Your news links for today:
- Bill C-51 will ruin, not protect, lives of Canadians - ThinkPol
- Stephen Harper’s Bill C-51 undermines Canadian democracy and amounts to anti-dissent laws - Pirate Party of Canada
- Canadian anti-terror bill opens door for human rights abuses, law scholars argue - The Guardian
- Anti-terror laws threaten academic freedom – The Varsity
- “You have to commit a criminal offence” to fall within the scope of C-51 powers." FALSE - FactsCan
- Stephen Harper dismisses Bill C-51 criticism as "conspiracy theory" - YouTube
- Secret Memo Reveals RCMP Records on Requests for Subscriber Data “Inaccurate and Incomplete” - Michael Geist
- The Fifth Estate: The Espionage Establishment - Lux Ex Umbra
- Tim Cook says terrorism should not scare people into giving up their privacy - 9to5Mac
- After a Decade's Fight for Net Neutrality, Huge Win for Free Speech Online - ACLU
- Bring on the lawsuits—FCC chairman says net neutrality will survive - Ars Technica
- Buoyed By Net-Neutrality Win, Internet Activists Prepare Next Campaign - National Journal
Principled Conservative blogger Connie Fournier details why she is against the government's secret police Bill C-51.
By Connie Fournier
Much has been said recently about the "anti-terrorism" Bill C-51 that is currently being debated in the House of Commons.
I have been quite vocal about the fact that I oppose this Bill, but I haven't gone into a lot of detail as to why. I think it is important for my fellow conservatives to understand that this is not a partisan issue. Just because it is mainly the NDP and the Green Party who have spoken out against it doesn't mean that conservatives shouldn't have grave concerns as well. My concerns are well-founded, and they are based on personal experience. Read more »
Academics speak out against secret police Bill C-51.
Article from The National Post
Dear Members of Parliament,
Please accept this collective open letter as an expression of the signatories’ deep concern that Bill C-51 (which the government is calling the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015) is a dangerous piece of legislation in terms of its potential impacts on the rule of law, on constitutionally and internationally protected rights, and on the health of Canada’s democracy.
Why is CSE storing millions of emails that Canadians send to the government?
Article by Nicole Bogart for Global
Canada’s electronic spy agency collects and stores millions of emails sent to the government to check for malware and suspicious links, according to documents obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. But experts are concerned about the scope of the surveillance.
Don't miss this amazing live Q&A session with @CJFE and Edward Snowden - Wednesday, March 4 from 12 PM - 2 PM ET (9 AM - 12 PM PT). You can submit questions using the hashtag #AskSnowden on Twitter.
SNOWDEN LIVE: CANADA AND THE SECURITY STATE
Join CJFE for a discussion about the state of mass surveillance in Canada, featuring a live Q&A with Edward Snowden. Whistleblower, former NSA contractor, and subject of the Oscar-winning documentary “Citizenfour,” Edward Snowden has sparked an international conversation on surveillance, privacy, and national security. But in the wake of the Snowden leaks, what have we learned? Where are we headed? And what questions remain?
Here's a great recap of the big net neutrality win yesterday. If you haven't had a chance yet, go to https://stoptheslowdown.net to share your victory message and celebrate with thousands of Internet users.
Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica
The Federal Communications Commission today voted to enforce net neutrality rules that prevent Internet providers—including cellular carriers—from blocking or throttling traffic or giving priority to Web services in exchange for payment.
Your news links for today:
- FCC votes for net neutrality, a ban on paid fast lanes, and Title II - Ars Technica
- Dear FCC: Thanks for Listening to Team Internet! - EFF
- Republicans Pledge to Fight FCC’s Open-Web Rules - Bloomberg
- AT&T, Comcast & Verizon Trot Out Their Best Net Neutrality Snark - DSL Reports
- Wall Street Journal Upset Because Title II Didn't Hurt Stocks - DSL Reports
- Less Than Half Of The World Can Read About Net Neutrality - VOCATIV
- FCC met with Canadian researcher to understand CRTC - Toronto Star
- Rogers Executive Calls on Canadian Government to Shut Down VPNs - Michael Geist
- Data caps are back for Telus customers in as arbitrary fashion as you would expect - Android Authority
- Why Bill C-51 is unnecessary and dangerous - Times Colonist
- Please stop saying “The Overwhelming Majority of Canadians Support Bill C-51″. It isn’t true. - Showey Yazdanian
- Harper's anti-terror obsession is un-Canadian - Al Jazeera
All links compiled by OpenMedia.ca community member and volunteer Andrew Currie.
Well, Internet, we did it. Today, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission announced the strongest Net Neutrality rules possible. Experts everywhere agree that the new rules will entrench net neutrality and prevent telecom conglomerates from creating ‘slow lanes’ on the Internet.
Here’s the bottom line: This is a historic victory for the Internet and for Internet users everywhere. The telecom companies were looking for the legal tools to squeeze every last cent out of every last Internet user. But today, they lost those tools. This is because millions of Internet users, hundreds of tech companies, and dozens of public interest groups stayed vigilant for over a year.
The rules came after a massive, year-long campaign involving over 5 million people from across the U.S. and around the globe – many of whom spoke out through our campaign at https://StopTheSlowDown.net (which, as of this morning, we turned into a ‘VICTORY!’ landing page to celebrate the Internet’s big win). It’s been incredible to see how this campaign brought together an inspiring coalition of open Internet groups, public interest groups, civil rights organizations, and web companies.
We did it! Today, the FCC announced that it would not allow Big Telecom to create Internet slow lanes, and would preserve real net neutrality. Go to StopTheSlowdown.net to celebrate!
Canadian group plays pivotal role in Historic Win for Internet, as U.S. FCC announces strong new rules to save Net Neutrality
February 26, 2015 – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has just announced strong new Net Neutrality rules. Experts say the new rules will entrench net neutrality and prevent telecom conglomerates from creating ‘slow lanes’ on the Internet.
The rules came after a massive, year-long grassroots campaign involving over 5 million people from across Canada, the U.S. and the globe. The campaign was organized by an inspiring coalition of open Internet groups, grassroots groups, civil rights organizations and web companies.
Vancouver-based Internet freedom organization OpenMedia, which yesterday parked a giant Jumbotron opposite the FCC to stream citizen comments, is hailing the FCC’s announcement as a historic victory for Internet users everywhere that will have positive implications for Canadians. The group helped spearhead international efforts to defend net neutrality.
Your news links for today:
- In the Conservative war on terror, the first casualty is Parliament - CBC News
- Why are the Tories determined to rush C-51 through committee? - National Post
- Do Canadians know what they just voted for? - Al Jazeera
- Then along came terror - Globe and Mail
- Harper urges swift passage of anti-terror bill as NDP calls for full study - Winnipeg Free Press
- I emailed Thomas Mulcair about bill C-51 a while back and finally got a reply! - reddit
- Canadian Spies Collect Domestic Emails in Secret Security Sweep - The Intercept
- Sim card firm confirms hack attacks - BBC News
- It's time to break up the NSA - CNN
- The White House Doesn't Want You to Know the TPP's Looming Effects on U.S. Copyright Laws - EFF
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Bell Launches Legal Challenge Against CRTC Net Neutrality Decision - Michael Geist
- I Am Planning Canada Wide Protests for C-51 and Need Your Help /r/Canada - reddit