Stop the Secrecy


Engadget: Is the tide turning against bulk surveillance?

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 16:36 -- Eva Prkachin

Senator Ron Wyden to Silicon Valley panel: "It is time to end the digital dragnet". We couldn't agree more.

Article by Cyrus Farivar for Ars Technica

Speaking at the gym at the high school where he used to play basketball in the 1960s, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) gave a dire warning to a group of students and locals on Wednesday about the effects of government spying on Silicon Valley: "There is a clear and present danger to the Internet economy."

Engadget: Obama speaks out against tiered Internet service

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 16:21 -- Eva Prkachin

Don't let anyone tell you speaking out online doesn't work. Hundreds of thousands of people took a stand against the Internet slow lane. We sent our own Josh Tabish to the White House. Now, look who's talking about creating strong net neutrality laws.

Article by Terrence O'Brien for Engadget

President Obama found a place in the heart of many techies during his first campaign thanks to his staunch support of net neutrality. Six years later the debate still rages on, but Obama's position hasn't changed. During a Q&A in California on Thursday the President reiterated his support for the principle saying:

The Guardian: Spies, gag orders, and the decline of American privacy

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 16:04 -- Eva Prkachin

This U.S. government agency has been accessing the private information of countless Americans, and the companies that they forced to help them can't even let you know about it.

Article by Trevor Timm for The Guardian

The most consequential civil liberties case in years is being argued before three judges in California on Wednesday, and it has little to do with the NSA but everything to do with taking away your privacy in the name of vague and unsubstantiated “national security” claims.

Together, we made President Obama speak out on the Internet slow lane

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:18 -- Eva Prkachin

It looks like we did it. After our meeting with senior White House officials two weeks ago, U.S. President Barack Obama has spoken out against Big Telecom’s Internet slow lane plan, and voiced support for the open Internet and real net neutrality.

This is a crucial development in the fight to safeguard the open Internet. Obama has the power to stop the slow lane plane, and we need to ensure he doesn't buckle under pressure from Big Telecom lobbyists.

ProPublica: There's something fishy about these blue mystery boxes

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 14:56 -- Eva Prkachin

What's up with these mysterious "Internet suggestion" boxes that are popping up in major U.S. cities?

Article by Robert Faturechi for ProPublica

On a recent Monday evening, two bearded young men in skinny jeans came to a parklet in San Francisco's trendy Hayes Valley neighborhood and mounted what looked like an art installation. It was a bright blue, oversized "suggestion box" for the Internet.

The Intercept: You and me and the NSA makes three (at least)

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 15:04 -- Eva Prkachin

Looking for a great afternoon read? Check out this long-form piece by James Bamford about his experiences with the NSA.

Article by James Bamford for the Intercept

The tone of the answering machine message was routine, like a reminder for a dental appointment. But there was also an undercurrent of urgency. “Please call me back,” the voice said. “It’s important.”

Washington Post: Librarians to NSA: Don't mess with library users

Fri, 10/03/2014 - 16:07 -- Eva Prkachin

Librarians across the U.S. are outraged about government surveillance, and have been using their awesome shushing powers to fight back against invasive spying

Article by Andrea Peterson for The Washington Post

In September 2003, Attorney General John Ashcroft called out the librarians. The American Library Association and civil liberties groups, he said, were pushing "baseless hysteria" about the controversial Patriot Act. He suggested that they were worried that spy agencies wanted to know "how far you have gotten on the latest Tom Clancy novel."

The Guardian: The FBI is not happy with Apple

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 14:32 -- Eva Prkachin

The FBI is crying foul over new encryption standards on iPhones. But it wasn't that long ago that they were advising everyone to encrypt their data to keep the bad guys out. Flip flop much?

Article by Trevor Timm for The Guardian

Much of the world has been enthralled by the new iPhone 6, but civil liberties advocates have been cheering, too: Along with iOS 8, Apple made some landmark privacy improvements to your devices, which Google matched with its Android platform only hours later. Your smartphone will soon be encrypted by default, and Apple or Google claim they will not be able open it for anyone – law enforcement, the FBI and possibly the NSA – even if they wanted to.

The Guardian: Tim Berners-Lee: the time to save the Internet is now

Tue, 09/30/2014 - 15:30 -- Eva Prkachin

World wide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee is calling for an Internet bill of rights to secure citizens' privacy and prevent government censorship

Article by The Guardian

The inventor of the world wide web has warned that the freedom of the internet is under threat by governments and corporations interested in controlling the web.

Here’s what happened when I went to the White House

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 14:29 -- Josh Tabish

When we heard we had been invited to meet with senior White House decision-makers about the future of the open Internet, we dropped everything to arrange flights, hotels, and everything else you need to deliver the voices of everyday Internet users to some of the most powerful decision-makers in the world.

We also announced the big news to our community as quickly as possible, and saw an outpouring of support that astounded us, and made our trip possible. Now, 4500 miles, four plane rides, and dozens of cups of coffee later, we have the pictures to prove that we took your voice straight to D.C.![1]