Press Releases

List of our press releases, in reverse chronological order.

9 in 10 Canadians still not at basic Internet speeds called for by CRTC, even as data usage jumps by 25%

November 09th, 2017
Annual CRTC study demonstrates clear need for national broadband strategy, as Canadians face increasingly less affordable prices for home and mobile Internet
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Katy Anderson

Digital Rights Specialist CANADA, Calgary Time Zone: 2:42 pm +1 (888) 441 2640 ext. 1

Win for Canadians as Mélanie Joly puts Internet at centre of our cultural future

September 28th, 2017
Creative Canada policy framework rules out new Internet taxes, safeguards Net Neutrality, and embraces a digital future for Canadian culture
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Katy Anderson

Digital Rights Specialist CANADA, Calgary Time Zone: 2:42 pm +1 (888) 441 2640 ext. 1

Privacy Commissioner’s report calls on the RCMP to increase transparency around the use of cellphone surveillance tools

September 14th, 2017
A complaint launched by OpenMedia into the use of IMSI-catchers (a.k.a Stingrays) reveals that six warrantless deployments of the device violated the Charter
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EU states raise questions about how new copyright law would be at odds with fundamental rights

September 05th, 2017
Article 13 of the proposed updates to the Copyright Directive is in direct conflict with existing EU legislation and creates an unworkable legal framework
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Ruth Coustick-Deal

Digital Rights Specialist London, UK Time Zone: 9:42 pm 1 (888) 441-2640, ext. 0

Leaked copyright proposal shows momentum building behind positive alternative to the Link Tax

August 31st, 2017
Documents from the Council of the EU reveal that member states are divided on whether to impose controversial new fees on the sharing of links and news snippets online
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Ruth Coustick-Deal

Digital Rights Specialist London, UK Time Zone: 9:42 pm 1 (888) 441-2640, ext. 0

OpenMedia joins Massive Internet-Wide Day of Action to defend Net Neutrality and prevent Internet Slow Lanes

July 12th, 2017
July 12th Day of Action is backed by thousands of websites, including household names such as Twitter, Facebook, Google, Amazon, Reddit, Netflix, OK Cupid, PornHub, Mozilla, Etsy, Snapchat, and Vimeo
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Katy Anderson

Digital Rights Specialist CANADA, Calgary Time Zone: 2:42 pm +1 (888) 441 2640 ext. 1

Internet Tax proposed by Heritage Committee MPs would raise cost of online access for all Canadians

June 15th, 2017
Recent poll showed 70% of Canadians oppose Internet Tax that would raise monthly bills, deepen digital divide, and force vulnerable Canadians offline
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Over 88% of the first round of National Security Consultation submissions that mention Bill C-51 support its repeal

May 05th, 2017
A crowdsourced analysis reveals that 88.7% of submissions that mention Bill C-51 support the repeal of the controversial surveillance legislation
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Launch of IXmaps Internet Mapping tool enables Canadians to see exactly where their data travels online

March 28th, 2017
Researchers estimate that at least 90% of Canadians’ Internet traffic travels via the U.S., where it is especially vulnerable to NSA surveillance
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Federal Budget promises review of Canadian Internet policies, but disappoints in lack of new investment for Internet infrastructure

March 22nd, 2017
Limited funding to support Internet connectivity for low-income families is welcome, but budget will disappoint those hoping for the government to deliver on CRTC’s call for a National Broadband Strategy
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