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We’re taking your voice straight to an FCC Commissioner who could stop the Internet slow lane

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 15:49 -- Josh Tabish

We just found out we have a rare and unique opportunity to take your voice straight to decision-makers who have the power to stop Big Telecom’s Internet slow lane plan.

Our Founder and Executive Director, Steve Anderson, will be holding a one-on-one meeting with FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn at an international conference taking place in Ottawa next week. And want to know what you would like us to say to her.

“Cobweb Chains” or Creative Commons: Who do copyright laws really protect?

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 16:58 -- Eva Prkachin

by Reilly Yeo

A lot can happen in 14 years. In that amount of time, we go from kindergarten to college age. We’ve lived just over 14 years since the turn of this millennia, and the Y2K scare probably feels like a distant memory.

Information wants to be free – so it makes sense that when the first monopoly rights to information and knowledge were granted by the 1710 Statute of Anne (the world’s first copyright law) they lasted for a reasonable 14 years. When the booksellers and publishers -- the Big Media entities of the day -- tried to extend their exclusive rights beyond 14 years, the English House of Lords firmly rejected them.

Engadget: Obama speaks out against tiered Internet service

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 16:21 -- Eva Prkachin

Don't let anyone tell you speaking out online doesn't work. Hundreds of thousands of people took a stand against the Internet slow lane. We sent our own Josh Tabish to the White House. Now, look who's talking about creating strong net neutrality laws.

Article by Terrence O'Brien for Engadget

President Obama found a place in the heart of many techies during his first campaign thanks to his staunch support of net neutrality. Six years later the debate still rages on, but Obama's position hasn't changed. During a Q&A in California on Thursday the President reiterated his support for the principle saying:

Together, we made President Obama speak out on the Internet slow lane

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:18 -- Eva Prkachin

It looks like we did it. After our meeting with senior White House officials two weeks ago, U.S. President Barack Obama has spoken out against Big Telecom’s Internet slow lane plan, and voiced support for the open Internet and real net neutrality.

This is a crucial development in the fight to safeguard the open Internet. Obama has the power to stop the slow lane plane, and we need to ensure he doesn't buckle under pressure from Big Telecom lobbyists.

ProPublica: There's something fishy about these blue mystery boxes

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 14:56 -- Eva Prkachin

What's up with these mysterious "Internet suggestion" boxes that are popping up in major U.S. cities?

Article by Robert Faturechi for ProPublica

On a recent Monday evening, two bearded young men in skinny jeans came to a parklet in San Francisco's trendy Hayes Valley neighborhood and mounted what looked like an art installation. It was a bright blue, oversized "suggestion box" for the Internet.

Carpe Internet: creating the web we want

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 15:17 -- Meghan Sali

This June I joined the OpenMedia team as the Campaigns Coordinator for Free Expression. One of my first tasks was setting to work on the Our Digital Future report, a crowdsourced document for moving free expression forward in the 21st century. As the newest member of the troupe fighting Internet injustice, I was incredibly lucky to inherit a project with such amazing potential.

The Our Digital Future report comes straight from Internet users. It pulls together the input of over 40,000 people from 155 countries worldwide who told us they were concerned about both the future of how we share and collaborate online, and how everyday Internet users were being left out of the discussion.

The Guardian: Hong Kong protesters are getting help from this cool app

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 14:58 -- Eva Prkachin

Check out how pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong are using a mobile app to connect with each other.

Article by Archie Bland for the Guardian

Joshua Wong, a 17-year-old student in Hong Kong, had a problem. You will have experienced a version of it yourself: you are at a football match or a gig and you need to find a friend. But the crowd means that the network is overloaded, and you can’t get a signal on your phone. The thing that means you need to call someone is the very thing that means you can’t.

The Guardian: Tim Berners-Lee: the time to save the Internet is now

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 15:30 -- Eva Prkachin

World wide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee is calling for an Internet bill of rights to secure citizens' privacy and prevent government censorship

Article by The Guardian

The inventor of the world wide web has warned that the freedom of the internet is under threat by governments and corporations interested in controlling the web.

Here’s what happened when I went to the White House

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:29 -- Josh Tabish

When we heard we had been invited to meet with senior White House decision-makers about the future of the open Internet, we dropped everything to arrange flights, hotels, and everything else you need to deliver the voices of everyday Internet users to some of the most powerful decision-makers in the world.

We also announced the big news to our community as quickly as possible, and saw an outpouring of support that astounded us, and made our trip possible. Now, 4500 miles, four plane rides, and dozens of cups of coffee later, we have the pictures to prove that we took your voice straight to D.C.![1]

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