Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream WikiLeaks release of TPP Intellectual Property chapter confirms agreement threatens Canada’s Internet freedom


Confirmed: retroactive 20 year copyright term extensions, new rules that would induce ISPs to block websites, and criminal penalties for the circumvention of digital locks

October 9, 2015 – This morning, WikiLeaks released the final version of the TPP’s Intellectual Property Chapter, just days after Trade Minister Ed Fast’s promise to release “a provisional copy” of the text for public scrutiny.

Internet freedom group OpenMedia warns that the leak confirms Internet advocates greatest fears, including: new provisions that would induce Internet Service Providers to block websites without a court ruling, 20-year retroactive copyright term extensions, and new criminal (Read more…) The TPP Agreement Is Not A Free Trade Agreement, It’s A Protectionist Anti-Free Trade Agreement

The TPP isn’t about free trade, it’s about protectionism on a global scale. But protections for who?   Written by and for Techdirt

We’ve pointed out a few times in the past that while everyone refers to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement as a “free trade” agreement, the reality is that there’s very little in there that’s actually about free trade. If it were truly a free trade agreement, then there would be plenty of reasons to support it. But the details show it’s not, and yet, time and time again, we see people supporting the TPP because “well, (Read more…) Dems vow to keep net neutrality riders out of funding bill

It looks like our pressure is working! A week ago, Big Telecom tried (and failed) to destroy the open web by sneaking new slow lane powers into a bill that has nothing to do with the Internet – thanks in part to pressure the OpenMedia community. And now Democrats in the U.S. Congress are saying if they ever try to undermine ‪Net Neutrality again, they’ll be sure to stop it. This is huge!

Written by Mario Trujillo for The Hill

Senate Democrats are warning Republicans that they will fight to keep budget riders to block net neutrality out of (Read more…) Four political parties. One digital future.

This morning OpenMedia released our crowdsourced 2015 Election Report Card, grading each of the national parties on how their plans measure up to our action plan for the Internet. With the election just around the corner, we wanted to make sure that you have all of the information that you need to cast an informed vote on the future of Canada’s Internet.

Check out our crowdsourced Election Report Card to find out how each of the parties fared.

To help you sort through the noise, our report card assesses how each of the parties’ policies and practices measure up (Read more…) Revealed: Which party gets the worst grade for digital policies on affordable access, online privacy, and free expression?


As digital rights issues including the TPP and Bill C-51 continue to play major election role, OpenMedia publishes crowdsourced report card assessing the leading parties on policy priorities shaped by over 250,000 Canadians

October 8, 2015 – Days after the announcement of a major Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, and with Bill C-51 and mass surveillance continuing to spark controversy, many Canadians are asking which party is best placed to secure Canada’s digital future. The non-partisan digital rights group OpenMedia set out to answer that question, by assessing how the parties measure up against policy priorities crowdsourced, with the (Read more…) Trans-Pacific Partnership may perpetuate errors Robert Reich’s new book warns against

Canadians deserve a voice in this. And yet their participation is being so blatantly denied. Wanna speak up? Go to to demand your voice be heard!

Written by Don Pittis for CBC News

According to a new book called Saving Capitalism, what’s wrong with the American economic system has a lot to do with the “Mickey Mouse Protection Act.”

And rather than rescuing capitalism, the newly announced Trans-Pacific Partnership deal may simply perpetuate the problems identified by the book’s author, public intellectual and former U.S. labour secretary Robert Reich.

read more Rogers, Bell and Telus hike Internet speeds, prices with ‘gigabit’ service

Unbelievable. Big Telecom is charging $150 a month for ultra high speed fibre Internet.  Now wonder less than 5% of Canadian households have fibre connections, compared to nearly 70% in Japan. When fibre is affordable there’s no doubt that we’ll leap to the new technology the same way they did when we moved from dial-up to broadband. But until then, we can expect Big Telecom to continue holding our digital economy ransom with these outrageous prices and oppressive data caps.

Written by David Friend for The Star

Faster and more capable Internet services are headed your way from some of (Read more…) OpenMedia’s Meghan Sali: "What we’re talking about here is global Internet censorship."

The TPP is bad news for 800 million internet users. That means you and everyone you know with a computer. We have to stop this. Check out the article below, and speak out at

Article by Deirdre Fulton for CommonDreams

read more Critics raise data privacy concerns in Trans-Pacific Partnership deal

“Canadians have no idea what they’re signing away” We have a right to know. Speak out at

Written by Kate Porter for CBC News

Canadians need to see the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal in order to know what they might be giving up in terms of the privacy of their data online, copyright and other internet-related issues, critics say.

read more Is the Canadian Government Misleading the Public on the TPP Copyright Provisions?

Why we need to see the full text of the TPP and not just the edited summaries that various governments deem us worthy to have.

Written by Michael Geist for his website,

The initial Canadian press coverage on the conclusion of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations has unsurprisingly focused on the dairy sector, with word that the government plans to effectively create a milk tax by transferring billions of dollars to dairy farmers without any evidence of loss. Lost in the coverage are the copyright and privacy implications of the deal. From a copyright perspective, it is notable (Read more…) How big is Big Telecom? Just how concentrated is the Canadian media landscape?

So, just how big is Big Telecom? 

Our friends at the Canadian Media Concentration Research Project, led by Carleton University Professor (and OpenMedia friend) Dwayne Winseck, have sought to answer exactly that question.

In a new blog post they ask:

Ever wonder who the main companies are that make up and shape the media, telecoms and internet landscape in Canada? Who owns what?

Where do Google, Facebook and Netflix – the new internet giants — fit alongside other companies that have long had a towering presence across key sectors of the media and telecoms industries in Canada: Bell, Rogers, (Read more…) Everything you need to vote in the 2015 federal election

It’s finally here! After the longest campaign in Canadian history, it’s time to cast your vote.

For some of you, this may be routine. But for others, this may be your first time voting! In either case, we’ve put together a list of resources from Elections Canada to make sure you have the information you need to be able to vote in Canada’s 2015 federal election.

read more What We Know About the Secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership that Was Just Signed

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 (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Your news links for today:

Liberal Leader Would Change When Canada’s NSA Could Spy – VICE News CSE-related items in the Liberal platform – Lux Ex Umbra Is the Canadian Government Misleading the Public on the TPP Copyright Provisions? – Michael Geist Trade Officials Announce Conclusion of TPP—Now the Real Fight Begins – EFF Rogers launches new 30GB and 60GB per month Share Everything plans (for $225 and $375/month) – Mobile Syrup Rogers 4K leadership is a double-edged sword – Peter Nowak Edward Snowden: Smartphones can be hacked into with just one text message and then used to spy on (Read more…) TPP signed: the ‘biggest global threat to the internet’ agreed, as campaigners warn that secret pact could bring huge new restri

The “biggest global threat to the internet” is a big statement to make. Unfortunately for all of us, it also happens to be based in fact.

Article by Andrew Griffin for the Independent

An agreement that some campaigners have called the “biggest global threat to the internet” has just been signed, potentially bringing huge new restrictions on what people can do with their computers.

read more Q&A: David Lyon talks about surveillance after Snowden

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 (Read more…) NDP shows support for Canada’s Digital Future

This election, we’ve been focusing on the future of the Internet that Canadians need to build our digital economy. We crowdsourced our vision from over 125,000 Canadians, and have sent our platform, Canada’s Digital Future, to each of the party leaders.

read more Why is it so hard to convince people to care about privacy?

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.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, October 5, 2015

Your news links for today:

Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement reached – CBC News TPP Negotiations Conclude: What Next for the Trade Deal Without a Public Text? – Michael Geist ELI5 : What does this TPP deal mean for Canada? – r/Canada GCHQ’s surveillance hasn’t proved itself to be worth the cost to human rights – The Conversation In China, Your Credit Score Is Now Affected By Your Political Opinions – And Your Friends’ Political Opinions – Privacy Online News California city mayor relinquishes electronics and passwords to agents at SFO – Ars Technica These German artists tried to persuade NSA (Read more…) Trans-Pacific Partnership countries announce agreement reached, posing serious threat to global Internet users

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Largest and most secretive agreement in the world’s history covers 40% of global trade and contains provisions to censor the Internet and rob the public domain

October 5, 2015 – The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement reached today comes as the result of over five years of negotiations and poses an extreme threat to free expression online.

Although the full text of the deal won’t be available for a month, recent leaks of the TPP’s Intellectual Property chapter show Canada faces an overhaul of copyright legislation, including: 20 year copyright term extensions, (Read more…) OpenMedia Helps Launch the Global Connect Initiative

At OpenMedia, we believe people can build a more connected and collaborative world through an Internet that is open and equally accessible to everyone. And promoting affordable access for the next 3 billion soon-to-be Internet users plays a huge role in this.

read more France’s plan to legalize mass surveillance will give it the power to spy on the world

Its not breaking the law anymore when you change the laws you were breaking…right?

Article by Corey Doctorow for Boing Boing

After getting caught breaking its own laws with a mass surveillance program, the French government has introduced legislation that mirrors the NSA’s rules, giving it the power to spy on all foreigners — and any French people who happen to be swept up in the dragnet.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, October 2, 2015

Your news links for today:

Why is it so hard to convince people to care about privacy? – The Guardian Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘Privacy Is A Fundamental Human Right’ – NPR France’s plan to legalize mass surveillance will give it the power to spy on the world – Cory Doctorow Stand Up For Strong Security – Save Crypto ISP Blocks All Facebook & Google Ads, Demands Tribute – DSL Reports Rogers Next Issue Magazine App Rebranded to ‘Texture’ – iPhone in Canada Fahmy to Rally With Liberals & NDP; Says Harper Government “Overstates” Role in His Release – CANADALAND (Read more…) Your feedback made this possible: stay tuned for our Election Report Cards next week!

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 (Read more…) Investing in our digital future is critical to strengthening Canada’s economy

This article from our David Christopher was originally published by

“It’s the economy, stupid!” 

That well-known political aphorism was first coined over 20 years ago by James Carville, a senior adviser to Bill Clinton.

The saying may be decades old, but it’s still applicable to our current federal election. “Who can save the economy?” blares Maclean’s in a banner headline. “The economy is the most critical ballot-box issue facing Canadian voters,” intones The Globe and Mail, organizer of the recent leaders’ debate on — you guessed it — the economy.

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