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Image for Taking your message on Bill C-11 straight to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

Taking your message on Bill C-11 straight to the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage

We took your voices to Parliament, will they act now?
Image for How the federal government failed to protect our mobility data

How the federal government failed to protect our mobility data

Instead of keeping its promise to strengthen Canada’s privacy laws, the federal government is taking advantage of our system’s weaknesses.
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Canadian privacy law has got you covered, but here’s why it simply isn’t enough

From limited digital rights, to little enforcement, find out why Canada's privacy laws are in serious need of an overhaul.
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Survey Results: The Privacy Act in Canada

The OpenMedia community rallied together to make our voices heard about the importance of privacy protections in the public sector.
News headlines about companies that committed high profile privacy violations in the last few years that would face no fines under Bill C-11

Will Bill C-11 #FixPrivacy in Canada or make it worse?

We were told that Bill C-11 would introduce huge fines for privacy violations. We put it to the test and it completely fails.
Image for What’s wrong with the Link Tax? (an FAQ)

What’s wrong with the Link Tax? (an FAQ)

Common questions and answers on the Link Tax – from OpenMedia’s community
Image for Facial recognition technology is one of the most racist weapons in the police arsenal

Facial recognition technology is one of the most racist weapons in the police arsenal

So long as the police are using it, surveillance tech like facial recognition is helping to power systemic racism.
Image for Digital device privacy at the Canadian border

Digital device privacy at the Canadian border

Canada’s border agents can search digital devices like phones and laptops when you cross the border. But that’s only because our laws are in serious need of an update.
Image for Thank you for helping shape the future of Canadian copyright!

Thank you for helping shape the future of Canadian copyright!

As the government’s Copyright Act review consultation closes its call for public comments, we want to say THANK YOU to everyone who helped shape the future of Canada’s copyright rules.
Image for Will Canada Pass a SOPA-like Proposal? Canadian Media Companies Hope So

Will Canada Pass a SOPA-like Proposal? Canadian Media Companies Hope So

Our friends at Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)​ break down why Bell coalition's SOPA-like website blocking plan is deeply flawed:
Image for Defending Your Digital Rights in NAFTA 2.0

Defending Your Digital Rights in NAFTA 2.0

We recently submitted a brief to the House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade (CIIT), recommending what the government should do to ensure Canadians’ best interests are protected when it comes to how our digital rights are treated in a new NAFTA.
Image for Back from the grave — Secret TPP talks to resume in Toronto

Back from the grave — Secret TPP talks to resume in Toronto

As Toronto hosts two days of high-level TPP talks in an undisclosed location, civil society groups warn that TPP cannot be the basis for Canada’s future trade relationships
Image for A sneak peek into the TPP Citizens’ Report: how we can rebuild public trust in trade processes

A sneak peek into the TPP Citizens’ Report: how we can rebuild public trust in trade processes

The public has lost confidence in trade processes that put the interests of corporate lobbyists before people. But there’s a way back from the brink.
Image for Your shoes, your liquids… and your Facebook password?

Your shoes, your liquids… and your Facebook password?

Disturbing new proposals in the U.S. could force every traveler to hand over their digital devices and social media passwords. We’re taking action.
Image for We’re taking action: Trump’s attack on Canadian privacy

We’re taking action: Trump’s attack on Canadian privacy

Trump’s recent attack on Canadian privacy has thrown Canadian data sharing agreements into the spotlight. We’re taking action with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to ask for serious reconsideration of how Canadians should be protected from privacy violations in light of intrusive data sharing.
Image for Canada must urgently reassess data sharing with the U.S.

Canada must urgently reassess data sharing with the U.S.

President Trump's elimination of Privacy Act protections for foreigners calls for the Canadian government to immediately step up and assess what the impacts are of sharing our personal information with the U.S.
Image for The Internet tax is a raw deal for all of us

The Internet tax is a raw deal for all of us

The Internet Tax – a defeated and deflated policy attempted in Hungary – is making its way to Canada. Yikes!
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We’re live at the CRTC!

We're glued to our screens and we know you are too! Find out below all the ways you can follow us at today's CRTC hearing.
Image for This depends on YOU: will you help us take Free Expression to new heights at the Supreme Court?

This depends on YOU: will you help us take Free Expression to new heights at the Supreme Court?

Your support is vital to ensure our Supreme Court case has impact
Image for Bell promises to run fibre to Churchill, Manitoba —  for the small price of acquiring MTS

Bell promises to run fibre to Churchill, Manitoba —  for the small price of acquiring MTS

You can almost smell the desperation as Bell promises to run fibre Internet to Churchill, Manitoba if the MTS takeover deal goes through
Image for As EU publishes strong Net Neutrality rules, Canada cannot afford to fall behind

As EU publishes strong Net Neutrality rules, Canada cannot afford to fall behind

Canada’s CRTC will soon hold hearings on how best to protect the open Internet: today’s new EU regulations set a positive example.
Image for We’re on record — here’s how we’re going to end data caps

We’re on record — here’s how we’re going to end data caps

OpenMedia, and some amazing partners, have submitted our first papers on how the Internet should be priced in Canada.
Image for Get ready for independent fibre Internet — today’s CRTC ruling paves the way for more affordable access

Get ready for independent fibre Internet — today’s CRTC ruling paves the way for more affordable access

The CRTC released two decisions this morning — one that allows indie ISPs to offer fibre at a lower cost and one that will limit choice.
Image for Motherboard reveals that RCMP have been using Stingray devices extensively while indefinitely storing sensitive information on innocent Canadians

Motherboard reveals that RCMP have been using Stingray devices extensively while indefinitely storing sensitive information on innocent Canadians

Today it was revealed by Motherboard that the RCMP have been extensively using Stingray devices in Canada for the past decade, scooping up the sensitive information of thousands of innocent Canadians in the process.  ​
Image for Let’s end data caps — add your voice as we urge the CRTC to honour the spirit of Net Neutrality

Let’s end data caps — add your voice as we urge the CRTC to honour the spirit of Net Neutrality

Internet users are mobilizing to seek end to data caps, as new report reveals how Canadians are getting a raw deal on both wired and wireless services.
Image for The final word: How Canadians will have access to high-speed Internet at a fair price

The final word: How Canadians will have access to high-speed Internet at a fair price

The federal government asked Canadians if broadband Internet should be a basic service — read our TL;DR response or dive into our submission below.  
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Rogers releases third annual transparency report

Encouraging to see Rogers shed a light on the company’s disclosure of subscriber information to law enforcement and challenge ‘tower dumps’ in court. We hope to see other big telecoms take on similar transparency initiatives.
Image for As Parliament’s TPP roadshow hits Central Canada, citizens continue to push for more openness and transparency

As Parliament’s TPP roadshow hits Central Canada, citizens continue to push for more openness and transparency

TPP consultations are making their way through the country, but in response to the limited public participation seen on the first few, the Parliament’s trade committee will now include one hour for public comment in each meeting. Find out where and how you can participate.
Image for We’re meeting with Minister Goodale on C-51, and we want you to make sure your voices are heard: What should we say?

We’re meeting with Minister Goodale on C-51, and we want you to make sure your voices are heard: What should we say?

We are meeting in person with Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale to discuss Bill C-51 and we need you to tell us what you want us to say to him. Comment away below!
Image for WATCH HERE: Making Sense of the TPP, with Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz

WATCH HERE: Making Sense of the TPP, with Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz

Do you want to make sense of the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Watch this live stream with experts on the topic, including Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz. 
Image for OpenMedia demands answers from VPD on potential Stingray cell phone surveillance

OpenMedia demands answers from VPD on potential Stingray cell phone surveillance

BC Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner could set important precedent for transparency, with its decision on this case.
Image for It’s time for Canada to hold its spy agencies accountable with new framework for oversight and review

It’s time for Canada to hold its spy agencies accountable with new framework for oversight and review

OpenMedia has joined civil society organizations from across Canada in a letter to Minister Ralph Goodale about what’s needed to fix our currently deficient oversight model for our spy agencies.
Image for Knee-deep in surveillance: Bill C-51’s unhappy birthday

Knee-deep in surveillance: Bill C-51’s unhappy birthday

As Canada marks one year since the introduction of Bill C-51, our Laura Tribe examines where we're at, and the prospects for repealing this controversial bill.
Image for Halt to CSE sharing of metadata is welcome, but comes too late for Canadians whose privacy has already been compromised

Halt to CSE sharing of metadata is welcome, but comes too late for Canadians whose privacy has already been compromised

Canadian intelligence agency CSE announced they will stop sharing metadata with foreign intelligence agencies after revelations that shared information was not being sufficiently protected. But our privacy rights must come before the intelligence needs of foreign spy agencies. 
Image for Jumping the shark: Canada to sign the TPP without public consultation?

Jumping the shark: Canada to sign the TPP without public consultation?

Canada’s Trade Minister has finally confirmed that Canada will sign the TPP. But there is still hope, and here’s our Meghan Sali to explain why.
Image for The best thing you can do right now to kill Bill C-51

The best thing you can do right now to kill Bill C-51

The battle isn't over - we can still kill Bill C-51 and there's more than one way to do it. Make sure to add your voice!
Image for Important precedent for cell phone privacy in Canada set in landmark ruling

Important precedent for cell phone privacy in Canada set in landmark ruling

Police request for “tower dump” of user data from over 40,000 Rogers and Telus customers ruled a violation of privacy rights, and lays important groundwork for battling other privacy violations, including StingRay technologies and Bill C-51.  
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Minister Navdeep Bains: Listen to Internet users and reject Bell Canada’s appeal

This morning, OpenMedia sent an open letter to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, Navdeep Bains, urging him to listen to Canadians and reject Bell Canada’s recent appeal to Cabinet.
Image for Kent Roach & Craig Forcese: Press the reset button on security

Kent Roach & Craig Forcese: Press the reset button on security

The ongoing work of Professors Kent Roach and Craig Forcese on C-51 provides the most exhaustive analysis of the bill and is a must-read for anyone concerned with the issue. Article by Kent Roach and Craig Forcese for the National Post Security issues are a campaign issue — at least we think they are. To date, little has actually been said on the topic, and what has been said amounts to the parties doubling down on entrenched and vague (even symbolic) positions.
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Truth Out: What’s Going On With the TPP?

TPP Update: After years of secret negotiations, we’ve just learned U.S. Trans-Pacific Partnership officials have decided to appoint a “Chief Transparency Officer.” So who did they pick? One of their own lawyers, Tim Reif. Not exactly encouraging. TPP provisions will grievously hurt the Internet and our right to free expression! We need to speak out at StopTheSecrecy.net/Canada Article by Maira Sutton (EFF) for Truth Out
Image for Voting in CIRA’s 2015 Election will help shape the future of Canada’s Internet

Voting in CIRA’s 2015 Election will help shape the future of Canada’s Internet

It’s that time again! Some of you may not know this already, but Canada’s Internet is democratically governed. The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) is a non-profit organization that manages the dot-ca (.ca) registry and addresses many of the day-to-day challenges facing Internet governance in Canada. Now, CIRA holds regular elections and, just like electing a politician to represent you in the current federal election, you can elect the CIRA board of directors to represent your views about how Canada’s Internet should be managed.

Globe and Mail: Final push for Pacific Rim pact set for end of September

The TPP deal is closer than we might think!  Are your candidates for or against it? Check here and tell them to oppose this bad deal: OurDigitalFuture.ca/candidate Article by Steven Chase for The Globe and Mail An effort to land a massive Pacific Rim free trade agreement within weeks is under way, raising the prospect the wide-ranging Trans-Pacific Partnership could dominate the final stretch of the Canadian election campaign.
Image for Candidates are being flooded with our emails, and it is working!

Candidates are being flooded with our emails, and it is working!

It’s election time! And your OpenMedia team has been working very hard to make sure Canadians have a direct and easy way to demand candidates from all parties speak up for the Internet we love and deserve. That’s why we’ve launched a handy tool for you to tell your candidates to become a pro-Internet leader and support our action plan crowdsourced by more than 250,000 Canadians. And guess what? It’s working! Yesterday morning, Green Party leader Elizabeth May was the first party leader to endorse our pro-Internet action plan. And for the past 24 hours, we’ve been hearing from candidates all across the country, an incredible 102 of whom have already declared themselves pro-Internet candidates! Check out this wonderful letter we received from Mark Bigland-Pritchard, a Green Party candidate for the Saskatoon-Grasswood riding:
Image for CBC: Tories yank ‘24 hour surveillance’ stickers on signs in Harper’s Calgary riding

CBC: Tories yank ‘24 hour surveillance’ stickers on signs in Harper’s Calgary riding

File this under “So amazing it’s actually true." Stephen Harper’s constituency team have been busying themselves by adding “24 hour surveillance” stickers to their own election signs. And then removing them when CBC noticed. Article by Haydn Watters for CBC
Image for  Ian Mulgew: Court chooses Internet privacy in limiting police access to text messages

Ian Mulgew: Court chooses Internet privacy in limiting police access to text messages

When you send a text message, do you assume it stays just between you and your friend? What about the police? Article by Ian Mulgew for the Vancouver Sun The B.C. Court of Appeal has struck a blow for Internet privacy at the expense of letting walk a Nanaimo man accused of drug trafficking because of his text messages.
Image for Globe and Mail: Apple’s monthly instalment price plan for unlocked iPhones eludes Canada

Globe and Mail: Apple’s monthly instalment price plan for unlocked iPhones eludes Canada

Why can't we have nice things like U.S.'s monthly instalment price plan for iPhones here in Canada? Article by Christine Dobby for The Globe and Mail  Apple Inc. revealed a new way to buy its flagship device last week – the option to pay for unlocked models of its newest iPhones through monthly instalments. But the arrangement is exclusive to U.S. customers, extending a trend in smartphone shopping that has yet to make its way to Canada.  
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Never Home: Federal government gives itself unprecedented spying powers

How reckless legislation like Bill C-51 is already affecting families here in Canada. Article by Never Home New anti-terror and security legislation grants extraordinary powers for surveillance, secret hearings, and preventative detention in Canada. Security: Refugees and permanent residents are facing secret trials, deportation or limbo due to tightened security processes. New anti-terror legislation and the secret police bill grant extraordinary powers for surveillance, secret investigative hearings, and preventative detention without charge. Under the vague guise of ‘terrorism,’ citizenship can be revoked from some Canadians.
Image for Aphabeatic: Germany’s broadband plan shames Canada (again)

Aphabeatic: Germany’s broadband plan shames Canada (again)

Germany will have affordable internet connections of at least 50 Mbps by 2018. The Harper government promised 5 Mbps by 2019. Enough said... Which party do you think will do a better job at ensuring Canadians get faster, cheaper Internet? Let us know in the comments below! Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic
Image for Geist: Canadian Music Industry Hit With Competition Complaint Over Public Domain Recordings

Geist: Canadian Music Industry Hit With Competition Complaint Over Public Domain Recordings

The internet we love is based on creators being able to freely, cheaply, and easily share their work! ‪#‎SaveTheLink‬ Article by Michael Geist Earlier this year, I wrote about the secret campaign by major record labels and publishers to stop the release of public domain recordings, most notably Beatles records that outsold the offerings from major label records at retail giant Wal-Mart. The campaign included extensive lobbying for an extension in the term of copyright for sound recordings. 
Image for CBC: Most kids’ apps, websites collect and share personal information

CBC: Most kids’ apps, websites collect and share personal information

When it comes to online data collection, children are the most vulnerable audience. Article by CBC News Most apps and websites for children collect personal information such as photos and addresses, and many say they may share that information with third parties, an annual global privacy survey suggests.
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Star: Trudeau backed C-51, but won’t say if it’s constitutional

Looks like the Liberal Party voted for a bill they're not even sure is constitutional... Article by the Canadian Press at the Toronto Star BROSSARD, QUE. — Justin Trudeau won’t say if Bill C-51 — the controversial anti-terror bill introduced by the Conservatives — is constitutional, even though the Liberals backed it in Parliament.
Image for Georgia Straight: OpenMedia encourages voters to consider policies around access, privacy in federal election

Georgia Straight: OpenMedia encourages voters to consider policies around access, privacy in federal election

Check out this amazing coverage of our pro-Internet election plan on The Georgia Straight! The Internet is something we shouldn’t take for granted. We should take action to have our democratic rights as citizens, to make sure it stays open, accessible and free for everyone. This election, vote for the Internet! OurDigitalFuture.ca Article by Stephen Hui for the Georgia Straight  Stephen Harper’s Conservative government represents a “lost 10 years” for the Internet in Canada, according to a digital-rights advocate.
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2015 election needs to focus on our digital future

Do we really want to drive our local businesses out of town, by failing to provide the digital infrastructure, security and privacy safeguards that they need to operate in a global market? Our own Laura Tribe analyzes the importance of our digital future in the upcoming election. How do you think parties are faring in on these issues? Let us know in the comments below, your feedback will be used to inform how we rate parties.  This article was originally published at Rabble.ca This election, Canadians can't afford to be caught up in the soundbites, quibbles and petty pandering that our politicians are increasingly levelling at each other. Trudeau's hair? Mulcair's smile? Harper's suit?
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Vote as Early as Today!

So you’re out of town or too busy on election day, Oct. 19th. Or perhaps you made up your mind long before debate season. Well here’s some good news: you can vote right now! Although not everyone knows about early voting, it is a legal option that every Canadian can take advantage of. Voting doesn’t have to be a hassle just because the Fair Elections Act changed some rules of the game, and advanced voting makes things even simpler. But first things first: find out if you’re registered to vote. There’s a good chance you are, but finding out takes only about a minute. Just go to ereg.elections.ca and press Start. If you’re not registered already, you can do so at the same link, or by visiting or contacting by mail your local Elections Canada office. This is a much easier and faster way to register, just make sure you do it before the deadline on Oct. 13th.
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Big Telecom are trying to make the Internet like cable TV and we have to stop them

Last week, one of Canada’s Big Telecom giants announced a controversial new scheme that will give them more power to control how you use the Internet on your mobile devices – and, if we don’t speak up, the Big Three will soon follow suit. Videotron wants the power to hand-choose which mobile streaming apps and services are more expensive than others. How are they doing this? By bundling them into outdated Cable-TV-style packages for mobile phone users. As a result, they’re giving unfair advantage to the services they decide are “worthy” of our attention and discriminating against others – an anti-user practice that positions them as gatekeepers of our mobile networks, and violates Canada’s open Internet (AKA: Net Neutrality) rules.
Image for Vice: Canadian Cops Want to Search Your Mail

Vice: Canadian Cops Want to Search Your Mail

Update: The RCMP is now going after your mail. Article by Justin Ling for Vice With a federal election in its home stretch, Canada's chiefs of police have issued a wish list of investigative powers they are hoping that the country's next prime minister can deliver — everything from allowing them to search Canadians' mail, to pulling back the curtain on anonymity online.
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Arstechnica: Videotron provoking net neutrality fight with unlimited music

Instead of giving Big Telecom giants the power to choose which online apps and services are more expensive, why don't they treat all services equally? Let's put Canadians in the driver's seat – not these out of touch telecom giants. Article by Peter Nowak for Arstechnica Quebec wireless provider Videotron looks to be stepping into a net neutrality battle with a new unlimited music service that boasts “zero data usage.” But is the offer offside Canada’s fair internet rules? Unlike previous, similar situations involving the country’s wireless carriers, this one isn’t as cut and dried.
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Rabble: Fact-checking the Conservatives’ rural broadband strategy

The government's rural broadband strategy falls way short of our digital platform and here's why. We need to fight back by pledging to vote now at OurDigitalFuture.ca Article by Nora Loreto for Rabble.ca The 2015 federal election promises to be an ugly fight, with a lot of half-truths and fact twisting. This has been the tone set by the Harper government so far, and it shows no sign of changing course. Luckily, rabble.ca together with our allies will be pulling together real numbers and evidence to refute the mistruths and fact check the election campaign.
Image for National Post: Public servant being investigated for writing and performing anti-Tory ‘Harperman’ song

National Post: Public servant being investigated for writing and performing anti-Tory ‘Harperman’ song

An Ottawa federal scientist’s job is in danger after he recorded a song speaking out against the government’s politics of fear. Article by Kathryn May, Post Media News at the National Post An Ottawa federal scientist is being investigated for breaching the public service’s ethics code for writing and performing a highly political protest song to get rid of the Harper government.
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The Register: Canadians taking to spying on their spies

The Internet has changed Canadian politics. Issues like C-51 simply don't go away. This election is our best chance to repeal C-51, pledge your vote at OurDigitalFuture.ca Article by Trevor Pott for The Register Comment As Canadians settle in for the longest general election campaign since 1867, some uncomfortable incidents that had been ignored by commercial media outlets are gaining new exposure.
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WJS: Study Finds ‘Supercookies’ Used Outside U.S.

Bell Canada is one of the few carriers still using the evil 'supercookies' to track their customers. Thanks, Bell... Article by Elizabeth Dwoskin for WSJ Most major US wireless carriers are no longer using controversial identifiers that some researchers call “supercookies,” but their use appears to be extensive overseas.
Image for iPolitics: Top gun advocate turns on Tories, runs as Independent

iPolitics: Top gun advocate turns on Tories, runs as Independent

Huge numbers of conservatives are speaking out against reckless Bill C-51. Despite Harper's Conservatives' efforts to keep the gun lobby in their camp, the sector warns about the dangerous power-grab this legislation gives the security sector, threatening Canadians’ privacy rights. Let's keep fighting until we Kill C-51 --> KillC51.ca  Article by Claire Wahlen
Image for Motherboard: How First Nations Kids Built Their Own Internet Infrastructure

Motherboard: How First Nations Kids Built Their Own Internet Infrastructure

First Nations kids in Ontario found a solution to no high-speed, ridiculously expensive Internet service: they built their own infrastructure. Learn more below, and demand world-class Internet service for 100% of Canadians at UnblockCanada.ca Article by Jordan Pearson for Motherboard
Image for Yahoo:  Super-fast gigabit Internet service finally coming to (some) Canadians

Yahoo:  Super-fast gigabit Internet service finally coming to (some) Canadians

Our own Josh Tabish explains in this article the importance of high-speed fibre Internet for all Canadians and why it took Canada so long to adopt this technology.  Artice by Brian Chin for Yahoo News  If you're tired of waiting for your TV shows or movies to finish downloading, you can now take advantage of Canada's fastest internet.
Image for Prince George Citizen: C-51 opponent Sheldon Clare discusses his candidacy in Cariboo-Prince George

Prince George Citizen: C-51 opponent Sheldon Clare discusses his candidacy in Cariboo-Prince George

Gun lobbyists and conservative Sheldon Clarke also opposes C-51. Speak out now to get this legislation repealed at KillC51.ca Article by Charelle Evelyn for the Prince George Citizen Sheldon Clare touted himself as a "hardware-store conservative" on Tuesday in announcing his run as an independent candidate for Cariboo-Prince George in October's federal election.
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CBC: CSIS secrecy hampers complaints and accountability

CBC Radio's The Current​ discusses the BCCLA/Dogwood challenge against CSIS. Will we ever get to the truth of what did or did not happen? Join us and sign the pledge at https://bccla.org/dont-spy-on-me/ Article by CBC Radio Dogwood BC is an environmental advocacy group in British Columbia. Its members have campaigned against the Northern Gateway Pipeline, in addition to other causes.  
Image for CBC: Leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership draft would force Canada to rework copyright, critics say

CBC: Leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership draft would force Canada to rework copyright, critics say

If Canada adopts the TPP, it will criminalize your Internet use and force your Internet provider and search engines to censor online content, things the government had consistently rejected throughout the copyright reform process. Speak out now at StoptheSecrecy.net Article by Zack Dubinsky for CBC
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Geist: Netflix Taxes and Canadian Digital Issues in the Election Spotlight

All party leaders should say NO to the Canadian Netflix tax! Here's why this discussion should be one of the important digital issues on the spotlight in the election campaign. Article by Michael Geist
Image for CBC: Fast fibre-optic internet arrives in many small towns before big cities

CBC: Fast fibre-optic internet arrives in many small towns before big cities

Tired of Big Telecom f*ckery, or a lack of affordable high-speed options, communities across Canada are taking Internet access into the own hands by building their own world-class networks outside our telecom giants. We can't say too much now, but we'll be launching a major campaign to increase the number of these networks that exist. Stay tuned for updates after the election 😉 Article by Zach Dubinsky for CBC
Image for Geist: Canadian Government Amends “Caretaker Rules” To Give Itself Power to Continue Negotiating TPP

Geist: Canadian Government Amends “Caretaker Rules” To Give Itself Power to Continue Negotiating TPP

The next few weeks could play a determining role in the fate of the TPP. And Canada is changing longstanding rules regarding making major decisions during elections that tie the hands of future governments and give the government power to continue negotiating the TPP.  Speak out now at StoptheSecrecy.net Article by Michael Geist This past weekend was a busy one politically as Canada was launched into a lengthy election campaign just as countries negotiating the latest round of Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations in Hawaii failed to conclude a deal. With reports that there may be a follow-up ministerial meeting within weeks, Canadian officials have been quick to claim that the election campaign will not interfere with the TPP trade talks.
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Gearing up for an election against Bill C-51: Interactive timeline

Yes, it’s just about that time again: election season! Rumours speculate that the federal election may be called as early as this Sunday. And if the OpenMedia community (alongside a broad-based coalition of civil society organizations, businesses, and empassioned Internet users across the country), has anything to do with it — Bill C-51 and privacy will be the key issues we have our politicians talking about this fall. But before we head into what is sure to be an exciting election season, we wanted to take a look back on just how far we've come. Right from the start, the OpenMedia community has been leading the way in the fight against C-51. The way that this campaign has grown and escalated over the past few months is beyond what we had ever imagined.
Image for Globe and Mail: Tories hope TPP deal is signed before election campaign kickoff

Globe and Mail: Tories hope TPP deal is signed before election campaign kickoff

Amidst the final stages of the TPP talks in Hawaii, the government is hoping to reach an agreement before the election campaign kickoff expected to start on Sunday. It's never been more important to send a message to the trade ministers and tell them to say NO to TPP. Send your message now at StoptheSecrecy.net  Article by the Canadian Press for the Globe and Mail
Image for Motherboard: New leak confirms the secretive TPP is a horrorshow

Motherboard: New leak confirms the secretive TPP is a horrorshow

No Big Industry interests were harmed in the making of this agreement. Speak out now at StoptheSecrecy.net Article by Jordan Pearson for Motherboard At a luxury hotel in Maui, representatives from the 12 countries participating in the highly controversial and secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal are negotiatingbehind closed doors. Thanks to a secret letter from a 2013 meeting, released today by WikiLeaks, we now have a clearer idea of what they’re discussing.
Image for CBC: Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks peak as Canada eyes election timing

CBC: Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks peak as Canada eyes election timing

Harper might want to stretch the TPP bargaining to minimize electoral risks. But in the middle of an election, the timing is not really up to Canada. Speak out now at StoptheSecrecy.net Article by Janyce McGregor for CBC Pity Ed Fast's campaign manager in Abbotsford, B.C.
Image for CTV: File breach at electronic spy agency prompts mandatory privacy training

CTV: File breach at electronic spy agency prompts mandatory privacy training

This is the agency our government is telling us to "just trust" with our secrets? Article by Jim Bronskill for CTV News OTTAWA - Canada's electronic spy agency introduced mandatory privacy awareness training for all employees in March following an internal breach involving personal information.
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Our crowdsourced policy became government policy. The CRTC heard your call, Canada.

We Won! As you may have heard, a major ruling on Wednesday from the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ensures a significant step forward for Canadians’ ability to access affordable Internet options independent of Canada’s large telecom providers. In short, the ruling creates fair rules forcing Big Telecom to make their digital infrastructure available to small independent ISPs (i.e., outside of Big Telecom) at a reasonable rate, so they are empowered to sell ultra-fast fibre Internet services to Canadians. This means faster, cheaper fibre connections could be coming to your household soon!
Image for Geist: The real deal about the TPP’s implications for the rights of Canadians

Geist: The real deal about the TPP’s implications for the rights of Canadians

The TPP threatens Canada's privacy, copyright and patent laws. Speak out now at StoptheSecrecy.net Article by Michael Geist for the Toronto Star The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed trade agreement that encompasses nearly 40 per cent of world GDP, heads to Hawaii later this month for ministerial-level negotiations. 
Image for Toronto Star: Misdialed fax number lead to privacy breach

Toronto Star: Misdialed fax number lead to privacy breach

A privacy breach is obviously a dangerous thing, but it becomes very strange when it comes form a fax machine. Is this the way we send secure documents? Article by Richard J. Brennan for the Toronto Star The Liberal government is blaming a misdialed fax machine for a privacy breach affecting hundreds of Ontario Disability Support Program recipients.
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Confirmed: We didn’t need Bill C-51

Before C-51, laws and arrangements often allowed for the sharing of information for national security purposes. C-51 adopts an excessive approach that will harm online innovation, political discourse and our civil liberties. Speak out to get it repealed at KillC51.ca Article by The Canadian Press for CBC
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Tyee: Conservative MP repents for part of C-51 sermon

After a whirlwind of mockery on social media, MP Wai Young back-pedalled on some parts of her C-51 sermon... Article by Jeremy J. Nuttall for The Tyee Vancouver South MP Wai Young has apologized for one part of a controversial speech to a B.C. congregation, a talk that included a likening of her Conservative party to Jesus Christ. 
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Motherboard: Canadian police looked into buying hacking software

The Internet, the greatest tool for connectivity that humankind has ever invented,  ins in danger of being turned into something it was never intended to be— a tool for governments to spy on the private lives of everybody. Article by Matthew Braga for Motherboard
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Globe and Mail: Trudeau’s support of Bill C-51 weakened the Liberal party

Bill C-51 is so unpopular that is having a major role in the electoral campaign. No matter who wins, this reckless bill should be repealed. Speak out now at KillC51.ca Article by Jane Taber for The Globe and Mail John Fenik is the Mayor of Perth, a picturesque community just southwest of Ottawa. A card-carrying Liberal for more than a decade, Mr. Fenik turned in his membership card a couple of months ago, and is now the NDP candidate for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, one of the bluest Tory ridings in the country.
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T-Mobile free roaming initiative could add fuel to Canada’s wireless market

T-Mobile announced yesterday it will allow its American customers use their service in Canada and Mexico with no extra fees (that's right, free roaming). This new initiative puts the Big Three's roaming plans to shame. Why can't Canadians have nice things? Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic
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A secret deal was proposed between CSIS and Canada Border Services Agency

Before Bill C-51, CSIS shared information with other federal agencies - but they needed the Public Safety Minister's permission. C-51 removes political oversight, giving CSIS access to 16 other agencies information about you without even needing to ask. Speak out now to get the bill repealed at KillC51.ca Article by Alex Boutillier for the Toronto Star
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Canada is going backwards on telecom prices

This article was originally published at Rabble.ca If you're a Canadian and you own a cell phone, you probably don't need an official report to tell you that you're paying way over the odds. A glance at your monthly phone bill should be more than enough to remind you that Canadians really do pay some of the highest prices in the industrialized world for this basic necessity of modern day life.
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Canadians from coast to coast are speaking up!

Despite massive opposition from hundreds of thousands of everyday Canadians and the country’s top privacy experts, reckless Bill C-51 is now law.  Bill C-51 violates our Charter rights and could lead to dangerous and unconstitutional measures. Above all, it underlines just how stark Canada’s privacy deficit has become. Throughout this whole process, over 275,000 Canadians have signed the petition against the bill and tens of thousands more have inundated MPs and Senators with letters, phone calls, emails and tweets to express their opposition. We are witnessing one of the largest campaigns in Canadian history. One of the most powerful actions Canadians are taking is using our Letter-to-the-Editor tool. This powerful tool has enabled Canadians to successfully publish dozens of letters in over 70 major Canadian newspapers, an effective and innovative way to speak out and spread the word in local communities against Bill C-51. 
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“Less is Moore”: The best and the worst of the Honourable James Moore

As many of you have already heard, Industry Minister James Moore is leaving politics, today announcing that he will not be running in the upcoming federal election. Our community has had many ups-and-downs with Minister Moore over the years, and we thought we would spend a few minutes reflecting on some of his best moments, and some of his worst.
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CBC: Bill C-51 is now in force. What changes?

On Thursday afternoon Bill C-51 received Royal Assent and is now in force. Let's keep building opposition to C-51 until the election and then let's get it repealed: KillC51.ca Article by Hadyn Watters for CBC Bill C-51, the Conservatives' anti-terror legislation, received royal assent Thursday afternoon and is now law. 
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iPolitics: Senators were flooded with thousands of your emails over Bill C-51

Senators received thousands of letters from all of you! Thank you for speaking up, Canada! Let's keep up the fight until this reckless bill is repealed. We're demanding all party leaders to commit to repeal it, take action now at KillC51.ca Article by Kristie Smith for iPolitics Many senators say they’ve been stunned by the overwhelming flood of email they’ve received over C-51, the highly controversial Harper government security bill that passed a Senate vote earlier in the month.
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CBC: Canadians still don’t know what the Trans-Pacific Partnership is

Despite the secrecy, we know that The TPP would criminalize your online activity, invade your privacy, and cost you money. Speak out now at StoptheSecrecy.net Article by The Canadian Press for the CBC It's the biggest free trade deal Canadians never heard of.
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Huffington Post: Liberals were caught off guard when candidate MacLeod stepped down over C-51 vote

After candidate MacLeod stepped down over Trudeau's C-51 vote, the Liberal party issued a statement saying his resignation was for personal reasons... Article by Althia Raj for the Huffington Post OTTAWA — The federal Liberals are staying mum about a star candidate who just turned on them. 
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Liberal candidate David MacLeod resigns after Trudeau’s support for Bill C-51

Looks like Bill C-51 was a major factor in some Liberal candidates quiting. Speak out now to put a stop to this reckless, dangerous and ineffective legislation at KillC51.ca Article by Jane Taber for The Globe and Mail The Canadian Forces veteran who was poised to run for the federal Liberals in the northern Nova Scotia riding of Central Nova has resigned as the candidate over his opposition to Justin Trudeau’s support for Bill C-51.
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Canada’s historic chance to be the fastest team on the ice

Right now, we face a unique opportunity to kickstart Canada’s Internet, and improve the level of service Canadians can access into the 21st century. The Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission has begun their review of what constitutes basic Internet service in Canada, and their deadline for input is rapidly approaching. This is a tremendous opportunity for us to stand together, and demand access to faster, cheaper Internet for 100% of Canadians. For years, Canada has had one of the least ambitious digital strategies in the industrialized world, with Internet experts like Michael Geist asking, “Why does Canada still lack a coherent broadband goal?” I mean, think about this: in 2015, the U.S. government set their basic broadband speed to be 25Mbps. What’s Canada’s target? 5 Mbps… By 2019. This is embarrassing, but the government can change our targets if we speak out now. It’s no secret that Big Telecom has you locked into some of the slowest and most expensive Internet service in the industrialized world. It’s not fair: we deserve the same level of service as our international counterparts. When it comes to Internet speeds, Canada doesn’t want to be just a contender. We want to be the fastest team on the ice. Now, the good news is that the CRTC’s review of basic telecommunications services is rapidly approaching and could ensure all Canadians have access to faster, cheaper Internet for future generations. But we’re short on time. Add your name NOW, and we’ll send your message before their final deadline.
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Bill C-51 Just passed. Where do we go from here?

This just in from Ottawa: The Senate just passed Bill C-51 today by 44-28, despite massive opposition from hundreds of thousands of everyday Canadians and the country’s top privacy experts. Reckless Bill C-51 will now become Canadian law. Here’s who sided with Canadians: Most of the independent Senators from the Liberal Party and independent Progressive Conservative Elaine McCoy.  Thanks to each and every one of them for doing the right thing and trying to prevent this dangerous Bill from becoming law. Sadly, Conservative Senators were able to use their majority to ignore Canadians and force this bill through.
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Not so fast Bell, Canadians are not thieves

New Bell Media chief Mary Ann Tucke started with the wrong foot with Netflix 'stealing' comment. Article by Michael Geist Bell Media president Mary Ann Turcke sparked an uproar last week when she told a telecom conference that Canadians who use virtual private networks (VPNs) to access the U.S. version of Netflix are stealing. Turcke is not the first Canadian broadcast executive to raise the issue – her predecessor Kevin Crull and Rogers executive David Purdy expressed similar frustration with VPN use earlier this year – but her characterization of paying customers as thieves was bound to garner attention.
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National Observer: Why is the TPP bad for Canada?

No Big Industry interests were harmed in the making of this agreement. Article by Stuart Trew & Scott Sinclair by the National Observer As the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations slouch toward an agreement, supporters have cranked the volume on their praise for what is sometimes called the “NAFTA of the Pacific.” Critics, of which there are a growing number, prefer “NAFTA on steroids” – a sign the 12-country pact can only lead to more of the same deregulation, offshoring and rising inequality that are the legacy of 20 years of North American free trade.
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BREAKING:  Final Bill C-51 vote will be tomorrow

BREAKING: Liberal Senate leader Grant Mitchell has just confirmed to OpenMedia that the government will shut down all debate on Bill C-51 at the Senate Chamber tomorrow. This means all amendments and the legislation as a whole will be voted on tomorrow. The news gives us one more day of action. We have another day to fight this unpopular legislation in the Senate, and we need to keep it up until the last minute. Let's tell our senators to protect our charter rights and #StopC51.  As Chris Nelles, a member of our social media community put it, "This bill should already be dead. It should have been dead months ago. It's an attack on some of the freedoms that we Canadians have fought hard for in the past." Head to StopC51.ca right now and send them a clear message before tomorrow’s crucial final vote. Sign our StopC51.ca petition and use this new tool to send Senators a strong message: we’re trying to get as many Canadians as possible on board, and the more people who speak out, the more powerful the message will be.
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Global: Conservative groups call for repeal of Bill C-51 in open letter to Harper

Nearly 100 traditionally libertarian and conservative organizations like the National Firearms Association and Free Dominion, have signed a letter circulated by your OpenMedia team asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper to kill Bill C-51. Groups and individuals can continue to sign on at: https://stopc51.ca/conservative Article by Vassy Kapelos for Global News

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