Stop the Secrecy


EFF: We Join Dozens of Organizations and Businesses to Protest TPP Copyright Proposals

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 14:54 -- Eva Prkachin

Internet start-ups, educators, tech firms, and advocacy groups are fighting back against the TPP's proposed Internet censorship plan. Check out how the fight is going and add your voice at

Article by Jeremy Malcolm and Maira Sutton for EFF

Today, EFF and its partners in the global Our Fair Deal coalition join together with an even more diverse international network of creators, innovators, start-ups, educators, libraries, archives and users to release two new open letters to negotiators of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

Huffington Post: What the Top-Secret TPP Talks Mean for the Future of the Internet and Democracy

Wed, 07/09/2014 - 13:02 -- Eva Prkachin

The Internet thrives on the ability for users to share and adapt content freely, without fear of unreasonable reprisal. TPP negotiators want to take that power away, and replace it with restrictive laws that would force ISPs to heavily police their users. Help us fight TPP censorship and secrecy by speaking out at

Article by Maira Sutton for the Huffington Post

It's always the most sinister, and yet cowardly things that live in the dark.

Washington Post: In NSA-intercepted data, those not targeted far outnumber the foreigners who are

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 15:01 -- Eva Prkachin

CONFIRMED: NSA spying operations intercept far more data from innocent people than from targeted individuals. What's worse, they keep records on file for an unspecified amount of time, even when they know that you've done nothing wrong. Got a problem with that? Speak out at

Article by Barton Gellman, Julie Tate, and Ashkan Soltani for The Washington Post

Ordinary Internet users, American and non-American alike, far outnumber legally targeted foreigners in the communications intercepted by the National Security Agency from U.S. digital networks, according to a four-month investigation by The Washington Post.

Boing Boing: If you read Boing Boing, the NSA considers you a target for deep surveillance

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 16:18 -- Eva Prkachin

Do you love Internet culture? Are you a fan of great reporting on technology and new trends on the web? Chances are you've read an article or two on If you have, you should be really concerned about NSA spying.

Article by Cory Doctorow for Boing Boing

In a shocking story on the German site Tagesschau (Google translate), Lena Kampf, Jacob Appelbaum and John Goetz report on the rules used by the NSA to decide who is a "target" for surveillance.

The TPP so far

Fri, 07/04/2014 - 15:03 -- Jason Hjalmarson

This week, the latest Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) round began in Ottawa, Canada. In what is becoming a disappointingly familiar story, the talks have been shrouded in near-total secrecy. Only a week ago, the venue changed mysteriously from Vancouver to Ottawa, leading your OpenMedia team to wonder whether TPP organizers were keen to dodge criticism from the many civic interest groups, including ourselves, that call Vancouver home. Despite the snap location change, we’ve been working hard to shed light on how this reckless deal could make the Internet more expensive, censored, and policed. Here’s what we’ve been up to:

Shining a light: our “Bat Signal” at work

Guest Blog: What a PM's selfie, digital surveillance, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo have in Common.

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:47 -- Eva Prkachin

I didn't bother planning anything for my trip to Norway. It was determinedly scheduled like most of my family trips and I arrived ignorantly with visions of vikings, oil wells, and icebergs. But I didn't see any of those things (unless you count Oslo's massive Opera House).

In the downtown of Norway's biggest city, Oslo, across the public square from City Hall, I walked up to accidentally face the Nobel Peace Centre. If you travel to Oslo, I highly recommend visiting.

The museum itself illustrates the history of the Nobel Prize, past laureates and major concerns on peace. The current exhibit, Be Democracy, deals with social media and democracy, making comments on the power of connectivity, individual voice, and questions of security.

Alternet: Think spying only affects those with a guilty conscience? Think again

Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:23 -- Eva Prkachin

Why those who have nothing to hide have everything to fear.

Article by Alyssa Figueroa for Alternet

Since he obtained and published Edward Snowden’s leaked National Security Agency documents a little more than a year ago, journalist Glenn Greenwald said people have told him over and over that government surveillance does not concern them.

These famous Hollywood names are shining a spotlight on TPP censorship

Wed, 06/25/2014 - 15:51 -- Meghan Sali

Unexpected new allies are surfacing in the fight against the anti-democratic Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a secretive and extreme deal that experts say would make the Internet more censored, expensive, and policed.

With the next round of negotiations imminent - taking place in Ottawa from July 3-12 - Hollywood bigwigs including Jay Leno and Ellen Degeneres have implored the community to boycott an iconic Beverly Hills hotel owned by the Sultan of Brunei, one of the original signatories to the TPP in 2005, and the location of a recent round of TPP negotiations that took place last August.