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EFF: Which companies will protect you from copyright and trademark bullies?

Who's protecting your speech against false copyright or trademark complaints? EFF finds out which companies are willing to go to bat for you. Report by EFF When somebody wants to silence speech, they often use the quickest method available. When the speech is hosted on a major online platform, that method is usually a copyright or trademark complaint. For many years, EFF has worked with people whose lawful speech has been unfairly targeted by these sorts of complaints. We've observed that some approaches tend to work better than others in preventing that sort of deliberate abuse, as well as the casual censorship that comes from haphazard and dragnet approaches to policing online infringement.

WORLD POLICY JOURNAL: Just how exposed are Canadians to NSA spying?

Canadians are under the NSA’s microscope - and it’s time for that to change. Here are practical steps from Privacy Coalition expert Prof. Andrew Clement to help safeguard Canadian networks from foreign spies. If you want to help shape a crowdsourced pro-privacy plan for Canada, be sure to add your voice at Article by Prof. Andrew Clement for World Policy Journal TORONTO—Edward Snowden’s June 2013 leak has shone unprecedented light on the dark underside of Internet connectivity. So far, however, Canada has remained a victim largely hidden in the shadows.

Ben Klass on wireless carriers’ high prices

As cell phone customers reel from yet another Big Telecom price hike, it seems like our wireless market is moving backwards not forwards. Telecom expert and OpenMedia community member Ben Klass asks what will it take for Canadians to get the greater choice and lower prices we deserve. Article from Ben Klass' blog Last week, Mobile Syrup reported that the big 3′s flanker brands, Virgin, Fido, and Koodo (including zombified competitor Public Mobile) would be raising prices on their wireless plans at the same time.

Canadians are using our letter tool to spread the word about privacy

Canadians are using our new letter tool to send decision-makers a hard-hitting message about privacy. Check out this great letter by Blake Moorcroft just published in the Windsor Star. And try out our tool at Re: Probe at cyberspy agency CSEC uncovers wrongdoing, ethics breaches, The Canadian Press, March 16. The latest word on CSEC, as reported by the CBC, should make people start to wake up and wonder just exactly what is going on with our government.

Rogers hits senior with an $800 bill for Internet she never used

Rogers hit this B.C. senior with a whopping $800 bill for Internet she never even used. It seems not a week goes by without another story of Big Telecom price-gouging. Tell us yours in the comments below. Article from CBC News A senior citizen in Chilliwack, B.C., is angry about an $800 wireless internet access bill from Rogers — a bill she claims she's not responsible for. Darlene Davies, 65, usually pays $60 a month for her Rogers internet service, which she accesses with an unsecured Rocket hub Wi-Fi hotspot access point. When she received a bill for more than $600 instead, she was stunned. Rogers customer service told her the charges stemmed from data used to download movies, stream TV shows and play online games. But Davies says she doesn't even know how to do any of those things.

Ottawa Citizen: Stanford study reveals just how much of your private info is exposed through metadata

We all know that the metadata spy agencies collect on us can be hugely revealing. Now this Stanford study underlines just how much of our private lives can be exposed through this government spying. Article by Ian Macleod for the Ottawa Citizen OTTAWA — The kind of “metadata” that can be gleaned from smartphone records — the same type of data targeted by Canadian and American intelligence agencies — can reveal highly sensitive personal information, a new study at Stanford University has revealed. “We were able to infer medical conditions and more, using solely phone metadata,” report Jonathan Mayer and Patrick Mutchler, researchers at Stanford’s Department of Computer Science.

Tired of CSEC spying? Speak up for privacy with our new Letter to the Editor tool.

We've had enough of secretive, expensive, and out-of-control government spying. Now it's time to get the word out in local communities across Canada. With your support, we've built a tool to make it easy for you to get a hard-hitting letter in your local paper. Check it out right now at and spread the word by SHARING this image.

CBC: Investigation into CSEC finds serious breaches of ethics and misuse of public assets

Spy agency CSEC's troubles go from bad to worse after an official review finds serious breaches of ethics and misuse of public funds. An investigation at Canada's secretive eavesdropping agency has uncovered misuse of public assets and "serious breaches" of the spy outfit's values and ethics code. The findings, prompted by confidential information from a whistleblower, led Communications Security Establishment Canada to revise policy, improve training and boost oversight.

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