Posted by Lindsey Pinto on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 - 18:57
Russell McOrmond is a private citizen who's been attending the Committee meetings for the controversial Copyright Amendment Act (Bill C-11). In the coming days, amendments to the bill will be suggested by Big Media and by public interest groups—now is the time for Canadians to speak up.
As the government tries to tell us not to worry about the online spying bill—they're misleadingly indicating that they're stepping back in order to wait out the outcry—Big Telecom is also trying to convince Canadians that we're leading the world in all things digital, not falling behind. But the unfortunate truth is that Canada has become a digital laggard.
Don't be discouraged though. Our pro-Internet community (you!) is healthy, engaged, and growing, and together we can continue to make meaningful change. Let's keep going: be sure to tell at least one new person about the pro-Internet community today.
Article by Peter Nowak:
So, Canadians spend more time online than anyone else, huh? That’s what the latest report from analysis firm ComScore says. Read more »
Last week I wrote about the astonishing demands of the Canadian music industry as it seeks a massive overhaul of Bill C-11, the copyright reform bill. The Canadian Independent Music Association is seeking changes to the enabler provision that would create liability risk for social networking sites, search engines, blogging platforms, video sites, and many other websites featuring third party contributions. If that were not enough, it is also calling for a new iPod tax, an extension in the term of copyright, a removal of protections for user generated content, parody, and satire, as well as an increase in statutory damage awards. Read more »
Posted by Adam Webb on Sunday, March 4, 2012 - 18:51
It’s a true coming-of-age story. A year after reluctantly revisiting and then comprising on Usage Based Billing (UBB), the CRTC has taken to proactive measures in dealing with the misconduct of Internet Service Providers (ISPs).
Posted by Lindsey Pinto on Friday, March 2, 2012 - 13:31
Vic Toews has been rampantly spreading his PR spin about the online spying bills through Parliament and through the media with op-eds. He's using the same, tired talking points to try to make it seem like Canadians don't know what we're talking about when it comes to the bill.
In this video, Ontario Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian debunks Toews' points, and makes it clear that the online spying bill is, without question, poorly thought-out.
Posted by Teresa Murphy on Friday, March 2, 2012 - 07:40
The CRTC has found more noncompliance of net neutrality policy on Rogers but is failing to act. Instead it’s providing Rogers with a case by case basis to ensure it is within compliance with CRTC policy rather than actively calling this ISP out on several infractions of CRTC policy. In a letter dated February 29th, 2012 the CRTC stated: