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Acting CRTC Chair Gives Thumbs Up to CGO

Yesterday acting CRTC Chair Leonard Katz mentioned the Canadian Gamers Organization efforts on Internet traffic management practices [ITMP]. A bit of a spelling mistake on our organizations name but we can live with that. While it’s nice to see our organization at the forefront of making a difference for consumers, it’s important to note that Rogers has yet to provide the requested exit strategy from ITMP the CRTC requested in February this year. Read more »

GigaOM: UN wants to take over management of the Internet

We’ve been fighting successfully with the pro-Internet community to keep the Internet free of government control, but a new challenge is lurking on the horizon; the UN’s International Telecommunications Union thinks that it should be in charge of managing the Internet. U.S. Representatives have expressed concern with this latest attempt to assert control over the Internet, but will their opposition be enough?

By Mathew Ingram for GigaOM

Even as Internet-control bills like SOPA and PIPA were making their way through the Senate and House of Representatives earlier this year (only to be short-circuited by public opinion), there was another potential firestorm brewing just beneath the surface — one that is expected to erupt in a matter of months in Dubai. That’s because the International Telecommunications Union, an arm of the United Nations, wants very much to take over management of the Internet, a plan that will be debated by member nations in Dubai. On Thursday, a bipartisan group of U.S. congressional officials said they will resist this attempt with everything they have. But will it be enough? Read more »

Topics: Action Plan

Letter to Supporters: Who's on your side?

Thanks to you, over sixty MPs have said they will stand with Canadians against Vic Toews’ online spying plan. Find out which through the Pro-Privacy MP tool we created for you at http://openmedia.ca/WithCanada.

By sharing the video at http://openmedia.ca/stand and taking action, you raised a loud national call for every MP to stand with Canada against costly and invasive online spying. Thanks to you and the rest of the pro-Internet community, the video went viral and got national news coverage from CBC,1 among others.

The response so far has exceeded our expectations: Over sixty MPs have signed up as Pro-Privacy politicians. You can see exactly which MPs are on your side, and which are not, using our new pro-privacy MP display tool here: http://openmedia.ca/WithCanada

Vic Toews, far from backing down, is pushing for a renewed multi-faceted scheme to erode Canadians’ online privacy rights: Toews has been working on a deal with the U.S. known as “Perimeter Security”, which could lead to the U.S. government having access to your private data.2 Additionally, the Federal Budget for this year includes a plan to cut funding to the watchdog responsible for overseeing Canada's spy agency, CSIS.3 Read more »


Privacy Commissioner's Annual Report Slams Lawful Access

Dr. Ann Cavoukian's annual report declares that privacy activists must be "ever vigilant" in staying on top of legislation that threatens privacy. Cavoukian asserts that online spying legislation is creating a system of "Surveillance by design", and represents “one of the most invasive threats to our privacy and freedom that I have ever encountered in my 25 years”. Take a stand against online spying.

From ITbusiness.ca

A record number of complaints and freedom of information requests were made to the office of Ontario's privacy commissioner last year, according to the commissioner's annual report released today.

The 277 privacy complaints closed in 2011 set a new record, commissioner Ann Cavoukian said in her report. And a total of 45,159 freedom of information requests were made in the province in 2011, up 16 per cent from 2010 and another new record. Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

We prepare to reveal which MPs stand with Canadians

Public Safety Minister Vic Toews is still not backing down when it comes to his warrantless online spying scheme. While Canadians call on our MPs to stand against the invasive and costly legislation, Bill C-30, Toews has been toiling away to try to scare us into believing the bill is necessary. He's gone so far, as one commenter put it, to use "tragedy as a tool for his draconian legislation."

Luckily Canadians are too well-informed to fall for Toews' PR—especially thanks to the past and recent national news coverage that your outcry has gotten for the campaign. We know that this legislation doesn't target criminals; it instead creates a giant, insecure, and expensive data registry that records the private information of any Canadian, at any time, without a warrant. Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

Globe and Mail: Competition Breaks Up Big Telecom Monopoly in Canada’s North

People in rural areas in Canada sometimes face some of the worst telecom service in the world. But as this article illustrates we’re beginning to break the stranglehold of big telecom in these areas too. The CRTC decided in December to open up Canada’s North to telecom competition, meaning that NorthwesTel is no longer the only option for the majority of rural residents. As new companies enter the market, this competition will encourage improved access, including 3G and 4G data services, expanded wireless coverage, and lower prices.

Everyone deserves to have open and affordable access to the Internet. Thanks to all of you in the pro-Internet community for helping make this a reality. Join the fight to stop the squeeze »

By Rita Trichur for Globe and Mail:

Iristel Inc., one of this country’s largest voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) service providers, is gearing up for some northern exposure. Read more »

Topics: Cell Phones

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