Stop the Secrecy

The Internet in 2013.

Mon, 12/31/1973 - 16:48 -- Joel Milne

We continue to see threats to Internet use and privacy from the TPP trade agreement and undemocratic expansions of power like that of the ITU. But as ‘Jon Pastel once said, "The Internet works because a lot of people cooperate to do things together.”’

Into the 21st century.

Mon, 12/31/1973 - 16:48 -- Joel Milne

The UK government finally updated their copyright legislation, bringing it into step with the way individuals use the technology. It's now legal for “people to copy digital content they have bought onto any medium or device that they own [for personal use]."

Companies admit usage limits are not about congestion.

Mon, 12/31/1973 - 16:48 -- Joel Milne


Cable companies (in the U.S.) finally admit that usage limits are not about congestion as they had insisted for years, and as many companies continue to insist.
Unfortunately, individuals in countries around the world still experience limits on their Internet use. We need an open, accessible, and affordable Internet. Spread the word - sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom and stand up for an accessible Internet:


Government requests for online data increases.

Mon, 12/31/1973 - 16:48 -- Joel Milne

Google's Transparency Report reveals the U.S. government (as well as other governments) increased the number of requests for users’ private online information last year…and only 22% of these requests came with warrants. This is a worrying trend for online privacy. Demand your rights be protected - help spread the word and sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom:

Internet speeds increasing - but still a ways to go.

Mon, 12/31/1973 - 16:48 -- Joel Milne

A recent Akamai report indicates that Internet connection speeds are increasing on average. This is a positive development for users as the Internet holds a large place in our lives. However, we still have a long way to go to get the speeds we need. For an accessible and affordable Internet, the pro-Internet community continues to push for improvements in Internet speeds both within and between countries.


Article by Stacey Higginbotham for GIGaom:

Citizen action delays controversial Philippine Internet law.

Mon, 12/31/1973 - 16:48 -- Joel Milne

The Philippine Supreme Court is reviewing a controversial law described as overly broad and vague that would curb free speech on the Internet. Because of petitions filed by individuals and public interest groups, the law's implementation has been delayed. Let’s continue to call for openness and expression on the Internet - sign and share the Declaration of Internet Freedom:


Article by Maricel Estavillo for Intellectual Property Watch: