Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream CBC: Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks peak as Canada eyes election timing

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

Article by Janyce McGregor for CBC

Pity Ed Fast’s campaign manager in Abbotsford, B.C.

read more CTV: File breach at electronic spy agency prompts mandatory privacy training

This is the agency our government is telling us to “just trust” with our secrets?

Article by Jim Bronskill for CTV News

OTTAWA – Canada’s electronic spy agency introduced mandatory privacy awareness training for all employees in March following an internal breach involving personal information.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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…) Maui wowie: final round of TPP negotiations beginning in Hawaii

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.

read more CBC: DEBATE! Is access to high speed internet a right?

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

read more Toronto Star: RCMP tracked Toronto activists with fake Facebook profile

Would liking a page or an article about blacklivesmatter on your social profile get you tracked by the RCMP, looking for other “subversive” materials? Does sharing content about social equality make you an activist? Subversive? A target of the RCMP?

And what’s next, under C-51… ?

Article by Laurent Bastien Corbeil for the Toronto Star

Has a waddle of penguins ever “liked” your Facebook page? If so, your account may have been monitored by the RCMP.

read more Tyee Master Classes 2015 Presents Crowdsourcing for Public Engagement with our own Steve Anderson and Reilly Yeo

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

read more CBC: ‘Shrewd’ Canada playing long game as TPP trade talks begin in Maui

Aloha! Welcome to the weekend, where things get real for TPP negotiations in Hawaii.

Speak out now at

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.

read more Toronto Star: Canada’s electronic spy agency fears threat of informed public

Video by the Toronto Star

The Communications Security Establishment seems to view an informed public as its adversary Until that changes, we should probably view the CSE as ours. Globe and Mail: UN Human Rights Committee raises concerns about C-51

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

Article by the Canadian Press published at the Globe and Mail 

read more New video sets out action plan to tackle Canadian privacy deficit, as hundreds of thousands continue to speak up against Bill C-51

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:


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!

read more Our crowdsourced policy became government policy. The CRTC heard your call, Canada.

We Won!

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!

read more In a win for Canadians, CRTC promises fair rules to increase independent choice and affordability for fiber Internet access


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

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…) CBC: CRTC to announce big decision on fibre optic network access

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

read more CBC: Bell Aliant promotion criticized for different rates across Atlantic Canada

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.

read more Toronto Star: CJFE and CCLA start constitutional challenge to C-51

We believe C-51 will not stand up to judicial scrutiny, and support all efforts to undo this unjust law. This is only one of many challenges that this reckless, dangerous and ineffective legislation is certain to face, unless politicians listen to the calls of almost 300,000 Canadians who have spoken out at, calling for C-51 to be repealed in its entirety. Speak out now –>

read more iPolitics: Time for Trudeau to lay his anti-terror cards on the table

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

Article by Steve Sullivan for iPolitics

read more Tyee: TPP Deal Puts BC’s Privacy Laws in the Crosshairs

The TPP would render B.C. privacy laws useless. Speak out now to repeal this secretive, Internet-censoring deal at

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. 

read more The fate of affordable access to next-generation Internet will be decided this week.

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.

read more Geist: The real deal about the TPP’s implications for the rights of Canadians

The TPP threatens Canada’s privacy, copyright and patent laws. Speak out now at

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. 

read more Motherboard: The World Online

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. 

read more Toronto Star: Misdialed fax number lead to privacy breach

A privacy breach is obviously a dangerous thing, but it becomes very strange when it comes form a fax machine. Is this the way we send secure documents?

Article by Richard J. Brennan for the Toronto Star

The Liberal government is blaming a misdialed fax machine for a privacy breach affecting hundreds of Ontario Disability Support Program recipients.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, July 17, 2015

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…) Confirmed: We didn’t need Bill C-51

Before C-51, laws and arrangements often allowed for the sharing of information for national security purposes. C-51 adopts an excessive approach that will harm online innovation, political discourse and our civil liberties. Speak out to get it repealed at

Article by The Canadian Press for CBC

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