The Internet continues to hold huge potential because it allows open communication, creation, and sharing between individuals. One aspect of that potential lies in people's ability to gain access to information and material. Check out this article as it discusses the Internet's position in the need to open up access to knowledge, while protecting people's privacy. What do you think about the Internet's potential to level the playing field for access to knowledge? Let us know in the comments below.
Google and Twitter transparency reports show increases in government demands for user data and requests to censor Internet users. Google and Twitter have made a positive effort to share how government surveillance operates, but we need more.
U.S. telecom companies are pushing policies that would mean “a lot less public and open WiFi at a time when we actually need much more open access.” Open public WiFi helps improve the Internet’s accessibility and citizens’ opportunities to use it. We need to send a clear message - Internet access and openness are priority: http://openmedianow.net/declaration
The Philippine Supreme Court is reviewing a controversial law described as overly broad and vague that would curb free speech on the Internet. Because of petitions filed by individuals and public interest groups, the law's implementation has been delayed. Let’s continue to call for openness and expression on the Internet - sign and share the Declaration of Internet Freedom: http://openmedianow.net/declaration
Article by Maricel Estavillo for Intellectual Property Watch:
A recent Akamai report indicates that Internet connection speeds are increasing on average. This is a positive development for users as the Internet holds a large place in our lives. However, we still have a long way to go to get the speeds we need. For an accessible and affordable Internet, the pro-Internet community continues to push for improvements in Internet speeds both within and between countries.
Google's Transparency Report reveals the U.S. government (as well as other governments) increased the number of requests for users’ private online information last year…and only 22% of these requests came with warrants. This is a worrying trend for online privacy. Demand your rights be protected - help spread the word and sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom: http://openmedianow.net/declarationhttp://openmedianow.net/declaration
Cable companies (in the U.S.) finally admit that usage limits are not about congestion as they had insisted for years, and as many companies continue to insist.
Unfortunately, individuals in countries around the world still experience limits on their Internet use. We need an open, accessible, and affordable Internet. Spread the word - sign the Declaration of Internet Freedom and stand up for an accessible Internet: http://openmedianow.net/declaration