Stop the Secrecy

Slate: Solar. Powered. Internet balloons. Yes, please!

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:30 -- Eva Prkachin

You won't believe how Google plans to bring Internet access to remote areas.

Article by Will Oremus for Slate

The majority of people in the world lack access to the Internet. Either they can’t afford a connection, or none exists where they live. Of all the efforts to bring those people online, Google’s “Project Loon” sounds like the most far-fetched. At the secretive Google X labs, it’s a moonshot among moonshots.

Celebrating our Community

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:14 -- Jes Simkin

One of the best parts about our work at OpenMedia is our community -- that’s you!

But seriously, whether it’s on Access, Privacy, or Free Expression work, our job is to make your voice heard and have you be a part of the change-making process.

This is exactly why the Our Digital Future crowdsourced report project has been so moving. Over a span of two years, over 300k of you participated from over 155 countries - making this our largest crowdsourcing project yet.

Medium: Facebook thinks you're some kind of terrifying ghost-blob

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 12:30 -- Eva Prkachin

Ever wondered what you look like to a face-recognition algorithm? Spoiler alert: incredibly creepy.

Article by Kyle Chayka for Medium

Sterling Crispin’s “Data Masks” are haunting portraits that don’t actually depict any one person. Instead, they use raw data to show how technology perceives humanity. Reverse-engineered from surveillance face-recognition algorithms and then fed through Facebook’s face-detection software, the Data Masks “confront viewers with the realization that they’re being seen and watched basically all the time,” Crispin says.

Ars Technica: AT&T throws a hissy fit over municipal fiber

Fri, 12/05/2014 - 11:24 -- Eva Prkachin

Yet again, Big Telecom is trying to get in the way of communities that want to build their own high-speed Internet. That makes me hopping mad, how about you?

Article by Jon Brodkin for ArsTechnica

A city in Kansas that plans to expand a fiber broadband network to serve all residents and businesses has to explain itself to local DSL provider AT&T.

Ars Technica: More complaining from the FBI over cell phone encryption

Wed, 12/03/2014 - 13:22 -- Eva Prkachin

The FBI is really having a tough time getting over this whole encrypted phone thing.

Article by Cyrus Farivar for Ars Technica

Newly discovered court documents from two federal criminal cases in New York and California that remain otherwise sealed suggest that the Department of Justice (DOJ) is pursuing an unusual legal strategy to compel cellphone makers to assist investigations.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!

Tue, 12/02/2014 - 13:18 -- Eva Prkachin

Every year since OpenMedia’s founding we’ve organized a major push to sign up new monthly donors in December. It’s the success of this drive that keeps our campaigns running all through the year, and the people who have signed up have played a critically important role in protecting the possibilities of the open Internet.

Today, December 2nd 2014, is “Giving Tuesday”. You might not be familiar with it, but Giving Tuesday was started in 2012 as an altruistic response to the commercialism of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The day encourages people to think selflessly by donating or volunteering for a cause they care about, and always falls on the first Tuesday of December.

This year, Giving Tuesday happens to fall on the official start of OpenMedia’s December Monthly Allies Drive, so I thought I would take the opportunity to write a bit about how awesome our monthly donors are.

A new tool to fight Big Telecom's slowdown of your favorite online services

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 16:33 -- David Christopher

The battle against Big Telecom’s Internet Slow Lane plan is really heating up - and it’s never been more important to speak out. Decision-makers are on the verge of making new rules that will either open the door to Internet slow lanes, or preserve the free and open Internet for future generations.

Use our straightforward Letter to the Editor tool right now to make sure your voice is heard at this crucial time ->>

A lot is at stake. If the telecom giants get their way, the Internet as we know it would change forever: Big Telecom giants like Comcast and Verizon are pushing for new rules that would make your Internet more expensive, while slowing every website that can’t pay expensive new prioritisation fees to a crawl.

TechCrunch: What cell phones have to teach us about Net Neutrality

Mon, 12/01/2014 - 14:23 -- Eva Prkachin

Wondering what the world might look like if Big Telecom builds Internet slow lanes? Look no further than the recent history of SMS

Article by Jeff Lawson

People have wondered how an Internet without net neutrality would work. Net neutrality is more than just a debate, it’s not a hypothetical, and it’s real and alive today with SMS.

The Verge: Guy who profited off of net neutrality wants to destroy it

Fri, 11/28/2014 - 15:30 -- Eva Prkachin

Apparently, already being a billionaire isn't enough

Article by Ben Popper for The Verge

Over the last few weeks, billionaire and former tech executive Mark Cuban has become increasingly vocal on the subject of net neutrality. In an interview with The Washington Post yesterday, Cuban said that he was in favor of creating "fast lanes" on the internet that would ensure the quality of certain services. He’s a man who has always had plenty of opinions, and he’s certainly entitled to them, but in this case, it’s worth pointing out what a hypocrite he sounds like, pushing a position that would have been a death blow to the very startup that made him so rich in the first place.