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With soaring Internet fees and a growing digital divide, New York is taking a step in the right direction. But we deserve open and affordable Internet access to become a common and widespread aspect of daily life. New York's mayor puts it well, “to become the world’s leading digital city...universal access to high-speed Internet is one of the core building blocks of that vision.” With your help, we’re working to make this vision a reality in the new year and beyond.


Article by Sarah Frier and Henry Goldman for Bloomberg:

Looking back at 2012 you should feel proud of what you've been part of. For example, our friends at Electronic Frontier Foundation put together this review of a winning against online spying in Canada:

This year we spoke out decisively and clearly to bureaucrats and lobbyists: Don't touch our Internet, our privacy, our future.

~Thank you for being a part of this.

Article by Kevin Collier for the Daily Dot:

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.

Check out this volunteer-made video of our own Reilly Yeo, who explains why the open Internet is so important. Spread it around to show why your involvement in our digital future is crucial.

*Whether it's making a video like this one or simply sharing a link, we're so proud of the work this community does—keep it up!

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.

Thanks to support from Knowledge Ecology International (KEI) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), I had a chance to attend the latest round of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, from December 3rd to the 12th, in Auckland, New Zealand. I agreed to attend and make a presentation to the negotiators.

Earlier this week we posted about what the Internet will look like under the TPP, and how this secretive agreement will allow Big Media to criminalize your Internet use.

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." 
Help us continue to work for you by making a contribution to OpenMedia at and read more of Christina's story here.

Christina - OMca

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.