Stop the Secrecy


Motherboard: Hundreds of Cities Are Wired With Fiber—But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unused

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 15:00 -- Eva Prkachin

Cable companies' back-door dealing is keeping cities from using their own super-fast fiber networks.

Article by Jason Koebler for Motherboard

In light of the ongoing net neutrality battle, many people have begun looking to Google and its promise of high-speed fiber as a potential saving grace from companies that want to create an "internet fast lane." Well, the fact is, even without Google, many communities and cities throughout the country are already wired with fiber—they just don't let their residents use it.

Contextly: Why Contextly is Fighting for An Open Internet

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 14:40 -- Eva Prkachin

Internet start-up Contextly founder Ryan Singel explains how allowing Internet Slow Lanes could harm innovation on the web, hurt the economy

Article by Ryan Singel for Contextly

Back before the iPhone app store and then Google’s Android app store, building software to run on mobile phones was a loser’s game. You had to get the permission from Verizon or AT&T, and then you might have to sign an exclusivity deal and share profits and be at their whim.

We couldn’t have done this without you

Tue, 06/03/2014 - 09:49 -- Eva Prkachin

A few years ago, we at OpenMedia began to realize that fighting against efforts to shut down the open Internet wasn’t enough - we needed to clearly articulate what we were fighting for.

And we needed to do this with you, our amazing pro-Internet supporters.

Since then, we’ve experimented with lots of different ways to crowdsource our plans, and create positive alternatives together. Our drag-and-drop free expression tool was the latest example, enabling us to work together to shape new rules for sharing and collaborating online in the 21st century.

What do the Good Wife, Justin Bieber, and Internet Freedom have in common?

Fri, 05/30/2014 - 10:47 -- Thanh Lam

If you're a fan of the Good Wife like me, you're not only still mourning the death of Will Gardner, you're also reeling from last week's season finale cliffhanger (will Diana, Alicia, and Cary finally become one firm!?) With its well-crafted dialogue and character-driven plot, the Good Wife is arguably one of the best television shows out there.

But there's also another reason why the Good Wife constantly delivers: it's consistently in touch with tech trends, news, and controversies. From parodying the NSA to trying to unearth the mysterious identity of Bitcoin's "creator", the show's creators know how to smartly portray the intricacies and, at times, dangers, of living in an increasingly monitored and censored online world in which Internet freedom is constantly threatened.

Crashing Down to Earth.

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 13:54 -- Eva Prkachin

In 2013, Canadian astronaut and all around cool dude Commander Chris Hadfield sang, recorded, and filmed a cover of David Bowie’s stargazing classic “Space Oddity.” The music video was a fitting tribute to the Bowie hit and Hadfield’s time aboard the International Space Station. On the anniversary of his return to Earth, Hadfield’s one-year license to use the song expired and he was forced to take the video down from YouTube.

Technology has enabled us to send a man into space for months at a time, where, in addition to conducting important scientific research, he shared his experiences with the rest of us on the ground via social media and live satellite feeds. Despite these incredible technological advances, laws for sharing and collaborating online have lagged behind for decades, resulting in scenarios like the above. Here’s a brief run-down of why rules for sharing and collaborating online need to be modernized and what you can do to help.

Use the Internet to save the Internet - and win an incredible pro-Internet prize pack

Thu, 05/29/2014 - 10:11 -- Thanh Lam

At OpenMedia, we love sharing and collaborating with our global community when it comes to formulating effective and game changing digital policy.

That means using the Internet to save the Internet. It also means reaching out to one another, to converse, to deliberate and of course, to combine our own unique strengths -- as well as sharing our weaknesses -- to create something that's bigger and more beautiful than our own individual efforts: a citizen-created plan for a positive and inclusive digital future.