Digital Journal: "For the U.S., Free Trade means the freedom to snoop."

The U.S. is mad at Canada for storing data locally, away from prying NSA eyes. Does that seem fair to you?

Article by Ken Hanly for Digital Journal

Recent U.S. criticism will increase the conflict between the U.S. and Europe over NSA spying. The office of the U.S.Trade Representative(USTR) claims that creating an EU-centric system to avoid NSA spying would violate international trade laws.

Both Germany and France are said to support a move by Deutsche Telekom to create a European system that would leave NSA unable to spy on phone and email conversations since they would not go through any U.S.-based system that NSA can access. The U.S. claims that this would put U.S. technology companies at a disadvantage, particularly any company that is known to allow NSA to spy on its system. The USTR claims that American tech companies would take a huge financial hit if the system goes ahead. In its annual report the USTR complained: Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

David Ellis: Citizen pressure prompts CRTC to demand answers from Bell

Is the CRTC finally waking up to Canadians' anger over big telecom's attempts to throttle wireless access to online content? Do you think this is a step in the right direction?

Article by David Ellis

Today saw another encouraging step in the CRTC’s management of the Ben Klass Part 1 application on Bell’s Mobile TV service. You can get the backstory in my prior posts (first one was in November) and from Ben’s blog, among other places. Read more »

Topics: Affordability

David Ellis: Digital Canada 150: The 'strategy' without a strategy

Experts are slamming the government's recently released Digital Canada plan. This analysis from David Ellis highlights how the plan's lack of strategy means Canada will fall further behind other industrialized nations. All this while the digital divide continues to grow. Want more from our digital future? Visit to push for change.

Article by David Ellis

Four years and they give us 26 lousy pages? Read more »

Michael Geist: Government's Privacy Bill S-4 will undermine Canadians' privacy

Bill S-4: the not-so-little Privacy Bill that wasn't.

Article by Michael Geist

Earlier this week, the government introduced the Digital Privacy Act (Bill S-4), the latest attempt to update Canada's private sector privacy law. The bill is the third try at privacy reform stemming from the 2006 PIPEDA review, with the prior two bills languishing for months before dying due to elections or prorogation. Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

Michael Geist: The outlook for Canada's digital future is not rosy

BY THE NUMBERS: the government's Digital Canada 150 plan will allow Canada to fall behind other industrialized nations and worsen the digital divide between Canadians. Think that's not good enough? Speak out at

Article by Michael Geist

The release of Digital Canada 150, the federal government's long-awaited digital strategy, included a clear connectivity goal: 98 percent access to 5 Mbps download speeds by 2019. While the government promises to spend $305 million on rural broadband over the next five years and touts the goal as "a rate that enables e-commerce, high-resolution video, employment opportunities and distance education", the reality is that Canada now has one of the least ambitious connectivity goals in the developed world. Read more »

Topics: Action Plan

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