Posts by Sean Meloy

Public Knowledge Participates in the International Day Against DRM

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Public Knowledge is participating in the “International Day against DRM” where groups around the world are discussing the problems with Digital Rights Management, known commonly as DRM. As manufacturers attempt to sneak DRM into more and more products, it is important to remember the ways that DRM limit your right to make use of what you purchase.

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Putting a Stop to NSA Overreach

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Working in coalition with the StopWatching.Us coalition to put a stop to NSA overreach.


Every day, we find out even more about how, and how pervasively, the NSA has been surveilling us and collecting our data. Whether it is your phone or Internet records, whether you reside in the US or not, the NSA has the means and desire to collect and store your data, and even share it with other government entities.

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October 25-26: Come to Washington and Tell Congress to Stop the NSA Overreach!

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Join us in Washington, DC, October 25-26 as we tell Congress to stop the NSA overreach!


STOP. WATCHING. US. That has been the message Public Knowledge and over 100 diverse groups from across the political spectrum have been telling the US government over the last couple months as part of the StopWatching.us coaltion. When the coalition started a few months ago, over 500,000 Americans joined us in asking Congress to find out exactly what is happening with the spying, stop it, and hold those responsible for pushing for such overreach accountable.

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How the NSA’s Overstep Harms the Internet

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It was recently reported that the National Security Agency (NSA) is going above and beyond what should be legal and is spying broadly on people’s internet and phone records.  We think that’s wrong and here’s what you can do to help.


One might think that recent allegations that the NSA is spying on everyone’s internet activity and phone records is just a privacy issue, but it is also an affront to the free flow of information on the internet and jeopardizes our ability to promote the ideals of an open internet abroad.

Any massive collection of information on internet activity, whether it be incidental or directed, is bound to cause some internet users to change their activity. That is wrong. People, both internationally and in the US, shouldn’t have to think twice about what they do, where they go, and what they say on the internet out of fear that the government may be watching. People will now be hesitant to use and create new things, and because of that, the growth of the internet as tool for creativity, innovation and democratic discourse will be stunted.

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