An open Internet is free from government surveillance. Using the Internet to spy on people degrades our freedom and weakens our democracy. Tell that to your Senators at StopC51.ca
Article by Emily Chung for CBC News
Canadian telecommunications providers have been handing over vast amounts of customer information to law enforcement and government departments and agencies with little transparency or oversight, a new report says.
Guest blog by Chris Parsons - Opaque and unaccountable telecommunication surveillance threatens Canadians
Earlier today, the Telecommunications Transparency Project announced the release of The Governance of Telecommunications Surveillance: How Opaque and Unaccountable Practices and Policies Threaten Canadians.
This landmark report found that rampant telecom surveillance is being conducted in Canada, with very little transparency or oversight. The report is already making a big splash in the media (check out CBC News) so we've invited the report's lead author, Dr. Christopher Parsons of the Munk School’s Citizen Lab, to outline the key findings to our community.
Earlier today we held a Privacy Town Hall to launch Canada's Privacy Plan - our crowdsourced pro-privacy action plan that was shaped by over 125,000 everyday Canadians.
Check out what people had to say:We had great expert guests to cover all the bases - thanks to each and every one of them for taking part:Cindy Blackstock, Gitxsan activist for child welfare
Tom Henheffer, Executive Director of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
Connie Fournier, Co-founder of the principled conservative forum Free Dominion
Brenda McPhail, Director of the Privacy, Technology and Surveillance Project at the Canadian Civil Liberties Association,
- Brett Gaylor Canadian documentary filmmaker and creator of Do Not Track
David Christopher, lead author of OpenMedia's "Canada’s Privacy Plan"
Your news links for today:
- Bill C-51 violates Universal Declaration of Human Rights, OSCE finds - ThinkPol
- A Licence With Limited Value: Copyright Board Delivers Devastating Defeat to Access Copyright - Michael Geist
- Why The Copyright Board Decision Affirms Canadian Education’s Approach to Fair Dealing - Michael Geist
- ‘How Movie Studios Exploit Video on Demand Services’ - TorrentFreak
- What Sony and Spotify's secret deal really looks like - Boing Boing
- Google: Targeting Downloaders Not The Best Solution to Fight Piracy - TorrentFreak
- Complaints illustrate Canadians’ telecom gripes - MoneySense
- Heart-Wrenching Wireless Complaints vs ‘Big 3′ Carriers Revealed, Obtained from CRTC - iPhone in Canada
- I switched my wireless service to Wind Mobile. Here’s why - AlphaBeatic
- Don't fear the terrorist - In Canada you are more likely to be killed by a moose than by terrorism. - reddit
By collaborating with our community, volunteers, and different partners around the world, we get to do a lot of cool things here at OpenMedia. But today's launch is one of our most exciting yet. We’re collaborating with experts at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) to launch a new open source Internet Performance Test that will help us better understand Canada’s Internet.
When the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization says Bill C-51 violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, you know we're in trouble.Article by ThinkPol
The Harper government’s controversial anti-terrorism bill violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Canada has ratified, according to legal analysis by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization.
Your news links for today:
- Your government is spying on you online. Here’s what you can do about it - Toronto Star
- Surveillance, Snowden and the State Circa May 2015 - Surveillance in Canada
- Senate votes down USA Freedom Act, putting bulk surveillance powers in jeopardy - The Verge
- Ron Wyden and Rand Paul kill the Patriot Act (ish) - Boing Boing
- The Clock is Still Running: Neither NSA Reform Nor Reauthorization Advances in Senate - EFF
- Apple and Google Just Attended a Confidential Spy Summit in a Remote English Mansion - The Intercept
- Fear of Neutrality Has ISPs Playing Nice On Interconnection - DSL Reports
- AT&T: Net Neutrality Rules Violate Our First Amendment Rights - DSL Reports
- Montreal plans to become a Smart City, will be “unleashing municipal data” and rollout free WiFi - Mobile Syrup
- Hamilton Says Bell Used Duct Tape to Affix Wires to Sidewalks in CRTC Complaint - iPhone in Canada
Are you getting the Internet speeds you pay for? The CRTC has a new way for you to find out.
Article by Martin MacMahon for News 1130
We’ve all complained at one point or another about slow Internet speeds, but now we’ll have a way of actually finding out if providers are as fast as they claim.
Regulators are looking for volunteers as they prepare to monitor and compare the speeds of the top providers.
The CRTC will monitor speeds for 6,200 volunteers to get an idea of how providers are actually performing.
“Other countries around the world have been doing speed audits for years, including the UK and United States. It’s a great way for the CRTC to really have a finger on the pulse of Canada’s Internet,” says Josh Tabish with Internet watchdog OpenMedia.
“A snow job” - that’s the verdict of this Nobel Prize-winning economist on Obama’s efforts to sell his top-secret TPP.
Article by Paul Krugman for The New York Times
One of the Obama administration’s underrated virtues is its intellectual honesty. Yes, Republicans see deception and sinister ulterior motives everywhere, but they’re just projecting. The truth is that, in the policy areas I follow, this White House has been remarkably clear and straightforward about what it’s doing and why.
Every area, that is, except one: international trade and investment.
Shouldn’t we have the same right to privacy in our digital homes, as we do in our bricks-and-mortar homes?
That’s just one of the questions Canadians are asking after CBC News revealed that the government’s spy agency, the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), has been targeting popular mobile browsers and App Stores - leaving millions at risk of having their private data hacked.
This is just the latest in a long series of revelations about how the government has been spying on our private online activities on a massive scale - without ever going to a judge to ask for a warrant.
Earlier this week, we launched a crowdsourced pro-privacy action plan, to tackle these and other concerns. The early reception has been positive, with the federal Privacy Commissioner stating that he “shared many of the views expressed by participants in this project”.
Your news links for today:
- Is Rogers Selling your Location Data? - Devonavar
- Test shows if your ISP is throttling Internet speed - The Next Web
- Net Neutrality Rules Are Already Forcing Companies To Play Fair, And The Giant ISPs Absolutely Hate It - Techdirt
- Sony Uses Copyright To Force Verge To Takedown Its Copy Of Sony's Spotify Contract - Techdirt
- No, Congress did not just vote to end NSA spying - The Hill
- FBI admits no major cases cracked with Patriot Act snooping powers - Washington Post
- Encryption Is 'Depressing,' the FBI Says - VICE Motherboard
- Hundreds of tech companies line up to oppose TPP trade agreement - The Guardian
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