Vice: How much did American-made spying technology cost Canadian taxpayers?

Recently, Canadian spy agency CSEC was caught red-handed spying on thousands of innocent Canadian air travellers. Now, questions are being asked about just how many taxpayer dollars were paid to U.S. firms to purchase the technology to enable CSEC's spying. Are you worried about how much taxpayer money is being squandered on illegal spying? Speak out by using our quick tool to get a letter in your local newspaper:

Article by Patrick McGuire and George Arthur for Vice

When Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher worked with the CBC earlier this year to report that CSEC was using free airport WiFi to spy on Canadian travelers (in at least one documented incident), the mainstream media’s interpretation of this news was quietly refuted on an obscure, fascinating blog called Electrospaces, which approaches telecommunications and surveillance from a much more insider-y and technical perspective. Read more »

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Michael Geist: Canada's digital strategy not keeping up with international standards

Compared to other industrialized nations, Canada's Digital strategy lags far behind on increasing access, speed, and affordability. We can do better. Check out this Michael Geist piece comparing Canada's recent Digital 150 document to the digital strategies of Australia and the U.K.

Article by Michael Geist

In my first post on Digital Canada 150, Canada's digital strategy, I argued that it provided a summation of past accomplishments and some guidance on future policies, but that it was curiously lacking in actual strategies and goals. Yesterday I reviewed how Canada's universal broadband access target lags behind much of the OECD (Peter Nowak characterizes the target as the Jar Jar Binks of the strategy). The problems with Digital Canada 150 extend far beyond connectivity, however. Read more »

Words by Nowak: Canadians deserve independent, world-class service at affordable rates

Compared to other industrialized countries, Canadian telecom giants reap far higher rewards while offering slow and expensive service. Last Friday's Digital Canada 150 announcement by Industry Minister James Moore contained next to nothing to address that gap. Think Canadians deserve better? Demand choice in our wireless market at

Article by Peter Nowak from Words by Nowak

With the imminent unveiling on Friday of Canada’s long-overdue digital strategy – titled Digital Canada 150 – it’s perhaps timely to take a look at how the federal government has fared in its most visible – and often volatile – technology-oriented policy: wireless. Since the declaration in 2007 by then-Industry Minister Jim Prentice that the Canadian wireless market suffered from too high prices and too little choice, the Conservatives have effectively waged war on the country’s three big incumbents, Bell, Rogers and Telus. Read more »

Tech Vibes: Metadata can be even more revealing than eavesdropping

Last week, we discovered that Canadian Telecom giants revealed subscribers' sensitive personal information nearly 19,000 times in a single year. What exactly is so revealing about the data that telecom companies are handing over to law enforcement agencies without a warrant? And how will the government's Bill C-13 make it even easier for telecoms to expose your private information? Find out in the story below.

Article by Mark Stone for Tech Vibes

Information made public last week revealed some scary stats about the Canada Border Services Agency and the data they can easily obtain about us. NDP opposition MP Charmaine Borg forced the release of a sobering disclosure about our border services agents: they made almost 19,000 requests for customer information to telecommunications companies in the span of a single year. Read more »

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