Good news Canada! June 3, 2015 is Cell Phone Freedom Day. Starting next Wednesday, three year contracts which have run for 24 months or more can be cancelled without any penalties. For example, if you entered into a 3-year cell phone contract on June 3, 2013, you now have the option of ending that contract on June 3, 2015, without penalty.
Your news links for today:
- Big Data and the Surveillance of Everything - Episyllogism
- How metadata compromises you - Boing Boing
- Law, Privacy and Surveillance in Canada in the Post-Snowden Era - Michael Geist
- The Harper Government Is Still Refusing to Give Our Transparency Watchdog Any Money - VICE Canada
- Inside NSA, Officials Privately Criticize "Collect It All" Surveillance - The Intercept
- The US Senate's Patriot Act Fail - EFF
- UN: Encryption and Anonymity Must Be Protected - TorrentFreak
- U.K. wants to force Internet companies to decrypt messages - BGR
- Is Internet access necessary for economic well-being? FCC chairman thinks so. - Christian Science Monitor
- CRTC Looking For Canadian Volunteers to Test ISP Performance - DSL Reports
- Internet Access in the Canadian Arctic (Cambridge Bay, NU) - reddit
- Shomi’s Public Launch Won’t Stop CRTC from Hearing Subscriptions Complaint - iPhone in Canada
- ‘Livid’ Letterman Fans Complain to CRTC as Rogers, Shaw Cut Off Ending of Final Show - iPhone in Canada
- Stop Calling the TPP a Trade Agreement – It Isn’t. - Bill Moyers
Community-led rallies taking place in Ottawa and across Canada on Saturday as Senate prepares for crucial final vote on Bill C-51
May 29, 2015 – Community-organized events are taking place across Canada on Saturday, as the Senate prepares to take its final vote on the government’s controversial and unpopular Bill C-51. The rallies take place following a months-long campaign that has seen over 230,000 people sign the StopC51.ca petition, with tens of thousands also taking action by emailing and tweeting at Senators and MPs, and writing letters in newspapers across the country.
Ottawa will be a key focal point, as Canadians from across the country gather in the nation’s capital for Saturday’s National Convergence against Bill C-51. Marchers will assemble at 2pm ET at the Canadian Tribute to Human Rights monument on Elgin Street. Other community-led events are taking place in towns and cities across Canada - a full listing of all events is available at StopC51.ca/May30
Dozens of community events are taking place across Canada this Saturday May 30 to #RejectFear and #StopC51
Just a few days before the final vote on Bill C-51, everyday Canadians want to take a stand against this reckless, dangerous and ineffective bill. That’s why dozens of community-organized events are taking place across Canada tomorrow (Saturday), in the third round of nationwide protests.
They range from rallies taking place in a number of major cities, to smaller outreach events and petition drives. Many of these are planned as intimate local events, as Canadians reach out to their neighbours and local communities to warn them about how this legislation will affect our everyday lives.
Starting June 3, three year contracts which have run or 24 months or more can be cancelled without any penalties. Together, we helped make this code of conduct happen by developing our crowdsourced action plan for the future of our wireless market.
The fight to stop reckless Bill C-51 has reached a crucial stage: the final vote in the Senate is expected within days.
A number of senators have spoken out against Bill C-51 over the past week, including B.C. Senator Mobina Jaffer who said on local radio that "this bill will not keep us safe, but is just a rhetoric that will divide us".1
A growing number are saying that they will vote against it - but most have remained silent.2 This Saturday, grassroots rallies are taking place across Canada, including a National Convergence to Stop C-51 on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.
Events are happening in Ottawa, Barrie, Calgary, Courtenay, Edmonton, Halifax, London, Montreal, Regina, Sudbury, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, and Winnipeg - plus one today in Kitchener-Waterloo. Find the event closest to you on the StopC51.ca website.
Your news links for today:
- You’re on Your Own: How the Government Wants Canadians To Sacrifice Their Personal Security - Michael Geist
- "Torus": has one word in a Snowden leak revealed a huge expansion in surveillance? - WIRED
- Anonymous Fear-Mongering About the Patriot Act from the White House and NYT - The Intercept
- TISA: Yet Another Leaked Treaty You've Never Heard Of Makes Secret Rules for the Internet - EFF
- Here’s how much corporations paid US senators to fast-track the TPP bill - The Guardian
- Julian Assange on the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Secretive Deal Isn’t About Trade, But Corporate Control - Democracy Now
- Telecom complaint watchdog weighs in on 3-year contracts - Globe and Mail
- Netflix Now Accounts for 36.5% of Peak Internet Traffic - DSL Reports
This journalist experienced first hand what Canada will look like if Bill C-51 is passed. Keep speaking up at StopC51.ca
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.
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