The Varsity: Why Bill C-51 (and your privacy) matter

Here's why our privacy is so important to us.  If you value yours, keep speaking up to repeal C-51 at

Article by Kaitlyn Simpson for The Varsity

The year is 2011: Edward Snowden has just come forth with a shocking disclosure regarding the United States National Security Agency’s invasive and secretive practices. The initial media storm gradually grew into a serious and thoughtful conversation about what privacy means in our technological age — naturally, some were outraged, while others felt it was justified.

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Topics: Online Spying

Star: Why Internet privacy should be a key election issue: Geist

This election, we need to put privacy front and centre to ensure every Canadian has surveillance-free Internet. Sign our pro-Internet vote pledge today

Article by Michael Geist for the Toronto Star

Canada’s controversial anti-terrorism bill, Bill C-51, has emerged as a key talking point in the current election campaign. 

Pointing to its big implications for privacy and surveillance, the NDP sees political opportunity by emphasizing its opposition to the bill, while the Liberals have been forced to defend their decision to support it (but call for amendments if elected). The Conservatives unsurprisingly view the bill as evidence of their commitment to national security and have even floated the possibility of additional anti-terror measures.

Topics: Online Spying

AdWeek: Brazilian Kids Learn English by Video Chatting With Lonely Elderly Americans FCB's touching work for a language school

When the Internet works for good!

Article by Tim Nudd for AdWeek

It's such a great, simple idea: Young Brazilians want to learn English. Elderly Americans living in retirement homes just want someone to talk to. Why not connect them?

FCB Brazil did just that with its "Speaking Exchange" project for CNA language schools. As seen in the touching case study below, the young Brazilians and older Americans connect via Web chats, and they not only begin to share a language—they develop relationships that enrich both sides culturally and emotionally.

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CTV: Digital privacy concerns 'the new normal' as users pay with personal information

Personal information is becoming the new currency of the digital age.

Article by Peter Henderson (Canadian Press) for CTV

TORONTO -- Microsoft's new Windows 10 operating system has been praised for improving upon the flaws of its predecessor, but the company is facing widespread criticism for what some are calling invasive data collection.

Topics: Online Spying

A day in the life of dial-up or: Why we need affordable, world-class service for 100% of Canadians

Below is a guest blog from Carol Vlassoff, an OpenMedia community member and resident of Hawk Lake, Quebec, who faces barriers to affordable, high-speed Internet access in her community.

It is widely believed that all people in today’s world must be able to access the Internet in order to exercise and enjoy their basic human rights. Affordable Internet access allows us to express our opinions freely, and modern telecommunications services should be equally available to all – not just restricted to certain individuals or communities. 

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Topics: Affordability

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