Stop the Secrecy


Is the U.S. FCC really about to destroy the Open Internet?

Thu, 04/24/2014 - 16:28 -- Josh Tabish

It looks like there’s some bad news coming out out the United States.

Headlines across the country are suggesting that the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, or FCC, has announced new rules that could destroy the Open Internet. The rules will allow giant media conglomerates to buy faster access, leaving everyone else in the slow lane. If passed, these extreme proposals would mean there will be a “fast lane” for companies that can pay, and a “slow lane” for those who cannot.

The rules threaten to destroy the hallowed principle of Net Neutrality – one of the core founding principles of the Internet. As we’ve described elsewhere (see here or here), Net Neutrality basically means all Internet traffic should be treated equally, regardless of where it’s coming from.

Boing Boing: Say hello to Novena, the fully open source, crowdfunded laptop

Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:58 -- Eva Prkachin

Check out this cool, crowdfunded open laptop project. The makers hope that these open-source systems will help home users avoid privacy invasions and security loopholes. Could this be the way of the future?

Article by Cory Doctorow for Boing Boing

Remember Bunnie Huang's fully open laptop? Bunnie and Sean "xobs" Cross prototyped a machine he called the "Novena" in which every component, down to the BIOS, was fully documented, licensed under FLOSS licenses, and was totally modifiable by its owner.

What I told those behind the biggest threat to Internet freedom: The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Fri, 12/14/2012 - 13:00 -- Steve Anderson

Thanks to all of you who have joined us at OpenMedia in our campaigns, last Friday I had the opportunity to address some of the lead bureaucrats and lobbyists behind the threat to Internet freedom that is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). My goal was to bring the voices of Internet users to their attention and to demonstrate that citizens are watching en masse.

The Trade Disagreement: Opposition Grows to Controversial Treaty

Wed, 12/12/2012 - 10:00 -- Catherine Hart

As the 15th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations draws to a close today, the Internet freedom community is taking stock of what was said, and perhaps more significantly, what wasn’t. Developments over the last few weeks have suggested that the controversial treaty may be losing steam as public opposition gains momentum – and there was plenty of opposition in evidence at the negotiations. The secretive agreement isn’t ploughing ahead unhindered, and this is largely due to the actions of citizens and the Internet freedom community.

ITU: Packet Sniffing Proposals are Creating a Stink

Thu, 12/06/2012 - 20:18 -- Catherine Hart

Our coation partners over at the Centre for Democracy and Technology (CDT) have raised concerns over some developments in the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) negotiations currently going on in Dubai. These negotiations will expand the power of the ITU, and as we’ve noted in the past, their secrecy is being used by some nations to push undemocratic rules that will legitimize the censorship and surveillance of its citizens. The CDT has now discovered that this goal has been brought one step closer to reality, through new rules for the standards-setting body of the ITU in advance of the official negotiations.

Your Voice at the TPP Negotiations

Fri, 11/30/2012 - 00:00 -- Catherine Hart

The secretive and restrictive Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is nearing its 15th round of negotiations, which will be held from December 3-12 in Auckland, New Zealand. This will be the first round of negotiations that Canadian and Mexican representatives will be attending since they signed onto the negotiations in October.

Join us to Protect Internet Freedom

Sun, 11/25/2012 - 00:00 -- OpenMedia

Internet freedom advocates backed by citizens and organizations from all over the world have been demanding openness that is so desperately needed in talks that could change the way the Internet works.

This past week, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) decided to make all the proposals for its December negotiations public – stating that this transparency “is important when there is such a significant global discussion happening for all the facts to be on the table”. We've made progress, now it's time we keep up the pressure.

Help ensure that citizens have a say at the negotiating table when decisions are made – join us in speaking out to Read more on the ITU's shift towards transparency here.