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Big Data and the Surveillance of Everything – Episyllogism How metadata compromises you – Boing Boing Law, Privacy and Surveillance in Canada in the Post-Snowden Era – Michael Geist The Harper Government Is Still Refusing to Give Our Transparency Watchdog Any Money – VICE Canada Inside NSA, Officials Privately Criticize “Collect It All” Surveillance – The Intercept The US Senate’s Patriot Act Fail – EFF UN: Encryption and Anonymity Must Be Protected – TorrentFreak U.K. wants to force Internet companies to decrypt messages – BGR Is Internet access necessary for economic well-being? FCC chairman (Read more…) Community-led rallies taking place in Ottawa and across Canada on Saturday as Senate prepares for crucial final vote on Bill C-51


Canadians will converge on Ottawa from across the country to protest the reckless, dangerous, and irresponsible legislation about to be voted on by the Senate

May 29, 2015 – Community-organized events are taking place across Canada on Saturday, as the Senate prepares to take its final vote on the government’s controversial and unpopular Bill C-51. The rallies take place following a months-long campaign that has seen over 230,000 people sign the petition, with tens of thousands also taking action by emailing and tweeting at Senators and MPs, and writing letters in newspapers across the country.

(Read more…) Dozens of community events are taking place across Canada this Saturday May 30 to #RejectFear and #StopC51

Just a few days before the final vote on Bill C-51, everyday Canadians want to take a stand against this reckless, dangerous and ineffective bill. That’s why dozens of community-organized events are taking place across Canada tomorrow (Saturday), in the third round of nationwide protests.

They range from rallies taking place in a number of major cities, to smaller outreach events and petition drives. Many of these are planned as intimate local events, as Canadians reach out to their neighbours and local communities to warn them about how this legislation will affect our everyday lives.

read more Cellphone Freedom Day! On June 3 you’ll be able to end your 3-year-contract for free

Starting June 3, three year contracts which have run or 24 months or more can be cancelled without any penalties. Together, we helped make this code of conduct happen by developing our crowdsourced action plan for the future of our wireless market.

read more Urgent: Saturday

The fight to stop reckless Bill C-51 has reached a crucial stage: the final vote in the Senate is expected within days.

A number of senators have spoken out against Bill C-51 over the past week, including B.C. Senator Mobina Jaffer who said on local radio that “this bill will not keep us safe, but is just a rhetoric that will divide us”.1

A growing number are saying that they will vote against it – but most have remained silent.2 This Saturday, grassroots rallies are taking place across Canada, including a National Convergence to Stop (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, May 28, 2015

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You’re on Your Own: How the Government Wants Canadians To Sacrifice Their Personal Security – Michael Geist “Torus”: has one word in a Snowden leak revealed a huge expansion in surveillance? – WIRED Anonymous Fear-Mongering About the Patriot Act from the White House and NYT – The Intercept TISA: Yet Another Leaked Treaty You’ve Never Heard Of Makes Secret Rules for the Internet – EFF Here’s how much corporations paid US senators to fast-track the TPP bill – The Guardian Julian Assange on the Trans-Pacific Partnership: Secretive Deal Isn’t About Trade, But Corporate Control – (Read more…) National Observer: A first account on government surveillance

This journalist experienced first hand what Canada will look like if Bill C-51 is passed. Keep speaking up at

Article by Darren Fleet for the National Observer

Out of morbid curiosity I made a Freedom of Information request to the government spy agency, CSIS. I asked them if I had ever been subject to surveillance. To help with their inquiry, I gave them my name, and a brief description of my activities over the past five years – writing, environmental and social activism, and working for the Vancouver Observer and Adbusters magazine.

read more How Canadians can end mass surveillance

A version of this article by our David Christopher was originally published by The Tyee, as part of a new series about Canada’s Privacy Plan

Just two short years ago, if you stopped people on the street and asked about mass surveillance, you’d have likely been met with a blank stare. Older generations may have brought up scenes from long-toppled totalitarian regimes, such as the system of ubiquitous domestic surveillance designed by East Germany’s spy agency, the Stasi.

read more Zuckerberg’s is NOT the real Internet. It’s a trap

In response to pressure from our community, OpenMedia launched a new campaign called No Fake Internet, inviting people from around the world to stand with open Internet advocates in places like India, Brazil, 

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, May 27, 2015

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Cellphone customers have bargaining power thanks to CRTC contract rule – CBC Shomi to be made available to all Canadians this summer – Mobile Syrup Rampant telecom surveillance conducted with little transparency, oversight – CBC News CSE and friends target mobile phones – Lux Ex Umbra B.C. Senator Mobina Jaffer slams Bill C-51 – CBC News 5 reasons your Internet bill keeps climbing – CBS News Government’s Expansion of PIPEDA in Budget Bill Raises Constitutional Questions – Michael Geist The Senate Has Passed the TPP Fast Track Bill—We Now Take Our Fight to the (Read more…) New privacy report warns about rampant Canadian telecom surveillance

An open Internet is free from government surveillance. Using the Internet to spy on people degrades our freedom and weakens our democracy. Tell that to your Senators at

Article by Emily Chung for CBC News

Canadian telecommunications providers have been handing over vast amounts of customer information to law enforcement and government departments and agencies with little transparency or oversight, a new report says.

read more PIE VS SPY!


read more Guest blog by Chris Parsons – Opaque and unaccountable telecommunication surveillance threatens Canadians

Earlier today, the Telecommunications Transparency Project announced the release of The Governance of Telecommunications Surveillance: How Opaque and Unaccountable Practices and Policies Threaten Canadians.

This landmark report found that rampant telecom surveillance is being conducted in Canada, with very little transparency or oversight. The report is already making a big splash in the media (check out CBC News) so we’ve invited the report’s lead author, Dr. Christopher Parsons of the Munk School’s Citizen Lab, to outline the key findings to our community.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Bill C-51 violates Universal Declaration of Human Rights, OSCE finds – ThinkPol A Licence With Limited Value: Copyright Board Delivers Devastating Defeat to Access Copyright – Michael Geist Why The Copyright Board Decision Affirms Canadian Education’s Approach to Fair Dealing – Michael Geist ‘How Movie Studios Exploit Video on Demand Services’ – TorrentFreak What Sony and Spotify’s secret deal really looks like – Boing Boing Google: Targeting Downloaders Not The Best Solution to Fight Piracy – TorrentFreak Complaints illustrate Canadians’ telecom gripes – MoneySense Heart-Wrenching Wireless Complaints vs ‘Big 3′ Carriers Revealed, Obtained from CRTC (Read more…) How fast is your Internet? We’re helping launch a new open source Internet Performance Test

By collaborating with our community, volunteers, and different partners around the world, we get to do a lot of cool things here at OpenMedia. But today’s launch is one of our most exciting yet. We’re collaborating with experts at the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) to launch a new open source Internet Performance Test that will help us better understand Canada’s Internet.

read more Bill C-51 violates Universal Declaration of Human Rights, OSCE finds

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.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, May 25, 2015

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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 (Read more…) News 1130: Are you getting the Internet speeds you pay for?

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 (Read more…) NY Times: The verdict is in on Obama’s efforts to sell the top secret TPP

“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.

read more Canadians to Spy Agencies: Get a warrant!

A version of this article by our David Christopher was originally published by The Tyee, as part of a new series about Canada’s Privacy Plan

Shouldn’t we have the same right to privacy in our digital homes, as we do in our bricks-and-mortar homes?

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, May 22, 2015

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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 (Read more…) NOT SO TOP SECRET: Government surveillance has gone too far

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.

read more OpenMedia welcomes new CRTC Internet speed measurement program as a win for Canadians and an important step to protect net neutrality


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 (Read more…) 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


News comes one day after OpenMedia releases crowdsourced report recommending new rules to ban Mass Surveillance and create greater oversight for agencies like CSE 

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 (Read more…)