BREAKING: Fast Track and the TPP have been derailed

Tue, 05/12/2015 - 11:54 -- Meghan Sali

BREAKING: Obama’s own Senators have just put the brakes on Fast Track and the TPP, potentially derailing the process for the foreseeable future.

Slated for debate in the Senate this afternoon, President Obama’s Trade Promotion Authority Bill, better known as ‘Fast Track Legislation,’ was shut down before it even reached the floor, effectively derailing the plan to pass the Bill as soon as possible and demonstrate momentum to the 11 other countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The Independent: Skynet exists, and it monitors your phone records

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 15:34 -- Soledad Vega

If you visit airports or swap SIM cards often, you might be flagged by "Skynet", not Terminator's intelligence computer defense system, but NSA's secret program that analyzes location and metadata from phone records to detect potentially suspicious patterns.

Article by Louis Dore for The Independent

The NSA has been revealed to have developed a secret program called Skynet, which attempted to identify terrorist connections.

The program, unlike it’s Terminator namesake, has not attempted to overthrow humanity, but has tracked the movements of people within Pakistan from cellphone records and warned when those activities matched movements of suspected Al Qaeda couriers.

Huffington Post: Tomorrow Senators should say NO to Fast Track

Mon, 05/11/2015 - 13:15 -- Soledad Vega

If you want Internet freedom, help stop the Fast Track bill that would allow Obama to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other harmful rigged corporate agreements into law before Congress or the people see them:

Article by Ellen R. Shaffer for the Huffington Post

Senators should vote this Tuesday to stop the "Fast-Track" bill/Trade Promotion Authority Act (TPA), which would lock in the president's power to negotiate trade deals in secret, consulting with privileged corporate advisors but without input from the public, or Congress. 

SALON: Former U.S. Secretary of Labour Robert Reich has some more bad news on the TPP

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 20:20 -- Soledad Vega

No Big Industry interests were harmed in the making of this agreement.

Article by Robert Reich for Salon

Have we learned nothing from thirty years of failed trickle-down economics?

By now we should know that when big corporations, Wall Street, and the wealthy get special goodies, the rest of us get shafted.

Guardian: Where's the irony Obama?

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 16:17 -- Soledad Vega

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.

How Facebook is blocking 3 billion soon-to-be Internet users from the REAL web

Fri, 05/08/2015 - 11:19 -- Josh Tabish

No Fake Internet: Why We’re Taking Action

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 platform. Experts and advocates agree that this closed platform threatens innovationfree expression, and privacy online – and fundamentally violates the principles of net neutrality.

Saving the Link: what we've accomplished so far, and where we're headed

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 21:53 -- Meghan Sali

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.

NY TIMES: Good news. U.S. Federal Appeals Court rules the NSA phone data collection illegal

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 13:37 -- Soledad Vega

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.

Facebook's isn't the Internet, it's Facebooknet

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 10:22 -- Soledad Vega

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

THIS WEEK FACEBOOK CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that, 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.” 

"This content is not available in your area" could become the norm.

Tue, 05/05/2015 - 13:24 -- Soledad Vega

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.