Canadians deserve a voice in this. And yet their participation is being so blatantly denied. Wanna speak up? Go to https://stopthesecrecy.net/ to demand your voice be heard!
Written by Don Pittis for CBC News
According to a new book called Saving Capitalism, what's wrong with the American economic system has a lot to do with the "Mickey Mouse Protection Act."
And rather than rescuing capitalism, the newly announced Trans-Pacific Partnership deal may simply perpetuate the problems identified by the book's author, public intellectual and former U.S. labour secretary Robert Reich.
Reich's Mickey Mouse act is actually called the Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998. Reich notes that unlike the original purpose of copyright rules, the law does nothing to encourage authors by protecting their efforts during their lifetime. It extends copyright so that a work's rights expire another lifetime after the author.
'The idea of a free market... distinct from government has functioned as a useful cover for those who do not want the market mechanism fully exposed'- Author Robert Reich
Unbelievable. Big Telecom is charging $150 a month for ultra high speed fibre Internet. Now wonder less than 5% of Canadian households have fibre connections, compared to nearly 70% in Japan. When fibre is affordable there’s no doubt that we’ll leap to the new technology the same way they did when we moved from dial-up to broadband. But until then, we can expect Big Telecom to continue holding our digital economy ransom with these outrageous prices and oppressive data caps.
Written by David Friend for The Star
Faster and more capable Internet services are headed your way from some of the country’s biggest telecommunications providers, but the chance you’ll need to jump on a “gigabit” service right away is highly unlikely.
That hasn’t stopped Rogers, Bell and Telus from launching the high-priced and cutting-edge service that offers the ability to download at speeds of up to one gigabit per second.
Expanded spying capacity, increased cost of life-saving prescription drugs in the developing world, and the blurring of the lines between public and private corporations. We are ready to hear the good news...
Do you care about privacy? How do you explain why digital privacy matters to your family or friends who think they have 'nothing to hide'?
Article by Cory Doctorow for The Guardian
On September 13, 2001, four US Senators from both sides of the aisle introduced the first version of the USA Patriot Act, a sweeping, 342-page bill that overturned virtually all US privacy laws and led to the creation of the global, pervasive surveillance programs that Edward Snowden disclosed in June 2013.
At OpenMedia, we believe people can build a more connected and collaborative world through an Internet that is open and equally accessible to everyone. And promoting affordable access for the next 3 billion soon-to-be Internet users plays a huge role in this.
It's not breaking the law anymore when you change the laws you were breaking...right?
Article by Cory Doctorow for Boing Boing
After getting caught breaking its own laws with a mass surveillance program, the French government has introduced legislation that mirrors the NSA's rules, giving it the power to spy on all foreigners -- and any French people who happen to be swept up in the dragnet.
Low, punishing data caps are little more than a license for price-gouging. We need to make them a thing of the past.
Article by TechDirt
Like the boiling frog metaphor, Comcast continues to slowly deploy usage caps in a growing number of uncompetitive markets in the hopes that nobody will notice until it's too late. As noted previously, Comcast has started imposing a 300 GB monthly cap in more than seventeen "trial" markets, after which users have to pay $10 for each additional 50 GB of usage. In a most recent wrinkle, the cable operator has also started offering users the honor of paying $30 if they want to avoid these usage caps entirely. It's a glorified rate hike on what's already some of the most expensive broadband in the world.
Revelations about the hack that allowed Greek politicians to be spied on in 2004 prove how important the debate around encryption policy is.
Article by Trevor Timm for The Guardian
Just as it seems the White House is close to finally announcing its policy on encryption - the FBI has been pushing for tech companies like Apple and Google to insert backdoors into their phones so the US government can always access users’ data - new Snowden revelations and an investigation by a legendary journalist show exactly why the FBI’s plans are so dangerous.