Stop the Secrecy

Open Wifi under threat in the U.S.

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

U.S. telecom companies are pushing policies that would mean “a lot less public and open WiFi at a time when we actually need much more open access.” Open public WiFi helps improve the Internet’s accessibility and citizens’ opportunities to use it. We need to send a clear message - Internet access and openness are priority:


Article by Mike Masnick for TechDirt:

The Internet and access to knowledge.

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

The Internet continues to hold huge potential because it allows open communication, creation, and sharing between individuals. One aspect of that potential lies in people's ability to gain access to information and material. Check out this article as it discusses the Internet's position in the need to open up access to knowledge, while protecting people's privacy.  What do you think about the Internet's potential to level the playing field for access to knowledge? Let us know in the comments below. 


Article by Sunanda Creagh for


State surveillance around the world.

Mon, 12/31/1973 - 16:48 -- Joel Milne
Check it out as pro-Internet groups discuss a major concern worldwide - online state surveillance. There is a growing trend for the private sector to play a role in state surveillance - from voluntary data exchange to authorities skirting warrants and more. We need to push back against this invasion and fight for the protection of our online privacy. Sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom and fight for your privacy rights:


Data protection laws to favour citizens?

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

The EU is reforming its data protection laws, which set out how online companies are permitted to keep their customers’ information. From the proposals so far, we’re seeing potential changes that could benefit citizens. One proposal states that users should have control over when and how their data is used - what do you think? Any other ideas about what data protection measures should be included? Let us know in the comments below!

Open access to knowledge.

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

The Internet is a great platform for communicating and sharing knowledge. Having access to the knowledge is necessary to participate in important discussions and make informed decisions. Everyone benefits when knowledge is shared. Help spread the word and share this video. 


UK surveillance devices to monitor your Internet activity

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

The UK is planning to install surveillance devices to track citizens' Internet activity on websites like Facebook, Google Chat, and Twitter. Raise your voice against threats to online privacy and resist acts that could make it easier to implement the Trans-Pacfic Partnership (TPP), which would criminalize many of your everyday uses of the Internet. Speak up for your Internet freedom by signing the Declaration of Internet Freedom

Article by Raphael Satter for Associated Press: 


The Trans-Pacific Partnership trap and you.

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


As negotiations for the secretive and extreme Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement loom, check out this article detailing some of the ways that this and other trade agreement threaten your online rights and privacy on the Internet. Fight for a free and open Internet - call on your government to make the TPP transparent and accountable to the public interest:

Article by Maira Sutton for The Daily Dot: 

Poor surveillance safeguards around the world

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

State surveillance on the Internet is becoming ever more common worldwide. Yet repeatedly we find that “although state surveillance of communications can be justified in exceptional instances, it leads to the violation of individual privacy when implemented without adequate legal safeguards.” We need a firm commitment to protect individuals’ privacy. Sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom and fight for your privacy:

Article by Katitza Rodriguez for Electronic Frontier Foundation: