Your news links for today:
- We Can’t Hear You: The Shameful Review of Bill C-51 By the Numbers - Michael Geist
- Bill C-51 amendments seem unconnected to committee process - CBC News
- The TSA thinks it can catch terrorists by watching people yawn - The Verge
- ‘This ain’t Canada right now’: G20 police violated Charter rights, court rules - Toronto Star
- FCC Boss Promises Agency Will Win Net Neutrality Court Fight - DSL Reports
- FCC chairman says big broadband companies want ‘unfettered power’ over Internet - Seattle Times
- MPAA Wanted Less Fair Use In Copyright Curriculum - TorrentFreak
- Once You Accept File-Sharing Is Here To Stay, You Can Focus On All The Positive Things - TorrentFreak
- When the boss crashes the news room: Independence of news must be maintained. - Paul Cross on Storify
Canadians deserve better than weak amendments to a fundamentally flawed secret police Bill.
Article by Kent Roach and Craig Forcese
We must exercise caution in judging the government’s amendments to its security law, C-51. We have received what appears to be the official government language. There is some good, some bad and much that remains ugly.
Well folks, it looks like Bell is at it again – and they're taking price-gouging to new lows. They're abusing their power to push Canadians into buying new phones instead of used ones – and are going as far as unfairly disabling phones.
Article by Kathy Tomlinson
A Montreal father is taking on Canada’s largest telecom, after Bell blacklisted his teenager’s phone — not because it was reported stolen, but because the original buyer didn’t pay Bell for the device under contract. Read more »
Time to dust off the ol’ letter writing skills.
The government is trying to pass a reckless, dangerous, and ineffective secret police Bill that will drastically undermine your privacy rights.
OpenMedia’s own executive director Steve Anderson recently appeared before a Parliamentary committee to spell out the Internet’s concerns about C-51. Now we’re calling on Canadians across the country to use this straightforward tool to send a letter to their MP.
Your news links for today:
- The government has not made its case for C-51 - Globe and Mail
- Tories Offer Weak Amendments To C-51 - Press For Truth
- Even with Amendments, C-51 Should Worry Activists - The Tyee
- Idle No More and friends gather to protest anti-terror bill - Ottawa Citizen
- The FBI Would Like Us All to Unencrypt Our Phones - Gizmodo
- Top homeland security Congressjerk only just heard about crypto, and he doesn't like it - Boing Boing
- NSA considered scrapping its mass phone surveillance program - The Verge
- NSA mapped Canadian VPNs - Lux Ex Umbra
- Rogers Announces Fido Customers to Get Free Spotify Premium Plans - iPhone in Canada
- Bell accused of 'ganging up' on resale buyers by blacklisting phones - CBC News
- Net Neutrality A Growing Chorus Is Trying To Rewrite The History Of Net Neutrality -- And Blame Absolutely Everything On Netflix - Techdirt
All links compiled by OpenMedia.ca community member and volunteer Andrew Currie.
Concerns over secret police Bill C-51 are uniting political opponents.
Article by Tasha Kheiridden for iPolitics
Bill C-51 was supposed to unite conservatives in the latest round of the War on Terror™. Instead, it’s dividing them — both on and off Parliament Hill.
Are your kids missing out?
Article by The CBC
"Knowledge workers are the ones getting the raises, getting the jobs and so forth. There are shortages worldwide in all of these fields. So the education system needs to change, to produce them." - Eric Schmidt, Executive Chair & Former CEO
At Dalhousie elementary school in Winnipeg, a group of students in "Coding Club" get together every week to learn computer programming . As part of our series By Design, we're looking at a push in many schools to redesign programs to make that kind of student activity more common, and maybe even mandatory. Because alongside reading, writing and arithmetic... there are many who would like to add "coding" to the essential skills taught in our schools.
"I just want to say... I found that the comments mentioned a second ago from MP James kind of insinuate that Canadians are not informed and are stupid. I find that really distasteful for a public office holder."
Article by Jeremy J Nuttall
Appearing before the House of Commons public safety committee this week was a disappointing experience, punctuated by one Tory MP's "arrogant and elitist" attitude toward the public, says Vancouver activist Steve Anderson.
March 27, 2015: News that the government will admit up to ten amendments to Bill C-51 has been given a cautious welcome by community-based organization OpenMedia, which is campaigning to scrap the bill. However the amendments will not go anywhere near far enough to address serious concerns about the impact the vaguely written bill will have on Canadians’ privacy and democratic rights.
Responding to the news, OpenMedia’s executive director Steve Anderson said: “I am happy to see the government finally admit that Bill C-51 is flawed, and that they are willing to make amendments. Canadians and experts have been clear that the language in this bill is so vague and poorly written that the government needs to restart the process not tinker around the edges. I’m hopeful that the government will now start to have a meaningful dialogue with Canadians on this reckless, dangerous, and ineffective piece of legislation.”
The team at Mozilla have joined the growing chorus of voices united against secret police Bill C-51. Have you spoken up yet? https://StopC51.ca
Article by PressProgress
Bill C-51 will "undermine user trust, threaten the openness of the web, and reduce the security of the Internet and its users," according to Mozilla, the creator of one of the world's leading web browsers.
Your news links for today:
- Quebec Takes on the Internet: Government Announces Plans to Require Website Blocking & Studies New Internet Access Tax - Michael Geist
- Kevin Crull, the CRTC, and CTV News: Is apology enough? - Canadian Business
- Why the Crull Controversy Is a Symptom of Bell's Bad Bundles Bet - Michael Geist
- C-51 and CSE: Who Knows What Evils Lurk in the Shadows? - OpenCanada.org
- The Harper Government May Have Bullied a Pro-Gun Group into Dropping its C-51 Criticism - VICE Canada
- Harper is losing the argument on C-51 … with Conservatives - iPolitics
- The Coming Nuclear Winter for Wireless Plans in Canada - Open attitude
- Fibre optic cable battle: Smaller players want in on Big 3 networks - CBC News
- Cable Companies Won't Let Cord Cutters Go Without A Fight - Huffington Post
- How The Leaked TPP ISDS Chapter Threatens Intellectual Property Limitations and Exceptions - IPWatch
- TPP leak: states give companies the right to repeal nations' laws - Boing Boing
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