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Wired: Global Internet at stake in Net Neutrality fight

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 16:26 -- Eva Prkachin

Why we need to win the Internet slow lane battle.
Article by Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda

Does the United States act in accordance with the same principles that we advocate to others? The answer needs to be yes.

When it comes to the debate on network neutrality, the world watches what we do at home. That’s one reason that the President’s commitment to network neutrality is so important: In the struggle to protect a global, open, and free internet, we must also protect it at home.

Let’s save online privacy, together

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 13:06 -- Eva Prkachin

Governments around the world just don’t seem to get it.

It’s been nearly two years since Edward Snowden revealed that the United States and their allies, including Canada, had been spying on their own citizens at an unprecedented scale.

It’s been nearly two decades now since the Internet began to transform our society - opening up new avenues for free expression, unbridled creativity, and unrestrained collaboration.

BGR: Verizon's shareholders have had it with their anti-Net Neutrality fight

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 16:01 -- Eva Prkachin

Verizon's Internet slow lane gamble is starting to cost them.

Article by Brad Reed for BGR

Given how just about any net neutrality proposals have the potential to inhibitVerizon’s bottom line, you’d think that all the company’s shareholders would be 100% behind its efforts to fight them. However, you’d be wrong — Ars Technica reports that the Nathan Cummings Foundation and Trillium Asset Management LLC, both Verizon shareholders, are not pleased with how Verizon has been responding to the net neutrality controversy.

Medium: Keep Aaron Swartz's dream alive

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 15:30 -- Eva Prkachin

Over two years ago, we lost Internet activist Aaron Swartz to suicide after he was relentlessly persecuted for alleged copyright infringement. Find out how you can best honor Aaron and keep his legacy alive.

Article by Ben Wikler for Medium

Today is two years and a day after the suicide of Aaron Swartz.

Aaron was one of my closest friends. That night was the worst of my life.

TechCrunch: The MPAA is desperate to revive SOPA

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 14:58 -- Eva Prkachin

What kind of underhanded tricks are big media companies using to try and intimidate Google?

Article by Alex Wilhelm for TechCrunch

Corruption in the American Hollywood style is something to behold. Today, Google published a short blog post alleging that the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), alongside a number of film studios, funded what was essentially opposition research about the company. The resulting material was later fed to state attorneys general.

Bloomberg: Is Title II is coming to an Internet near you?

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 15:50 -- Eva Prkachin

FCC Chairman and former Telecom lobbyist Tom Wheeler announced today that upcoming open Internet rules will put an end to Big Telecom's Internet slow lane plan. Let's hope he means it – we'll be watching closely

Article by Lucas Shaw and Todd Shields for Bloomberg

The Federal Communications Commission’s proposal for open-Internet rules will align with a blueprint President Barack Obama offered last month for strong regulation to guarantee Web traffic is treated equally, the head of the agency said.

TorrentFreak: How Internet users are changing laws in Europe

Tue, 01/06/2015 - 16:18 -- Eva Prkachin

The Pirate Party is rewriting copyright laws in Europe

Article by Rick Falvinge for TorrentFreak

For years – nay, for decades – net activists and freedom-of-speech activists have been fighting against the copyright industry’s corrupt initiatives. In country after country, the copyright industry was practically calling out for mail-order legislation, and receiving it every time.

Daily Dot: Just as predicted: state spying leads to censorship

Mon, 01/05/2015 - 15:05 -- Eva Prkachin

Journalists in democracies are self-censoring more and more thanks to mass surveillance

Article by Dell Cameron for The Daily Dot

An alarming study published Monday by one of America's top literary organizations reveals that the percentage of writers living in democratic countries who may be censoring themselves due to government surveillance is approaching levels reported by writers living under authoritarian regimes.