France's plan to legalize mass surveillance will give it the power to spy on the world

It's not breaking the law anymore when you change the laws you were breaking...right?

Article by Cory Doctorow for Boing Boing

After getting caught breaking its own laws with a mass surveillance program, the French government has introduced legislation that mirrors the NSA's rules, giving it the power to spy on all foreigners -- and any French people who happen to be swept up in the dragnet. Read more »

Your feedback made this possible: stay tuned for our Election Report Cards next week!

Well, the calendar has just flipped over to October, which can only mean one thing: we’re just under three weeks from an election that’s going to be absolutely crucial for our digital future.

There’s no doubt this election represents a crossroads for Canada’s Internet. There’s so much on the line: repealing Bill C-51, ending mass surveillance, lowering our ridiculous cell phone and Internet bills, and standing up to TPP Internet censorship and copyright abuse.

That’s why, a few weeks back, we asked you, our community, to let us know how you think the parties are doing when it comes to our digital future.

We’ve received tons of feedback, through comments on our blog posts, and via Facebook, Twitter and email. Thanks so much for letting us know your thoughts - we couldn’t do what we do without you!

In true OpenMedia style, we’ve taken this wealth of feedback and used it to help determine grades assessing each of the main parties as to where they stand on the issues you told us matter most.

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Investing in our digital future is critical to strengthening Canada's economy

This article from our David Christopher was originally published by

"It's the economy, stupid!" 

That well-known political aphorism was first coined over 20 years ago by James Carville, a senior adviser to Bill Clinton.

The saying may be decades old, but it's still applicable to our current federal election. "Who can save the economy?" blares Maclean's in a banner headline. "The economy is the most critical ballot-box issue facing Canadian voters," intones The Globe and Mail, organizer of the recent leaders' debate on -- you guessed it -- the economy.

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660 News: Trans-Pacific Partnership remains a hot election issue

Article by 660 News Staff and Canadian Press

Stephen Harper’s rivals say they have not been consulted on a possible Trans-Pacific trade deal to be struck with 11 other countries.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair went further, issuing a statement suggesting the government can’t agree to any pact during an election campaign.

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The Current: UN report on cyberviolence highlights rampant online issue

Article by The Current

"In this report [by the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development], we are arguing that complacency and failure to address cyberviolence could significantly impede the uptake of broadband services by girls and women worldwide.  the net is an amazing resource for female empowerment and we need to ensure that as many girls and women as possible benefit from the amazing possibilities it offers."- Doreen Bogdan-Martin, Chief-Strategic Planning at the ITU

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