Stop the Secrecy


The Intercept:

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:28 -- Eva Prkachin

The USA Freedom Act, which was set to deliver some reforms to the NSA dragnet surveillance program, failed in Congress yesterday. Could this be the first step in a longer, more drawn out battle against invasive government spying?

Article by Dan Froomkin for The Intercept

TOMORROW: Join the Fair Deal Coalition TPP teach-in!

Tue, 11/18/2014 - 11:40 -- Eva Prkachin

TOMORROW: Join the Fair Deal Coalition teach-in! The TPP could be finalized in the coming months, and things are moving fast. That’s why we’d like to invite you to hear representatives from several digital rights groups based in TPP countries share their analysis of the latest leaked text, as well as to lay out the current state of play of the negotiations.

The Guardian: The lame duck is snooping on you

Wed, 11/12/2014 - 16:28 -- Eva Prkachin

Just when they thought you weren't looking - the U.S. Congress is trying to sneak through new privacy-invading legislation.

Article by Trevor Timm for the Guardian

Never underestimate the ability of the “do-nothing” US Congress to make sure it passes privacy-invasive legislation on its way out the door. In December 2012, the Senate re-upped the NSA’s vast surveillance powers over the holidays when no one was paying attention. In December 2013, Congress weakened video-rental privacy laws because Netflix asked them to and nobody noticed.

Is the FCC about to betray 5+ million people?

Wed, 11/05/2014 - 16:24 -- Josh Tabish

We’ve just learned that U.S. FCC Chair Tom Wheeler is considering a plan that could fall far short of what 5+ million of you have spoken out for: strong, enforceable rules that ban slow lanes on the Internet.1

With an official plan coming from the FCC as early as November 20th, we must act fast to prepare our next steps. We’ve got a rapid-response campaign in the works, but we will need help to make it as loud as possible.

What happens in the U.S. will be seen as an example for other countries worldwide. It’s crucial that we win this fight--if not, Internet slow lanes could quickly expand across the globe.