Stop the Secrecy

Reuters: Wondered why your "unlimited" data plan was so slow?

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 15:18 -- Eva Prkachin

Apparently "unlimited" data means something completely different to Big Telecom than it does to their customers

Article by Alina Selyukh and Marina Lopes for Reuters

The top U.S. communications regulator on Friday said he is asking all large U.S. wireless carriers to explain how they decide when to slow download speeds for some customers, after questioning Verizon Wireless about such a plan.

MintPress: Big Telecom violates last remaining Net Neutrality rule

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 15:07 -- Eva Prkachin

This is why we can't trust Big Telecom to treat all traffic on the net equally.

Article by Nadia Prupis for MintPress

All four major service providers in the U.S. have been accused of violating the last remaining net neutrality rule, a day after President Barack Obama said he was against the Federal Communication Commission’s proposal to institute controversial internet “fast lanes” that would further threaten equality for web-based companies.

New York Times: President Obama: No Internet Fast Lanes

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 14:54 -- Eva Prkachin

New York Times Editorial: President Obama, say no to Internet Slow Lanes

Article by the editorial board for the New York Times

The Federal Communications Commission, which could soon allow phone and cable companies to block or interfere with Internet content, has been deluged with more than a million comments. Last week, President Obama offered some thoughts of his own by saying that the Internet should be left open “so that the next Google or the next Facebook can succeed.”

EFF: The Australian government wants telcos to retain subscribers' browsing habits

Thu, 08/14/2014 - 15:45 -- Eva Prkachin

A new law threatens to force Australian telcos to retain subscriber information in a way that could violate the privacy of millions. What's worse, major proponents of the law don't really seem to understand what some of its provisions imply.

Article by Nadia Kayyali and Jeremy Malcolm for EFF

The Australian government announced new anti-terrorism measures this week, in response to the alleged involvement of Australian citizens with extremist groups in countries including Syria and Iraq. Quietly omitted from the briefing at which those changes were announced, but separately leaked to the press this week, were the government's plans to introduce mandatory data retention requirements for Australian Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

The Guardian: Liberal backbenchers not too keen on dragnet spying

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 17:03 -- Eva Prkachin

Some cracks are showing in the Australian government's plan to install drastic new spying legislation. Now's the time to speak out against mass government surveillance at

Article by Katharine Murphy for the Guardian

The Abbott government is facing opposition from backbenchers concerned that the Coalition’s proposed toughening of national security legislation will diminish the liberty and privacy of law-abiding Australians.

Wired: Snowden's long road to becoming a whistleblower

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 13:23 -- Eva Prkachin

Have you ever wondered what it was like for Edward Snowden to decide to blow the whistle on the NSA? Read. This. Article.

Article by James Bamford for Wired

Have you ever wondered what it was like for Edward Snowden to decide to blow the whistle on the NSA? Read. This. Article.

Article by James Bamford for Wired

The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by 1 pm. Bring a book and wait for ES to find you.” ES is Edward Snowden, the most wanted man in the world. For almost nine months, I have been trying to set up an interview with him—traveling to Berlin, Rio de Janeiro twice, and New York multiple times to talk with the handful of his confidants who can arrange a meeting.

Among other things, I want to answer a burning question: What drove Snowden to leak hundreds of thousands of top-secret documents, revelations that have laid bare the vast scope of the government’s domestic surveillance programs? In May I received an email from his lawyer, ACLU attorney Ben Wizner, confirming that Snowden would meet me in Moscow and let me hang out and chat with him for what turned out to be three solid days over several weeks.

ITWire: %80 of Australians don't want government spying

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 16:56 -- Eva Prkachin

Despite this poll showing that most Australians disapprove of state spying, the government is pressing ahead with an extreme law that would force telcos to store private customer information and make that data available to government agencies. Got a problem with that? Go to

Article by Graeme Philipson for ITWire

More than three quarters of Australians do not approve of the Government accessing phone and !nternet records without a warrant.

Wired: If you like everything, you like nothing

Tue, 08/12/2014 - 15:25 -- Eva Prkachin

A man 'liked' everything that popped up on his Facebook news feed for 48 hours. What happened next is an ironic twist.

Article by Mat Honan for Wired

There’s this great Andy Warhol quote you’ve probably seen before: “I think everybody should like everybody.” You can buy posters and plates with pictures of Warhol, looking like the cover of a Belle & Sebastian album, with that phrase plastered across his face in Helvetica. But the full quote, taken from a 1963 interview in Art News, is a great description of how we interact on social media today.