Stop the Secrecy


How exactly does Bob Latta’s legislation keep the Internet ‘free and open’?

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 14:43 -- Josh Tabish

Over the past few weeks, the public outcry over the possibility of having our favorite websites forced into an Internet Slow Lane by the FCC’s new Internet rules has been nothing short of inspiring. The battle for a fair and open Internet has found new allies all over the place – and has given Internet freedom advocates everywhere hope that “net neutrality” is fast becoming a household issue.

Motherboard: Hundreds of Cities Are Wired With Fiber—But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unused

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 15:00 -- Eva Prkachin

Cable companies' back-door dealing is keeping cities from using their own super-fast fiber networks.

Article by Jason Koebler for Motherboard

In light of the ongoing net neutrality battle, many people have begun looking to Google and its promise of high-speed fiber as a potential saving grace from companies that want to create an "internet fast lane." Well, the fact is, even without Google, many communities and cities throughout the country are already wired with fiber—they just don't let their residents use it.

Contextly: Why Contextly is Fighting for An Open Internet

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 14:40 -- Eva Prkachin

Internet start-up Contextly founder Ryan Singel explains how allowing Internet Slow Lanes could harm innovation on the web, hurt the economy

Article by Ryan Singel for Contextly

Back before the iPhone app store and then Google’s Android app store, building software to run on mobile phones was a loser’s game. You had to get the permission from Verizon or AT&T, and then you might have to sign an exclusivity deal and share profits and be at their whim.

We couldn’t have done this without you

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 09:49 -- Eva Prkachin

A few years ago, we at OpenMedia began to realize that fighting against efforts to shut down the open Internet wasn’t enough - we needed to clearly articulate what we were fighting for.

And we needed to do this with you, our amazing pro-Internet supporters.

Since then, we’ve experimented with lots of different ways to crowdsource our plans, and create positive alternatives together. Our drag-and-drop free expression tool was the latest example, enabling us to work together to shape new rules for sharing and collaborating online in the 21st century.

New York Times: A Cable Merger Too Far

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 13:39 -- Eva Prkachin

NY Times Editorial: Comcast/Time-Warner Cable merger will concentrate too much power in hands of huge media conglomerates. Do you think decision-makers will let the merger pass?

Article by the editorial board for The New York Times

There are good reasons the Justice Department and the Federal Communications Commission should block Comcast’s $45 billion acquisition of Time Warner Cable. The merger will concentrate too much market power in the hands of one company, creating a telecommunications colossus the likes of which the country has not seen since 1984 when the government forced the breakup of the original AT&T telephone monopoly.

What do the Good Wife, Justin Bieber, and Internet Freedom have in common?

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 10:47 -- Thanh Lam

If you're a fan of the Good Wife like me, you're not only still mourning the death of Will Gardner, you're also reeling from last week's season finale cliffhanger (will Diana, Alicia, and Cary finally become one firm!?) With its well-crafted dialogue and character-driven plot, the Good Wife is arguably one of the best television shows out there.

But there's also another reason why the Good Wife constantly delivers: it's consistently in touch with tech trends, news, and controversies. From parodying the NSA to trying to unearth the mysterious identity of Bitcoin's "creator", the show's creators know how to smartly portray the intricacies and, at times, dangers, of living in an increasingly monitored and censored online world in which Internet freedom is constantly threatened.