Press Releases

List of our press releases, in reverse chronological order.

New survey reveals that only one in three Canadians are happy with cost of home Internet service

Free Expression pillar Canada March 30th, 2016
CRTC/EKOS report finding unsurprising given OECD data that demonstrates Canadians pay some of the highest prices in the industrialized world for middle of the road service
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38 Public Interest Organizations Call for Questions on Expanding Internet Access in Upcoming Presidential Debates

Access pillar Free Expression pillar United States International March 03rd, 2016
Given Issue’s Economic and Social Impacts, Letter to Debate Moderators Calls for Broadband Access Disparity to be Part of Presidential Candidate Discussions
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Ottawa City Council to vote on key Internet Choice and Affordability motion tomorrow, OpenMedia available to comment

Free Expression pillar Canada February 23rd, 2016
Crucial vote could see Ottawa join Calgary and Toronto councils in opposing Bell's move to crush competition
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City of Toronto votes to support crucial CRTC rules on Internet choice and affordability

Free Expression pillar Canada February 04th, 2016
Council rejects Mayor Tory’s problematic call for federal Cabinet to overturn CRTC rules designed to ensure Canadians have affordable fibre Internet options
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As TPP is signed in Auckland casino, campaigners vow “final battle” to prevent massive deal being ratified

Free Expression pillar United States International February 03rd, 2016
Experts warn that extreme TPP intellectual property rules will cost economy billions, undermine digital rights, and restrict freedom of expression online
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As TPP is signed in Auckland casino, campaigners vow “final battle” to prevent massive deal being ratified

Free Expression pillar Canada February 03rd, 2016
Experts warn that extreme TPP intellectual property rules will cost Canadian economy billions, undermine digital rights, and restrict freedom of expression online
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European Commission’s decision to exclude citizens’ feedback from its own public consultation will undermine trust in EU institutions

Free Expression pillar Canada International January 27th, 2016
Over 10,000 individually-written responses to the Commission’s consultation on the role of online platforms ignored in Commission’s initial analysis, including over 2500 from EU citizens 
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Police refusal to deny use of StingRays to spy on cell phone data should trigger investigation by Privacy Commissioner

Free Expression pillar Canada December 15th, 2015
Police forces across the country appear to be violating the privacy rights of Canadians, sweeping up massive amounts of private cell phone data with the use of powerful StingRay surveillance devices. 
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Final TPP text reveals serious threats to Internet freedom

Free Expression pillar United States International November 05th, 2015
For Immediate Release Agreement includes provisions to censor the Internet, rob the public domain, undermine data privacy, and force TPP countries to import draconian copyright rules November 5, 2015 – Over a month since a deal was first announced, the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement has finally been revealed. The text, published today by the New Zealand government, will force the 12 participating TPP nations to import draconian copyright rules. It also threatens to undermine data privacy, rob the public domain, and induce Internet providers to censor websites.
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WikiLeaks release of TPP Intellectual Property chapter confirms agreement threatens global Internet freedom

Free Expression pillar United States International October 09th, 2015
Confirmed: 20-year copyright term extensions, new rules that would induce ISPs to block websites, and criminal penalties for the circumvention of digital locks October 9, 2015 – This morning, WikiLeaks released the final version of the TPP’s Intellectual Property Chapter, just days after the 12 participating TPP countries finalized the agreement. Internet freedom group OpenMedia warns that the leak confirms Internet advocates greatest fears, including: new provisions that would induce Internet Service Providers to block websites without a court ruling, 20-year copyright term extensions, and new criminal penalties for the circumvention of digital locks. Reacting to the leak, OpenMedia’s Digital Rights Specialist Meghan Sali had this to say:
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