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The web is putting a giant JUMBOTRON in Washington D.C. as part of #InternetCountdown - Here’s how you can help.

The clock is ticking down fast to the U.S. FCC’s crucial decision about whether to allow Big Telecom to install slow lanes on our Internet. We have just over a week left to make our voices heard before they vote on a plan to stop Internet slow lanes – setting a new global standard for countries around the world.

While FCC Chair Tom Wheeler appears to be moving in the right direction, new threats have emerged. Deep-pocketed cable lobbyists and their lackeys in Congress are running a deceptive, last-minute campaign to insert massive loopholes into the new rules. The next few days will be our last chance to make sure key leaders at the FCC hear our call.

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Topics: Affordability

The Walrus: How Bill C-51 will undermine the rights of every Canadian

Here's a must-read piece by Marni Soupcoff from our Privacy Coalition partners at the Canadian Constitution Foundation. Bill C-51 will clearly have a devastating effect on our rights to privacy and freedom of expression. If you’ve had enough, please share this article far and wide, and push back at https://openmedia.org/spyonus

Article by Marni Soupcoff for The Walrus

In the wake of the big reveal of Canada’s new anti-terrorism bill, which Stephen Harper unveiled last Friday, media outlets have been full of quotes and stories about the proposed legislation’s potential dangers to everything from our privacy to our safety (one line of thinking goes that increasing incarceration without implementing rehabilitation strategies will only lead to more radicalization of inmates). Many of these concerns are valid and worth thorough consideration. 

Thanks to you, Canadians are rallying to fight the government’s Spy Bill

This is all thanks to you: Huge numbers of Canadians, including key Ottawa decision-makers, are pushing back hard against the government’s Bill C-51, which proposes unprecedented new powers for Canada’s security agencies. The bill effectively turns CSIS into a secret police force and would place every Canadian under a government microscope.

Stephen Harper pretends that this full-fledged assault on our democratic rights is necessary to keep us safe - despite clear expert evidence that mass spying actually undermines our security. Like everyone, we were shocked and saddened by the violence that marred the final months of last year. However, these harsh and unnecessary new laws trouble us to our core.

Bill C-51 threatens to remove our privacy rights, criminalize free speech, and destroy due process. That’s bad enough. But according to several experts and observers, the new law won’t effectively reduce security threats. And it will even mean Canadians can be detained without charge - meaning we’re now on the verge of overturning an 800-year-old right that goes all the way back to the Magna Carta. Thanks Stephen.

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Topics: Online Spying

Rabble.ca: Privacy Coalition member Dr. Monia Mazigh: Harper's Bill C-51 is all about intimidation

Letting the government use fear to drastically reduce our privacy rights is simply un-Canadian. Speak up now at https://OpenMedia.ca/spyonus

Article by Dr. Monia Mazigh for Rabble.ca

In the Oxford English Dictionary the definition of the word "fear" reads as follows: "an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain or harm."

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Topics: Online Spying

EFF: New copyright provisions in the TPP are ridiculous

Ever created a meme that went viral? Hollywood wants you to go to jail for that.

Article by Maira Sutton for EFF

The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) poses massive threats to users in a dizzying number of ways. It will force other TPP signatories to accept the United States' excessive copyright terms of a minimum of life of the author plus 70 years, while locking the US to the same lengths so it will be harder to shorten them in the future. It contains DRM anti-circumvention provisions that will make it a crime to tinker with, hack, re-sell, preserve, and otherwise control any number of digital files and devices that you own. The TPP will encourage ISPs to monitor and police their users, likely leading to more censorship measures such as the blockage and filtering of content online in the name of copyright enforcement. And in the most recent leak of the TPP's Intellectual Property chapter, we found an even more alarming provision on trade secrets that could be used to crackdown on journalists and whistleblowers who report on corporate wrongdoing.

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