Stop the Secrecy


Huffington Post: Reddit Co-Founder: Call The Government And Defend Net Neutrality

Fri, 06/13/2014 - 16:26 -- Eva Prkachin

Want to push the battle against Internet slow lanes forward? Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian explains how.

Article by Emily Tess Katz for The Huffington Post

People have been ranting about net neutrality on Reddit for years. Now, the co-founder of the "front page of the Internet" wants Redditors to take their complaints one step further by calling the Federal Communications Commission itself.

Join us for the Net2NMI Google Hangout on the FCC’s Internet Slow Lane proposal - June 14 at 12pm ET / 11am CT / 9am PT

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 15:01 -- Josh Tabish

If you value the Internet, it's time to speak out - or risk being forced into an Internet slow lane.

On Saturday June 14 at Noon ET (11am CT / 9am PT), Net2 Northern Michigan invites you to join an online round-table discussion to learn how to submit comments on the Federal Communication Commission’s proposed Internet rules, and what a potential loss of net neutrality could mean for you. Net2 has chapters around North America that create local-meetups for change makers in the technology and non-profit world.

Whether you work in the business, education, nonprofit, or government sectors, or just use the Internet for personal communication, then you need to be aware of the full implications of what the FCC is proposing.

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.

Crashing Down to Earth.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 13:54 -- Eva Prkachin

In 2013, Canadian astronaut and all around cool dude Commander Chris Hadfield sang, recorded, and filmed a cover of David Bowie’s stargazing classic “Space Oddity.” The music video was a fitting tribute to the Bowie hit and Hadfield’s time aboard the International Space Station. On the anniversary of his return to Earth, Hadfield’s one-year license to use the song expired and he was forced to take the video down from YouTube.

Technology has enabled us to send a man into space for months at a time, where, in addition to conducting important scientific research, he shared his experiences with the rest of us on the ground via social media and live satellite feeds. Despite these incredible technological advances, laws for sharing and collaborating online have lagged behind for decades, resulting in scenarios like the above. Here’s a brief run-down of why rules for sharing and collaborating online need to be modernized and what you can do to help.

Gizmodo: Big Telecom is spending big money on the Internet Slow Lane

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 14:46 -- Eva Prkachin

Over 100,000 people have spoken out against the Internet Slow Lane. Now, Big Telecom is running scared, and spending millions to lobby for their Slow Lane plan. Send decision-makers a clear message:

Article by Adam Clark Estes for Gismodo

Who's spending the most to win the hearts and minds of Congress in the war on net neutrality? Verizon and AT&T, of course. Followed by—guess who?—Comcast. In other words, the companies that stand to lose money if the internet remains free and open are trying to shut it down.

Ben Swann: A chat with David Christopher about FCC's new net neutrality proposal

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 15:30 -- Eva Prkachin

“It’s simply a matter of fairness at the end of the day. It’s a matter of freedom. Because if you’re sitting at home, you want your media content from an independent outlet, you should have the right to access that content on the same basis as you would any media from the big guys.” Our own David Christopher says it best.

Article by Ben Swann

David Christopher of appeared on Ben Swann’s radio program to talk about net neutrality and the widely debated issue of the future of unconstrained internet. New media, as opposed to traditional print and television media owned by large corporations, heavily relies on the internet to disseminate information. Much of new media is run by small, independent companies.

Slate: Yes, your Internet is getting funner

Fri, 05/16/2014 - 14:54 -- Eva Prkachin

Is this post loading slowly? Caught up in buffering limbo every time you try to stream your favourite shows? Here's why.

Article by David Auerbach for Slate

The ongoing battle over broadband network neutrality is confusing, and the stakes for consumers and businesses are high. What’s the worst that can happen if network neutrality doesn’t prevail? Yes, you will pay more for worse service, but just how bad will it get? To answer that complicated question, there’s one easy analogy available: the California energy crisis of 2000.