Join the Week of Education to Stop Secret Police Bill C-51The government is about to ram through a reckless, dangerous and ineffective "secret police" law called Bill C-51. Join the twitter Thunderclap to share our message against C-51 on April 13th - right before MPs return to Ottawa for the spring parliamentary session. Help us go viral!
Fair use - the building block of remix art - is under threat.
Article by Mike Masnick via TechDirt
We've been writing a lot about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement over the past few years. There are many, many problems with it, but the two key ones are the intellectual property chapter and the investment chapter. Unlike some who are protesting TPP, we actually think that free trade is generally a good thing and important for the economy -- but neither the intellectual property section nor the investment chapter are really about free trade. In many ways, they're about the opposite: trying to put in place protectionist/mercantilist policies that benefit the interests of a few large legacy industries over the public and actual competition and trade. We've already discussed many of the problems of the intellectual property chapter -- which is still being fought over -- including that it would block the US from reforming copyright to lower copyright term lengths (as even the head of the Copyright Office, Maria Pallante has argued for). Read more »
Last week we wrote about new plans from Rogers-owned Fido to make competing apps and services more expensive (details here: http://bit.ly/1DgdmP7). Today, it looks like they are continuing on this path to violate #NetNeutrality, announcing a new deal that will make certain music streaming services more expensive on their networks. Once again, telecom giants are trying to make the Internet more like cable TV by controlling what we see and hear online. Do you think they should have this power? Or should they have to treat all services equally?
Article by Peter Nowak for AlphaBeatic
When is something that isn’t zero rated really something that is zero rated? That’s the question Rogers’ new deal with Spotify brings up.
Zero rating is an emerging issue in the fight over net neutrality. It’s where an internet provider discounts a certain use of the internet – say a specific messaging app or video streaming service – from customers’ monthly data caps. Other apps that aren’t so chosen continue to be counted against those limits.
Your news links for today:
- We Can’t Hear You: The Shameful Review of Bill C-51 By the Numbers - Michael Geist
- Bill C-51 amendments seem unconnected to committee process - CBC News
- The TSA thinks it can catch terrorists by watching people yawn - The Verge
- ‘This ain’t Canada right now’: G20 police violated Charter rights, court rules - Toronto Star
- FCC Boss Promises Agency Will Win Net Neutrality Court Fight - DSL Reports
- FCC chairman says big broadband companies want ‘unfettered power’ over Internet - Seattle Times
- MPAA Wanted Less Fair Use In Copyright Curriculum - TorrentFreak
- Once You Accept File-Sharing Is Here To Stay, You Can Focus On All The Positive Things - TorrentFreak
- When the boss crashes the news room: Independence of news must be maintained. - Paul Cross on Storify
Canadians deserve better than weak amendments to a fundamentally flawed secret police Bill.
Article by Kent Roach and Craig Forcese
We must exercise caution in judging the government’s amendments to its security law, C-51. We have received what appears to be the official government language. There is some good, some bad and much that remains ugly.
Well folks, it looks like Bell is at it again – and they're taking price-gouging to new lows. They're abusing their power to push Canadians into buying new phones instead of used ones – and are going as far as unfairly disabling phones.
Article by Kathy Tomlinson
A Montreal father is taking on Canada’s largest telecom, after Bell blacklisted his teenager’s phone — not because it was reported stolen, but because the original buyer didn’t pay Bell for the device under contract. Read more »
Time to dust off the ol’ letter writing skills.
The government is trying to pass a reckless, dangerous, and ineffective secret police Bill that will drastically undermine your privacy rights.
OpenMedia’s own executive director Steve Anderson recently appeared before a Parliamentary committee to spell out the Internet’s concerns about C-51. Now we’re calling on Canadians across the country to use this straightforward tool to send a letter to their MP.
Your news links for today:
- The government has not made its case for C-51 - Globe and Mail
- Tories Offer Weak Amendments To C-51 - Press For Truth
- Even with Amendments, C-51 Should Worry Activists - The Tyee
- Idle No More and friends gather to protest anti-terror bill - Ottawa Citizen
- The FBI Would Like Us All to Unencrypt Our Phones - Gizmodo
- Top homeland security Congressjerk only just heard about crypto, and he doesn't like it - Boing Boing
- NSA considered scrapping its mass phone surveillance program - The Verge
- NSA mapped Canadian VPNs - Lux Ex Umbra
- Rogers Announces Fido Customers to Get Free Spotify Premium Plans - iPhone in Canada
- Bell accused of 'ganging up' on resale buyers by blacklisting phones - CBC News
- Net Neutrality A Growing Chorus Is Trying To Rewrite The History Of Net Neutrality -- And Blame Absolutely Everything On Netflix - Techdirt
All links compiled by OpenMedia.ca community member and volunteer Andrew Currie.
Concerns over secret police Bill C-51 are uniting political opponents.
Article by Tasha Kheiridden for iPolitics
Bill C-51 was supposed to unite conservatives in the latest round of the War on Terror™. Instead, it’s dividing them — both on and off Parliament Hill.
Are your kids missing out?
Article by The CBC
"Knowledge workers are the ones getting the raises, getting the jobs and so forth. There are shortages worldwide in all of these fields. So the education system needs to change, to produce them." - Eric Schmidt, Executive Chair & Former CEO
At Dalhousie elementary school in Winnipeg, a group of students in "Coding Club" get together every week to learn computer programming . As part of our series By Design, we're looking at a push in many schools to redesign programs to make that kind of student activity more common, and maybe even mandatory. Because alongside reading, writing and arithmetic... there are many who would like to add "coding" to the essential skills taught in our schools.
"I just want to say... I found that the comments mentioned a second ago from MP James kind of insinuate that Canadians are not informed and are stupid. I find that really distasteful for a public office holder."
Article by Jeremy J Nuttall
Appearing before the House of Commons public safety committee this week was a disappointing experience, punctuated by one Tory MP's "arrogant and elitist" attitude toward the public, says Vancouver activist Steve Anderson.
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