Stop the Secrecy

The Intercept:

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:28 -- Eva Prkachin

The USA Freedom Act, which was set to deliver some reforms to the NSA dragnet surveillance program, failed in Congress yesterday. Could this be the first step in a longer, more drawn out battle against invasive government spying?

Article by Dan Froomkin for The Intercept

TOMORROW: Join the Fair Deal Coalition TPP teach-in!

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:40 -- Eva Prkachin

TOMORROW: Join the Fair Deal Coalition teach-in! The TPP could be finalized in the coming months, and things are moving fast. That’s why we’d like to invite you to hear representatives from several digital rights groups based in TPP countries share their analysis of the latest leaked text, as well as to lay out the current state of play of the negotiations.

You have three minutes for this video

Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:45 -- Eva Prkachin

Guest blog by OpenMedia volunteer and community member Joey Levesque

What does Our Digital Future look like?

Recently, OpenMedia came together with over 300,000 Internet users around the world to release Our Digital Future: a Crowdsourced Agenda for Free Expression. Over 40,000 users expressed themselves using our drag-and-drop tool, and the Our Digital Future report reflects those priorities: respect for creators, free expression, and democratic processes.

But we realize that most people don’t have the time to read a 70-page crowdsourced report on the bus on the way to work, or in line at the grocery store - and we want everyone to know what’s currently at stake with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The Guardian: The lame duck is snooping on you

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 16:28 -- Eva Prkachin

Just when they thought you weren't looking - the U.S. Congress is trying to sneak through new privacy-invading legislation.

Article by Trevor Timm for the Guardian

Never underestimate the ability of the “do-nothing” US Congress to make sure it passes privacy-invasive legislation on its way out the door. In December 2012, the Senate re-upped the NSA’s vast surveillance powers over the holidays when no one was paying attention. In December 2013, Congress weakened video-rental privacy laws because Netflix asked them to and nobody noticed.

Obama calls for strongest possible net neutrality rules… And saves the Internet?

Mon, 11/10/2014 - 17:44 -- Josh Tabish

As you may have heard, this morning, U.S. President Barack Obama came out with a decisive statement calling for the strongest possible rules to prevent slow lanes on the Internet. You can read the details in the statement we put out here, but the short version is that Obama unequivocally, and unambiguously committed himself to keeping the Internet an open playing field, stating “no service should be stuck in a ‘slow lane’ because it does not pay a fee.”