Members the pro-Internet community are busily working with OpenMedia staff to get active at a local level, and standing up for your privacy by amplifying voices from our StopSpying.ca campaign. It's inspiring and it's working.
In case you missed it, check out this amazing coverage, and keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming report-back from the West Vancouver Street Team.
Article by Todd Coyne for North Shore Outlook
Activists protesting the controversial Bill C-30 ‘Internet surveillance act’ descended on Conservative MP John Weston’s riding office in West Vancouver Monday, armed with hundreds of constituent signatures opposing the bill. Read more »
Bell internet customers will no longer have their file sharing uploads and downloads deliberately slowed down.
Bell Canada and Bell Aliant will stop using equipment to selectively slow down file sharing applications on their networks starting March 1, the companies said in a letter to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission on Monday.
That will affect both the companies' own retail internet customers and the customers of independent internet service providers who rent wholesale access to Bell's network in order to connect directly with customers' homes. Read more »
It's not exactly Canada’s very own Patriot Act, but a Harper government amendment to the country's privacy law has some experts seeing shadows of the controversial U.S. legislation.
Industry Minister Christian Paradis tabled an amendment to the PIPEDA privacy law on Thursday, hailing it as a step forward towards greater protection of Canadians’ online privacy.
Among the amendment’s provisions are a new rule requiring organizations to report data security breaches to Canada’s privacy commissioner, as well as some exceptions to privacy rules designed to make it easier for companies to carry out day-to-day business. Read more »
Interestingly, Arstechnica points to questions that were raised 130 years ago regarding the telephone industry and its implementation of metered billing. Sound familiar? Like those who protested in 1886, the pro-Internet community is striving to encourage policy-makers to re-imagine the web. This article cleverly links the (once feared) universality of the telephone with our current concerns of advancing an open, accessible Internet. If we keep it up, we can be the history-makers of our time. Onward!Read more »
Canadian privacy online is about to be put at serious risk. As if internet malefactors and unruly privacy settings on major applications weren’t enough to dissuade Canadians from exercising their online liberties, a trio of invasive bills centred on “information disclosure, mandated surveillance technologies, and new police powers” is set to be fast-tracked through Parliament. Under the euphemism “lawful access,” Bills C-50, C-51, and C-52 aim to “modernize” the Criminal Code and the Competition Act and push the limits of state surveillance. Read more »
Posted by Shea Sinnott on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 - 21:46
Why is everybody freaking out about Lawful Access right now? Why is the "I've got nothing to hide" argument missing the point? And why are the experts (Privacy Commissioners, academics, and public interest organizations) so concerned?
Listen to Tamir Israel of the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) on the CBC Tech Podcast to find out why. Read more »
As this CBC commentary from Dan Misener describes, despite its "unfortunate name," the Conservative government's "Lawful Access" legislation is anything but boring. Indeed, this invasive set of electronic surveillance bills present grave security risks for all Canadians. It's no wonder that many people representing a diverse range of interests -- from Canadian privacy commissioners to civil liberties associations to public interest organizations -- have stepped forward to voice their concerns about the proposed jeopardy of data security and the lack of oversight in handling this data. Read more »
Back in 2003, Barrett Lyon, a computer scientist from California, embarked on the most ambitious cartography project since David Thompson. Using computer graphics, Lyon mapped the Internet, connecting network to network, power source to web server, in a human-created universe of infinite possibilities. At first glance the completed work, on display at Boston’s Museum of Science and New York’s Museum of Modern Art, resembles the Milky Way. Celestial. Divine. But like all things manmade, and every earthly frontier before it, the Internet courts corruption. Predictably, quests for money and power pose the greatest threats. Read more »
The second day of the CRTC hearing on usage based billing left the Commission with three fairly divergent views on Canadian networks, traffic management, and the wholesale tariff (coverage from the Globe, Cartt.ca, Wire Report). While Bell focused on network congestion in its presentation on the first day, the cable providers and independent ISPs provided a much different perspective, focusing instead on incentives to invest (cable) and competition (independent ISPs). Read more »
Canadian Internet providers have purposely or accidentally slowed down the speeds of its customers dozens of times in the last two years, and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has done little to stop this practice, an industry researcher has found. Read more »
Conflicting views over how Canadians should pay for internet usage clashed before the CRTC Monday, as the commission heard a new round of arguments over how small internet service providers should be billed for the bandwidth use of their customers. Read more »
Consumer advocates have told the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) that big telecommunications companies should address the issue of internet congestion by investing more in their networks. Read more »
It looks like Canada's telecom regulators are showing some new-found skepticism about metered or "usage-based" billing (UBB). The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has been holding hearings over the last few days about its controversial (and for the moment suspended) move to let Bell Canada bill independent ISPs on a wholesale byte-by-byte basis. Read more »
The telecom regulator begins a hearing to hone its unpopular decision on usage-based billing and set wholesale pricing for independent Internet providers so they can offer high-speed access equal to big carriers. Read more »
The country’s telecom regulator has cast doubt on BCE Inc.’s (BCE-T38.240.491.30%)argument that fast-growing Web traffic requires new usage-based pricing measures, setting the tone for regulatory hearings that will help shape the future of Internet pricing in Canada. Read more »
The best part is ... this isn't one of those 'now that I've got your attention' tricks, like one of those old "free beer" posters; there really is a ton of stuff happening above the 49th parallel this summer. Read more »
Regulators drilled BCE Inc. executives with questions Monday ahead of a decision on wholesale usage-based billing (UBB) amid criticism the whole process is a waste of time because it ignores the wider problem of retail data caps. Read more »
The second day of crucial CRTC hearings into the future of Internet pricing in Canada continued on Tuesday in Gatineau, Que., with a lively and at-times adversarial back-and-forth between two groups and the assembled regulators. Read more »
Canada's telecom regulator, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), will hold discussions with incumbents, competitive service providers and industry groups on usage based billing (UBB) and broadband service wholesale pricing issues. Read more »
GATINEAU, Que. – Bell Canada is asking Canada’s federal telecommunications regulator to adopt a new usage-based billing plan in a process set to change the way Canadians pay for the internet. Read more »
Hidden deep within the federal government’s comprehensive bundle of crime legislation lies a bill that opponents claim will rob Canadians their right to online privacy as well as their cash. Read more »
Advocates for internet users and civil liberties groups have launched a petition against proposed laws that would give police in new powers to monitor and intercept internet communications in Canada. Read more »
An online petition has been launched in opposition to "lawful access" legislation expected to be reintroduced by the Conservative government this fall. OpenMedia.ca is organizing the petition against three bills that they say would violate civil liberties and translate to extra costs for Canadians. Read more »
Some are calling it "lawful" access while critics call it warrantless, invasive, costly, and poorly thought-out. There's now a plan to force phone and Internet providers to surrender our personal information to "authorities" without a warrant. Read more »
Perhaps the greatest change to rental services recently came through Netflix and online streaming of video content. Netflix Canada offers a wide selection of movies at $7.99 a month unlimited. While not all studios have signed on, consumers are largely embracing the method of renting. Read more »
A new report challenges claims made by Canada’s largest telecommunication companies in recent disputes over Internet billing and governance. Casting An Open Net: A Leading-Edge Approach to Canada’s Digital Future, offers an at times scathing critique of telecom positions on Internet congestion, BiTorrent use, billing strategies and throttling and backs its criticisms with topnotch research and analysis. Read more »