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Guest Blog by Connie Fournier: Conservatives should be worried about C-51 too

Principled Conservative blogger Connie Fournier details why she is against the government's secret police Bill C-51.

By Connie Fournier

Much has been said recently about the "anti-terrorism" Bill C-51 that is currently being debated in the House of Commons.

I have been quite vocal about the fact that I oppose this Bill, but I haven't gone into a lot of detail as to why. I think it is important for my fellow conservatives to understand that this is not a partisan issue. Just because it is mainly the NDP and the Green Party who have spoken out against it doesn't mean that conservatives shouldn't have grave concerns as well. My concerns are well-founded, and they are based on personal experience. Read more »

Topics: Online Spying

National Post: Bill C-51 must be amended or scrapped

Academics speak out against secret police Bill C-51.

Article from The National Post

Dear Members of Parliament,

Please accept this collective open letter as an expression of the signatories’ deep concern that Bill C-51 (which the government is calling the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015) is a dangerous piece of legislation in terms of its potential impacts on the rule of law, on constitutionally and internationally protected rights, and on the health of Canada’s democracy.

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Global: CSE is spying on millions of emails

Why is CSE storing millions of emails that Canadians send to the government?

Article by Nicole Bogart for Global

Canada’s electronic spy agency collects and stores millions of emails sent to the government to check for malware and suspicious links, according to documents obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. But experts are concerned about the scope of the surveillance.

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CJFE: Ask Edward Snowden Anything

Don't miss this amazing live Q&A session with @CJFE and Edward Snowden - Wednesday, March 4 from 12 PM - 2 PM ET (9 AM - 12 PM PT). You can submit questions using the hashtag #AskSnowden on Twitter. 

SNOWDEN LIVE: CANADA AND THE SECURITY STATE

Join CJFE for a discussion about the state of mass surveillance in Canada, featuring a live Q&A with Edward Snowden. Whistleblower, former NSA contractor, and subject of the Oscar-winning documentary “Citizenfour,” Edward Snowden has sparked an international conversation on surveillance, privacy, and national security. But in the wake of the Snowden leaks, what have we learned? Where are we headed? And what questions remain?

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Topics: Online Spying

Ars Technica: Internet saves net neutrality

Here's a great recap of the big net neutrality win yesterday. If you haven't had a chance yet, go to https://stoptheslowdown.net to share your victory message and celebrate with thousands of Internet users.

Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

The Federal Communications Commission today voted to enforce net neutrality rules that prevent Internet providers—including cellular carriers—from blocking or throttling traffic or giving priority to Web services in exchange for payment.

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