Stop the Secrecy

Izzy Iz Awesome

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 09:24 -- Eva Prkachin

Psst! Hey you! Come here, I want to tell you a secret. Promise you won’t tell anybody, though. Okay, so, you’d never guess this, but OpenMedia’s team consists largely of a syndicate of 20-something hyper-nerds squirreled away in a dusty office in Vancouver’s historic Gastown district.

Sometimes we poke our heads out from behind the calming glow of our laptop screens and look out on the hip youngsters meandering the Gastown streets before getting scared and rushing back to the warm embrace of artificial light. We’re a pale bunch. But for some reason, maybe because the Internet is rapidly bringing geek culture into the mainstream, cool kids sometimes come our way and raise our hipness level to dizzying new heights.

OpenMedia delivers letter from 48 leading organizations calling for full text of TPP to be released to enable public debate

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 15:57 -- Josh Tabish

This week, our own Free Expression Campaigner Meghan Sali travelled to Washington, D.C., to hand-deliver an exciting new letter organized by our friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and 47 other civil society organizations calling on TPP negotiators to release the text of the Trans Pacific Partnership.

The letter represents a large and diverse group of experts and public interest groups have come together to call out the secrecy surrounding the talks. Together, these organizations say it’s time for TPP negotiators to follow the lead of the European Commission, which recently announced it would release the draft text of a similar Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal in the name of greater transparency.

The Guardian: There's no excuse for mass spying

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 15:07 -- Eva Prkachin

Has the indiscriminate mass collection of private information really made the world any safer?

Article by Owen Bowcott for The Guardian

The “secret, massive and indiscriminate” surveillance conducted by intelligence services and disclosed by the former US intelligence contractor Edward Snowdencannot be justified by the fight against terrorism, the most senior human rights official in Europe has warned.

EFF: There's no excuse for secrecy at the TPP

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 15:00 -- Eva Prkachin

The European Union has taken a huge leap towards transparency in releasing the text of a trade deal affecting member nations. Now, it's time for Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiators to do the same and stop the secrecy.

Article by Maira Sutton for the EFF

EFF joins 47 other civil society groups and experts from around the world to call on trade ministers of countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to publish the current draft of the agreement, as well as all nations' negotiating positions. The TPP has been negotiated in secret for the last five years. But we know from several leaks of its Intellectual Property chapter that it contains various provisions that pose wide-ranging threats to users' rights to free speech and privacy online.

BGR: Big Telecom is trying to scare you

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 14:29 -- Eva Prkachin

Halloween's over, guys.

Article by Brad Reed for BGR

With a renewed push to reclassify ISPs as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, the cable industry has ramped up its public relations blitz to convince you that Title II reclassification is the single scariest proposal in the history of the world. Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin points us to a new ad funded by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association that is just about the least convincing argument against Title II reclassification that we can imagine.

Thursday December 11, 2014 – As Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks continue in Washington, D.C., negotiators are set to feel the heat from public interest groups outraged at the secrecy surrounding the talks. The organizations say it’s past time for TPP negotiators to follow the example of the European Commission which recently released to the public the draft text of a similar Trans-Atlantic deal.

Heading to D.C. to show decision-makers that Internet users ‘gon run this town.

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 14:27 -- Eva Prkachin

This post is from OpenMedia and does not represent the Fair Deal Coalition.

On behalf of OpenMedia and our growing international community of supporters, I have been given a fantastic opportunity to deliver the voices of everyday Internet users to people in power. As you read this, I am sitting on a plane en route to Washington, D.C., where I will meet with some of the most important decision-makers in the world on digital rights issues, including negotiators from several participating Trans-Pacific Partnership countries.

At OpenMedia, we talk a lot about “delivering voices” of citizens to decision-makers. And that’s because it’s integral to the way that we are able to help people be heard and make change in our society. Whether the issue is Big Telecom’s Internet slow lane plan, the TPP’s extreme Internet censorship, or out-of-control government spying, we make sure your voice gets as close to decision-makers as possible.

The Guardian: Is mass spying undermining your well-being?

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 13:30 -- Eva Prkachin

"Indiscriminate intelligence-gathering presents a grave risk to our mental health, productivity, social cohesion, and ultimately our future."

Article by Chris Chambers for The Guardian

Recent disclosures about the scope of government surveillance are staggering. We now know that the UK's Tempora program records huge volumes of private communications, including – as standard – our emails, social networking activity, internet histories, and telephone calls. Much of this data is then shared with the US National Security Agency, which operates its own (formerly) clandestine surveillance operation. Similar programs are believed to operate in Russia, China, India, and throughout several European countries.

The Guardian: What secrets are you revealing every day?

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 14:53 -- Eva Prkachin

Big data is getting creepier and creepier.

Article by Ben Goldacre

It’s easy to be worried about people simply spying on your confidential data. iCloud and Google+ have your intimate photos; Transport for London knows where your travelcard has been; Yahoo holds every email you’ve ever written. We trust these people to respect our privacy, and to be secure. Often they fail: celebrity photos are stolen; emails are shared with spies; the confessional app Whisper is caught tracking the location of users.