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Secret police Bill C-51 could take us down a very dangerous path. Help steer the government in the right direction at

Article by John Barber for The Guardian

More than 100 Canadian law professors have warned the prime minister, Stephen Harper, that a sweeping new anti-terror law introduced by his Conservative government is a “dangerous piece of legislation” that threatens to undermine the rule of law, human rights and democracy itself.

read more Meghan Sali wants to take your voices to Ottawa. Lend her your words.

One of the big concerns we hear from our community is that there’s no-one in parliament that speaks Internet.

Well, here at OpenMedia, we work day in and day out to inject Internet voices into democratic processes to ensure that the government hears our ideas and addresses our concerns.

This time our own Meghan Sali has been invited to present the pro-Internet community’s concerns about privacy to the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, March 2, 2015

Your news links for today:

Bill C-51 will ruin, not protect, lives of Canadians – ThinkPol Stephen Harper’s Bill C-51 undermines Canadian democracy and amounts to anti-dissent laws – Pirate Party of Canada Canadian anti-terror bill opens door for human rights abuses, law scholars argue – The Guardian Anti-terror laws threaten academic freedom – The Varsity “You have to commit a criminal offence” to fall within the scope of C-51 powers.” FALSE – FactsCan Stephen Harper dismisses Bill C-51 criticism as “conspiracy theory” - YouTube Secret Memo Reveals RCMP Records on Requests for Subscriber Data “Inaccurate and Incomplete” – Michael (Read more…) Guest Blog by Connie Fournier: Conservatives should be worried about C-51 too

Principled Conservative blogger Connie Fournier details why she is against the government’s secret police Bill C-51.

By Connie Fournier

Much has been said recently about the “anti-terrorism” Bill C-51 that is currently being debated in the House of Commons.

I have been quite vocal about the fact that I oppose this Bill, but I haven’t gone into a lot of detail as to why. I think it is important for my fellow conservatives to understand that this is not a partisan issue. Just because it is mainly the NDP and the Green Party who have spoken out against it doesn’t (Read more…) National Post: Bill C-51 must be amended or scrapped

Academics speak out against secret police Bill C-51.

Article from The National Post

Dear Members of Parliament,

Please accept this collective open letter as an expression of the signatories’ deep concern that Bill C-51 (which the government is calling the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015) is a dangerous piece of legislation in terms of its potential impacts on the rule of law, on constitutionally and internationally protected rights, and on the health of Canada’s democracy.

read more Global: CSE is spying on millions of emails

Why is CSE storing millions of emails that Canadians send to the government?

Article by Nicole Bogart for Global

Canada’s electronic spy agency collects and stores millions of emails sent to the government to check for malware and suspicious links, according to documents obtained by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. But experts are concerned about the scope of the surveillance.

read more CJFE: Ask Edward Snowden Anything

Don’t miss this amazing live Q&A session with @CJFE and Edward Snowden – Wednesday, March 4 from 12 PM – 2 PM ET (9 AM – 12 PM PT). You can submit questions using the hashtag #AskSnowden on Twitter. 


Join CJFE for a discussion about the state of mass surveillance in Canada, featuring a live Q&A with Edward Snowden. Whistleblower, former NSA contractor, and subject of the Oscar-winning documentary “Citizenfour,” Edward Snowden has sparked an international conversation on surveillance, privacy, and national security. But in the wake of the Snowden leaks, what (Read more…) Ars Technica: Internet saves net neutrality

Here’s a great recap of the big net neutrality win yesterday. If you haven’t had a chance yet, go to to share your victory message and celebrate with thousands of Internet users.

Article by Jon Brodkin for Ars Technica

The Federal Communications Commission today voted to enforce net neutrality rules that prevent Internet providers—including cellular carriers—from blocking or throttling traffic or giving priority to Web services in exchange for payment.

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

Your news links for today:

FCC votes for net neutrality, a ban on paid fast lanes, and Title II – Ars Technica Dear FCC: Thanks for Listening to Team Internet! – EFF Republicans Pledge to Fight FCC’s Open-Web Rules – Bloomberg AT&T, Comcast & Verizon Trot Out Their Best Net Neutrality Snark – DSL Reports Wall Street Journal Upset Because Title II Didn’t Hurt Stocks – DSL Reports Less Than Half Of The World Can Read About Net Neutrality – VOCATIV FCC met with Canadian researcher to understand CRTC – Toronto Star Rogers Executive Calls on Canadian Government to Shut (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, February 27, 2015 Well, Internet, we did it. We stopped the Internet slow lane.

Well, Internet, we did it. Today, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission announced the strongest Net Neutrality rules possible. Experts everywhere agree that the new rules will entrench net neutrality and prevent telecom conglomerates from creating ‘slow lanes’ on the Internet.

Here’s the bottom line: This is a historic victory for the Internet and for Internet users everywhere. The telecom companies were looking for the legal tools to squeeze every last cent out of every last Internet user. But today, they lost those tools. This is because millions of Internet users, hundreds of tech companies, and dozens of public interest (Read more…) It’s an Internet party, and everyone’s invited

We did it! Today, the FCC announced that it would not allow Big Telecom to create Internet slow lanes, and would preserve real net neutrality. Go to to celebrate! 

You can also share this historic win on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+

read more Canadian group plays pivotal role in Historic Win for Internet, as U.S. FCC announces strong new rules to save Net Neutrality

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Year-long campaign ends in victory, after massive global coalition unites to stop telecom conglomerates’ plan to force millions of websites into an Internet slow lane.

February 26, 2015 – The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has just announced strong new Net Neutrality rules. Experts say the new rules will entrench net neutrality and prevent telecom conglomerates from creating ‘slow lanes’ on the Internet.

The rules came after a massive, year-long grassroots campaign involving over 5 million people from across Canada, the U.S. and the globe. The campaign was organized by an inspiring coalition of open Internet (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, February 26, 2015

Your news links for today:

In the Conservative war on terror, the first casualty is Parliament – CBC News Why are the Tories determined to rush C-51 through committee? – National Post Do Canadians know what they just voted for? – Al Jazeera Then along came terror – Globe and Mail Harper urges swift passage of anti-terror bill as NDP calls for full study – Winnipeg Free Press I emailed Thomas Mulcair about bill C-51 a while back and finally got a reply! – reddit Canadian Spies Collect Domestic Emails in Secret Security Sweep – The Intercept Sim card firm (Read more…) CBC: Spy agency CSE is collecting millions of emails Canadians send to the government

How many times have you contacted the government over the past year – perhaps to update your tax details, contact your MP, or obtain a health card? Well, it turns out each and every one of those emails are being collected and stored by spy agency CSE. That’s according to documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and obtained by CBC News and The Intercept. Speak out at

Article by Amber Hildebrandt, Michael Pereira and Dave Seglins for CBC News

Canada’s electronic spy agency collects millions of emails from Canadians and stores them for “days to months” while trying (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Your news links for today:

Canadian Spies Collect Domestic Emails in Secret Security Sweep – The Intercept CSE monitors millions of Canadian emails to government – CBC News Leaked cables show spies spend more time tracking non-terrorists – Globe and Mail Bill C-51: A Legal Primer – Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Conservatives want to limit testimony in study of terror bill – Toronto Star Critics warn Bill C-51 not receiving the scrutiny it needs – CBC Currents F.C.C. Net Neutrality Rules Clear Hurdle as Republicans Concede to Obama – NY Times Counterpoint: Dictators could rule the Internet (Read more…) The pro-Internet Jumbotron is LIVE at FCC Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

You know that old expression, “A picture is worth 30,000 people submitting images, videos, and messages to an 11’ x 17’ JUMBOTRON in Washington, D.C.”? OK, it’s not really a saying… yet. But it might be after today!


And there’s still a chance for you to get your message on it! If you haven’t already, submit an image or message at and we’ll do our best to make sure it finds its way onto it. And be sure to share it on Facebook and (Read more…) Latest CSE spying revelations underline need for independent, democratic oversight, and raise huge questions around Bill C-51


February 25, 2015: Canadian spy agency CSE is collecting and storing millions of private emails that Canadians send to the government, including emails sent to Members of Parliament. The content of the emails are being stored for months, with deeply revealing metadata about them held for years. That’s according to reports this morning on CBC News and The Intercept, sourced from documents provided by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Responding to the news, OpenMedia’s communications manager David Christopher said: “These fresh revelations are further proof of how CSE recklessly disregards the privacy of Canadians. While government cybersecurity is (Read more…) Huffington Post: Bell wants the CRTC to overturn a major net neutrality ruling

Just as we’re nearing authentic net neutrality in the United States, a major Canadian telco is trying to take us backwards.

Article by Daniel Tencer

Bell Canada has gone to court to overturn a ruling from Canada’s telecom watchdog that requires the media giant to price competing streaming services at the same rates as its own.

read more Guardian: the battle for net neutrality reaches its 11th hour

Thanks to your hard work, we’re winning international media coverage for our efforts to stop the Internet Slow Lane. There’s still time to get your message on our giant Jumbotron at

Article by Dominic Rushe for The Guardian

Later this week, a Jumbotron will arrive outside the Washington DC offices of the Federal Communications Commission. The giant screen being erected by internet activists at OpenMedia will broadcast messages calling on the regulator to keep standing up for strong rules to protect an open internet. But this is not so much a protest as an early celebration, complete with (Read more…) Bell’s dragging a university student, single mother, and seniors’ org to court to make the Internet more like cable TV. Yuck.

Bell Mobility is taking Canadians to court so they can continue inflating the cost of competing apps like Netflix by up to 800%. If they win, they’ve asked that a university student, single mom, and seniors’ organization (among others) should be forced to pay their legal costs.

You can’t make this stuff up, folks:

Spread the word by sharing this image on Facebook. 

Fight back at

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Your news links for today:

Controversial anti-terror bill “passes” (second reading in the House) – Toronto Sun Do Canadians realize that if Bill C-51 passes… it won’t just be the Canadian “secret police” watching them? – r/Canada Snowden: “I should have leaked sooner” – Gigaom Bell Canada Seeks Reversal Of CRTC’s Net Neutrality Ruling In Federal Court – Huffington Post Bell Takes Aim At DSLReports Readers That Criticized Company – DSL Reports Telus bails on unlimited internet, bandwidth plays on for a price – CBC News What Telus is doing is a Netflix tax. Call it what is actually is. (Read more…) PressProgress: C-51 is out of control

Rex Murphy wants YOU to stand up and fight the government’s secret police Bill C-51.

Article by Press Progress

And they will say that this was Rex Murphy’s finest hour.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, February 23, 2015

Your news links for today:

‘Citizenfour,’ the Edward Snowden documentary, wins an Oscar – Daily Dot How the NSA’s Firmware Hacking Works and Why It’s So Unsettling – WIRED Obama wants to work with telecom companies. He should stop hacking them – The Guardian Citizen Four and the Canadian Surveillance Story – Michael Geist Everything’s Harper: C-51 and the unmaking of Canada – iPolitics Rex Murphy calls on Canada to go to war against Stephen Harper’s terror bill – Press Progress Kenney rejects call to increase oversight of national-security agencies – Globe and Mail Mulcair won’t commit to scrapping anti-terror (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, February 23, 2015 Bell Mobility is taking Canadians to court so it can keep artificially inflating the price of competing apps and services


In an effort to make Internet services more like cable TV, Bell is trying to overturn a CRTC decision forcing the company to treat other video services fairly on their network

February 23, 2015 – Over the weekend, OpenMedia learned that Bell Mobility filed a motion with the Federal Court of Appeal in an attempt to reverse a recent CRTC decision that found the company to be unlawfully making competing mobile video apps and services more expensive. In the filing, Bell names several individual Canadians, including concerned citizen Ben Klass who originally filed a complaint about Bell’s practices (Read more…) Geist: The disastrous privacy consequences of the Secret Police bill

  Privacy expert Michael Geist has reviewed Stephen Harper’s Secret Police bill – and he doesn’t like what he sees. He concludes this bill will give the government “near-total power to share information for purposes that extend far beyond terrorism with few safeguards or privacy protections.” – Speak out at   Article by Prof. Michael Geist   The House of Commons debate over Bill C-51, the anti-terrorism bill, began yesterday with strong opposition from the NDP, disappointing support from the Liberals, and an effort to politicize seemingly any criticism or analysis from the Conservative government. With the (Read more…)