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Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic
You know wireless pricing in Canada is messed up when there’s a black market emerging to provide people with better deals.
Two weeks ago we celebrated a win at the European Parliament, where members of a powerful committee tasked with making decisions about how we share and collaborate online rejected proposals that would restrict our right to link.
Seeing the pro-Internet community stand up and take action together is always reaffirming–and in today’s global political climate where important decisions like this are often taken behind closed doors, a healthy level of engagement is something to celebrate in and of itself.
Your news links for today:
- High prices are sparking a wireless black market in Canada - Alpha Beatic
- Why the New Canadian Telecom Transparency Rules Fall Short - Michael Geist
- Documents Show FBI, DEA and U.S. Army Buying Hacking Team Spyware - The Intercept
- Tuesday Court Hearing Over Absurd Copyright Claim in Family Home Movie - EFF
- TPP: U.S. May Not Force DMCA on Other Countries - TorrentFreak
- ‘Big jump’ in number of Canadians cutting cable TV - Metro News
- Sling TV CEO: ISPs Will Raise Rates to Try & Hurt Internet Video - DSL Reports
- Do we really need the Internet? One FCC commissioner appears to think that we don't, but perhaps he doesn't understand the question - InfoWorld
- Why the battle for basic Internet access is a critical human rights issue - Daily Dot
The government is trying to scare us into accepting a reckless bill that will undermine our basic human rights. That's why, Amnesty International Canada and CCLA are taking Bill C-51 to the UN. Speak out now to get this reckless bill repealed at KillC51.ca
Article by Jessica Murphy for the Guardian
Canadian civil society groups are bringing their challenge to a contentious new anti-terror bill to an international audience: a key United Nations rights body in Geneva.
Your news links for today:
- Fleet of Government Aircraft Flying Secret Missions over U.S. Cities - Medium
- How the Founding Fathers Fought an 18th Century Version of the President's Illegal Domestic Spying - EFF
- Koodo Increases the Prices of Lightweight and Heavyweight Plans - iPhone in Canada
- TELUS Unlock Fee Increasing to $50, Matching Rogers and Bell - iPhone in Canada
- The Top Six Moments in Mobilicity History - Mobile Syrup
- 6 chapters of TPP pact still unresolved - Japan News
- Flashmob choir interrupts TTIP congress - Cory Doctorow
All links compiled by OpenMedia.ca community member and volunteer Andrew Currie.
The so called freedom of panorama was included in MEP Julia Reda's copyright report, but a troubling amendment voted it out. Speak out now to push back against those powerful interests who want to restrict and censor our right to link online: SaveTheLink.org
Article by Glynn Moody for Techdirt
If they get their way, Canadians will be continue to be stuck with embarrassingly slow Internet speeds and fall even further behind the rest of the world. And we’re already living with what the CEO of Netflix called “third world” Internet access.
This will mean fewer choices for Canadian cell phone subscribers when wireless prices are already increasing at 3 times the rate of inflation. Speak out now at http://openmedia.ca/gatekeepers
Article by Ian Hardy for Mobile Syrup
Rogers announced today it has received all governmental, creditor and court approvals to officially acquire Mobilicity’s spectrum and subscriber base, as well as Shaw’s AWS spectrum.
Your news links for today:
- WikiLeaks drops new set of secret TISA docs: Yep, no one agrees - Ars Technica
- Tech Giants Oppose Broad Anti-Piracy Injunctions - TorrentFreak
- Chicago to Apply 9% 'Netflix Tax' - DSL Reports
- A look at the Inner Workings of NSA's XKEYSCORE - The Intercept
- GCHQ spied on Amnesty International, Investigatory Powers Tribunal lied about it - Cory Doctorow
- David Cameron Promises To Do Away With 'Safe Spaces' On The Internet - Techdirt
- EU Open Internet Rules Could Create Tiered Internet - Huffington Post
- France’s DGSE Spy Agency Also Spying on the World by Tapping Submarine Fiber-Optic Cables - Matthew Aid
- Secret deal between Canada’s spies and border guards raises concerns - Toronto Star
- Rogers Says Mobilicity Acquisition, Shaw Spectrum Deal Officially Complete - iPhone in Canada
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
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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