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National Post: The U.S.-style copyright trolls have their sights set on Canada

The Canadian government is government is pushing forward a double whammy of legislation that could significantly undermine our privacy. Bills C-13 and S-4 threaten to introduce U.S.-style copyright trolling in Canada, allowing telecom companies to share your private information with law enforcement and even private companies without any court oversight. Are you worried about the privacy implications of these bills?

Article by Justin Ling for The National Post

You might want to think twice about downloading a pirated copy of the new Captain America movie — or any other film — thanks to a new federal piece of legislation that was quietly tabled in the Senate this week. Read more »


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 https://OpenMedia.ca/endowment to push for change.

Article by David Ellis

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


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