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The 1993 CBC on the possibilities of the Internet

Check out this 1993 story from the CBC Digital Archives about the possibilities of the Internet. Even then, it was clear: "People in a group [online] have our own sense of community and what we can do."

Fast-forward almost 20 years and many of those possibilities have been realized—when open, affordable, accessible, and surveillance-free, the Internet is a bastion for free speech, community, a vibrant digital economy and more. But we have to continue to stand together as the Internet's immune system to keep our digital future open. And right now, the most important thing to do may be to stand against warrantless online spying by spreading around the tool and video at http://openmedia.ca/Stand. Together we carry weight—let's protect our future.

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Topics: Online Spying

The Mark: Internet access good for democracy? Not with government surveillance

Governments around the world are seeking to increase their control over the infrastructure of the Internet in an effort to limit its challenge to their power. In China and Iran many sites are blocked, while in Azerbaijan all Internet and cell phone activity is logged. And it's not much better in Western democracies; in the U.S., the National Security Agency has conducted warrantless wiretapping for almost a decade.

You can help Canada to be a leader of the global pro-Internet movement! Thanks all of you who have done your part to spread the word about Vic Toews' online spying plan. Our StopSpying.ca video now has over 15,000 views in just a few days! You can find it here.

Article by Rebecca MacKinnon for The Mark:

This week, at least 125 million people are watching the Eurovision Song Contest, an annual competition of singers from 56 countries across Europe and parts of the former Soviet Union. This year’s contest is hosted by Azerbaijan, a country whose human-rights record has come under heavy fire. Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

NDP leader responds to StopSpying.ca campaign

Today—one day after the launch of a new viral video about online spying bill C-30—NDP leader Thomas Mulcair sent a response to petition signers asserting that his party "share[s] the concerns of many Canadians who oppose legislation relating to lawful access, ACTA, and digital locks."

This means that the NDP, which has the most seats in the House of Commons after the Conservative Party, is onside with pro-Internet Canadians who have fought against warrantless online spying, as well as the Internet lockdown. Thanks to all of you who have taken the time to send messages to your MPs at http://openmedia.ca/stand and to spread the word—our voices truly are echoing through the halls of Parliament.

Here's the letter from Mulcair:

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Thank you for your previous email outlining your desire for better protection for consumers in the growing digital economy. New Democrats recognize the importance of the digital economy and we are working hard to protect Canadian consumers. Read more »


Big Telecom's Bills: Weekly Update from OpenMedia.ca

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Here's Lindsey with your update:

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Letter to Supporters: What will it cost?

Would you want up to three billion dollars1 of your country’s tax dollars spent on Vic Toews’ online spying plan? How would you feel if Public Safety Minister Vic Toews had already quietly set aside your tax dollars for the scheme?

This isn’t a hypothetical question. Despite media stories saying the bill will die, just last week Vic Toews arrogantly proclaimed that the government is still "intent on proceeding" with his unpopular warrantless online spying bill.2 And he just set aside millions of your tax dollars to pay for it.3

Today, to push back, we’re launching a viral video—a new tool to help you educate as many Canadians as possible about this costly online spying scheme. We know from experience that when people get informed and get vocal en masse, we win. Read more »


Intern Chronicle #3: The Longest Weekend Ever

In this week's Intern Chronicle: health, a short week, bicycles, sasquatches (sasquatchi? sasquatchs?), and more!

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