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List of our press releases, in reverse chronological order, International context.

In historic decision, Canada joins small handful of nations that define high-speed Internet as a basic service

December 21, 2016Access
Canada’s telecom regulator rules that all Canadians must have access to high-speed Internet, setting a positive example for the rest of the world

Katy Anderson

Digital Rights Specialist
CANADA, Calgary
Time Zone: -0700 (04:07 am now)
+1 (888) 441 2640 ext. 5

With TPP on its deathbed, digital rights activists celebrate an end to the toxic trade agreement

November 14, 2016Free Expression
Reports show the Obama administration will not pursue a vote to ratify the TPP during the lame duck session of Congress

Meghan Sali

Digital Rights Campaign Coordinator
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0800 (03:07 am now)
1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 4

Susan McLennan appointed as Board Chair of OpenMedia

November 4, 2016Access
Appointment means that OpenMedia is now helmed by two women, Susan McLennan as Board Chair and Laura Tribe as Executive Director

David Christopher

Communications Manager
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0800 (03:07 am now)
+1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 1

OpenMedia submits intervention to critical Supreme Court of Canada case that could shape the future of free expression online

October 5, 2016Free Expression
Today’s deadline sees all intervenors submit arguments in a case that Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin has called one of the most important the Court will hear this year

Meghan Sali

Digital Rights Campaign Coordinator
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0800 (03:07 am now)
1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 4

EU Commission formally proposes Link Tax to European Parliament as part of new Copyright Directive

September 14, 2016Free Expression
Commission submits “some of the worst copyright rules in the world” to the European Parliament, including unprecedented new Link Tax powers for publishing giants

Ruth Coustick-Deal

Digital Rights Specialist
London, UK
Time Zone: +0000 (11:07 am now)
+44 7854 341 550

Critical Supreme Court case could shape future of the Internet

September 13, 2016Free Expression
OpenMedia is intervening in Supreme Court of Canada case that will have vast implications for global free expression online

David Christopher

Communications Manager
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0800 (03:07 am now)
+1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 1

Disappointing ruling by EU’s highest court sets worrying global precedent for how we share and access information online

September 8, 2016Free Expression
The Court of Justice of the European Union has ruled that it can be illegal for websites  merely to link to copyrighted content, even if they don’t host such content themselves

David Christopher

Communications Manager
CANADA, Vancouver
Time Zone: -0800 (03:07 am now)
+1 (888) 441-2640 ext. 1

Advocates warn leaked EU copyright directive is worse than feared

August 31, 2016Free Expression
Draft laws confirm unprecedented new powers for large publishers that will stifle online innovation and dissemination of news and information in the European Union

Ruth Coustick-Deal

Digital Rights Specialist
London, UK
Time Zone: +0000 (11:07 am now)
+44 7854 341 550

Leaked document confirms European Commission misled public, will introduce Link Tax despite huge opposition from Internet users

August 25, 2016Free Expression
Just days ago, the Commission promised not to introduce a Link Tax, but leaked documents now confirm it plans to proceed with the unpopular new policy

Ruth Coustick-Deal

Digital Rights Specialist
London, UK
Time Zone: +0000 (11:07 am now)
+44 7854 341 550

Over 500,000 comments to EU regulators: protect net neutrality

July 22, 2016Access
Academics, technology leaders, the web's inventor, and over 500,000 people write to EU regulator BEREC in one clear, unified message: protect net neutrality.

Katy Anderson

Digital Rights Specialist
CANADA, Calgary
Time Zone: -0700 (04:07 am now)
+1 (888) 441 2640 ext. 5