When the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization says Bill C-51 violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, you know we're in trouble.Article by ThinkPol
The Harper government’s controversial anti-terrorism bill violates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Canada has ratified, according to legal analysis by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the world’s largest security-oriented intergovernmental organization.
Your news links for today:
- Your government is spying on you online. Here’s what you can do about it - Toronto Star
- Surveillance, Snowden and the State Circa May 2015 - Surveillance in Canada
- Senate votes down USA Freedom Act, putting bulk surveillance powers in jeopardy - The Verge
- Ron Wyden and Rand Paul kill the Patriot Act (ish) - Boing Boing
- The Clock is Still Running: Neither NSA Reform Nor Reauthorization Advances in Senate - EFF
- Apple and Google Just Attended a Confidential Spy Summit in a Remote English Mansion - The Intercept
- Fear of Neutrality Has ISPs Playing Nice On Interconnection - DSL Reports
- AT&T: Net Neutrality Rules Violate Our First Amendment Rights - DSL Reports
- Montreal plans to become a Smart City, will be “unleashing municipal data” and rollout free WiFi - Mobile Syrup
- Hamilton Says Bell Used Duct Tape to Affix Wires to Sidewalks in CRTC Complaint - iPhone in Canada
Are you getting the Internet speeds you pay for? The CRTC has a new way for you to find out.
Article by Martin MacMahon for News 1130
We’ve all complained at one point or another about slow Internet speeds, but now we’ll have a way of actually finding out if providers are as fast as they claim.
Regulators are looking for volunteers as they prepare to monitor and compare the speeds of the top providers.
The CRTC will monitor speeds for 6,200 volunteers to get an idea of how providers are actually performing.
“Other countries around the world have been doing speed audits for years, including the UK and United States. It’s a great way for the CRTC to really have a finger on the pulse of Canada’s Internet,” says Josh Tabish with Internet watchdog OpenMedia.
“A snow job” - that’s the verdict of this Nobel Prize-winning economist on Obama’s efforts to sell his top-secret TPP.
Article by Paul Krugman for The New York Times
One of the Obama administration’s underrated virtues is its intellectual honesty. Yes, Republicans see deception and sinister ulterior motives everywhere, but they’re just projecting. The truth is that, in the policy areas I follow, this White House has been remarkably clear and straightforward about what it’s doing and why.
Every area, that is, except one: international trade and investment.
Shouldn’t we have the same right to privacy in our digital homes, as we do in our bricks-and-mortar homes?
That’s just one of the questions Canadians are asking after CBC News revealed that the government’s spy agency, the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), has been targeting popular mobile browsers and App Stores - leaving millions at risk of having their private data hacked.
This is just the latest in a long series of revelations about how the government has been spying on our private online activities on a massive scale - without ever going to a judge to ask for a warrant.
Earlier this week, we launched a crowdsourced pro-privacy action plan, to tackle these and other concerns. The early reception has been positive, with the federal Privacy Commissioner stating that he “shared many of the views expressed by participants in this project”.
Your news links for today:
- Is Rogers Selling your Location Data? - Devonavar
- Test shows if your ISP is throttling Internet speed - The Next Web
- Net Neutrality Rules Are Already Forcing Companies To Play Fair, And The Giant ISPs Absolutely Hate It - Techdirt
- Sony Uses Copyright To Force Verge To Takedown Its Copy Of Sony's Spotify Contract - Techdirt
- No, Congress did not just vote to end NSA spying - The Hill
- FBI admits no major cases cracked with Patriot Act snooping powers - Washington Post
- Encryption Is 'Depressing,' the FBI Says - VICE Motherboard
- Hundreds of tech companies line up to oppose TPP trade agreement - The Guardian
CSE's snooping on Canadians is not a secret anymore.
Article by Justin Ling
Highly classified documents obtained by VICE News offer new insights into how Canada's two-headed spy apparatus works to blend its intelligence, skirt court oversight of its spying powers, and intercept communications inside the country's borders. Read more »
Did Conservative Senator Yonah Martin just delete her Twitter account to stop Canadians asking her about Bill C-51?
On May 6th we witnessed how the government used its majority to ram Bill C-51 through the House of Commons after only two days of debate. The legislation - now opposed by a whopping 56% of Canadians with just 33% in favour - will now be considered by the Senate. This is why at OpenMedia we updated our StopC51.ca action platform so that our petition, signed by more than 230,000 Canadians, now targets the Senate. The platform shows each Senator’s voting intentions and also serves as a quick tool to send Senators an email or a tweet.
Our team made sure we had our facts right, so we checked the Senator’s emails and added the Twitter tool for those who had Twitter profiles. Conservative Senator Yonah Martin was one of the few Senators with an active Twitter account. As seen below, her Twitter handle @YonahMartin was a real thing until not so long ago…
OpenMedia welcomes new CRTC Internet speed measurement program as a win for Canadians and an important step to protect net neutrality
May 21, 2015 – This morning the CRTC announced a new Internet speed measurement program designed to “measure the performance of their home broadband Internet services,” and is inviting everyday Canadians to participate. Community-backed OpenMedia, which called for proactive audits of Internet performance in its crowdsourced Casting an Open Net report, hails the decision as a win for Canadians, and a key step toward protecting Net Neutrality.
Responding to the news, OpenMedia Campaigns Manager Josh Tabish had this to say:
“We’re thrilled to see the CRTC taking bold steps toward ensuring Canadians get the Internet speeds they are promised. Unfortunately, Canadians have long paid some of the highest prices in the industrialized world for what is widely recognized as slow service. By signing up households across Canada to the program, the data collected can be used to shape broadband policy to ensure all Canadians get faster, more affordable Internet.
Breaking: CSE and Five Eyes revealed to be targeting popular mobile browsers and mobile App Stores - leaving millions at risk of having their private data hacked
May 21, 2015 – Canadian spy agency CSE and its Five Eyes partners planned to compromise popular mobile App Stores to implant spyware on smartphones, and targeted a popular mobile web browser used by millions globally. Accordingly to reports published this morning by CBC News and The Intercept, CSE deliberately sought security vulnerabilities, but failed to inform companies or the public – leaving the private data of millions at risk.
The reports come just a day after OpenMedia released a pro-privacy action plan, crowdsourced from over 125,000 Canadians, that sets out strict new rules that would ban these kind of mass surveillance activities, place spy agencies like CSE under much tighter oversight, and ensure Canadian spy agencies comply with international human rights principles when it comes to privacy.
Responding to this morning’s news, OpenMedia’s communications manager David Christopher had this to say:
“Let’s be clear about one thing: CSE claims they will safeguard Canada’s security, but instead they deliberately left millions of innocent people at risk of having their private data hacked. These reckless activities weaken the Internet security Canadians rely on to conduct business and communicate online. CSE claims they don’t target Canadians, but there is no way they could have excluded Canadians from spying activities. Remember, they targeted people all around the world, including anybody who interacted with compromised devices.”
Your news links for today:
- Spy agencies target mobile phones, app stores to implant spyware - CBC News
- NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store to Hack Smartphones - The Intercept
- A Chatty Squirrel: Privacy and Security Issues with UC Browser - Citizen Lab
- Secret Documents Reveal Canada's Spy Agencies Got Extremely Cozy With Each Other - VICE News
- C-51: Crowdsourced report aims to stop Canada's slide into 'surveillance society' - CBC News
- Google Fiber Sends Automated Piracy ‘Fines’ to Subscribers - TorrentFreak
- Internet Providers Said Net Neutrality Rules Would Ruin Everything. Let’s Check in on That. - Slate
- Mark Zuckerberg just dropped another $100M to protect his privacy - Boing Boing