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U.S. Public Interest Groups Blast United Nations Telecom Agency's Stab At Transparency

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Monday, July 16 2012

The International Telecommunications Union's Friday proposal to publish a single document online that would track the proposed changes to an international telecom agreement affecting some fundamental aspects of the operations of the Internet before member states meet in December is inadequate, said two U.S. public interest groups Monday. Read More

Gene Kimmelman To Join Global Partners & Associates

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Tuesday, July 10 2012

London-based Global Partners & Associates, a British group that provides political and digital consulting and training to emerging democracies, has hired one of the Obama Administration's top antitrust officials. Read More

Internet Defense League Hopes to Man a "Bat Signal" for Citizens of the Internet

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Friday, June 1 2012

Maybe "cat signal" is a more apt description. Image: Internet Defense League

Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and the U.S. activist group Fight for the Future have launched the the Internet Defense League, an initiative to grow a list of website owners willing to use their sites to urge visitors to take action whenever the signal — let's call it a cat signal — goes out to warn against something that may change the structure of the net as we know it. Read More

Editorial: How @Google And Friends Can Build Local Internet Power

BY Micah L. Sifry | Monday, March 26 2012

Poster from Google's Take Action page against SOPA/PIPA

Just over two months ago, somewhere around 10 million people emailed, called, faxed and otherwise cajoled their Members of Congress to express their opposition to the Stop Online Privacy (SOPA) and Protect IP (PIPA) Acts. An approximated 115,000 websites either went "dark" or joined the campaign in related ways, with Google, Wikipedia, Firefox, Wordpress, and Tumblr all playing leading roles. In two days, legislation that had been moving through Congress like a dose of salts was withdrawn from consideration, with dozens of Members suddenly announcing their opposition, including many who had originally supported the bills. The Internet had won, at least this once. Micah Sifry asks, now what? He writes: "We urgently need a conversation about one other huge piece of the puzzle: What's going to happen with all those email addresses Google and the other anti-SOPA groups collected from people who responded to their call to action on January 18th?" Read More

Geeks Gear Up To Fight Online IP Bills, PIPA, SOPA

BY Sarah Lai Stirland | Wednesday, January 11 2012

Picture: Isaac Mao

Activists advocating an open Internet and worried that the Senate could fast-track a controversial online intellectual property protection bill are coalescing on the web and getting together to set up meetings with their ... Read More