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Our Stop the Secrecy campaign launched Tuesday – and already we’re having a major impact, with over 2.8 million people calling for an end to the secrecy surrounding the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We’ve just launched our hard-hitting “bat signal” in Washington D.C., and we thought what better way to share these images than by launching them on a new OpenMedia Tumblr.

We’re big fans of Tumblr here at OpenMedia and we know it will be a great way for our community to keep up with this and other OpenMedia campaigns, and to share the latest developments (Read more…) Check it out: our first Stop The Secrecy projection in Washington, DC

This is just the start of the Stop The Secrecy campaign’s projections in Washington D.C. They will get bigger and brighter as more people speak out!

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Your news links for today:

Government Buries Massive Trademark Overhaul in Budget Implementation Bill – Michael Geist How the revolving door lets Hollywood shape Obama’s trade agenda – Vox Obama official responsible for copyright chapters of TPP & ACTA gets a job at MPAA; his replacement is another copyright lobbyist – Boing Boing Making Sure NSA Reform Isn’t Caught in the Gears of the D.C. Machine – EFF Brazil Passes Bill on Internet Privacy – TIME New Zealand Greens crowd-source proposed internet law – 3 News Netflix fee hikes coming for new Canadian subscribers – CBC News Rogers 1st-quarter (Read more…) Please Share: 2.7 Million are united to stop the secrecy around the TPP

Our message to #TPP negotiators is making huge waves in Washington. Over 2.7 million people joined our growing chorus to Stop the Secrecy around the TPP. Last night, we projected your hard-hitting message on to a prominent building in Washington, D.C. Let’s keep the momentum going: LIKE, SHARE, and stay tuned for more developments

read more Over 2.7 Million people now demanding leaders Stop The Secrecy before it’s too late

Today is the big day. Together with our partners at Daily Kos, Fight for the Future, Roots Action, and Demand Progress, OpenMedia has launched Stop The Secrecy – a huge international campaign calling for an end to the excessive secrecy around the Trans-Pacific Partnership. You can see it for yourself at

To amplify our message, we have attracted support with the help of dozens of groups from across the political spectrum to make Stop The Secrecy one of the largest online campaigns ever. Together with major collaborators ranging from Avaaz to Reddit, over 2.7 million people have (Read more…) Help stop secrecy at the TPP negotiations now.

Right now, Obama is meeting with leaders in Asia to finalize the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Your news links for today:

A More Connected Canada – The Agenda Rogers Communications Inc racks up near $40-million tab paying CEOs in 2013 – Financial Post Rogers executive team earned $48,971,630 in 2013 – Mobile Syrup Analyst says the proposed $350 million Mobilicity/TELUS deal is ‘dead on arrival’ – Mobile Syrup Twitter blocks two accounts critical of Turkish govt – RT News James Clapper Bans Intelligence Community From Basically Any Interaction With Nearly Anyone With A Social Media Account – Techdirt The Canadian Surveillance State: US-Style Politics Creep North – PanAm Post The Copyright Monopoly’s Fundamental Problem Remains The (Read more…) As Obama tries to lock down Trans-Pacific Partnership, Canadian Internet freedom group takes message directly to U.S. Capitol


Canada’s OpenMedia leads huge international campaign shining “Stop the Secrecy” spotlight on prominent buildings in Washington D.C. to protest TPP’s secretive Internet Censorship plan

April 22, 2014 – As U.S. President Obama prepares for a week of crucial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, a large, broad-based international campaign is taking its message to the heart of the American Capitol.

Starting tonight, a ‘Stop the Secrecy’ projection will be beamed on to prominent buildings in Washington, D.C. urging an end to the excessive secrecy around the TPP agreement. The projection will get bigger and more powerful as (Read more…) Please Share: Stop the secrecy at the TPP

An Internet censorship plan is being finalized in secret meetings right now. Obama himself is in secretive meetings with key political figures and lobbyists in Asia to lock the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s Internet censorship plan into place. We know we can stop this – but we need to act right now. Please LIKE and SHARE this image, and stay tuned for more developments.

read more Motherboard: Bills C-13, S-4 are in like a Lion. Let’s send them out like a lamb.

Remember CISPA, the U.S. bill that aimed to give the NSA carte blanche for spying on American citizens? Add a dose of steroids and you’ve got Canada’s Bill S-4. Concerned? Let us know in the comments and help us fight back at

Article by Jason Koebler for Motherboard

Earlier this week, politicians in Canada introduced the Digital Privacy Act, a bill that looks a lot like the United States’ Cyber Information Sharing and Protection Act, which caused widespread outrage and was eventually killed in the Senate.

read more CBC: Cord-cutting continues as Canadians ditch TV & landlines

More and more Canadians are ditching Big Telecom’s price gouging on phone and TV services. What about you?

Article from The CBC

More Canadians are abandoning traditional telephones and TV services, reflecting a growing trend prompted by changing lifestyles, according to a new study.

read more Please Share: Our image about what the copyright implications of TPP negotiations could cost you

Ever burned a DVD to your computer? Got a spare $10,000 kicking around? No? Then you’d better pay attention to the upcoming TPP negotiations. LIKE and SHARE to keep that cool 10 grand in your pocket.

read more CBC: Canadians’ mental-health info routinely shared with FBI, U.S. customs

Have you ever phoned a suicide hotline for yourself or someone close to you? Accessed crisis services for a mental illness? Your private mental health information may have been shared with U.S. Customs and the FBI and can be used to deny you entry into the U.S. Does that sound fair to you?

Article by The CBC

Ontario’s privacy commissioner has discovered that the mental-health information of some Canadians is accessible to the FBI and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, April 17, 2014

Your news links for today:

RCMP charge 19-year-old man in Heartbleed privacy breach – CTV News Mounties arrest man who used Heartbleed bug to steal Canadians’ tax data – Gigaom Drone surveillance is increasing in Canada – Ottawa Citizen Bill S-4, Tories’ Digital Privacy Act, An Attack On Digital Privacy: Critics – Huffington Post Canadian ‘Digital Privacy’ Bill Actually Puts Everyone’s Privacy At Risk; Will Be A Boon To Trolls – Techdirt Access Copyright Urges Copyright Board to Ignore Bill C-11′s Expansion of Fair Dealing – Michael Geist How Corporate Sovereignty Threatens Democracy – Techdirt In the One-sided Foreign Intelligence (Read more…) Please Share: Something BIG is coming

Here’s your OpenMedia team hard at work on something BIG. No spoilers… stay tuned for Tuesday

read more Vice: Canada’s Internet sucks and the government has no real plan to improve it

Our digital future looks pretty pathetic. Check out our own Chris Malmo’s unflinching account of the failures of the government’s Digital Canada 150.

Article by Chris Malmo for Vice

Remember back in college when you had an overdue paper to write for a class you didn’t really seem to care much about? Did you ever just “repurpose” a decent paper you’d already written last year, sprinkle in a few new items so it’s not plagiarism (it’s not, amiright?), and hand that shit in on your way to the liquor store? Well, you’re in good company, because this is exactly (Read more…) Please Share: Our image about SOPA back from the grave

Think SOPA is dead? Think again. U.S. President Barack Obama has picked Robert Holleyman, who led efforts to pass the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), to help lead the effort to pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. LIKE and SHARE to help keep censorship at bay.

We’ve just released this image, and it’s already being shared far and wide on social media. Please add your voice – SHARE this image if you think this is unfair:

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Your news links for today:

Canada’s Digital 150 Strategy: Cynical, lazy and so 1867 – Boing Boing Colorado Town Approves Public Networks – Save the Internet Job listing hints Google is eyeing New York City for Fiber expansion – BGR Rogers unveils new international data-only roaming rate of $9.99 per day – Mobile Syrup Access Copyright Urges Copyright Board to Ignore Supreme Court Ruling on Fair Dealing – Michael Geist Proposed Privacy Law Would Allow Companies to Disclose User Information in Secret – Techvibes Canadians’ mental health records shared with FBI, border patrol – Digital Journal Introducing AISight: The (Read more…) Globe and Mail: Do Canadians really want Big Telecom to crowd out the alternatives?

How will the CBC stay relevant in a media climate increasingly dominated by arrogant Big Telecom giants? Share your thoughts in the comments.

Article by John Doyle for The Globe and Mail

Who wants to talk about the post-hockey CBC?

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Your news links for today:

Canadians’ mental-health info routinely shared with FBI, U.S. customs – CBC News FBI Plans to Have 52 Million Photos in its NGI Face Recognition Database by Next Year – EFF SaskTel cries poor over wireless competition – WordsByNowak Yes, Net Neutrality Is A Solution To An Existing Problem – Techdirt Digital Privacy Act not so good for privacy, critics say – Yahoo News Canada Canada’s Digital Privacy Act lets companies share customers’ personal info, privacy critics warn – Vancouver Sun New bill to crack down on illegal downloads has privacy experts worried – National (Read more…) 900 Social Insurance Numbers stolen due to Heartbleed, breaches of private citizen data affecting over 725,000 of us; available to comment


Canadians deserve answers from the government about what it’s doing to keep our private data secure, says community-based group working to protect the privacy of all Canadians

The Canada Revenue Agency has revealed that the Heartbleed bug has made over 900 Social Insurance Numbers in CRA databases vulnerable to cyber criminals, including those who wish to engage in identity theft.

Heartbleed is a bug in software called OpenSSL that is used to secure data for popular web services that Canadians use everyday. The bug means that cyber criminals could have access to our passwords and other sensitive information.

(Read more…) National Post: The U.S.-style copyright trolls have their sights set on Canada

The Canadian government is government is pushing forward a double whammy of legislation that could significantly undermine our privacy. Bills C-13 and S-4 threaten to introduce U.S.-style copyright trolling in Canada, allowing telecom companies to share your private information with law enforcement and even private companies without any court oversight. Are you worried about the privacy implications of these bills?

Article by Justin Ling for The National Post

You might want to think twice about downloading a pirated copy of the new Captain America movie — or any other film — thanks to a new federal piece of (Read more…) Digital Journal: "For the U.S., Free Trade means the freedom to snoop."

The U.S. is mad at Canada for storing data locally, away from prying NSA eyes. Does that seem fair to you?

Article by Ken Hanly for Digital Journal

Recent U.S. criticism will increase the conflict between the U.S. and Europe over NSA spying. The office of the U.S.Trade Representative(USTR) claims that creating an EU-centric system to avoid NSA spying would violate international trade laws.

Both Germany and France are said to support a move by Deutsche Telekom to create a European system that would leave NSA unable to spy on phone and email conversations since (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, April 14, 2014

Your news links for today:

NSA never used Heartbleed to spy, White House says – CBC News NSA Said to Exploit Heartbleed Bug for Intelligence for Years – Bloomberg Obama lets NSA use zero-day flaws given “clear national security” need – Ars Technica Are Google and Facebook Just Pretending They Want Limits on NSA Surveillance? – VICE 900 SINs stolen from CRA online systems during Heartbleed breach – MoneySense Canada Is Considering an Internet Bill That’s Like CISPA on Steroids – VICE Motherboard The Expansion of Warrantless Disclosure Under S-4: Government’s Response Fails to Reassure – Michael Geist Tories secretly (Read more…) David Ellis: Citizen pressure prompts CRTC to demand answers from Bell

Is the CRTC finally waking up to Canadians’ anger over big telecom’s attempts to throttle wireless access to online content? Do you think this is a step in the right direction?

Article by David Ellis

Today saw another encouraging step in the CRTC’s management of the Ben Klass Part 1 application on Bell’s Mobile TV service. You can get the backstory in my prior posts (first one was in November) and from Ben’s blog, among other places.

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