The battle over Internet rights has only just begun.
For all intents and purposes, the movement was created in January 2012, when millions of ordinary citizens saw, talked about, and complained to their representatives in Congress that the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) could end the Web as they knew it. The newfound Internet rights campaign success was a "victory for democracy" in the U.S., and five months later, Europe experienced its own version.
This community has been taking strides toward more open and affordable Internet access worldwide – but big industry lobbyists are pushing to do things like meter (read: discourage) your Internet use, and charge you more for less. That's one reason it's so important that together, we keep using the Internet to save the Internet.
Article by Gerry Smith for the Huffington Post:
The cable industry wants Internet users to go on a diet.
Our online privacy came under siege in 2012, but together we're building an amazing Internet freedom community to push back and protect our digital rights. There's a lot to do in 2013, but we have incredible momentum—we at OpenMedia are so excited to stand with you this year.
We asked our community to share stories about why they support our work as part of our yearly December Allies Drive. Christina Bub of Ontario, Canada had this to say:
"OpenMedia does all the leg-work – they tear down the hurdle that prevents people from taking action, so their campaigns reflect the true number of like-minded people who care about the open Internet."
Last week, the 15th round of negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership wrapped up in New Zealand. The secretive agreement, which has allowed for very little public input, will provide new ways for Big Media to criminalize your Internet use. Concerned about what the Internet will look like under the TPP? You should be.