Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream They’re back…and are trying to ambush us with an online ‘link tax’

Two weeks ago we celebrated a win at the European Parliament, where members of a powerful committee tasked with making decisions about how we share and collaborate online rejected proposals that would restrict our right to link.

Seeing the pro-Internet community stand up and take action together is always reaffirming–and in today’s global political climate where important decisions like this are often taken behind closed doors, a healthy level of engagement is something to celebrate in and of itself.

read more Human Rights groups are taking Bill C-51 to the UN

The government is trying to scare us into accepting a reckless bill that will undermine our basic human rights. That’s why, Amnesty International Canada and CCLA are taking Bill C-51 to the UN. Speak out now to get this reckless bill repealed at 

Article by Jessica Murphy for the Guardian

Canadian civil society groups are bringing their challenge to a contentious new anti-terror bill to an international audience: a key United Nations rights body in Geneva.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, July 6, 2015

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Fleet of Government Aircraft Flying Secret Missions over U.S. Cities – Medium How the Founding Fathers Fought an 18th Century Version of the President’s Illegal Domestic Spying – EFF ‘I’m in charge here’: Mountie shuts down family soccer game – CTV News Koodo Increases the Prices of Lightweight and Heavyweight Plans – iPhone in Canada TELUS Unlock Fee Increasing to $50, Matching Rogers and Bell – iPhone in Canada The Top Six Moments in Mobilicity History – Mobile Syrup 6 chapters of TPP pact still unresolved – Japan News Flashmob choir interrupts TTIP congress (Read more…) Techdirt: MEP Cavada doesn’t want you to share your photos for free

The so called freedom of panorama was included in MEP Julia Reda’s copyright report, but a troubling amendment voted it out. Speak out now to push back against those powerful interests who want to restrict and censor our right to link online:

Article by Glynn Moody for Techdirt

read more Tell the CRTC in Your Own Words Why We Need Faster, Cheaper Internet

Bad news: Big Telecom giants are throwing every lawyer and lobbyist they have at a rapidly-approaching government hearing so they can block you from faster, cheaper Internet services.

If they get their way, Canadians will be continue to be stuck with embarrassingly slow Internet speeds speeds and fall even further behind the rest of the world. And we’re already living with what the CEO of Netflix called “third world” Internet access.

read more Rogers is officially approved to take control of Mobilicity

This will mean fewer choices for Canadian cell phone subscribers when wireless prices are already increasing at 3 times the rate of inflation.  Speak out now at

Article by Ian Hardy for Mobile Syrup

Rogers announced today it has received all governmental, creditor and court approvals to officially acquire Mobilicity’s spectrum and subscriber base, as well as Shaw’s AWS spectrum.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, July 3, 2015

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WikiLeaks drops new set of secret TISA docs: Yep, no one agrees – Ars Technica Tech Giants Oppose Broad Anti-Piracy Injunctions – TorrentFreak Chicago to Apply 9% ‘Netflix Tax’ – DSL Reports A look at the Inner Workings of NSA’s XKEYSCORE – The Intercept GCHQ spied on Amnesty International, Investigatory Powers Tribunal lied about it – Cory Doctorow David Cameron Promises To Do Away With ‘Safe Spaces’ On The Internet – Techdirt EU Open Internet Rules Could Create Tiered Internet – Huffington Post France’s DGSE Spy Agency Also Spying on the World by Tapping Submarine (Read more…) A secret deal was proposed between CSIS and Canada Border Services Agency

Before Bill C-51, CSIS shared information with other federal agencies – but they needed the Public Safety Minister’s permission. C-51 removes political oversight, giving CSIS access to 16 other agencies information about you without even needing to ask. Speak out now to get the bill repealed at

Article by Alex Boutillier for the Toronto Star

read more Canada is going backwards on telecom prices

This article was originally published at

If you’re a Canadian and you own a cell phone, you probably don’t need an official report to tell you that you’re paying way over the odds.

A glance at your monthly phone bill should be more than enough to remind you that Canadians really do pay some of the highest prices in the industrialized world for this basic necessity of modern day life.

read more Washington Post: Even U.S. Bourbon makers call for more ISP choice

Canadians deserve faster, cheaper Internet choices independent of Big Telecom. Even U.S. Bourbon makers at Jim Beam have figured this out, and are calling on THEIR leaders in the U.S. to increase ISP choice. Read about their call below and call on our leaders to do the same in Canada at

Article by Brian Fung for the Washington Post

What does a centuries-old whiskey company have to do with the Internet?

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, July 2, 2015

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Access Copyright’s Post-Secondary Tariff – The Glacier is Starting to Melt at the Copyright Board – EXCESS COPYRIGHT Industry Canada Transparency Report Guidelines Intensely Problematic – Telecom Transparency Project Quebec Gambles with the Open Internet – Michael Geist Surveillance Court Rules That N.S.A. Can Resume Bulk Data Collection – New York Times Online Data Policies … in Plain English – New York Times David Cameron is going to try and ban encryption in Britain – Business Insider What David Cameron just proposed would endanger every Briton and destroy the IT industry – Boing Boing (Read more…) Connie Fournier: Bill C-51 contradicts conservative principles

Principled Conservative and founder of the website Free Dominion Connie Fournier writes another poignant piece looking at how Bill C-51 contradicts conservative principles, and how this will become a key election issue. 

Article by Connie Fournier by the National Post

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, June 30, 2015

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This can be said succinctly: Clips of people being killed shouldn’t be used as campaign fodder – National Post Dear Reddit, this is how the Conservative attack ad using ISIS propaganda is ILLEGAL under C51. Let’s hold the Conservative party accountable for violating the law. – r/Canada Cellphones mark 30 years in Canada – CBC News Exploring roaming choices in Canada – Mobile Syrup EU to end roaming charges in June 2017 – Silicon Republic MLAB Data Shows Massive, Avoidable Congestion on ISP Networks – DSL Reports Anti-Piracy Outfits Boost Numbers With Bogus Takedown Notices (Read more…) Let’s work to stop the crackdown on domain privacy

Have you ever wondered just how many domain names there are out there? Turns out, there are a lot! According to Verisign’s Domain Industry Brief, there were a whopping 288 million domain names registered by the end of 2014, with 16.9 million new domains registered in 2014 alone.

read more Ottawa Citizen: The cost of our security is not our privacy

At the human level, privacy is the most fundamental form of security. Speak out to commit all party leaders to repeal Bill C-51at

Article by Shannon Gormley

Ever-benevolent in exactly the wrong ways, our federal government has given our national spy agency powers that no spy agency should have. This particular gift has unsettled many of us since Bill C-51 came into its regrettable existence. But until last week, we didn’t know that our spy agency itself knew that it didn’t need new information-sharing laws.

read more VICE: Opposition to C-51 is as high as it’s ever been

Even after the bill passed, opposition to C-51 is as high as it’s ever been.

This reckless legislation is shaping up to be a key election issue.  Speak out now to get it repealed at

Article by Justin Ling for Vice

Canadians aren’t the biggest fans of C-51, the anti-terrorism bill that is now law.

read more Conservative campaign spokesman tried to defend the use of ISIS video in their ad

Conservative campaign spokesman Kory Teneycke tried to defend the use of ISIS video in their recent attack ad. He tried. ‪#‎Harpocrisy‬

By Global TV

Chief Political Correspondent Tom Clark sat down with Conservative campaign spokesman Kory Teneycke to discuss HarperPAC and a recent attack ad that features ISIS video and why they chose to show such imagery.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, June 29, 2015

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Latest Conservative ad could violate government’s own anti-terror law – CTV News Video: Conservative campaign spokesman Kory Teneycke defends use of ISIS video in recent attack ad – Global News Conservative’s ISIS ad violates Geneva Convention, opposition says – ThinkPol Police face little accountability, five years after the Toronto G20 – Toronto Star Gormley: The false choice between security and privacy – Ottawa Citizen CBC Seeks Takedown of Conservative Ad, Claims “No One” Can Re-Use Its News Clips Without Permission – Michael Geist ‘Blind agreement’ and closed-door deals: Report slams TPP negotiations – CNET Trans-Pacific (Read more…) Canadian Press: Even Members of Parliament are getting treated with contempt by spy agency CSE

“If pressed, say nothing” – that was spy agency CSE’s attitude to a key Parliamentary committee that sought to hold them accountable. Do you think taxpayers should need to rely on whistleblowers to find out the truth about mass surveillance?  Endorse our positive pro-accountability plan at

Article by Canadian Press

Canada’s electronic spy agency says leaks by former U.S. intelligence contractor Edward Snowden have “diminished the advantage” it enjoyed over terrorists and other targets, both in the short term and — of more concern — well into the future. …   Documents Snowden handed to the media revealed (Read more…) CBC News: Are wireless prices set to rise further, following Rogers’ gobbling-up of Mobilicity?

  Canadians are worried they’ll be stuck with ridiculously-priced cell phone plans, following Rogers’ acquisition of indie provider Mobilicity earlier this week.   Don’t forget to speak out and tell James Moore to rein in Big Telecom gatekeepers.   Article by Sophia Harris for CBC News   ​Rogers has gobbled up troubled small carrier Mobilicity and the federal government is declaring it a victory for consumers.   Almost two years ago, Ottawa launched a glitzy $9-million ad campaign to let Canadians know it was fighting for their right to cheaper cellphone prices and more choice.   But with rising prices (Read more…) Macleans: How Bill C-51 is clearly shaping the election

A new government could amend or repeal it before the end of this year. Let’s keep building opposition to C-51 until October and then let’s get it repealed:

Article by Aaron Wherry for Macleans

C-51, the government’s anti-terrorism act, was given royal assent one week ago. Many provisions of the bill are now in force. But even with the Governor General’s signature, C-51 is still something of an open question—an unsettled matter of policy and politics.

read more TechDirt: The Copyright term extension is now law

The internet we love is based on creators being able to freely, cheaply, and easily share their work. But the government’s decision to extend the term of copyright for sound recordings was strictly the product of behind-the-scenes industry lobbying with no broader public consultation or discussion. 

Article by Techdirt

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, June 26, 2015

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Stephen Harper ready to sign TPP and throw Tory rural base under the bus – Cory Doctorow Productivity Commission slams TPP for stringent IP measures – ZDNet Canada Saves Public From Public Domain, Extends Copyright On Sound Recordings Another 20 Years – Techdirt Piracy Concerns May Soon Kill Domain Name Privacy – TorrentFreak Sneak Attack on Net Neutrality Picks Up Steam in the House – Free Press Europe: The Next Front in the Battle for Net Neutrality – EFF How the UK Prime Minister’s office gets around Freedom of Information requests – Cory Doctorow Tim (Read more…) CBC: Even CSIS didn’t need Bill C-51

Now we learn that even CSIS didn’t want the extreme privacy-undermining measures in Bill C-51. Speak out at

Article by CBC News

The Conservative government alarmed privacy advocates by overhauling the law to give Canada’s spy agency easier access to federal data, even though the spies themselves said greater information-sharing could be done under existing laws, newly released documents show.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Getting OMNI’d: Why Many Canadian TV Channels May Be Headed for the Chopping Block – Michael Geist The music industry’s new song and dance – Globe and Mail Shaw loses customers, profit falls 8 per cent – Globe and Mail Rogers-Mobilicity deal shakes up spectrum landscape, rewards Wind – Globe and Mail Competition Bureau Approves Rogers-Mobilicity Deal; “Everybody’s a Winner”: WIND CEO – iPhone in Canada Data shows unfulfilled federal access-to-information requests going back to 2009 – Globe and Mail Not just Germany: the NSA has been spying on France’s leaders since at least 1995 (Read more…)