Stop the Secrecy


EFF: We're fighting back against the TPP and we need your help

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 13:56 -- Eva Prkachin

Couldn't make it to today's protest in New York against the TPP? Find out what else you can do to fight Internet censorship.

Article by Maira Sutton for EFF

The next round of secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations begins this Monday, January 26, and runs through the following week at the Sheraton New York Time Square Hotel in downtown Manhattan. As with many previous TPP meetings, the public will be shut out of talks as negotiators convene behind closed doors to decide binding rules that could impact how our lawmakers set digital policy in the decades to come. Big content industry interests have been given privileged access to negotiating texts and have driven the US Trade Representative's mandate when it comes to copyright—which is why the TPP carries extreme copyright measures that ignore users' rights.

Medium: This is how you create change

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 12:43 -- Eva Prkachin

Why the sudden turn-around on the Internet slow lane debate in the U.S.? It's simple: Internet users spoke out.

Article by Susan Crawford for Medium

Five years ago, when the Obama administration was still wet behind the ears and hugely popular, the Obama Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a National Broadband Plan that talked a lot about the magic of spectrum but said almost nothing about competition policy. In particular, the plan did not recommend that the FCC use its authority under the 1996 Telecommunications Act to act like a regulator when dealing with the providers of high-speed Internet access. Nor did the plan mention net neutrality. The idea was, apparently, that focusing on net neutrality — then seen as a polarizing, touchy subject — would doom the success of the plan, which got a big roll-out, a major media push and a splashy new Web site.

Wired: Global Internet at stake in Net Neutrality fight

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 16:26 -- Eva Prkachin

Why we need to win the Internet slow lane battle.
Article by Ambassador Daniel A. Sepulveda

Does the United States act in accordance with the same principles that we advocate to others? The answer needs to be yes.

When it comes to the debate on network neutrality, the world watches what we do at home. That’s one reason that the President’s commitment to network neutrality is so important: In the struggle to protect a global, open, and free internet, we must also protect it at home.

Let’s save online privacy, together

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 13:06 -- Eva Prkachin

Governments around the world just don’t seem to get it.

It’s been nearly two years since Edward Snowden revealed that the United States and their allies, including Canada, had been spying on their own citizens at an unprecedented scale.

It’s been nearly two decades now since the Internet began to transform our society - opening up new avenues for free expression, unbridled creativity, and unrestrained collaboration.

BGR: Verizon's shareholders have had it with their anti-Net Neutrality fight

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 16:01 -- Eva Prkachin

Verizon's Internet slow lane gamble is starting to cost them.

Article by Brad Reed for BGR

Given how just about any net neutrality proposals have the potential to inhibitVerizon’s bottom line, you’d think that all the company’s shareholders would be 100% behind its efforts to fight them. However, you’d be wrong — Ars Technica reports that the Nathan Cummings Foundation and Trillium Asset Management LLC, both Verizon shareholders, are not pleased with how Verizon has been responding to the net neutrality controversy.

Daily Dot: Meet the algorithm that knows you better than your friends

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 15:16 -- Eva Prkachin

Personality algorithms are getting frighteningly accurate.

Article by Jam Kotenko for the Daily Dot

These days, when you want to find out more about someone, the solution is almost automatic. You go to that person's Facebook profile and take a quick (or perhaps extended) gander at that person’s life. At the end of your information expedition, you'll have a better grasp of what that person is like in real life.

The Verge: How the legal response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks could destroy privacy

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 14:52 -- Eva Prkachin

Is the surveillance state about to expand in Europe?

Article by Amar Toor for the Verge

Paris is still very much on edge after last week’s attacks on the offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, which precipitated a three-day manhunt and left 17 dead. Thousands of soldiers have been deployed amid fears of further violence, as government leaders and intelligence officials try to make sense of France's worst terrorist attack in decades.

BoingBoing: David Cameron: banning encrypted chat apps is a terrible, terrible idea

Tue, 01/13/2015 - 15:57 -- Eva Prkachin

Is U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron prepared to deal with the enormous consequences of making chat encryption illegal?

Article by Cory Doctorow for BoingBoing

What David Cameron thinks he's saying is, "We will command all the software creators we can reach to introduce back-doors into their tools for us." There are enormous problems with this: there's no back door that only lets good guys go through it. If your Whatsapp or Google Hangouts has a deliberately introduced flaw in it, then foreign spies, criminals, crooked police (like those who fed sensitive information to the tabloids who were implicated in the hacking scandal -- and like the high-level police who secretly worked for organised crime for years), and criminals will eventually discover this vulnerability. They -- and not just the security services -- will be able to use it to intercept all of our communications. That includes things like the pictures of your kids in your bath that you send to your parents to the trade secrets you send to your co-workers.