Harper might want to stretch the TPP bargaining to minimize electoral risks. But in the middle of an election, the timing is not really up to Canada. Speak out now at StoptheSecrecy.net
Article by Janyce McGregor for CBC
Pity Ed Fast’s campaign manager in Abbotsford, B.C.
Your news links for today:
‘Anonymous’ starts slow leaking of cabinet confidences, CSE spy attempts – iPolitics Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talk peaks as Canada eyes election timing – CBC NSA Will Destroy Archived Metadata When Program Stops – The Intercept Stop CISA: Join EFF in a Week of Action Opposing “Cybersecurity” Surveillance Legislation – EFF Edward Snowden Tells How to Build an Internet Focused on Privacy – FOSS Bytes London terror cops forced to admit they’re still investigating journos who reported Snowden leaks – Cory Doctorow Cord-cutting grows as more people flee traditional TV, report says – CBC News Politics (Read more…)
We’ve been hearing it repeated again and again over the previous weeks and months: it’s coming to a close, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is in its ‘endgame’. And as negotiators and Trade Ministers meet in Maui this week, groups across the globe are making sure opposition continues to grow louder and more visible.
Late last month, US Congress approved Fast Track legislation, which was vaunted as a ‘key procedural hurdle’ that had to be conquered before the 12 nations negotiating the mammoth agreement would be able to move forward and lock the specifics in place.
DEBATE! Is the Internet a human right? What do Canadians stand to gain from the CRTC’s basic services hearing? (faster, cheaper Internet, maybe?) Our own Josh Tabish went on CBC’s ‘The 180′ to argue YES! against Roslyn Layton, Ph.D. fellow in Internet economics at the Center for Communication, Media and Information Technologies at Aalborg University in Denmark. Check out this article to hear the full 15 minute debate recording and read a summary of the discussion:
Article by the CBC
Do you want to know how to succeed at inspiring participation in your organization’s work? Our own Steve Anderson and Reilly Yeo are teaching an online master class on Crowdsourcing Public Engagement as part of The Tyee Master Classes 2015. Join them on August 6th and August 13th!
Article by The Tyee
Aloha! Welcome to the weekend, where things get real for TPP negotiations in Hawaii.
Speak out now at StoptheSecrecy.net
Article by Janyce McGregor for CBC News
As Canada’s lead negotiator Kirsten Hillman and the rest of her Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiating team sit down with their counterparts in Maui, Hawaii this weekend, they may sense pounding from more than just the nearby surf.
This morning, the UN Human Rights Committee said Bill C-51 could run afoul of the international covenant on civil and political rights. This reckless legislation lacks legitimacy and we need to get it repealed! Speak out at KillC51.ca
Article by the Canadian Press published at the Globe and Mail
Plan lays out tangible steps for federal government to take to restore Canadians’ digital privacy
July 23, 2015 – Today OpenMedia released a new online video, based on input from over 125,000 Canadians, which outlines a clear plan to address Canada’s stark privacy deficit. With Bill C-51, warrantless spying, thousands of privacy breaches, and a multi-billion dollar government spy palace, Canadians have serious reasons to be concerned about their privacy rights — and have stepped up to build a solution.
Watch the video here: https://PrivacyPlan.ca/video
The video sets out three key priorities for how (Read more…)
Canadians have serious reasons to doubt the government’s respect for our right to privacy. From Bill C-51 to warrantless spying, privacy breaches to a multi-billion dollar spy palace, there seems to be little interest in protecting the privacy of Canadian citizens.
However, the OpenMedia community is not one to sit by watch our rights be trampled on. So we turned to you, the Canadian public, for your solution. And did you ever step up!
As you may have heard, a major ruling on Thursday from the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ensures a significant step forward for Canadians’ ability to access affordable Internet options independent of Canada’s large telecom providers.
In short, the ruling creates fair rules forcing Big Telecom to make their digital infrastructure available to small independent ISPs (i.e., outside of Big Telecom) at a reasonable rate, so they are empowered to sell ultra-fast fibre Internet services to Canadians. This means faster, cheaper fibre connections could be coming to your household soon!
New rules ensure that Canadians will be able to access an affordable range of services from a variety of providers outside Canada’s telecom giants
July 22, 2015 – A major ruling today from the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) signals a significant step forward for Canadians’ ability to access affordable Internet options independent of Canada’s large telecom providers, says OpenMedia.ca.
In late 2014, OpenMedia delivered crowdsourced input from over 30,000 Canadians as part of the hearing that informed today’s decision–and is claiming victory.
The ruling is the first step towards ensuring small independent ISPs are able (Read more…)
Are you in Canada? Do you have a radio? You probably heard OpenMedia this morning talking about today’s forthcoming CRTC decision on fibre optic network access. Here’s one of the 20 radio interviews we gave to inform Canadians all across the country about today’s announcement. Stay tuned!
Article by CBC News
As our own Josh Tabish put it: “If they’re the same companies and the geographical difficulties are the same, why are they charging different rates? And the answer is, they can get away with it.”
Article by CBC News
A new regional Bell Aliant promotion has some critics saying the company isn’t applying a discount fairly across Atlantic Canada.
The same promotion to university students for fibre-op internet costs significantly more in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. than in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador.
Less than 100 days away from the election, this debate is already having a major impact on the opinion polls – and any party leader who wants to be the next PM had better get onside with what Canadians want. Speak out now to get C-51 repealed at KillC51.ca
Article by Steve Sullivan for iPolitics
The TPP would render B.C. privacy laws useless. Speak out now to repeal this secretive, Internet-censoring deal at StoptheSecrecy.net
Article by Scott Sinclair for The Tyee
British Columbia’s privacy laws are in the crosshairs of the nearly completed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. If you’re wondering what the heck data privacy protections have to do with trade, you’re not alone. Public awareness of the far-reaching, 12-country negotiation is scant, with polls showing three-quarters of Canadians have never even heard of the TPP.
This week the the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is expected to announce a major decision that will significantly impact whether or not Canadians have access to a variety of affordable Internet services independent of Big Telecom, including next-generation fibre.
The TPP threatens Canada’s privacy, copyright and patent laws. Speak out now at StoptheSecrecy.net
Article by Michael Geist for the Toronto Star
The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), a proposed trade agreement that encompasses nearly 40 per cent of world GDP, heads to Hawaii later this month for ministerial-level negotiations.
Check out this map to know how many Internet users there are in each country!
In this curious global map, the world is not as it seems. Just take a look at how massive Japan and the UK look in comparison to teeny-weeny Nordic countries Norway, Sweden, and Finland.
Your news links for today:
High court rules data retention and surveillance legislation unlawful – The Guardian UK schools’ “anti-radicalisation” software lets hackers spy on kids – Cory Doctorow Saunders’ comments belong in a police state – Toronto Star Obama’s low-income broadband initiative could change the lives of millions of Americans – Daily Dot Reddit’s Unenforceable “No Copyrighted Material” Rule – TorrentFreak Canadian government to build Spectrum Analytics Centre in Ottawa – Mobile Syrup Bell Again Loses Appeal Against 911 Fee Lawsuit in NWT – iPhone in Canada Comcast Candidly Admits Its High Prices Helped Create Netflix – DSL Reports (Read more…)