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Washington Post: Speaking out of both sides of their mouths

Thu, 12/18/2014 - 16:25 -- Eva Prkachin

Big Telecom can't get their story straight on the Internet slow lane

Article by Brian Fung for the Washington Post

In the past week, I've written a bit about how broadband industry execs are telling Washington one thing about strict net neutrality while suggesting something else to Wall Street. The companies are telling investors that they'll keep making their networks better, just like always — even if federal regulators adopt aggressive Internet rules. But that's not what regulators are hearing from the companies, who are telling them that those same rules would depress investment in the network and hurt consumers.

The Knight Foundation: Here's the whole Internet slow lane debate distilled

Wed, 12/17/2014 - 16:51 -- Eva Prkachin

Are you looking for some talking points to explain Net Neutrality to your family over the holiday table? Check out this invaluable resource.

Article by the Knight Foundation

The debate over regulation of the Internet may be one of the most important of our day. Companies that have invested billions in Internet infrastructure contend that they need the ability to manage their networks, prioritizing some content over others to maintain service, and charging for higher speeds.

Advocates of net neutrality see the Internet as a utility, essential for individual learning, working, civic participation and free expression, as well as economic competition and innovation – too important to have fast lanes and slow lanes, with the fastest speeds going to the highest bidder.

Who is the real Goliath here?

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 15:51 -- Eva Prkachin

Last week’s massive email leak at Sony revealed a number of unsavoury things about the company from the racist comments of Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal, to the company’s scramble to avoid provoking an international incident in the upcoming Judd Apatow comedy The Interview, to the fact that Oscar-winner and A-lister Jennifer Lawrence was paid less than her male counterparts in American Hustle.

It also provided some pretty hilarious celebrity inside gossip, like that George Clooney is super sad that no one liked The Monuments Men, Sony thinks Adam Sandler is terrible, too, and that Channing Tatum writes emails to studio executives like an 18-year old frat boy (to be fair, if I was Channing Tatum I’d totally write emails like that).

Of particular concern to us, however, is a series of legalese-laden email exchanges laying out a detailed plan to go after a company they refer to mysteriously as ‘Goliath’. From the leaked emails, we can ascertain that ‘Goliath’ is a massive Internet search engine one might use to find links to copyrighted material online.

The Internet is at a turning point and here’s some good news

Tue, 12/16/2014 - 14:59 -- Chris Malmo

Hi there, I’m Chris Malmo, a grassroots development coordinator at OpenMedia, and it’s my job to help our community interact and communicate with our team.

It’s been a big year for your OpenMedia team, but I’d like to step back and think about what it all means and the movement we’re a part of.

As the first generation to come online, we have a responsibility to leave the best possible Internet for future people with dreams just like ours.

Washington Post: Will changes in the U.S. ruin your Internet?

Mon, 12/15/2014 - 16:40 -- Eva Prkachin

If the U.S. allows Big Telecom to build an Internet slow lane, how will the rest of the world be affected?

Article by Nancy Scola for The Washington Post

Two human rights professors at the George Washington University Law School have come up with that rarest of unicorns in the debate over net neutrality: a novel argument.

EFF: There's no excuse for secrecy at the TPP

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 15:00 -- Eva Prkachin

The European Union has taken a huge leap towards transparency in releasing the text of a trade deal affecting member nations. Now, it's time for Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiators to do the same and stop the secrecy.

Article by Maira Sutton for the EFF

EFF joins 47 other civil society groups and experts from around the world to call on trade ministers of countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to publish the current draft of the agreement, as well as all nations' negotiating positions. The TPP has been negotiated in secret for the last five years. But we know from several leaks of its Intellectual Property chapter that it contains various provisions that pose wide-ranging threats to users' rights to free speech and privacy online.

BGR: Big Telecom is trying to scare you

Thu, 12/11/2014 - 14:29 -- Eva Prkachin

Halloween's over, guys.

Article by Brad Reed for BGR

With a renewed push to reclassify ISPs as common carriers under Title II of the Telecommunications Act, the cable industry has ramped up its public relations blitz to convince you that Title II reclassification is the single scariest proposal in the history of the world. Ars Technica’s Jon Brodkin points us to a new ad funded by the National Cable and Telecommunications Association that is just about the least convincing argument against Title II reclassification that we can imagine.

Heading to D.C. to show decision-makers that Internet users ‘gon run this town.

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 14:27 -- Eva Prkachin

This post is from OpenMedia and does not represent the Fair Deal Coalition.

On behalf of OpenMedia and our growing international community of supporters, I have been given a fantastic opportunity to deliver the voices of everyday Internet users to people in power. As you read this, I am sitting on a plane en route to Washington, D.C., where I will meet with some of the most important decision-makers in the world on digital rights issues, including negotiators from several participating Trans-Pacific Partnership countries.

At OpenMedia, we talk a lot about “delivering voices” of citizens to decision-makers. And that’s because it’s integral to the way that we are able to help people be heard and make change in our society. Whether the issue is Big Telecom’s Internet slow lane plan, the TPP’s extreme Internet censorship, or out-of-control government spying, we make sure your voice gets as close to decision-makers as possible.

Celebrating our Community

Mon, 12/08/2014 - 12:14 -- Jes Simkin

One of the best parts about our work at OpenMedia is our community -- that’s you!

But seriously, whether it’s on Access, Privacy, or Free Expression work, our job is to make your voice heard and have you be a part of the change-making process.

This is exactly why the Our Digital Future crowdsourced report project has been so moving. Over a span of two years, over 300k of you participated from over 155 countries - making this our largest crowdsourcing project yet.