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ICYMI: Yesterday marked the 2-year anniversary of Edward Snowden's revelations on NSA spying. 

Article by Edward Snowden for The New York Times

MOSCOW — TWO years ago today, three journalists and I worked nervously in a Hong Kong hotel room, waiting to see how the world would react to the revelation that the National Security Agency had been making records of nearly every phone call in the United States. In the days that followed, those journalists and others published documents revealing that democratic governments had been monitoring the private activities of ordinary citizens who had done nothing wrong.

Big win! Paraguayan data retention law #Pyraweb was rejected and achieved. This comes a few days after OpenMedia signed an open letter with more than 60 organizations urging the Senate to repeal it. 

Article by EFF

On Thursday morning, the Paraguayan Senate defeated a mandatory data retention bill that would have compelled local ISPs to retain communications and location details of every user for a period of 12 months.

A version of this article by our Meghan Sali was originally published at Common Ground and Rabble.ca 

One of the big promises we were made about the Internet was its potential to revolutionize the way that we interact with the world around us. The Internet enables us to transcend our physical restrictions and travel the world; it allows us to access and ingest research, art, culture and knowledge that would have in the past been stored in libraries and other physical archives, inaccessible to many.

Modernizing copyright laws in Europe is like solving a riddle, when so many of us are no longer only consumers but also creators, editors, publishers, and also, criminals. 
Learn more below about how copyright law works in the digital age and tell decision makers to vote against this link censorship scheme now: SaveTheLink.org

Two years after Edward Snowden's disclosures, today the Senate passed the most significant surveillance reform in decades. However experts caution that the Bill is fundamentally flawed - so we still have a long way to go to stop mass surveillance and win back our privacy rights. 

Article by Sabrina Siddiqui for The Guardian

The US Senate on Tuesday passed a bill that would end the bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records, the most significant surveillance reform for decades and a direct result of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations to the Guardian two years ago.

Rules affecting the net should not be made in secret. Speak out about secretive, internet-censoring Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at StoptheSecrecy.net

Article by Meghan DeMaria for The Week

In a statement released Tuesday, WikiLeaks announced that it is offering a crowd-sourced $100,000 reward for the "missing chapters" of President Obama's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal.

One man's revelations stirred a national debate about government surveillance. A debate that ended up sweeping U.S. surveillance powers. 

Article by Dan Roberts and Ben Jacobs

Sweeping US surveillance powers, enjoyed by the National Security Agency since the aftermath of the 2001 terrorist attacks, shut down at midnight after a dramatic Senate showdown in which even the NSA’s biggest supporters conceded that substantial reforms were inevitable.

A new report from the United Nations has underlined the importance of encryption and anonymity in the digital age. Penned by a UN special rapporteur on freedom of expression, the document underlines the importance of private communications and calls on member states to protect their use under law.

Article by Techdirt

Zuckerberg’s fake Internet.org puts privacy, security and the freedom of expression of internet users at risk. Speak out at NoFakeInternet.org

Article by Adnan Ahmad Chaudhri for Digital Rights Foundation 

On May 28th, Telenor Pakistan (a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Norwegian telecommunications Telenor Group) formally announced that it had partnered with Facebook on the latter’s Internet.org initiative.

The TPP is NOT a trade agreement, so let's not call it at such. Speak out if you are against global Internet censorship at StopTheSecrecy.net

This is a message to activists trying to fight the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Stop calling the TPP a “trade” agreement. TPP is a corporate/investor rights agreement, not a trade agreement. Trade is a good thing; TPP is not. Every time you use the word trade in association with the TPP, you are helping the other side.