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Does mass surveillance, like the new laws the government proposed last week, actually make us safer? The answer may surprise you. 

Article by Amber Hildebrandt, Michael Pereira and Dav Seglins for The CBC

Mass trawling of internet data — as done by Canada’s electronic spy agency in a project dubbed Levitation — can impede cyber spies in the hunt for extremists more than it helps, some security experts argue.

read more Gigaom: Net neutrality violators just got smacked down

Could Canada lead the way in the fight for net neutrality? 

Article by David Meyer for Gigaom

The list of countries that find zero-rating to be a violation of net neutrality just keeps on growing, with Canada the latest to crack down on the practice.

read more Global: Canada’s new anti-privacy law – the next great threat to free speech


Article by Anna Mehler Paperny for Global

Prime Minister Stephen Harper unveiled his government’s new counter-terror bill with dire warnings about the threats facing Canada from radical, freedom-hating groups on the other side of the world.

“A great evil has been descending on our world,” he said in Richmond Hill on Friday.

read more New spy powers will undermine privacy of Canadians, and fails to address inadequate control and accountability of spy agencies


New measures to undermine privacy proposed just days after the government’s spy agency CSE revealed to be spying on private online activities of law-abiding Canadians on a massive scale

January 30, 2015 – The federal government’s just announced Bill C-51 will further undermine Canadians’ privacy while doing nothing to address privacy violations revealed just days ago. That’s according to digital rights group, which is leading a nationwide coalition calling for stronger privacy protections. Over 46,000 people have spoken out recently through OpenMedia privacy campaigns calling on Prime Minister Harper to end mass surveillance and improve spy (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, January 30, 2015

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Canadian Government Continues to Expand State Powers While Leaving Privacy by the Wayside – EFF New anti-terror bill could put chill on freedom of speech – CBC CSIS to be granted massive expansion of its powers: source – Globe and Mail Five things to know about Canada’s new anti-terrorism measures – CTV News What To Look For In Tomorrow’s Anti-Terror Law – National Security Law David slays Goliath: a net neutrality Q&A with Ben Klass – AlphaBeatic David Wins Against Goliath: CRTC Bolsters “Net Neutrality”, Limits “Zero-Rating” & Strengthens Local TV – Mediamorphis Canada’s Telecoms (Read more…) AlphaBeatic: The making of an Internet activist

Thanks to community member Ben Klass, the CRTC ruled that Canadian wireless companies can’t slow down competing services in favour of their own – a huge step towards securing mobile net neutrality in this country. Check out this great Q and A about what keeps Ben fighting for the open Internet.

Article by Peter Nowak for AlphaBeatic

Canadian regulators took a big step toward supporting net neutrality on Thursday with a ruling that bans wireless carriers from favouring their own content over others.

read more PressProgress: 5 ways your privacy could be threatened even more

This government has already proven itself untrustworthy when it comes to protecting Canadians’ privacy rights. So what do we have to look forward to when they introduce a new anti-privacy law on Friday?

Article by PressProgress

Civil liberties and public safety.

read more The Mega-spies on Megaupload

Have you ever used Megaupload or Rapidshare to store or share files online? Because if you have used those services, or any of over 100 other popular file hosting services, there’s a very good chance that agents at Canada’s spy agency CSEC have been rifling through your private, personal uploads.

A report from The Intercept today revealed that CSEC agents been conducting surveillance on files that people upload using services like Rapidshare and Megaupload on a massive scale. Glenn Greenwald and Ryan Gallagher report that CSEC analyzed between 10 and 15 million downloads per day from the popular file-sharing services.

(Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, January 29, 2015

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CRTC supports Net Neutrality, bans Bell and Videotron from exempting streaming services from bandwidth caps – Mobile Syrup “No Fast Lanes and Slow Lanes”: CRTC Rules Bell’s Mobile TV Service Violates Telecommunications Act – Michael Geist WIND commits to spending in AWS-3 and 2500Mhz auctions – Mobile Syrup Mobilicity wins court approval for new debt financing – Globe and Mail Rogers boosts dividend; profit beats estimates as customers’ monthly bills rise – Globe and Mail Canada is monitoring its citizens’ file downloads, according to Snowden documents – The Verge Spy program raises concerns about Internet (Read more…) In big win for Internet users, CRTC finds Bell Mobility unlawfully made competing mobile video apps and services more expensive


Following case taken by concerned Canadians and public interest groups, CRTC says mobile providers cannot markup independent services like Netflix to give their own content an unfair advantage

January 29, 2015 – A landmark decision from the CRTC today has determined that Bell Mobility unlawfully made competing mobile apps and services more expensive for Canadians by unfairly exempting their own services from monthly data caps. The CRTC directed Bell to stop their unlawful practice in the next 90 days. The ruling sets a precedent for mobile providers across Canada.

This morning’s decision comes just over a year after (Read more…) This International Data Privacy Day, protect what you hold dear

This piece is by Thomas Saczkowski and was originally posted in Rabble

On January 28, International Data Privacy Day, my thoughts will be with the people around the globe who are imprisoned because of their online actions, and I am reminded of the imperative precautions we must take in protecting our online identity. It has become clear in Canada that people need to become more vigilant about acquiring the necessary tools and knowledge to prevent the state from recording and documenting our online activities.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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Canada Casts Global Surveillance Dragnet Over File Downloads – The Intercept CSE tracks millions of downloads daily: Snowden documents – CBC News Canada’s electronic spy agency takes the lead on internet surveillance – CBC’s The Current Spies Know What You’re Downloading on Filesharing Sites, New Snowden Docs Show – VICE Motherboard This International Data Privacy Day—Protect What You Hold Dear – Mass surveillance is fundamental threat to human rights, says European report – The Guardian EFF’s Game Plan for Ending Global Mass Surveillance – EFF In Response to EFF Lawsuit, Government Ordered to (Read more…) Breaking – Spy agency CSE is monitoring our private online activities on a massive scale and sharing sensitive data with other governments

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Canadian spy agency has been caught monitoring over 100 popular file-storage websites, spying on millions of downloads a day, with Canadian Internet addresses among the targets

January 28, 2015 – Canadian spy agency CSE is indiscriminately monitoring the private online activities of millions of Internet users, including Canadians. According to CBC News and The Intercept, CSE monitored over 100 popular file hosting websites, including RapidShare and SendSpace, spying on millions of downloads a day. They also collected millions of IP addresses of individual users, with a number of Canadian Internet addresses (Read more…) Daily Dot: The Internet is crashing the TPP’s party

Internet activists got all up in TPP negotiators’ faces yesterday.

Article by Dell Cameron for The Daily Dot

Fed up with secret meetings that will decide the future of trade for more than a dozen nations, a number of protesters swarmed a congressional hearing on the TPP Tuesday morning.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, January 27, 2014

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Here’s the Harper Government’s Game Plan for the Next Four Months – VICE Canada The list Netflix doesn’t want you to see: how Canada really stacks up to U.S. version – Toronto Star Bell Points Finger at Apple for Not Allowing CraveTV App for Apple TV – iPhone in Canada Is the Digital Taxman Headed to Canada? – Michael Geist Australian streaming: no TV, internet subscription needed – AlphaBeatic Google’s MVNO would reportedly look for best Sprint, T-Mobile or Wi-Fi signal – FierceWireless Mobilicity makes last-ditch effort to join spectrum auction – The Globe (Read more…) The Intercept: Have you heard of BADASS?

CSEC has been exploiting advertising software to spy on Canadians’ smartphones.

Article by Micah Lee for The Intercept

British and Canadian spy agencies accumulated sensitive data on smartphone users, including location, app preferences, and unique device identifiers, by piggybacking on ubiquitous software from advertising and analytics companies, according to a document obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

read more The Varsity: Student activism and the Internet

How young people can lead in the fight against Internet slow lanes.

Article by Julien Balbontin for The Varsity

Net neutrality is a guiding principle for Internet Service Providers (ISPs) that is simple to grasp: according to the Oxford Dictionaries, ISPs must permit “access to all content and applications regardless of their source, and without favouring or blocking particular products or websites.”

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, January 26, 2015

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New security bill aimed at combating ‘lone wolf’ attacks coming this week – CBC News Harper’s anti-terror bill to criminalize the ‘promotion of terrorism’ – Globe and Mail WikiLeaks demands answers after Google hands staff emails to US government – The Guardian The war on leaks has gone way too far when journalists’ emails are under surveillance – The Guardian Who Can Control N.S.A. Surveillance? – The New Yorker New Republican Bill Is Network Neutrality in Name Only – Stanford Law Review The Net Neutrality Debate Also Affects SMS – TechCrunch Bell Loses (Read more…) The Globe: Spectrum auction may bring some surprises

Could we finally see more choice in Canada’s wireless market this year?

Article by Christine Dobby for the Globe and Mail

Mobilicity says it has not yet secured the financial backing it needs to take part in an upcoming auction of wireless airwaves.

read more CBC: Cancel your TV, Internet, and phone whenever you want

Goodbye, 30-day cancellation notices! Don’t let the door hit you on the way out!

Article by the CBC

Canadians no longer have to give a 30-day notice to cancel or change their television, internet or landline telephone service, the CRTC says.

In a release, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said it is “prohibiting television service providers from requiring that Canadians give 30 days’ notice prior to cancelling these services.”

read more Time: The John Oliver effect: it’s officially real

After drumming up a huge amount of support to stop the Internet slow lane, find out how else the John Oliver effect is creating change. 

Article by Victor Luckerson for Time

His show has crashed websites, boosted donations and inspired legislation

Comedians mock our cultural and political institutions on TV all the time. But it’s not every day that a comic’s jokes crash a government website or directly inspire legislators to push for new laws.

read more Medium: This is how you create change

Why the sudden turn-around on the Internet slow lane debate in the U.S.? It’s simple: Internet users spoke out. 

Article by Susan Crawford for Medium

Five years ago, when the Obama administration was still wet behind the ears and hugely popular, the Obama Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released a National Broadband Plan that talked a lot about the magic of spectrum but said almost nothing about competition policy. In particular, the plan did not recommend that the FCC use its authority under the 1996 Telecommunications Act to act like a regulator when dealing with the providers of high-speed (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, January 23, 2015

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Effective today! - CRTC bans 30-day notice for cancelling TV, phone, internet – CBC News Mobilicity still seeking financing for possible spectrum bid – The Globe and Mail End of TELUS Pager System Causing Rural Quebec Communities to Worry – iPhone in Canada Rogers embroiled in tax battle over private-jet purchase – The Globe and Mail 4 Ways Copyright Law Actually Controls Your Whole Digital Life – Consumerist Privacy is dead, Harvard professors tell Davos forum – Yahoo! News British Spy Agency Considers Journalists a Threat, Vacuums Up Their Emails – EFF EU wants to (Read more…) Canadians Connected: Young people need guidance online

Mentoring, not more surveillance, is the key to stopping cyberbullying, according to this report. What do you think?

Article by Maya Shoucair for Canadians Connected

In a new report, funded in part by .CA, Media Smarts calls for a child-centred approach to media literacy to help deal with cyberbullying, sexting and other online threats. The report, Young Canadians in a Wired World: Trends and Recommendations, points to how positive social norms for online behaviour will help young people navigate their online relationships.

read more AlphaBeatic: Why we can’t have nice things?

The State of New York is now investing more in broadband then Canada’s federal government.

Article by Peter Nowak for AlphaBeatic

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a $1 billion (U.S.) plan to bring super-fast broadband speeds to the state by 2019.

The state itself is going to invest $500 million to upgrade home connection speeds to at least 100 megabits per second. Cuomo hopes the move will spur the private sector to match the investment and bring the total to $1 billion.

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