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.”’
Today is the one-year anniversary of the pro-Internet community’s successful Internet blackout protesting the restrictive SOPA and PIPA. Support Internet freedom and celebrate today as Internet Freedom Day.
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]."
Check out this volunteer-made video of our Internet-born Lindsey Pinto!
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: http://openmedianow.net/declaration http://openmedianow.net/declaration
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:
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: http://openmedianow.net/declaration
Article by Maricel Estavillo for Intellectual Property Watch: