Globe and Mail: Telus’s decision to shut Public Mobile angers consumers

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

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 »

TPP breathes life into SOPA as Obama appoints Holleyman as chief negotiator

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 »

Top 5 things you need to know about the government’s long-awaited digital economy strategy

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 »

Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, April 4, 2014

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All links compiled by community member and volunteer Andrew Currie. Read more »

Please Share: Our image about how the TPP could kick families off the Internet is going viral

Do you think a 'censor first and ask questions later' approach is fair?

The Trans-Pacific Partnership threatens to kick whole families off the Internet just for suspicion of copyright violation.

We've just released this image, and it's already being shared far and wide on social media.

Please add your voice - SHARE this image if you think this is unfair: Read more »

Ottawa Citizen: Revenue agency big source of data breaches

This government has a terrible record when it comes to protecting our privacy - and things seem to be getting worse, not better with revelations that there were over 3000 breaches of private data from the Canada Revenue Agency last year.

Article by Jordan Press and Patrick Smith for The Ottawa Citizen

The federal government has reported more data breaches over a recent 10-month period than it reported in the previous 10 years.

Between April 1, 2013 and Jan. 29, 2014 — a period covering 10 months of the fiscal year that ends Monday — federal departments and agencies reported 3,763 breaches of data, which includes, but is not limited to, instances in which a taxpayer’s or organization’s information was incorrectly released, lost or compromised. Read more »

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