Stop the Secrecy

Freedom of Expression

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Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:45 -- Eva Prkachin

Guest blog by OpenMedia volunteer and community member Joey Levesque

What does Our Digital Future look like?

Recently, OpenMedia came together with over 300,000 Internet users around the world to release Our Digital Future: a Crowdsourced Agenda for Free Expression. Over 40,000 users expressed themselves using our drag-and-drop tool, and the Our Digital Future report reflects those priorities: respect for creators, free expression, and democratic processes.

But we realize that most people don’t have the time to read a 70-page crowdsourced report on the bus on the way to work, or in line at the grocery store - and we want everyone to know what’s currently at stake with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

It's Our Future

Thu, 11/06/2014 - 09:53 -- Eva Prkachin

Over 300,000 Internet users contributed to our crowdsourced vision for free expression online in the 21st century. What matters most to the Internet community? Watch this animated video to find out. Animations by Una Luma Productions, music and sound design by Gabriel Koenig.

Is the FCC about to betray 5+ million people?

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 16:24 -- Josh Tabish

We’ve just learned that U.S. FCC Chair Tom Wheeler is considering a plan that could fall far short of what 5+ million of you have spoken out for: strong, enforceable rules that ban slow lanes on the Internet.1

With an official plan coming from the FCC as early as November 20th, we must act fast to prepare our next steps. We’ve got a rapid-response campaign in the works, but we will need help to make it as loud as possible.

What happens in the U.S. will be seen as an example for other countries worldwide. It’s crucial that we win this fight--if not, Internet slow lanes could quickly expand across the globe.

USA Today: The Internet is updating a very old idea

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 14:30 -- Eva Prkachin

Learn how artists are sidestepping old media empires and using the Internet to make a living off their work

Article by Marco della Cava for USA Today

"The pitch is simple," says Conte, who despite being the company's CEO doesn't currently take a salary because he wants to be able to relate to his users. "People like my videos, some of which can cost me thousands to make. So I just ask, 'How about giving me $1 to help me make my next one?'"

The Verge: Check out "Off the Grid"

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:32 -- Eva Prkachin

This video game uses intuitive learning to teach players about how online information really functions on the Internet - from enhancing our understanding to undermining our privacy.

Article by Andrew Webster for the Verge

In 2011, Rich Metson was a metal worker who was just starting to dabble in the world of coding and open source software. This newfound interest led him to a conference put on by the Internet Society, and in between dry discussions of internet protocols and domain names, he stumbled on a talk by Columbia University professor Eben Moglen. That moment was the first time Metson truly understood the implications of net neutrality and data privacy. He describes the talk as "a rallying cry." And coupled with ongoing events like the Arab Spring uprising, it had a profound influence on him.

Critical Thought: Net Neutrality will save the Internet

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 08:23 -- Eva Prkachin

Big Telecom wants to build an Internet slow lane to squeeze more money out of Internet users. That's bad enough. But there's a much more troubling consequence of restricting Internet traffic, and it threatens to undermine the free flow of knowledge and information that makes the Internet great.

Article by Bob Castleman for Critical Thought

Net Neutrality is often argued in terms of tiered services, equal access, bandwidth throttling, innovation by start ups and other issues related to the mechanics and economics of the Internet. But beneath this raucous fray lies a more dangerous and less talked about issue - that being the control of information in general. How is it that we receive our information and how is it that we decide its value? Through how many filters has the “real story” been passed before it arrives on our devices? What is the difference between The Arab Spring and The Great Firewall of China if not free versus restricted flow of information?

R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to Creators

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 14:33 -- Meghan Sali

This article is a part of a series on the Our Digital Future report, our crowdsourced roadmap for Free Expression that proposes fair and balanced copyright reform for the 21st Century.

You’ve all heard of the term “starving artist,” right?

If you haven’t -- there’s an entire Wikipedia article on it. There are shelves of books that explore the topic: from a starving artist’s diet to a starving artist’s guide to making it in the Big Apple.

Forbes: Could your favourite websites disappear from the Internet?

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 12:40 -- Eva Prkachin

Harsh provisions in this international trade agreement threaten to censor your Internet. Check out what OpenMedia's Cynthia Khoo has to say, and make sure to check out our positive alternative at

Article by Katheryn Thayer for Forbes

The latest threat to digital innovation and free speech online sounds innocuous. And it is a threat that lives in the details, in pages upon pages of leaked documents, still being parsed by legal experts and internet policy advocates.