Michael Moore: Flint needs a revolution, not bottled water

Michael Moore, perhaps Flint, MI's most famous son, has written an open letter to people who are heartsick at the thought of a whole generation of mostly poor, mostly black children being given permanent brain damage through lead poisoning, thanks to the deliberate indifference of the state's Republican administration and the greedy people who elected them. Read the rest

Profile of James Love, "Big Pharma's worst nightmare"

Jamie Love is one of the founders of Knowledge Ecology International (formerly the Consumer Project on Technology), a super-effective activist NGO that helped to establish low-cost, global access to HIV/AIDS drugs. Read the rest

Chelsea Manning reviews book of Aaron Swartz's writing

Today is the third anniversary of Aaron Swartz's death, and it was marked by the publication of an anthology of Aaron's writing, The Boy Who Could Change the World: The Writings of Aaron Swartz with an introduction by Lawrence Lessig (I wrote an introduction to one of the sections). Read the rest

TSA transparency activist seeks injunction against mandatory full-body scanners

Ever since the TSA broke the law and abused him, Sai has been suing them over their illegal conduct, forcing them into court and then demonstrating to the court that the agency refuses to play by any rules, even its own. Read the rest

ACT! Congress about to gut privacy protection from CISA "cybersecurity" bill

CISA, the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act, encourages companies to spy on their customers and hand the data to the government, in secret, with full immunity (including immunity for launching cyberattacks at users). Read the rest

A roadmap for killing TPP: the next SOPA uprising!

The Trans Pacific Partnership is the largest "trade deal" in history, negotiated in secret and encompassing many issues unrelated to trade, including rules that make the Internet less secure, easier to censor and spy on, and more subject to corporate dominance. Read the rest

Syria secretly sentenced free software developer Bassel Khartabil to death

Khartabil has been imprisoned in a Syria's Adra Prison since 2012, though as of October, he has been transferred to an undisclosed location. The free software/open culture activist was the lead for Creative Commons Syria and has contributed to Wikipedia, Firefox and many other projects. Read the rest

PRIVACY'S LAST CHANCE: CISA is on the Senate floor NOW and WE MUST KILL IT

Evan from Fight for the Future writes, "The privacy-killing law CISA -- which gives legal immunity to corporations when they share your private data with the U.S. government -- is back on the Senate floor after Internet activists have successfully delayed it many times. This could be our last chance to stop it for good." Read the rest

ORG celebrates its tenth birthday: a decade of UK digital rights!

It's been ten years since Danny O'Brien, Suw Charman and I announced the formation of the UK Open Rights Group at the 2005 Open Tech conference and asked the assembled people to pledge to pay £5/month to help fund a UK-based digital rights group that would fight for their rights online -- and everywhere. Read the rest

Anti-surveillance activists send a drone to pamphlet-bomb an NSA complex in Germany

Intelexit is an activist group whose mission is to get spies to quit their jobs; they've recently installed billboards around spy complexes in the US and UK. Read the rest

#BlackLivesMatter activists are monitored by U.S. Homeland Security and cybersecurity firms

In a Reddit AMA, activists DeRay McKesson, Johnetta Elzie and ACLU’s Nus Choudhury talked policing and police reform in America, and surveillance of activists.

Clever street art celebrating same-sex marriage ruling

Celebratory street art spotted in San Francisco's Castro District, an iconic epicenter of LGBTQ culture. Read the rest

New York nears settlement with local Muslim leaders over spying lawsuit

The city is nearing a settlement with several Muslim clerics who filed a 2013 federal discrimination lawsuit alleging illegal NYPD spying.

Librarians, hackers and privacy activists gather in San Francisco, June 29/30

The day after this year's American Library Association conference in San Francisco, the Noisebridge Hackerspace will host lawyers, hackers, librarians, and privacy ninjas in a two-day workshop on reinventing libraries' mission in the age of surveillance.

Less than a day left to kill Paraguay's mass surveillance bill

Katitza from EFF writes, "Paraguay is at a vitally important digital civil liberties crossroads, and we're calling on all Paraguayans to help! " Read the rest

Screw the techno-determinists -- give me hope instead

In my latest Guardian Column If one thing gives me hope for the future, it’s the cause of ​internet freedom, I talk about the myth that technology activists are "techno-determinists" -- we fight not because we know we'll win, but because we believe there's a possibility that we might not lose. Read the rest

URGENT: Senate backtracks on TPP fasttrack -- call Congress to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership

Just days after the Senate rejected the Obama administration's bid to fast-track the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership, they've backtracked, and now they're getting ready to rush fast-track through. Read the rest

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