Stop the Secrecy


Ars Technica: Two FCC commissioners just changed the whole game

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 15:04 -- Eva Prkachin

You spoke out in record numbers to stop Big Telecom's slow lane plan. Now, that pressure is having a powerful effect, as FCC commissioners move to ban slow lanes and enshrine wireless net neutrality. Good job! Now read on.

Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

FCC commissioners Jessica Rosenworcel and Mignon Clyburn yesterday called for stronger network neutrality rules than the ones fellow Democrat and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has thus far supported.

EFF: Ignoring global outcry, Australian government veers towards more mass surveillance

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 14:51 -- Eva Prkachin

The Australian government is using bullying tactics, fear, and intimidation to force through draconian new spying powers.

Article by Jeremy Malcolm for EFF

This week, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott used recent terrorist threats as the backdrop of a dire warning to Australians that “for some time to come, the delicate balance between freedom and security may have to shift. There may be more restrictions on some, so that there can be more protection for others.”

The Intercept: The Australian government just doesn't get it

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 16:17 -- Eva Prkachin

The Australian government is stoking fears in order to create new, wide-ranging surveillance powers. Internet, what do you have to say about that?

Article by Glenn Greenwald for The Intercept

If you’re an Australian citizen, you have a greater chance of being killed by the following causes than you do by a terrorist attack: slipping in the bathtub and hitting your head; contracting a lethal intestinal illness from the next dinner you eat at a restaurant; being struck by lightning. In the post-9/11 era, there has been no terrorist attack carried out on Australian soil: not one. The attack that most affected Australians was the 2002 bombing of a nightclub in Bali which killed 88 of its citizens; that was 12 years ago.

Big Telecom releases its army of lobbyists

Tue, 09/23/2014 - 12:45 -- Chris Malmo

Important news from Washington, D.C.: OpenMedia has learned that Big Telecom lobbyists are “sweeping the halls of Congress”, intimidating elected representatives into supporting their Internet Slow Lane plan.

As our expert contact Marvin Ammori hilariously writes, “It's the part of the saga when the Jedi are slaughtered, when Walder Frey massacres the Starks, when the Ministry of Magic falls and the Weasley children die, when the Red Coats round up innocents and burn their homes and take their children. That kind of thing. Just masses and masses of enemies on the move and destroying everything in their path.”

Despite his allusions to some of our favourite stories, this threat is very real and very serious.

Daily Dot: The NSA really, REALLY wanted Yahoo to hand over their subscribers' information.

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 15:23 -- Eva Prkachin

After refusing to hand over subscribers' communications, the NSA threatened to levy unprecedented fines against Yahoo. Just how much money are we talking about? After enough time, literally all of it.

Article by Dell Cameron for the Daily Dot

Last week, we learned from the New York Times that in order to acquire the Internet communications of Yahoo’s customers, the U.S. government was willing to impose a $250,000 per day fine for the company’s noncompliance.

Motherboard: Transparency reports aren't transparent enough yet

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 14:29 -- Eva Prkachin

After the Snowden revelations exposed the depth of NSA spying and the ways that private companies supplied information to government agencies, more and more citizens have been pushing for transparency reports to provide some accountability around how our information is gathered and stored. Here's why we need to push a little harder.

Article by Joseph Cox for Motherboard

In the continued push for transparency post-Snowden, many communications companies and service providers are publishing reports with more details on what sort of data, and how much, they're being asked to hand over to law enforcement.

The Intercept: NZ Government caught red-handed

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 09:40 -- Eva Prkachin

"If you live in New Zealand, you are being watched" - Edward Snowden

Article by Edward Snowden for The Intercept

Like many nations around the world, New Zealand over the last year has engaged in a serious and intense debate about government surveillance. The nation’s prime minister, John Key of the National Party, has denied that New Zealand’s spy agency GCSB engages in mass surveillance, mostly as a means of convincing the country to enact a new law vesting the agency with greater powers. This week, as a national election approaches, Key repeated those denials in anticipation of a report in The Intercept today exposing the Key government’s actions in implementing a system to record citizens’ metadata.

Slate: President Obama needs to lead on Net Neutrality

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 15:57 -- Eva Prkachin

The FCC received 3 million comments about the Internet Slow Lane. Here's why they need 3 million and one.

Article by Marvin Ammori for Slate

The FCC has received more than 3 million comments on Commissioner Tom Wheeler’s controversial plan to rethink net neutrality. If the last couple of million comments are anything like the first 1.1 million, 99 percent of commenters were strongly in favor of protecting net neutrality. They include startups, small businesses, artists, and small- and medium-size broadband providers, among many others.

The Intercept: John Key needs to get his story straight on mass spying

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 17:04 -- Eva Prkachin

If New Zealanders think that their government has been honest with them about bulk surveillance of citizens, new information reveals that they need to think again.

Article by Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher for The Intercept

The New Zealand spy agency, the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB), worked in 2012 and 2013 to implement a mass metadata surveillance system even as top government officials publicly insisted no such program was being planned and would not be legally permitted.

Slate: It's time for Privacy Advocates on the House and Senate Intelligence Committees

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 15:02 -- Eva Prkachin

A little oversight never hurt anybody.

Article by Albert Wong for Slate

“It’s called protecting America,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, chair of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, asserted in June 2013. In the aftermath of the Snowden leaks, she has defended the domestic surveillance conducted by the NSA as something that has “not been abused or misused” and is “essential,” “necessary and must be preserved.”