Posted by Andrew O'Sullivan on Tuesday, October 6, 2015 - 07:46
Expanded spying capacity, increased cost of life-saving prescription drugs in the developing world, and the blurring of the lines between public and private corporations. We are ready to hear the good news...
Article by Jordan Pearson for VICE
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive international trade deal between 12 countries including Canada, Japan, and the US, was signed on Monday after seven years of secret negotiations.
To anyone who hasn’t been obsessively following the drama leading up to today’s signing, that probably sounds boring as hell. You’re not totally wrong. But buried in the reams of dry legal jargon of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) are stipulations that will affect everything from access to pirated movies and music, to government spying, to the price of life-saving drugs around the world.
Posted by Andrew O'Sullivan on Monday, October 5, 2015 - 12:20
Do we really need to sacrifice our our rights to protect our security? Surveillance expert David Lyon says no, in a Q&A on his new book, Surveillance After Snowden.
Article by Ian MacLeod for the Ottawa Citizen
Two years ago, U.S. intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden began revealing the extent of electronic surveillance of citizens by the United States and its allies, including Canada. In his new book, Surveillance After Snowden, David Lyon, director of Queen’s University’s Surveillance Studies Centre, explores the implications of Snowden’s leaks and alternatives to a world increasingly controlled in ways even George Orwell did not imagine. Lyon spoke with the Citizen’s Ian MacLeod.
Posted by Andrew O'Sullivan on Monday, October 5, 2015 - 09:35
Do you care about privacy? How do you explain why digital privacy matters to your family or friends who think they have 'nothing to hide'?
Article by Cory Doctorow for The Guardian
On September 13, 2001, four US Senators from both sides of the aisle introduced the first version of the USA Patriot Act, a sweeping, 342-page bill that overturned virtually all US privacy laws and led to the creation of the global, pervasive surveillance programs that Edward Snowden disclosed in June 2013.
Posted by David Christopher on Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 15:04
Well, the calendar has just flipped over to October, which can only mean one thing: we’re just under three weeks from an election that’s going to be absolutely crucial for our digital future.
There’s no doubt this election represents a crossroads for Canada’s Internet. There’s so much on the line: repealing Bill C-51, ending mass surveillance, lowering our ridiculous cell phone and Internet bills, and standing up to TPP Internet censorship and copyright abuse.
That’s why, a few weeks back, we asked you, our community, to let us know how you think the parties are doing when it comes to our digital future.
We’ve received tons of feedback, through comments on our blog posts, and via Facebook, Twitter and email. Thanks so much for letting us know your thoughts - we couldn’t do what we do without you!
In true OpenMedia style, we’ve taken this wealth of feedback and used it to help determine grades assessing each of the main parties as to where they stand on the issues you told us matter most.
Posted by David Christopher on Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 09:35
Good news folks! Our team have rarely been as excited as we were on Tuesday morning, when we announced a hard-hitting Open Letter from Margaret Atwood and over 300 Canadian artists speaking out about Bill C-51.
The letter was sent to all the Party Leaders, and this morning we've had our first response, from NDP leader Tom Mulcair. Read more »
Posted by Soledad Vega on Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 08:33
Who would've known? Your information is more at risk from the people who are actually in charge of protecting it.
Article by Dean Beeby for CBC
Canada Revenue Agency workers continue to poke into the confidential tax files of friends and foes, despite assurances to Canada's privacy commissioner that the chronic problem of unauthorized access is being fixed. Read more »