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Mozilla: We're in an epic battle to save the open Internet. Want to help?

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 12:54 -- Eva Prkachin

Are you wondering what you can do to help prevent Internet Slow Lanes? Well, thanks to our friends at Mozilla, there are plenty of ways to help save Net Neutrality. Check out the link below, and try out our handy Letter-to-the-editor tool at

Article by Mozilla

At Mozilla, we exist to protect the free and open web. Today, that openness and freedom is under threat.

What you said about free expression online

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:42 -- Meghan Sali

This past month, citizens of the Internet took to the web to speak out against the destructive censorship measures in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), using our Internet voice tool. At OpenMedia we love the Internet, and we were so encouraged to see comments expressing concern pour in from all over the world -- we received over 19,000 submissions!

There’s nothing better than when a dedicated community of individuals who are committed to authentic Internet freedom come together and speak out -- I mean, you really get it.

Daily Dot: Free knowledge under threat in Columbian case

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 14:44 -- Eva Prkachin

In an eerily-reminiscent case to that of innovator and Internet freedom advocate Aaron Swartz, this student faces years in prison for sharing an academic paper online. Do you think that's ridiculous? Sound off in the comments.

Article by Rob Price for The Daily Dot

In a story that is troublingly reminiscent of the case of Aaron Swartz, a Colombian graduate student is facing nearly a decade behind bars for sharing academic papers online.

GigaOM: Social media and free expression online under threat in Russia

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 15:38 -- Eva Prkachin

This new law could spell the end of Facebook and Twitter in Russia.

Article by David Meyer for GigaOM

Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed a new law that forces firms operating web services in the country to store Russian citizens’ data there. As the law also makes it possible to block non-compliant services, this may be a precursor to a new wave of internet censorship.

In the battle for the Internet, which side are you on?

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 09:55 -- Josh Tabish

A couple weeks ago, thousands of OpenMedia supporters joined with open Internet advocates and legal experts at Free Press to challenge the Internet slow lane plan being pushed by U.S. Big Telecom giants. Free Press’ team filed a legal challenge in response to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s July 15 deadline for initial comments on proposed net neutrality rules that stand to end the Internet as we know it.

After filing the claim with the FCC, Free Press also published the document on their website. Coming in at over 150 pages, the media reform group has called it “The Definitive Case for Net Neutrality”. While we invite those of you with an appetite for “legalese” to take a close look, here are two key high-level takeaways for those of you who want to be spared the full 150 page experience.

First, to squash the threat of slow lanes on the Internet, and guarantee authentic net neutrality, we have only one choice: reclassify broadband Internet as a Title II common carriage service. Or, to put it simply, we need to pass laws that allow the Internet to be treated the same way as highways, where no company (or other gatekeeper) can say which types of traffic can drive on which roads, and when.

Global Voices: Activists in Vietnam just lost another platform to speak out

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:42 -- Eva Prkachin

Vietnamese activists who are critical of the government are finding themselves blocked from using certain social media sites. Tell us how you feel about this kind of censorship below and make sure to speak out against global Internet censorship at

Article by Duy Hoang for Global Voices

In recent weeks, well-known Vietnamese activists have found themselves suddenly unable to log in to their Facebook accounts. Their personal pages have been suspended for “abuse” even though there was no apparent violation of any Facebook policy.

Motherboard: Meet Marsha Blackburn, Big Telecom's Best Friend in Congress

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 14:04 -- Eva Prkachin

This Tennessee Congresswoman has some scary ideas on the future of the Internet and telecommunications. If she has you concerned, you better speak up at

Article by Ben Makuch for Motherboard

Rep. Marsha Blackburn, the Tennessee Republican, has built a reputation as one of the most conservative members of Congress, especially on tech policy. A strong free market advocate, Blackburn vehemently opposes net neutrality, which she calls "socialistic," and has been a strong critic of what she views as activist Federal Communications Commission policy.

The Top 5 milestones in the fight to stop the Internet slow lane… this week.

Fri, 07/18/2014 - 12:31 -- Eva Prkachin

Earlier this week, the United States Federal Communications Commission (or FCC) extended its deadline for initial comments on rules that would allow Big Telecom conglomerates to force all websites who can’t pay expensive fees for privileged access into an Internet slow lane. The reason for the delay? Internet users around the world spoke out in such great numbers that the FCC’s servers came crashing down.

Needless to say, it’s been a busy week in the fight for authentic net neutrality. So, to get us all up to speed on where the debate currently sits, we’ve summed up some of the most noteworthy events in the last week below. Let us know in the comments if we missed anything!

Ars Technica: 1 Million comments on net neutrality, most since “wardrobe malfunction”

Thu, 07/17/2014 - 14:52 -- Eva Prkachin

Over 1 million people find the prospect of preventing Internet slow lanes titillating.

Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

The FCC's network neutrality proceeding passed the 1 million comment mark today, further cementing its place as one of the most popular topics the commission has ever tackled.

The latest count provided by an FCC spokesperson was 1,030,000 comments, including those filed on the commission website and those sent to an FCC e-mail address ( that accepts comments into the official record. This is the most for a single docket item.