Posted by Eva Prkachin on Friday, April 4, 2014 - 22:43
Despite high hopes, Industry Minister Moore's Digital Strategy was a huge let-down. It looks like Canada will continue falling behind. Canadians deserve so much more - help us demand better at https://openmedia.ca/endowment
Article by Brian Jackson for Itbusiness.ca
It was a long time in the making, and it wasn’t worth the wait. Read more »
Posted by Eva Prkachin on Friday, April 4, 2014 - 22:38
280,000 customers are being forced to pay a hefty fee to upgrade their phones following the Telus takeover of former indie provider Public Mobile.. Help us demand choice in our wireless market by going to http://DemandChoice.ca
Article by Rita Trichur and Steven Chase for The Globe and Mail
Telus Corp. is preparing to shut down Public Mobile’s wireless network, a move that forces the discount carrier’s roughly 280,000 customers to buy new cellphones in order to maintain service. Read more »
Posted by Thanh Lam on Friday, April 4, 2014 - 19:54
Remember the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)? It was a reckless piece of U.S. legislation that aimed to censor the Internet through extreme copyright enforcement mechanisms. Let’s refresh our memory about SOPA's extreme provisions:
Give the U.S. government the power to cripple any website they allege made use of copyrighted materials - Check.
Force ISPs to block access to certain websites? - Check.
Ban online companies from conducting businesses with "blacklisted" websites? - Check.
Further criminalize "alleged" copyright infringement? - Unfortunately, check.
SOPA sparked a huge uproar from Internet users and businesses across the U.S. and the world. The response from the Internet was unequivocal - over 7,000 websites including Wikipedia and Google blacked out their pages with hundreds of millions being reached by a day of action against SOPA. Read more »
Posted by Josh Tabish on Friday, April 4, 2014 - 17:25
We were starting to worry this day would never come. But, lo and behold, here it is: the government has finally announced its long-awaited digital economy strategy, Digital Canada 150.
So, what’s the good news? While there are a few positive measures in the strategy, they amount to little more than a repackaging of previous government announcements and existing government programmes. In other words, the ‘good news’ is kind of ‘old news’. And the bad news? Well, the strategy will definitely leave Canadians in the slow lane, as the plan fails to tackle Canada's national digital deficit and stark digital divide.
Many years ago, the government started work on the early stages of what would become the Digital Canada 150 strategy. At the time, countries like Japan, Germany, and Australia had already established roadmaps for affordability, connectivity, and speed thresholds through forward-looking and innovative government initiatives (for example, the plan in the U.S. here). Read more »