OpenMedia works to keep the Internet open, affordable, and surveillance-free. We create community-driven campaigns to engage, educate, and empower people to safeguard the Internet.
The Internet needs you.
We see the Internet as an open place, equally accessible to everyone, that empowers people to build a more connected and collaborative world.
So why do we need you?
Because, the Internet is in trouble.
How? Well, old-dated businesses and governments want to control the Internet.
The Internet was created for sharing and connecting, not for censorship or surveillance.
If Big Telecom providers control the Internet, they’ll slow down your favorite web services, raise prices, and even censor content or entire platforms. This is not fiction. They’re actively lobbying for legislation that will give them these powers..
On the other hand, governments are using the Internet to spy on you. Security agencies across the world are turning the greatest tool for connectivity that mankind has ever invented into a tool to spy on the private lives of everybody.
Come again? How did I not know about this?
Discussions on the future of the Internet are not easy to follow. Apart from the technical jargon and complicated nature of legislative decisions, many of the big discussions on the future of the Internet happen in closed-door meetings between powerful industry lobbyists and government bureaucrats.
In other words, our government systems don’t make it easy for you to get involved and understand the issues.
Yikes. Ok, so where does OpenMedia come in?
At OpenMedia, we make it simple for you to learn about the issues and amplify your voice for change. We’ve built a community of people who care about the Internet and share their ideas, and we’ve designed tools to help you spread the word and take action.
Wow, this sounds like a ton of work. What can I do?
It IS a ton of work, but we will make it easy for you to learn about what’s happening and then take action with us. We’ve already proven that when thousands of people like you speak up, governments listen. We’ve created some of the most successful online campaigns to keep the Internet open, so we know what works.
The Internet won’t save itself. It needs people like you to save it—to keep it free, open and democratic.
These are the three pillars of Internet rights that guide our work:
In order for everyone to benefit from the open Internet, we need universal access to fast, open and affordable networks. Access to the Internet is a right.
An open Internet is a place of free dialogue and creative expression, a place where we can all connect and collaborate in shaping the solutions to the world’s problems. Censorship and interference—like government takedowns or content blocking—are the enemies of the Internet.
An open Internet is free from mass government surveillance and the reckless treatment of sensitive data. Using the Internet to spy on innocent people without their consent degrades our freedom, security, and democracy.
Want to find out more about our work? Watch this mini-doc produced by the SFU School of Communications and the Centre for Online and Distance Education.