It's time for a digital bill of rights to protect privacy and free speech online. That's according to Sir Tim Berners-Lee who, 25 years ago today, invented what would become the world wide web. What do you think of his idea?
Article by Jemima Kiss for The Guardian
The inventor of the world wide web believes an online "Magna Carta" is needed to protect and enshrine the independence of the medium he created and the rights of its users worldwide. Read more »
As more and more of us cut the cord from cable TV, Big Telecom are doing what it takes to lock us in their old-fashioned, expensive TV plans. Tell the CRTC what you think using our handy guide to their "Let's talk" consultation - but act fast, the deadline is this Friday March 14: https://openmedia.ca/choicebook
Article by Dan Tencer for the Huffington Post
Here’s some bad news for cable TV cord-cutters: You likely won’t be able to watch your favourite TV shows (legally) online for much longer. Read more »
Your news links for today:
- How the NSA Plans to Infect ‘Millions’ of Computers with Malware - The Intercept
- How a Court Secretly Evolved, Extending U.S. Spies’ Reach - New York Times
- If U.S. Cloud Computing Isn’t Good Enough for the Canadian Government, Why Should It Be for You? - Michael Geist
- Web founder Tim Berners-Lee calls for internet bill of rights - CBC News
- National broadband is anything but a failure - WordsByNowak
- Crony Capitalism?: Revolving Door between Telecom-Media-Internet Industries in Canada and Ex-Politicos - Mediamorphis
- Harper’s National Wireless Plan Now Hinges on Separatist - Bloomberg
- Canada and South Korea manage a free trade agreement without crazy copyright provisions - Boing Boing
Imagine a world in which your favorite indie comedy troupe can no longer afford the bandwidth to stream the sketches you love onto your desktop. Or a world in which the small e-shopping website you love shuts down as a result of an outrageous jump in bandwidth costs.
Now, while you’re at it, imagine your shock when you discover your Internet bill has skyrocketed because your ISP is now charging extra to ensure your Netflix stream doesn’t come a grinding halt, or that you’re able to connect with friends on Facebook.
Your news links for today:
- Péladeau’s move into political spotlight casts doubt on Ottawa’s wireless ambitions - National Post
- Facts vs FUD: Roam Mobility vs Rogers - HowardForums
- Canada - South Korea Trade Agreement Demonstrates Deals Possible Without Increasing IP Protections - Michael Geist
- Citizen Lab proves how Internet filtering doesn't work - The Citizen Lab
- ImageThink's graphic recording of Glenn Greenwald's SXSW talk - Twitter
- Snowden: CIA Playing 'Keep Away' from Senate Investigators - NBC News
- Edward Snowden and ACLU at SXSW - YouTube
Canada has a stark digital deficit and a growing digital divide. Expert Peter Nowak looks at how low-income neighbourhoods here and in the U.S. are increasingly being left behind.
Article from Words by Nowak
One of the first things I did before putting in an offer on a new home last summer was call my internet provider. I wanted to know what kinds of speeds I could expect if I ended up living there. Fortunately, I got the all-clear – the fastest connections were indeed available – so my wife and I went ahead and ultimately bought the house. Read more »
The CRTC is asking Canadians what they think about the future of digital services in Canada. This important consultation could either help fix our broken telecom market, or entrench the power and control of Big Telecom. With just days to go until the deadline, it's vital we seize this opportunity and speak up load and clear.
Your news links for today:
- Canadian Broadcasters Find Clever, Nasty Way To Slow Down Digital TV Revolution - Huffington Post
- Telecoms cry foul over spectrum rules - Globe and Mail
- Netflix-Comcast a different kind of net neutrality - WordsByNowak
- A New Hollywood Business Plan (suing downloaders) - The Legion of Decency
- Parliamentary oversight at work - Lux Ex Umbra
- You Know Who Else Collected Metadata? The Stasi - Techdirt
- 'What does ISP mean?' - how government officials are flunking security challenges - The Guardian
- Even the Chinese Can Tell the TransPacific Partnership is Unlikely to Get Done - naked capitalism
Telecom expert Michael Geist is not impressed with the CRTC's consultation on our digital future - and he has some advice for CRTC Chair Blais. The consultation may be biased toward Big Telecom interests - but we can fix this, by speaking out using our handy guide at https://openmedia.ca/choicebook - there are just days to go, so make sure your voice is heard right now.
Article By Michael Geist
Last month, I blogged about the CRTC's Talk TV consultation and concerns that the questions were framed in a lopsided manner. CRTC Chair Jean Pierre Blais was asked about those concerns in Twitter chat and he responded that the questions and answers "were intended to be provocative." I address that response in my weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) highlighting both the concerns with the survey and offering some additional provocative questions that the Commission excluded. Read more »
Finally! It looks like the government's long-awaited digital economy strategy is coming soon. They've only been promising us this since 2010. Do you think this strategy will finally bring Canada up to speed with our global counterparts?
Article By The Canadian Press and Jennifer Ditchbur
OTTAWA – Industry Minister James Moore says the Conservative government’s long-awaited digital strategy is coming soon — he’s even showing off the cover page. Read more »
Fans of popular Canadian comedy The Trailer Park Boys have reason to cheer, following an announcement that two new seasons are coming to Netflix this fall.
Sadly, policymakers at the CRTC are considering a new tax on online services like Netflix, to subsidize broadcast media owned by Big Telecom. This when our telecom giants - who own major media outlets including CTV, CityTV, and Global - are already receiving tens of millions in subsidies from the Canadian Media Fund, often to churn out poor quality Canadian retreads of U.S. TV shows. Read more »
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