata surveillance system even as top government officials publicly insisted no such program was being planned and would not be legally permitted.

Fight for the Future: The FCC won't be able to ignore this

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 15:35 -- Eva Prkachin

Our friends at Fight for the Future parked a huge truck with a video billboard on top to fight the Internet slow lane. Check it out, and don't forget to speak out for Net Neutrality at

Article by Fight for the Future

This just in! We’ve teamed up with our friends at domain registrar Namecheap to bring the overwhelming public outcry for real net neutrality protections directly to the agency’s doorstep.

Only hours until a crucial deadline on the future of the open Internet. Join us now.

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 10:41 -- Eva Prkachin

September 15th marks a crucial deadline for input to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about Big Telecom’s proposed Internet slowdown plan. And we need your help before the final cutoff for input tonight.

We’ve been working around the clock to keep up with the momentum that’s built for the open Internet, and need your help to keep going. If you haven’t already signed on to the global call for net neutrality, then please do so now. Or, if you’re already part of the campaign, then please spread the word via social media. Click our special share links below:

Stop the Slow Lane - Let’s bring this campaign to a crescendo!

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 18:06 -- David Christopher

The last week has been remarkable. Our small team here at OpenMedia have been working flat out to amplify your voices against Big Telecom’s Internet slow lane plan. Over 150,000 of you have spoken out on OpenMedia’s platform alone - joining a global movement 5 million strong.

We’re so thankful for your support and for everything you do. But we need your help one last time. Monday is the final deadline for an FCC consultation that could set a global standard for how deep-pocketed telecom conglomerates can slow or block your favourite websites. We need to bring this campaign to a crescendo, and maximize our impact in the crucial final hours. Please help right now by signing up for our Thunderclap before noon on Monday.

The New Yorker: Some times, you just gotta slow the Internet down

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 17:17 -- Eva Prkachin

The Internet Slowdown day made huge waves this week. Here's a great recap of what went down. Now, make sure to help us drive our campaign against the Internet slow lane home: go to right now, sign on, and share widely.

Article by Vauhini Vara for the New Yorker

Visitors to Kickstarter are usually greeted with a Web page listing the projects that they can help to fund—a sous-vide immersion circulator connected to WiFi, a book of photos of Muhammad Ali. But, if you went to the site on Wednesday, you would have been presented instead with a full-screen message. “Stop Internet Slow Lanes,” it began. Under those words was an icon resembling the spinning wheel of death—that cursor on Mac computers that looks a bit like a stylized sun and turns around and around when something is taking a long time to load. Kickstarter, along with Netflix, Etsy, Tumblr, Reddit, and thousands of other sites, was engaged in an act of protest known as Internet Slowdown Day.

Beta Boston: FCC comment system goes down as millions speaking out against Internet slow lanes

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 16:27 -- David Christopher

We did it again, folks! So many people are speaking out against Internet slow lanes that we crashed the FCC’s comment system! Monday is crucial - the final deadline to speak out against Internet Slow Lanes. Let’s bring this incredible campaign to a crescendo by joining our Thunderclap at

Article by Nidhi Subbaraman for Beta Boston

One day after major tech companies like Kickstarter, Netflix, Reddit, and others, staged a Web-wide protest against a proposed move to give telecom providers “fast lanes,” the number of people writing in about the “open Internet” and net neutrality has overwhelmed the comment receivers at the Federal Communications Commission.