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In February 2015, after a massive, year-long process, the U.S. Federal Communication Commission voted to protect Net Neutrality by introducing strong open Internet rules, rules Americans of all political stripes supported. 

But now Big Telecom’s bought-and-paid-for lackeys in Congress have buried dangerous loopholes into a bill that could destroy the government’s historic ban on Internet slow lanes.

Turns out the NSA has been spying France since 1995.

Article by Martin Untersinger for The Intercept

PARIS — On Wednesday, France woke up to find that the National Security Agency had been snooping on the phones of its last three presidents.

Top-secret documents provided by WikiLeaks to two media outlets, Mediapart and Libération, showed that the NSA had access to confidential conversations of France’s highest ranking officials, including the country’s current president, François Hollande; the prime minister in 2012, Jean-Marc Ayrault; and former presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac.

The TPP would criminalize your online activity, invade your privacy, and cost you money.

Article by Aimee Chanthadavong for ZDNet

The Australian Productivity Commission has raised concerns about how increasingly stringent intellectual property rights regulations could potentially impose restrictions on bypassing technological protection measures (TPMs), and encourage anti-competitive behaviour.

On Wednesday the U.S. Senate passed the Fast Track bill, which will give Obama the power to fast-track the secretive, internet-censoring Trans-Pacific Partnership. Now more than ever we need to speak out! Tell Trade Ministers not to censor the Internet at StoptheSecrecy.net

Article by Maira Sutton for EFF

A few weeks ago, we reached out to the OpenMedia community for help to crowdfund a billboard to spread awareness about our NoFakeInternet.org campaign, and pressure Facebook into making its controversial Internet.org service one that promotes access to the full, real, open Internet and respects Net Neutrality. 

I’m proud to report that we reached our stretch goal! Just the other day, we saw webcam confirmation that our community’s advertisement was up and running on a key highway in the San Francisco Bay area, one that Facebook execs certainly take on the drive to work.

Nancy Pelosi switches to yes on ‪#‎TAA‬ vote, which paves the way for a final Fast Track vote today. 
The battle to stop ‪#‎FastTrack‬ may be over - but the battle to stop the ‪#‎TPP‬ is just beginning. Speak out now at stopthesecrecy.net

Article by George Zornick for The Nation

The Senate narrowly invoked cloture on fast-track trade legislation Tuesday morning, setting up a final vote Wednesday that will surely send the bill to President Obama’s desk for his signature.

The TPP gives industry lobbyists the power to sue our government in secret form tribunals over any law or regulation they claim affects their future profits. Speak out now at http://StoptheSecrecy.net

Article by David Sirota for the International Business Times 

In promoting a proposed trade pact covering 12 Pacific Rim nations, President Obama has cast the initiative as an instrument of equity. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) would, in his words, “level the playing field” and “give our workers a fair shot.” But critics argue that within the hundreds of pages of esoteric provisions, the deal -- like similar ones before it -- includes a glaring double standard: It provides legal rights to corporations and investors that it does not extend to unions, public interest groups and individuals.

Everyone deserves open networks, universal service funds and unlicensed spectrum. Internet.org does the opposite. Speak out now at NoFakeInternet.org

Article by Arzak Khan for Al Jazeera America 

Internet.org, the partnership between Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Norweigian telecom operator Telenor, seeks to make internet access available to the two-thirds of the world’s population who are not yet connected, and to bring the same opportunities to everyone that the connected world has today. The project was first launched in July 2014 in Zambia followed by Tanzania, Kenya, Colombia, Ghana, India, Philippines, Guatemala, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Malawi.

If you're still a bit confused about the Fast Track bill, check out this great blog from our friends at EFF explaining in full detail the current state of the bill.

Article by EFF

If you're finding it hard to follow the machinations over the Fast Track bill, you're not alone—even Washington insiders are finding it hard to predict the administration's next move, as it changes from day to day. As of this morning, the House of Representatives has passed the Fast Track or Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill—but not the associated Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bill that is a precondition of accepting Fast Track for pro-trade Democrats. This means that it's now up to the Senate to pass both bills if they can, and then to send TAA back to the House, on the strength of the assurance of Republican leaders that they will pass it there too—and that President Obama will wait to see both bills on his desk before he signs either.

An important contribution to the security conversation at a decisive time. 

Article by Geoffrey King for CPJ

On Wednesday, Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression David Kaye will present his report on international legal protection for encryption and anonymity to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The report is an important contribution to the security conversation at a time when some Western leaders are calling for ill-informed and impossible loopholes in technology--a trend that facilitates surveillance and tends to enable states that openly seek to repress journalists.

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