While we continue pushing back against government imposed online spying, we want to report back and thank the community members who stepped up recently.
Back in May we sent you an appeal for an ad targeting the lead decision-maker behind the secretive and extreme Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). As you probably know by now, the TPP is an international agreement that threatens to censor your web activity.
I want to personally thank everyone who contributed and enabled us to publish your ad letting TPP chief Michael Froman know that we’re watching him!
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Last week, we told you that an intersessional meeting of the Trans-Pacific Partnership was quietly taking place in Vancouver. At the time, the Canadian government had not told the public or the media that any such negotiation was happening. We only learned about the meeting via Peruvian media. Despite the short notice, trade justice activists from across North America hit the town to express how they feel about this secretive agreement. You don’t have to light up the night sky with messages against the secretive agreement to have your voice heard. Speak out at http://OurFairDeal.org & share this image:
We’ve just learned that the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations have come to Canada for an intersessional round of talks.
iPolitics is reporting that negotiators are in Vancouver this weekend to discuss the TPP’s investment chapter. These “mini-negotiations” were not publicized by Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade – likely to curb any public protest over the controversial agreement, and to keep citizens and other stakeholders on the outside.
The TPP—known to many as the Internet Trap—is an international trade agreement that is being put together by a group of 600 industry lobbyist “advisors” and un-elected government trade (Read more…)
Here is Arielle with your Weekly News Update, filling you in on the latest privacy threats for Canadians. Last week we heard about the NSA’s PRISM tool in the United States. We have received word that a secretive Canadian spy agency is currently collecting and storing our private information without oversight. We deserve to know where our sensitive information is going. Add your voice at http://secretspying.ca.
U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts has called on the current U.S. government to release documents being used to negotiate the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. In her letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, Warren says: “If transparency would lead to widespread public opposition to a trade agreement, then that trade agreement should not be the policy of the United States.”
We hope to see more public figures demand greater transprency around the Trans-Pacific Partnership – an agreement that could criminalize your daily use of the Internet. Take a stand: http://OurFairDeal.org/
The following article is cross-posted with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and was co-authored by Tamir Israel, Staff Lawyer at CIPPIC and Katitza Rodriguez, EFF International Rights Director. The article is part of the EFF’s Spy Without Borders series of blogs looking into how the information disclosed in the U.S National Security Agency (NSA) leaks affect the international community and how they highlight one part of an international system of surveillance that dissolves what national privacy protections any of us have, wherever we live.
Much of the U.S. media coverage of last week’s NSA revelations (Read more…)
Telus is abandoning its acquisition agreement with Mobilicity less than a week after Industry Minister Paradis blocked the company’s attempt to acquire Mobilicity’s spectrum – a highly valuable public asset which enables cell phones to communicate. Telus is refusing to comment on whether it plans to make a second bid for Mobilicity in February, when the ban on Big Telecom acquiring spectrum set aside for new entrants ends.
A good trade agreement must be transparent and include public input. Is the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) a good deal? You decide.
Check out our edited version of a produced by our friends at the Electronic Frontier Foundation explaining why everyone should be concerned about the TPP.
In the aftermath of yesterday’s revelations about the U.S. National Security Agency collecting the phone records of millions of Verizon customers, Canadians want to know if U.S. federal agencies are blanket-monitoring their communications. Without greater transparency, the answer is unclear.
We deserve to know. Demand greater transparency: http://openmedia.ca/stand
Article by Ivor Tossell for The Globe and Mail:
Last week the Privacy Commissioner blew the whistle on extensive government spying conducted against well-known child advocate Dr. Cindy Blackstock.
The Privacy Commissioner revealed that the information the government systematically collected “reveals… who she is as a person, and not just information related to or attached to her professional responsibilities.”
Take a stand by sharing this image and demanding privacy safeguards at: http://openmedia.ca/stand
Here’s Arielle with your update:
Watch Arielle’s video update to hear this week’s news. This week the CRTC released the new Code of Conduct for cellphone providers, and Industry Minister Paradis said he would block Telus from taking over Mobilicity. There is still more work to be done, add your voice at DemandChoice.ca.
For the Internet,
- The OpenMedia.ca Team
Steve Anderson, OpenMedia.ca’s Executive Director, has had a busy week! Here he is on CBC to briefly talk about the CRTC’s new Code of Conduct and its implications for Canadian consumers moving forward.
OpenMedia.ca welcomes the new Code as a step in the right direction, although several important issues remain unaddressed. It is important to keep the momentum going in order to ensure real choice and affordability in Canada’s cell phone market.