Your news links for today:
- Infographic: Bill C-51 by the numbers - CJFE
- Bill C-51 opposition tweeted by Margaret Atwood, Sarah Harmer - CBC News
- Terror fight hampering work on other criminal files, senior Mountie says - Toronto Star
- A million nays: why India is pressing the ‘dislike’ button on Zuckerberg and Airtel - Tech in Asia
- Internet.org: delivering poor Internet to poor people - Boing Boing
- Zuckerberg says Internet.org is not anti-net neutrality... but it is - BetaNews
- MPAA Wants Private Theaters in U.S. Embassies to Lobby Officials - TorrentFreak
- Leaked: The MPAA’s iPad Piracy Potential Analysis - TorrentFreak
- Copyright For Sale: How the Sony Documents Illustrate the Link Between the MPAA and Political Donations - Michael Geist
- Hacked Sony emails reveal that Sony had pirated books about hacking - Daily Dot
Business Leaders pen an open letter warning the government that Bill C-51 will cause serious damage to Canadian businesses
APRIL 21, 2015: 60 leading Canadian business people, entrepreneurs, and investors have sent Prime Minister Stephen Harper an open letter warning that Bill C-51 will stifle business, undermine international trust, and do lasting damage to Canada’s economy. The letter was circulated by digital rights organization OpenMedia. In the letter the business leaders also join with 198,000 Canadians who have added their name to a joint petition at StopC51.ca.
The leaders affiliated with companies worth billions of dollars including Hootsuite, OpenText, Slack, Shopify and Tucows, are asking Stephen Harper to scrap the legislation and go back to the drawing board. Their appeal comes just days before the House of Commons is due to debate the bill on Friday, with a final vote expected very soon.
CSIS is keeping everyone, including ministers of the Crown, out of the loop. And Harper seems to be OK with it.
Article by Andrew Mitrovica for iPolitics
When it comes to strengthening what passes for oversight of Canada’s spy service, Stephen Harper doesn’t listen to his critics. Maybe he’ll start listening to his friends.
Earlier this week, I spoke at length with a former senior government official who not only spent decades deep inside the Canadian spy biz, he also worked closely with, and remains a political ally of, the prime minister.
This former official — who agreed to be quoted only on condition of anonymity — is an experienced hand in the netherworld of intelligence. Academics, journalists and politicians of all political stripes — including, no doubt, Harper himself — would all attest to his ability to navigate the tricky bureaucratic terrain where politics and espionage meet.
Current copyright regimes are favouring the interest of big corporations while threatening our freedom of expression.Article by Michael Geist
Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah) starts tonight with events planned around the world. Last year, my daughter Jordan participated in the March of the Living, an annual event that brings thousands of people from around the world to the concentration camps in Poland. The experience had a profound effect and since her return she has become increasingly active within the March of the Living organization including joining the Ottawa board of directors. As part of tonight’s Holocaust remembrance event in Ottawa, she was asked to create a video to commemorate last year’s trip including interviews with participants, pictures, and video. She spent hours interviewing 18 participants on their experience and worked through hundreds of photos and hours of video to create a five-minute snapshot.
Over 200,000 actions to #RejectFear and #StopC51 - MPs are back in Ottawa this week, but are they listening?
In all our time at OpenMedia, we’ve never seen numbers quite like these: over 2,200 letters sent to local newspapers, over 1,400 phone calls to MPs (thanks Leadnow!), over 12,000 letters to MPs (in a single day!), and over 2,000 taking part in our Thunderclap that reached an amazing 1.9 million people.
And, of course, we also saw dozens of events organized by everyday Canadians in local communities across the country - not to mention the incredible 197,000 people who’ve signed our joint StopC51.ca petition calling on the government to scrap this reckless, dangerous, and ineffective legislation. Thanks to you, we’re now picking up hard-hitting media coverage, adding to the pressure on the government.
April 18, 2015: Dozens of community-organized events are taking place across Canada today (Saturday), as tens of thousands of Canadians continue to speak out against the government’s Bill C-51. It follows a #StopC51 Week of Education which has seen tens of thousands of people sign petitions (Nearly 200,000 signatures), write letters to local papers, and inundate MP offices with letters and phone calls.
Today’s events are not being organized by any specific organization, but by a wide range of individuals and community groups across the country. They range from rallies taking place in a number of major cities, to smaller outreach events and petition drives.
Confirmed events are taking place in: Toronto, Brantford, Calgary, Chatham-Kent, Edmonton, Elliot Lake, Guelph, Halifax, Kingston, Kitchener, Kamloops, Lethbridge, London, Montreal, Moosejaw, Newfoundland, Newmarket, Ottawa (Day of Action), Ottawa (What Canadian Muslims Need to Know about C-51), Peterborough, Prince George, Regina, Sarnia, Sudbury, Vancouver, Victoria, Vernon, Windsor, Winnipeg.
Still trying to wrap your mind around Bill C-51? Here's an interesting infographic from CJFE. Learn more about why Bill C-51 is irresponsible, dangerous, and ineffective.
Article by Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
[Yesterday marked] the anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the critical document that underpins our Canadian democracy. Bill C-51, Canada's proposed anti-terrorism legislation, threatens these rights that shape our country's values and puts our freedom at risk.
As a part of #StopC51 Education Week, we have put together an infographic highlighting some of the statistics and criticism of this dangerous legislation. Please share the image below, and take the time to read more about why Bill C-51 is irresponsible, dangerous, and ineffective.
Tomorrow, events are taking place right across Canada to #RejectFear and #StopC51 - here’s how you can help!
We couldn’t be more grateful for the support - it comes at a crucial time, as we’ve just heard confirmation that this reckless legislation will be debated by the House of Commons just seven days from now - so it’s never been more important to speak up!
Your news links for today:
- Rogers blames new regs for increased Canadian cord cutting - FierceCable
- $750 Million Class Action Launched Against Bell Over Relevant Ads Program - iPhone in Canada
- TV Companies Will Sue VPN Providers “In Days” - TorrentFreak
- Nobody’s Perfect: Leaked Contract Reveals Sony Requires Netflix To Geo-Block But Acknowledges Technology Is Imperfect - Michael Geist
- Netflix Sets Pricing Based on Local Piracy Rates - TorrentFreak
- Google, Facebook Take Heat For Violating Neutrality Overseas - DSL Reports
- Partners withdraw from Zuckerberg's Internet.org over net neutrality fears - The Inquirer
- FCC Boss Reminds Broadcasters Net Neutrality Is Good For Them - DSL Reports
- Fast Track Bill Would Legitimize White House Secrecy and Clear the Way for Anti-User Trade Deals - EFF
- Why is Harper content to let CSIS keep him in the dark? - iPolitics
The government is trying to scare us into accepting a reckless bill that will undermine our basic democratic rights. Here's how it will affect our lives:
Article by Megan Drysdale via CJFE
Since Bill C-51 was introduced, an abundance of analyses and commentaries have been published, examining the contents and broad reach of the proposed legislation. The general threats to your rights are widely reported on, but what do these threats actually mean for you?
Here are six ways that Bill C-51 could affect your day-to-day life:
- Your private information will no longer be private
Your confidential information and interactions with the government will now be fair game for sharing between departments for many broad reasons, of which terrorism is only one. The bill explicitly permits someone who received information under the bill to use and disclose it “to any person, for any purpose.” Looking at the list of recipient institutions, this could include information about your health, passport applications and personal taxes, among other things. And despite claiming to not target Canadians, Canada’s intelligence agency CSE is also given access to your information in this bill.
- Your private information will no longer be private
Modern Journalism couldn’t happen without the power to link freely. And here’s just one example to show us the gravity of the situation:
Last year, U.S. journalist and privacy activist Barrett Brown was sentenced to over five years in jail. He had initially been indicted in 2012 on charges stemming from links he posted online. The links he posted–which he was later proven never even to have opened–pointed to material sourced from a hack on StratFor, a shady intelligence contractor with close ties to the U.S. government and many large corporations.
Those charges were later dropped, but Brown was eventually sent to jail for obstructing the FBI investigation into the links he’d posted online. Ironically, he wouldn’t have felt a need to hide his laptop when the FBI came knocking had they not come knocking in the first place.
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