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Ottawa warned its wireless plan for cities may hurt rural Web access – BNN News For German, Swiss Privacy Start-Ups, a Post-Snowden Boom – WSJ How to Save the Net: Break Up the NSA – WIRED How to Save the Net: Don’t Give In to Big ISPs – WIRED Netflix is now paying Time Warner Cable for direct access and faster streams – Gigaom Lawmakers Ask FCC to Preempt States on Municipal Broadband Bans – Motherboard Why thermal imaging looks like the next hot smartphone feature – BGR Gigabit broadband speed spreads throughout state – (Read more…) Globe and Mail: Shaw may have to hold on to their wireless spectrum, for now

Under pressure from tens of thousands of Canadians, it looks like Ottawa could be about to block one of the Big Three wireless providers from getting even bigger.

Article by Christine Dobby for Globe and Mail

After abandoning its plans to enter the wireless business, Shaw Communications Inc. looked as if it had found a way to soften the financial blow by selling a valuable chunk of wireless spectrum. Now, that plan is in jeopardy, as Ottawa is expected to block its estimated $300-million deal to sell unused wireless spectrum to Rogers Communications Inc.

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$100M Lawsuit vs Bell Over Expiry of Prepaid Minutes Allowed to Proceed – iPhone in Canada Blog CRTC probes wireless players over mobile TV – The Globe and Mail Roam Mobility Gets Even Better with LTE – Howard Forums The government shouldn’t regulate smartphone kill switches – Engadget Scientists, Not Politicians, Should Regulate NSA Surveillance – VICE Motherboard NSA/GCHQ/CSEC Infecting Innocent Computers Worldwide – Schneier on Security Canada Spies on Israel’s Enemies – VICE Canada FCC extends second net neutrality comment deadline –

All links compiled by community member and volunteer (Read more…) Globe and Mail: Will that be cash, cheque, or bitcoin?

Six automated bitcoin machines are coming to Toronto. How do you think this will affect the local economy?

Article by Sean Tipper for the Globe and Mail

A Canadian bitcoin exchange company has brought a slew of Bitcoin Teller Machines (BTMs) to the Greater Toronto Area in the hopes of attracting more casual users to the volatile cypto currency.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, August 18, 2014

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Bell offers 12GB of mobile data for $75/month… but only in Thunder Bay – Howard Forums Rogers Plan to Acquire Shaw’s Wireless Spectrum for $300 Million in Jeopardy – iPhone in Canada New app reveals how your smartphone can spy on you without permission – RT USA CSEC’s LANDMARK tool for CNE operations – Lux Ex Umbra FCC sets September 15 the deadline for the net neutrality ruling – The Next Digit Government Control Over Internet Governance: Proposal Would Give the GAC Increased Power over ICANN Board Decisions – Michael Geist Certification Allows US Trade (Read more…) Atlantic Council of Canada: Here’s a great primer on a number of worrying issues surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Here’s a great primer on a number of worrying issues surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Which concerns you the most? Speak out at Globe and Mail: CSEC reforms in limbo, thanks to pro-surveillance agenda

Here’s how the government’s efforts to force surveillance bills through Parliament have derailed plans to curb CSEC’s spying on Canadians.

Article by Colin Freeze for the Globe and Mail

The Conservative government was poised to introduce a new law constraining a federal spy agency’s ability to warrantlessly intercept some Canadian communications – until that bid was derailed amid controversies over unrelated legislation.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, August 15, 2014

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The Docket – Episode 6: Bail, Police Record Checks and the Presumption of Innocence – Michael Spratt Think Comcast’s service sucks now? Just wait until it merges with TWC – BGR 1.1 Million Comments to FCC Mostly Pro Net Neutrality – NBC Bay Area FCC mulls regulating broadband providers just like phone companies – Tech Times Google Has To Wrap Its Underwater Cables In Kevlar To Protect Them From Sharks – Business Insider US has automatic cyberattack software, says Snowden – IT World Canada

read more AlphaBeatic: That free paperless bill? It’s probably a bait and switch

Look out for wireless prices to increase as paperless bills become the norm. Think that’s ridiculous? Rein in Big Telecom at CBA National: What’s really being traded here?

Is Canada trading away oversight and sovereignty in huge, secretive international trade deals like the TPP?

Article by Justin Ling for CBA National

With the Harper Government aggressively pursuing a spate of new trade deals, there’s unease that all of the moving parts will produce some unintended consequences.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, August 14, 2014

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Harper government backtracked on bill to curb surveillance – Globe and Mail Six ATM-like bitcoin teller machines installed across GTA – Globe and Mail President Obama: No Internet Fast Lanes – NY Times Australian Proposal Would Require Suspicionless Domestic Spying by ISPs – EFF Comcast, Time Warner donations raise ethical flags ahead of FCC ruling on merger – Total Media A portable router that conceals your Internet traffic – Arstechnica NSA spying might have affected U.S. tech giants more than we thought – VentureBeat T-Mobile to throttle P2P traffic and excessive tethering, leaked memo (Read more…) This Conservative MP thought he could pull the wool over the eyes of Canadians about government spying. It’s definitely not work

Sometimes it’s not hard to understand why so few Canadians trust their politicians. Case in point: Kevin Sorenson, government MP and Minister of State for Finance.

Earlier this year, a number of Mr Sorenson’s constituents wrote to him to express concerns about the reckless actions of government spy agency CSEC. His constituents had a simple request: they asked Mr Sorenson to make a pro-privacy pledge to safeguard their privacy against intrusion by government agencies like CSEC.

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Have you ever wondered what it was like for Edward Snowden to decide to blow the whistle on the NSA? Read. This. Article.

Article by James Bamford for Wired

The message arrives on my “clean machine,” a MacBook Air loaded only with a sophisticated encryption package. “Change in plans,” my contact says. “Be in the lobby of the Hotel ______ by 1 pm. Bring a book and wait for ES to find you.” ES is Edward Snowden, the most wanted man in the world. For almost nine months, I have been trying to set up an interview with him—traveling (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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The Ghost of iCraveTV?: The CRTC Asks Bell For Answers About Its Mobile TV Service in Net Neutrality Case – Michael Geist The Most Wanted Man in the World – Wired Use This Trick To See A Map Of Everywhere Google Knows You’ve Been – Business Insider NSA was Responsible for 2012 Syrian Internet Blackout, Snowden says – the Verge Comcast Spends $110k On Award Dinner For FCC Commissioner, Doesn’t See Why Anyone Thinks That’s A Problem – Consumerist Know Your Troll: Innovative Display Technologies Targeting Any Company That Creates A Product With An (Read more…) Keep Big Telecom’s hands off our net

Decision-makers at the CRTC are undertaking a crucial consultation1 that could profoundly impact digital services in Canada – including how we use the Internet.

For too long now, Canadians have watched our global counterparts surpass us when it comes to accessing exciting, affordable, and innovative digital services. But this CRTC hearing could be our chance to change all of that.

That’s why we’re giving you an opportunity to have your voice heard in this process. We need you to give us your thoughts so we can put your concerns straight into the hands of decision-makers at the CRTC hearing (Read more…) Wired: If you like everything, you like nothing

A man ‘liked’ everything that popped up on his Facebook news feed for 48 hours. What happened next is an ironic twist.

Article by Mat Honan for Wired

There’s this great Andy Warhol quote you’ve probably seen before: “I think everybody should like everybody.” You can buy posters and plates with pictures of Warhol, looking like the cover of a Belle & Sebastian album, with that phrase plastered across his face in Helvetica. But the full quote, taken from a 1963 interview in Art News, is a great description of how we interact on social media today.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Banning wireless paper bill fees? Price hikes sure to follow – AlphaBeatic Dear FCC: Get Out of D.C. and Talk to the Over 1 Million Americans Who Support Real Net Neutrality – EFF Comcast, Time Warner Cable help honor Mignon Clyburn amid merger review – Politico Google is backing a new $300 million high-speed internet Trans-Pacific cable system between the US and Japan – The Next Web Data retention: Liberal backbencher calls for metadata warrant requirement – The Guardian Another nightmare Comcast customer service call surfaces – Salon I Liked Everything I Saw on (Read more…) AlphaBeatic: Can Rogers expect worse than a finger wagging?

Recently, the CRTC issued a stern ruling against Rogers for colluding against independent mobile providers on roaming rates. But will they impose penalties or force Rogers to atone for its actions?

Article by Peter Nowak for AlphaBeatic

Last year, Apple was found guilty by a U.S. court of colluding with publishers to raise e-book prices. The company found itself facing up to $840 million in claims with the various state and class-action lawsuits that followed, which is why it opted to settle for just over half of that – $450 million. The settlement amount was approved last week.

read (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, August 11, 2014

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Tech Companies Praise The President For Speaking Out In Favor Of Net Neutrality – TechCrunch Russia cracks down on anonymous public Wi-Fi use – Daily Dot After Verizon, U.S. FCC quizzing other carriers on data management – Reuters How Wikipedia resists the controversial ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling – The Christian Science Monitor Lavabit founder’s DarkMail needs help to cross finish line – Cnet All Four Internet Service Giants Allegedly Violated Last Remaining Net Neutrality Rule – MintPress News Most Aussies disapprove of Government snooping – ITWire Will Russia Start Blocking Websites in Real (Read more…) Vice: Strip searches filmed by Toronto G20 police

Freedom of Information requests have revealed that the Toronto police filmed G20 protestors being strip search. What do you think of this privacy violation?

Article by Patrick McGuire for Vice

The past couple of weeks have been chock full of bad press for the Toronto Police (TPS). First there was the independent report conducted by former Supreme Court judge Frank Iacobucci that suggested, in the wake of Sammy Yatim’s killing, Toronto cops start wearing body-worn cameras, while also beefing up their taser supply, so that police can hopefully resist the urge to fire their guns into “people in crisis.”

(Read more…) Vice: Bad news for Canada’s tech sector if C-13 passes

If the Canadian government presses ahead with Bill C-13 when Parliament resumes in the fall, against the objections of their own Privacy Commissioner and the Supreme Court, the Canadian tech industry could take a huge hit. Do you think that’s a reasonable trade-off? Sound off below, and speak out at

Article by Chris Malmo for Vice

Canadian tech firms may have their bottom lines to worry about if the government passes its surveillance-expanding Bill C-13. While the Harper government would like to think it’s only frightening cyberbullies and criminals with the unpopular law, it may in fact be (Read more…) CBC: HitchBOT’s big Canadian adventure

A robot made from pool noodles, a beer cooler, and solar panels is hitching its way across Canada with the help of social media and the kindness of strangers. Have you spotted HitchBOT? Let us know in the comments.

Article by the CBC

HitchBOT, the hitchhiking robot, has passed the halfway point in its journey across Canada.

read more CBC: Tinderdoption pairs abandoned pups with new owners using Internet dating app Tinder.

In today’s edition of Internet awesome, this animal rescue agency in Montreal is using the popular dating app Tinder to match its dogs up with potential adopters.

Article by the CBC

Tinder may be one of the most popular dating smartphone apps currently on the market, but it’s got some real dogs on it.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, August 8, 2014

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Piracy police arrest Nottingham man, 20 – BBC Australia pushes data retention law, despite using metadata at twice the UK level – PrivacySurgeon How Google plans to encrypt the web – Naked Security Yahoo wants to keep your email safe from prying eyes – Engadget Political blogger outs herself as paid troll for big telecom – RawStory Leaked Files: German Spy Company Helped Bahrain Hack Arab Spring Protesters – The Intercept The six tech policy problems Congress failed to fix this year – Ars Technica Rogers gets nailed on roaming, but with no consequences – (Read more…) Ars Technica: This monkey’s selfie is just the beginning of an absurd tale

A monkey with a camera can take a selfie, but can infinite monkeys on infinite typewriters come up with modern laws for sharing and collaborating online?

Article by David Kravets for Ars Technica

An English nature photographer is going ape over Wikipedia’s refusal to remove pictures of a monkey from the online encyclopedia that he says are being displayed without his permission.

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