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Article by Darren Fleet for the National Observer
Out of morbid curiosity I made a Freedom of Information request to the government spy agency, CSIS. I asked them if I had ever been subject to surveillance. To help with their inquiry, I gave them my name, and a brief description of my activities over the past five years – writing, environmental and social activism, and working for the Vancouver Observer and Adbusters magazine.
Just two short years ago, if you stopped people on the street and asked about mass surveillance, you’d have likely been met with a blank stare. Older generations may have brought up scenes from long-toppled totalitarian regimes, such as the system of ubiquitous domestic surveillance designed by East Germany’s spy agency, the Stasi.
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.
In response to pressure from our community, OpenMedia launched a new campaign called No Fake Internet, inviting people from around the world to stand with open Internet advocates in places like India, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Paraguay, Panama, and others, who are demanding access to the full, real, open Internet.
As many of you are already aware, their pleas come in response to growing outrage over Internet.org, a controversial new platform from Facebookand large telecom providers where selected services are prioritized over others. This is, of course, a move by Zuckerberg to make Facebook a gatekeeper of the Web that currently knows no boundaries.
Your news links for today:
- Cellphone customers have bargaining power thanks to CRTC contract rule - CBC
- Shomi to be made available to all Canadians this summer - Mobile Syrup
- Rampant telecom surveillance conducted with little transparency, oversight - CBC News
- CSE and friends target mobile phones - Lux Ex Umbra
- B.C. Senator Mobina Jaffer slams Bill C-51 - CBC News
- 5 reasons your Internet bill keeps climbing - CBS News
- Government’s Expansion of PIPEDA in Budget Bill Raises Constitutional Questions - Michael Geist
- The Senate Has Passed the TPP Fast Track Bill—We Now Take Our Fight to the House - EFF
- Steve Wozniak: Edward Snowden is 'a hero to me' - Fortune
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.
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
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