Big news: tomorrow at 9:00 AM Pacific time (12:00 PM Eastern), Edward Snowden and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression will be doing a live question and answer session with the CBC.
Since he blew the whistle on mass NSA spying on American citizens in 2013, Edward Snowden has received world-wide attention for fighting back against government surveillance. He is the subject of the Academy Award-winning documentary CitizenFour and Glenn Greenwald’s No Place to Hide.
Canadian Journalists for Free Expression is an organization that monitors, defends and reports on free expression and access to information in Canada and abroad. They have partnered with OpenMedia in the past on Internet Townhalls and Q&A sessions and are part of the Privacy Coalition.
Could disagreeing with the government land scholars in hot water under Bill C-51?
Article by Kawmadie Karunanayake for The Varsity
For the average Netflix-watching, Tumblr-scrolling Internet user, Bill C-51 doesn’t pose much of a problem. Though the new anti-terror legislation would effectively limit privacy rights for all Canadians, most people need not be concerned about being secretly surveilled.
Your news links for today:
- C-51 Shades of May: How one word made all Canadians guilty of terrorism - ThinkPol
- Bill C-51 Will Make It Easier To Throw Canadians In Jail Without a Charge - Huffington Post
- Bill C-51: Is Questioning Militarism “Terrorist Propaganda”? - Coop média de Montréal
- House Judiciary Committee Tells FCC It's Going To Block Net Neutrality Rules - Techdirt
- Net Neutrality loophole could make telecom and cable companies billions of dollars - Business Insider
- The mobile revolution hidden in net neutrality - The Verge
- Big, small players in race for new wireless spectrum - Globe and Mail
- Rogers Communications Hacked Using Simple Social Engineering - Softpedia
- Bell Files Motion to Appeal CRTC ‘Simsub’ Super Bowl Ads Ruling - iPhone in Canada
- Don’t Go Changing: The Canadian Broadcaster Fight Against Legal and Regulatory Reform - Michael Geist
Secret police Bill C-51 could take us down a very dangerous path. Help steer the government in the right direction at https://openmedia.org/spyonus
Article by John Barber for The Guardian
More than 100 Canadian law professors have warned the prime minister, Stephen Harper, that a sweeping new anti-terror law introduced by his Conservative government is a “dangerous piece of legislation” that threatens to undermine the rule of law, human rights and democracy itself.
One of the big concerns we hear from our community is that there’s no-one in parliament that speaks Internet.
Well, here at OpenMedia, we work day in and day out to inject Internet voices into democratic processes to ensure that the government hears our ideas and addresses our concerns.
This time our own Meghan Sali has been invited to present the pro-Internet community’s concerns about the government's new privacy bill to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.
Your news links for today:
- Bill C-51 will ruin, not protect, lives of Canadians - ThinkPol
- Stephen Harper’s Bill C-51 undermines Canadian democracy and amounts to anti-dissent laws - Pirate Party of Canada
- Canadian anti-terror bill opens door for human rights abuses, law scholars argue - The Guardian
- Anti-terror laws threaten academic freedom – The Varsity
- “You have to commit a criminal offence” to fall within the scope of C-51 powers." FALSE - FactsCan
- Stephen Harper dismisses Bill C-51 criticism as "conspiracy theory" - YouTube
- Secret Memo Reveals RCMP Records on Requests for Subscriber Data “Inaccurate and Incomplete” - Michael Geist
- The Fifth Estate: The Espionage Establishment - Lux Ex Umbra
- Tim Cook says terrorism should not scare people into giving up their privacy - 9to5Mac
- After a Decade's Fight for Net Neutrality, Huge Win for Free Speech Online - ACLU
- Bring on the lawsuits—FCC chairman says net neutrality will survive - Ars Technica
- Buoyed By Net-Neutrality Win, Internet Activists Prepare Next Campaign - National Journal
Principled Conservative blogger Connie Fournier details why she is against the government's secret police Bill C-51.
By Connie Fournier
Much has been said recently about the "anti-terrorism" Bill C-51 that is currently being debated in the House of Commons.
I have been quite vocal about the fact that I oppose this Bill, but I haven't gone into a lot of detail as to why. I think it is important for my fellow conservatives to understand that this is not a partisan issue. Just because it is mainly the NDP and the Green Party who have spoken out against it doesn't mean that conservatives shouldn't have grave concerns as well. My concerns are well-founded, and they are based on personal experience. Read more »
Academics speak out against secret police Bill C-51.
Article from The National Post
Dear Members of Parliament,
Please accept this collective open letter as an expression of the signatories’ deep concern that Bill C-51 (which the government is calling the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015) is a dangerous piece of legislation in terms of its potential impacts on the rule of law, on constitutionally and internationally protected rights, and on the health of Canada’s democracy.
Why is CSE storing millions of emails that Canadians send to the government?
Article by Nicole Bogart for Global
Canada’s electronic spy agency collects and stores millions of emails sent to the government to check for malware and suspicious links, according to documents obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. But experts are concerned about the scope of the surveillance.
Don't miss this amazing live Q&A session with @CJFE and Edward Snowden - Wednesday, March 4 from 12 PM - 2 PM ET (9 AM - 12 PM PT). You can submit questions using the hashtag #AskSnowden on Twitter.
SNOWDEN LIVE: CANADA AND THE SECURITY STATE
Join CJFE for a discussion about the state of mass surveillance in Canada, featuring a live Q&A with Edward Snowden. Whistleblower, former NSA contractor, and subject of the Oscar-winning documentary “Citizenfour,” Edward Snowden has sparked an international conversation on surveillance, privacy, and national security. But in the wake of the Snowden leaks, what have we learned? Where are we headed? And what questions remain?
Here's a great recap of the big net neutrality win yesterday. If you haven't had a chance yet, go to https://stoptheslowdown.net to share your victory message and celebrate with thousands of Internet users.
Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica
The Federal Communications Commission today voted to enforce net neutrality rules that prevent Internet providers—including cellular carriers—from blocking or throttling traffic or giving priority to Web services in exchange for payment.
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