Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream Meet the man who can stop the TPP’s Internet censorship plan

A huge leak just revealed that the TPP would establish a secretive, shadowy international court that could be used by Big Media giants to kick Internet users around the world offline.

To make this nightmare a reality, anti-Internet lobbyists are pushing harder than ever to “fast track” the TPP. If they succeed, the Internet you love will be policed and censored for generations.

But there’s hope. Groups fighting this plan have found the one person who can stop it. Meet U.S. Senator Ron Wyden and tell him right now: Do not Fast Track Internet censorship.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Your news links for today:

From Obama Birthers to Anti-Immigration Activists: Who the Government Turned to for Bill C-51 Support During Committee Hearings – Michael Geist Canadian spy agency’s overseer can’t really oversee: documents – Toronto Star Stephen Harper’s personal info reportedly revealed in G20 privacy breach – Toronto Star After Snowden, The NSA Faces Recruitment Challenge – NPR Canadian wireless carriers brace for surge of expired contracts – Globe and Mail Canada’s GSM blacklist may not be working as intended – iPhone in Canada Wall Street’s Still Downplaying TV Cord Cutting As Irrelevant – DSL Reports Chairman Wheeler Predicts (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, April 1, 2015 MPs aren’t going to be able to ignore this

Join the Week of Education to Stop Secret Police Bill C-51   The government is about to ram through a reckless, dangerous and ineffective “secret police” law called Bill C-51. Join the twitter Thunderclap to share our message against C-51 on April 13th – right before MPs return to Ottawa for the spring parliamentary session. Help us go viral!

read more TechDirt: The TPP has set its sights on free speech and fair use

Fair use – the building block of remix art – is under threat. 

Article by Mike Masnick via TechDirt

We’ve been writing a lot about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement over the past few years. There are many, many problems with it, but the two key ones are the intellectual property chapter and the investment chapter. Unlike some who are protesting TPP, we actually think that free trade is generally a good thing and important for the economy — but neither the intellectual property section nor the investment chapter are really about free trade. In many (Read more…) AlphaBeatic: A wolf in Fido’s clothing

Last week we wrote about new plans from Rogers-owned Fido to make competing apps and services more expensive (details here: Today, it looks like they are continuing on this path to violate #NetNeutrality, announcing a new deal that will make certain music streaming services more expensive on their networks. Once again, telecom giants are trying to make the Internet more like cable TV by controlling what we see and hear online. Do you think they should have this power? Or should they have to treat all services equally?

Article by Peter Nowak for AlphaBeatic

When is something (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Your news links for today:

We Can’t Hear You: The Shameful Review of Bill C-51 By the Numbers – Michael Geist Bill C-51 amendments seem unconnected to committee process – CBC News The TSA thinks it can catch terrorists by watching people yawn – The Verge ‘This ain’t Canada right now’: G20 police violated Charter rights, court rules – Toronto Star FCC Boss Promises Agency Will Win Net Neutrality Court Fight – DSL Reports FCC chairman says big broadband companies want ‘unfettered power’ over Internet – Seattle Times MPAA Wanted Less Fair Use In Copyright Curriculum – TorrentFreak Once You (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, March 31, 2015 Globe and Mail: The government needs to go back to the drawing board on C-51

Canadians deserve better than weak amendments to a fundamentally flawed secret police Bill.

Article by Kent Roach and Craig Forcese

We must exercise caution in judging the government’s amendments to its security law, C-51. We have received what appears to be the official government language. There is some good, some bad and much that remains ugly.

read more CBC: You won’t believe why Bell blacklisted this teenager’s phone

Well folks, it looks like Bell is at it again – and they’re taking price-gouging to new lows. They’re abusing their power to push Canadians into buying new phones instead of used ones – and are going as far as unfairly disabling phones.

Article by Kathy Tomlinson

A Montreal father is taking on Canada’s largest telecom, after Bell blacklisted his teenager’s phone — not because it was reported stolen, but because the original buyer didn’t pay Bell for the device under contract.

read more Bringing back the old-fashioned art of letter writing.

Time to dust off the ol’ letter writing skills.

The government is trying to pass a reckless, dangerous, and ineffective secret police Bill that will drastically undermine your privacy rights.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, March 30, 2015

Your news links for today:

The government has not made its case for C-51 – Globe and Mail Tories Offer Weak Amendments To C-51 – Press For Truth Even with Amendments, C-51 Should Worry Activists – The Tyee Idle No More and friends gather to protest anti-terror bill – Ottawa Citizen The FBI Would Like Us All to Unencrypt Our Phones – Gizmodo Top homeland security Congressjerk only just heard about crypto, and he doesn’t like it – Boing Boing NSA considered scrapping its mass phone surveillance program – The Verge NSA mapped Canadian VPNs – Lux Ex Umbra Rogers (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, March 30, 2015 iPolitics: Principled conservatives want C-51 scrapped

Concerns over secret police Bill C-51 are uniting political opponents.

Article by Tasha Kheiridden for iPolitics

Bill C-51 was supposed to unite conservatives in the latest round of the War on Terror™. Instead, it’s dividing them — both on and off Parliament Hill.

read more CBC: Why we should be teaching children to code

Are your kids missing out?

Article by The CBC

“Knowledge workers are the ones getting the raises, getting the jobs and so forth. There are shortages worldwide in all of these fields. So the education system needs to change, to produce them.” – Eric Schmidt, Executive Chair & Former CEO

At Dalhousie elementary school in Winnipeg, a group of students in “Coding Club” get together every week to learn computer programming . As part of our series By Design, we’re looking at a push in many schools to redesign programs to make that kind of student activity more common, and maybe even mandatory. (Read more…) The Tyee: Steve Anderson and MP Roxanne James spar over secret police Bill C-51

“I just want to say… I found that the comments mentioned a second ago from MP James kind of insinuate that Canadians are not informed and are stupid. I find that really distasteful for a public office holder.”

Article by Jeremy J Nuttall

Appearing before the House of Commons public safety committee this week was a disappointing experience, punctuated by one Tory MP’s “arrogant and elitist” attitude toward the public, says Vancouver activist Steve Anderson.

read more Breaking – We want a restart to flawed Bill C-51, not tinkering


March 27, 2015: News that the government will admit up to ten amendments to Bill C-51 has been given a cautious welcome by community-based organization OpenMedia, which is campaigning to scrap the bill. However the amendments will not go anywhere near far enough to address serious concerns about the impact the vaguely written bill will have on Canadians’ privacy and democratic rights.

Responding to the news, OpenMedia’s executive director Steve Anderson said: “I am happy to see the government finally admit that Bill C-51 is flawed, and that they are willing to make amendments.  Canadians and experts (Read more…) PressProgress: Firefox makers come out against C-51

The team at Mozilla have joined the growing chorus of voices united against secret police Bill C-51. Have you spoken up yet?

Article by PressProgress

Bill C-51 will ”undermine user trust, threaten the openness of the web, and reduce the security of the Internet and its users,” according to Mozilla, the creator of one of the world’s leading web browsers.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, March 27, 2015

Your news links for today:

Quebec Takes on the Internet: Government Announces Plans to Require Website Blocking & Studies New Internet Access Tax – Michael Geist Kevin Crull, the CRTC, and CTV News: Is apology enough? – Canadian Business Why the Crull Controversy Is a Symptom of Bell’s Bad Bundles Bet – Michael Geist C-51 and CSE: Who Knows What Evils Lurk in the Shadows? – The Harper Government May Have Bullied a Pro-Gun Group into Dropping its C-51 Criticism – VICE Canada Harper is losing the argument on C-51 … with Conservatives – iPolitics The Coming Nuclear (Read more…) Today, CRTC announces new protections and shows they’re listening to Canadians

This morning, the CRTC announced they’ll bring in a new customer protection code for Canadian TV users. While the CRTC has not yet drafted the code, they’re offering a two month consultation period for Canadians to weigh in. You can add your comments here.

Your OpenMedia team welcomes this news, and hopes it will lead to improvements for Canadian telecom subscribers. In addition, the CRTC also announced they’ll have rules to increase the percentage of programs with closed captioning for the hearing impaired. This is great news for many Canadians, and will help keep more of our friends, family, and (Read more…) Use our tool: Tell your MP to #RejectFear and #StopC51

  Stephen Harper is trying to ram his Secret Police Bill C-51 through Parliament in the next few weeks – so it’s crucial that MPs hear from Canadians.    Have you ever written to your MP before? It’s a lot easier than you might think – and we’ve made it even more straightforward by creating an easy-to-use tool at:   Just enter your postal code, type in your letter (we’ve even suggested some points you may wish to raise), and our tool will send your letter automatically to your local Member of Parliament.   This is a (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, March 26, 2015

Your news links for today:

Bell Media president Kevin Crull apologizes for ‘intrusion’ into CTV’s CRTC coverage – CBC News Can CTV News and BNN be trusted to report on themselves? Depends on Kevin Crull’s mood – Fagstein Bell censorship: the status quo can’t endure – AlphaBeatic Cord Cutting Denier Nielsen To Begin Tracking Netflix Streaming – DSL Reports ‘You’re Playing God with the Internet!’ Republican Shouts at FCC Chief – National Journal Information sharing debates continuing in problematic directions – Mozilla Blog Here’s what happens when a hacker gets mistaken for a spy – The Verge Google joins (Read more…) Are Rogers and Fido planning to make competing mobile services more expensive for Canadians?

Your OpenMedia team recently got wind of new plans afoot by Rogers’ subsidiary Fido to make competing apps and services more expensive over their mobile networks, and it’s certainly cause for concern.

Based on a recent article from Mobile Syrup, it appears that the carrier intends to create unfair incentives for customers that privilege certain services–their own–over others, violating the principle of net neutrality. Mobile Syrup reports:

New customers will be shifting towards a loyalty-based membership program focused on rewards like credit towards streaming music and a certain allotment of video streaming (with a heavy emphasis on Rogers’ (Read more…) Vice: Government pressured firearms group to back down on C-51

Guess who the government is bullying now for standing up against secret police Bill C-51? 

Article by Justin Ling for Vice

Canada’s foremost pro-gun lobby group backed down from criticizing the Harper government’s anti-terrorism legislation out of concerns that the Conservatives would screw them over on changes to new gun laws, VICE has learned.

read more Bell president Kevin Crull should resign after being caught censoring CTV news coverage


March 25, 2015 – Responding to reports that Bell directly interfered with CTV News coverage of CRTC decisions promising Canadians more affordable and flexibility in telecom options, OpenMedia Campaigns Manager Josh Tabish had said this to say:

“Sadly, we’re concerned with repeated reports that Bell’s President Kevin Crull is bullying his company’s news outlets into burying stories crucial to Canadians. Ordering staff to ban CRTC Chair Jean Pierre Blais from the airwaves is embarrassment to the country. Kevin Crull should resign immediately in order to restore Canadians’ confidence in the integrity and impartiality of CTV and other Bell-owned (Read more…) Bell caught censoring news coverage of recent wins for Internet users

Just when you think Bell is out tricks, they can surprise even the most hardened Internet freedom advocates.

This morning, The Globe and Mail is reporting that, according to inside sources, Bell president Kevin Crull censored Bell-owned CTV’s news coverage of CRTC decisions promising greater telecom choice and affordability for Canadians across the country. Apparently, the decisions were popular with Canadians, but not so popular with Bell.

This type of editorial interference raises important and concerning questions about media independence in Canada, and the ability of large, vertically-integrated telecom giants to create an unfair playing field for themselves, and manipulate (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Your news links for today:

What on earth is happening at Bell? – Michael Geist on Storify Bell’s Crull Banned CRTC Chair Blais From CTV News Coverage Following TalkTV Decision – Michael Geist Bell head meddled in news coverage – Globe and Mail Cable, Broadcast Executives Slowly Waking Up To Netflix Impact – DSL Reports VMedia: the template for the CRTC’s new TV universe – AlphaBeatic Lawsuit wave challenges FCC on net neutrality – ZDNet Bill C-51: First Nation chief worries ‘lives will be lost’ – CBC News Conservatives block Elizabeth May from asking a question on C51, even when (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, March 25, 2015 WATCH: OpenMedia’s Steve Anderson delivers your voices to Parliament against Secret Police Bill C-51

On Monday, our own Steve Anderson went to Ottawa to deliver thousands of Canadians’ voices to a hearing on secret police Bill C-51. Watch the presentation and speak out at

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