While U.S. President Obama says there is nothing secret in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), he asks Congress to "fast track" the agreement.
Article by Evan Greer for The Guardian
Last week, the president, who claims he’s running the most transparent administration in history, went on the record saying there’s nothing secretin the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), as he asked Congress for special authority to “fast track” the agreement.
Today, OpenMedia has launched a new campaign to stand with Internet users around the world who opposeplans by Facebook to control what billions see, read, and hear online. For years, we’ve worked with our community and Internet freedom groups around the world to ensure that people everywhere have access to the real Internet – the free and open web. This is why we are taking a stand with Internet users in places like India and Latin Americawho oppose Facebook’s blocking scheme, and we are asking Internet users around the world to stand with them.
While we support the goal of bringing affordable Internet access to the next 3 billion people who currently lack access, Internet users and OpenMedia community members have told us they have deep concerns about Facebook’s controversial Internet.org platform. Experts and advocates agree that this closed platform threatens innovation, free expression, and privacy online – and fundamentally violates the principles of net neutrality.
Yesterday the Save the Link network launched, to great success. The global network has been months in the making, and aims to bring together civil society organizations, web businesses, and everyday Internet users to rally around one of the fundamental building blocks of the Web: the hyperlink.
To many Internet users, it seems surprising that this is even a conversation that we need to be having, considering that links are essentially “critical infrastructure” to our online lives; they’re the equivalent of roads, moving people around the Web and allowing us to access the greatest collection of knowledge and culture the world has ever seen.
Article by Charlie Savage and Jonathan Weisman for the New York Times
WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court in New York on Thursday ruled that the once-secret National Security Agency program that is systematically collecting Americans’ phone records in bulk is illegal. The decision comes as a fight in Congress is intensifying over whether to end and replace the program, or to extend it without changes.
In a 97-page ruling, a three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit held that a provision of the USA Patriot Actknown as Section 215 cannot be legitimately interpreted to allow the bulk collection of domestic calling records.
Sound the alarm! Facebook and Big Telecom providers are pushing a new service that will block over 3 billion soon-to-be Internet users from the websites, apps and services that we love online. Get the word out now:
Article by Josh Levy for Wired.com
THIS WEEK FACEBOOK CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that Internet.org, its marquee project to “connect two-thirds of the world that don’t have internet access,” is now inviting any website or service to join the program. According to Zuckerberg, this change—which follows criticism that the program violates Net Neutrality principles—would “give people even more choice and more free services, while still creating a sustainable economic model to connect every single person in the world.”
You've all seen the message: "This content is not available in your area." Well it could become the new norm if we don't fight back against terrible amendments to the European Union’s Copyright Directive that would fundamentally undermine our right to link all over the world. Give us an Internet free from borders and discrimination:#SaveTheLink
Article by Julia Reda
National borders on the web are here to stay: The Commission’s draft strategy falls far short of establishing a digital single market in Europe – this is my assessment of the draft digital single market strategy which was leaked by Politico yesterday.
Under pressure from Internet users around the world, Facebook are adding new services to their controversial Internet.org project. But shouldn’t people everywhere have full open access to the Internet we know and love - and not just to Zuckerberg’s pale imitation of it? A company like Facebook should not be allowed to control what millions of users see and hear online when they access the Internet for the first time.
Article by BBC News
Facebook says it will allow more websites and other online services to join its "free mobile data" Internet.org scheme.
Lobbyists for old media conglomerates have a plan to censor links across the Internet.
The new regulations envisioned in this scheme aim to restrict our right to link to content and services of our choosing. If these new censorship powers are put into place it will fundamentally change the Web.
These are the missing stories from the 301 Blacklist, a U.S. report that bullies other countries to push them into adopting stronger intellectual property laws. Check it out!
Article by EFF
Every year, the United States publishes a report on countries that, in the opinion of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), fail to give “adequate and effective” protection to U.S. holders of intellectual property rights. This Special 301 Report names and shames nations that do not meet a vague and impossibly high standard of IP enforcement, and implies that the U.S. and its trade partners should punish them for failing to enact more draconian copyright, patent, and trademark restrictions.