Good news everyone! Our friends at reddit are crowd-sourcing a formal submission to the U.S. FCC about proposed rules that could force businesses and users everywhere into an Internet slow lane. As many of you already know, U.S. Big Telecom companies have been aggressively pushing a set of rules that would force everyone except those with deep, deep pockets (think: major media conglomerates) into a second-tier of service that could slow their content to a crawl.
At the heart of the debate is the status of “net neutrality” – arguably the founding principle of the Internet, and a key component to innovation online. Those familiar with reddit (AKA: “the front page of the Internet”) will be unsurprised that the company has come out strongly in support of the open Internet and authentic net neutrality.
While there are many reasons to be concerned about the future of net neutrality, we think reddit sums it pretty well:
A huge endorsement for the equality of all bits and bytes on the Internet. Stay tuned tomorrow to find out what YOU can do.
Article by the New York Times
The last few months have been critically important for the future of Internet freedom and access.
The bureaucrats and industry lobbyists negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership have gone to great lengths to keep their plans a secret before, but this takes the cake. After scheduling the next round of bargaining for Vancouver, negotiators quietly made a last minute switch to Ottawa with only a week to go before the round began.
The TPP is an international agreement involving Canada and 11 other countries, involving 40% of the global economy, that threatens to censor free expression online amongst other concerns spanning environmental protections, jobs, public health, and even our democratic rights.
Throughout this week in Ottawa, negotiators worked to ink a binding international agreement behind closed doors, which experts say could block web content, invade your privacy, and make your Internet more expensive.
Internet start-ups, educators, tech firms, and advocacy groups are fighting back against the TPP's proposed Internet censorship plan. Check out how the fight is going and add your voice at https://openmedia.org/FaceToFace
Article by Jeremy Malcolm and Maira Sutton for EFF
Today, EFF and its partners in the global Our Fair Deal coalition join together with an even more diverse international network of creators, innovators, start-ups, educators, libraries, archives and users to release two new open letters to negotiators of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
The Internet thrives on the ability for users to share and adapt content freely, without fear of unreasonable reprisal. TPP negotiators want to take that power away, and replace it with restrictive laws that would force ISPs to heavily police their users. Help us fight TPP censorship and secrecy by speaking out at https://OpenMedia.org/FaceToFace
Article by Maira Sutton for the Huffington Post
It's always the most sinister, and yet cowardly things that live in the dark.
This week, the latest Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) round began in Ottawa, Canada. In what is becoming a disappointingly familiar story, the talks have been shrouded in near-total secrecy. Only a week ago, the venue changed mysteriously from Vancouver to Ottawa, leading your OpenMedia team to wonder whether TPP organizers were keen to dodge criticism from the many civic interest groups, including ourselves, that call Vancouver home. Despite the snap location change, we’ve been working hard to shed light on how this reckless deal could make the Internet more expensive, censored, and policed. Here’s what we’ve been up to:
Shining a light: our “Bat Signal” at work
Negotiators of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) have gone to extreme lengths to stop civic interest groups and the public finding out what’s being discussed at the next round of closed-door trade talks happening in Canada this month.
Originally slated to take place at the beginning of July in Vancouver, a leak from insiders this week revealed a last-minute change of venue, with the round moving from Vancouver to Ottawa - over 3,500 km away - with only a week to go before the beginning of negotiations.
A secretive international trade deal, the TPP proposes a major overhaul of provisions that allow for sharing and collaborating online, and experts have warned that if enacted the TPP will make our Internet more censored, expensive, and policed.
Two new U.S. Supreme Court rulings that will dramatically shape our technological landscape.
Article by EFF
The U.S. Supreme Court issued two big rulings in important technology cases today.
What would a world with Internet slow lanes look like, and what can we do to stop it? Check out what the father of Net Neutrality is doing to keep the Internet open and innovative.
Article by Robert McMillan for Wired
Tim Wu saw firsthand how people can mess with the internet.