U.N. takes huge step forward to support our right to privacy in the digital age

Yesterday, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously signed off on a U.N. resolution aimed at upholding the right to privacy after revelations by U.S. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden show that the U.S. and U.K. governments have been conducting mass, warrantless surveillance on innocent citizens around the world.

The resolution, known as “the right to privacy in the digital age” affirms that the same rights that people have offline must also be protected online, including the right to privacy. It also reaffirms that individuals should not be denied their human right to privacy because they live in a different country than the one that is spying on them. Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

CBC: Bell Canada's Northwestel ordered to improve telecom service in the Yukon

The CRTC is demanding that Bell Canada's northern subsidiary, Northwestel, improve service and reduce Internet rates in the Yukon. Northwestel’s rates may be among the highest in the world -- at least three times what Canadians in southern Canada are paying.

From CBC News:

Bell Canada’s northern subsidiary, Northwestel, may be forced to lower its internet rates in Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut as part of the modernization plan ordered by the CRTC two years ago.

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has ordered Northwestel to submit its current rate schedule for approval. Read more »

Topics: Cell Phones

2013: We did all this together, Canada!

What a year it’s been! With your support, our small and nimble team here at have worked hard to safeguard the possibilities of an open, affordable, and surveillance-free Internet.

We’ve taken on powerful Big Telecom giants - winning important new customer protection rules that force them to better respect cell phone users. We’ve challenged the extreme agenda of U.S. old industry lobbyists who are using the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as an excuse to ram through a secretive and extreme Internet censorship plan. And we’ve sounded the alarm about how unaccountable spy agencies are recklessly spending taxpayer billions while damaging democracy here at home, and Canada’s relationship with important friends and allies abroad.

Here are just some highlights from our work last year: Read more »

Let’s talk about solutions - for Canada’s broken telecom market

I have a lot of respect and admiration for independent telecom analyst and tech writer Peter Nowak. Peter regularly calls bull on Big Telecom’s misleading talking points, and backs it up with hard data and solid analysis. I consider his blog a public service and I read it regularly myself.

That’s why I took a keen interest when he critiqued one of’s key recommendations on how to fix our broken cellphone market. We all know we pay some of the highest prices in the industrialized world, so this is a subject close to many Canadians’ hearts as well of course. Read more »

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