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WikiLeaks release of TPP Intellectual Property chapter confirms agreement threatens Canada’s Internet freedom

Confirmed: 20-year copyright term extensions, new rules that would induce ISPs to block websites, and criminal penalties for the circumvention of digital locks

October 9, 2015 – This morning, WikiLeaks released the final version of the TPP’s Intellectual Property Chapter, just days after Trade Minister Ed Fast’s promise to release “a provisional copy” of the text for public scrutiny.

Internet freedom group OpenMedia warns that the leak confirms Internet advocates greatest fears, including: new provisions that would induce Internet Service Providers to block websites without a court ruling, 20-year copyright term extensions, and new criminal penalties for the circumvention of digital locks. Reacting to the leak, OpenMedia’s Digital Rights Specialist Meghan Sali had this to say:

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The TPP isn't really about free trade - it means Internet censorship on a global scale

The TPP isn't really about free trade, it means Internet censorship on a global scale. 
Written by and for Techdirt

We've pointed out a few times in the past that while everyone refers to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement as a "free trade" agreement, the reality is that there's very little in there that's actually about free trade. If it were truly a free trade agreement, then there would be plenty of reasons to support it. But the details show it's not, and yet, time and time again, we see people supporting the TPP because "well, free trade is good." The Washington Post, for example, pushed out a ridiculous editorial arguing that the TPP is cause for celebration because it will "slash tariffs and harmonize regulatory regimes."  Read more »

Dems vow to keep net neutrality riders out of funding bill

It looks like our pressure is working! A week ago, Big Telecom tried (and failed) to destroy the open web by sneaking new slow lane powers into a bill that has nothing to do with the Internet – thanks in part to pressure the OpenMedia community. And now Democrats in the U.S. Congress are saying if they ever try to undermine Net Neutrality again, they'll be sure to stop it. This is huge!

Written by Mario Trujillo for The Hill

Senate Democrats are warning Republicans that they will fight to keep budget riders to block net neutrality out of a government funding bill that must be passed by Dec. 11. 

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Four political parties. One digital future.

This morning OpenMedia released our crowdsourced 2015 Election Report Card, grading each of the national parties on how their plans measure up to our action plan for the Internet. With the election just around the corner, we wanted to make sure that you have all of the information that you need to cast an informed vote on the future of Canada’s Internet.

Check out our crowdsourced Election Report Card to find out how each of the parties fared.

To help you sort through the noise, our report card assesses how each of the parties’ policies and practices measure up to our policy recommendations, crowdsourced from you!

These grades are based on the performances and platforms of the main political parties. They are based on each party’s past record and future commitment to implementing our pro-Internet action plan, crafted with the help of leading experts and packed with ideas from over 250,000 Canadians - heartfelt thanks for all your amazing feedback!

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Revealed: Which party gets the worst grade for digital policies on affordable access, online privacy, and free expression?

As digital rights issues including the TPP and Bill C-51 continue to play major election role, OpenMedia publishes crowdsourced report card assessing the leading parties on policy priorities shaped by over 250,000 Canadians

October 8, 2015 – Days after the announcement of a major Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, and with Bill C-51 and mass surveillance continuing to spark controversy, many Canadians are asking which party is best placed to secure Canada’s digital future. The non-partisan digital rights group OpenMedia set out to answer that question, by assessing how the parties measure up against policy priorities crowdsourced, with the help of experts, from over 250,000 people.

In a crowdsourced report card published today, each party is assigned grades across a range of priorities, spanning affordable access, privacy, and online free expression. The Green Party and the NDP came top of class, while the Liberal Party had a mixed performance, receiving a ‘C’ grade overall. The Conservatives came bottom of the class with an overall ‘D+’, although they received a stronger ‘C+’ grade for their policies on affordable Internet access. A detailed breakdown is available on OpenMedia’s election website.

“This election is a crossroads for Canada’s Internet,” said OpenMedia’s communications manager David Christopher. “There’s so much on the line: repealing C-51, ending mass surveillance, lowering our ridiculous Internet and cellphone bills, and protecting free expression. Today’s report card helps ensure Canadians know where the parties stand on these issues.”

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Trans-Pacific Partnership may perpetuate errors Robert Reich's new book warns against

Canadians deserve a voice in this. And yet their participation is being so blatantly denied. Wanna speak up? Go to to demand your voice be heard!

Written by Don Pittis for CBC News

According to a new book called Saving Capitalism, what's wrong with the American economic system has a lot to do with the "Mickey Mouse Protection Act."

And rather than rescuing capitalism, the newly announced Trans-Pacific Partnership deal may simply perpetuate the problems identified by the book's author, public intellectual and former U.S. labour secretary Robert Reich.

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