Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream builds definitive case for opening Canada’s wireless networks to lower prices for all Canadians


Following official confirmation from the Competition Bureau that the Big Three are artificially keeping prices high, OpenMedia and CIPPIC’s joint submission to the CRTC sets out common sense steps for fixing Canada’s broken wireless market

October 24, 2014 –Bold measures are required to reduce cell phone bills, rein in the Big Three, and fix Canada’s broken wireless market. That’s the message of a detailed policy submission (PDF) to the CRTC by CIPPIC and community-based, which is running a nationwide Unblock Canada campaign aimed at lowering prices and improving wireless choice for Canadians. The launch of (Read more…) Saturday at 6.30pm ET: Watch Glenn Greenwald speak in Ottawa

WATCH LIVE: Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Glenn Greenwald will speak in Ottawa about privacy, state surveillance, and its impact on Canadians. This event is organized by Bill Owen of Eyestir Communications, and sponsored by and your team. It takes place on Saturday Oct 25 from 6.30-8.30pm ET.

Here’s a live stream of the event, courtesy of our co-sponsors at – let us know what you think about the points under discussion in the comments below. Enjoy!

(This live stream will start working on Saturday October 25, at 6.30pm ET)

read more Canadians are coming together after a tragic week, but will the government listen?

It’s been a terrible few days. Wednesday’s events on Parliament Hill have left all Canadians shaken and asking questions about how we move forward as a country.

I doubt I’ll ever forget waking up on Wednesday to learn that Parliament – the very symbol of the rights and freedoms we hold dear – was under attack. Since then I’ve talked with a lot of people – my friends, family, OpenMedia colleagues, and engaged supporters – trying to process this news and consider how we can all move forward.

read more The Guardian: U.N. report criticizes bulk spying

Mass surveillance is “corrosive of online privacy” according to U.N. special report.

Article by Owen Bowcott and Spencer Ackerman for the Guardian

Mass surveillance of the internet by intelligence agencies is “corrosive of online privacy” and threatens to undermine international law, according to a report to the United Nations general assembly.

read more Power to the people (through the Internet)

This article is a part of a series on the Our Digital Future report, our crowdsourced roadmap for Free Expression that proposes fair and balanced copyright reform for the 21st Century. See Part 1 here, and Part 2 here.

One thing we hear over and over again from our community is that they value the ability of the Internet to foster creativity and advance human progress. It often provides us with solutions to some of our most stubborn problems. Here at OpenMedia, we talk about “the possibilities of the open Internet,” and it’s something we all keep coming back (Read more…) CANADALAND: Why is Canadian media stalling debate on online spying?

Why did major Canadian news outlets refuse to report on CSEC spying and the Snowden documents?

Article by Jesse Brown for CANADALAND

Last Tuesday evening at CBC’s Toronto headquarters, CBC News editor-in-chief Jennifer McGuire played host to maverick reporter Glenn Greenwald. Shortly after her introductory remarks to a crowd of journalists at Glenn Gould Studio, former CBC News content director David Walmsley (now editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail) sat down with Greenwald for an admiring interview about journalistic bravery, exposing State surveillance and standing up to government pressure. A standing ovation followed.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, October 24, 2014

Your news links for today:

About That Copyright Exception for Political Advertising. . . Never Mind – Michael Geist NBCU CEO ‘Surprised’ HBO, CBS Giving Users What They Want – DSL Reports New NBA Deal to Raise Everybody’s TV Rates – DSL Reports Rogers launches LTE-Advanced wireless for faster speeds – IT World Canada Koodo’s Invasive and Unnecessary Data Proxy Strikes Again – Howard Forums FCC Releases Open Internet Reply Comments to the Public – FCC Why open data matters in education –

All links compiled by community member and volunteer Andrew Currie.

read more Motherboard: These towns and cities are taking the Internet into their own hands

What do you do when Big Telecom keeps skipping your city over for crucial infrastructure upgrades?

Article by Jason Koebler for Motherboard

More than two dozen cities in 19 states announced today that they’re sick of big telecom skipping them over for internet infrastructure upgrades and would like to build gigabit fiber networks themselves and help other cities follow their lead.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, October 23, 2014

Your news links for today:

BCE faces off with Rogers over NHL GamePlus mobile app offerings – Globe and Mail Rogers CEO comes out swinging at ‘cry baby’ BCE over app dispute – Globe and Mail Rogers Q3 profits slide, but revenue rises on higher data usage – Mobile Syrup A Prime Example of Misleading Fees and ‘Cable Bill Bloat’ – DSLReports Under the Radar: NSA’s Efforts to Secure Private-Sector Telecommunications Infrastructure – Journal of National Security Law & Policy Pro-Privacy Senator Wyden on Fighting the NSA From Inside the System – WIRED Video: Lawrence Lessig Interviews Edward Snowden – (Read more…) You Spoke, We Listened: The 2014 OpenMedia community survey

As a volunteer who helped analyze and interpret the results of this year’s survey, I am thrilled to see that our diverse community is just as passionate about a free and open Internet as I am. Growing up with the Internet, I have seen how crucial it is to our day-to-day life. I believe we have to stop censorship and unnecessary regulation of the Internet. When I’m old, I don’t want to be telling younger generations about the glory days of the Internet before restriction – I want it to be as free as it ever was!

By volunteering at (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Your news links for today:

Star studded panel on surveillance/privacy at #iiccanada – @jfmezei on Twitter 1 Gbps ‘’ DSL to Begin Certification Testing – DSLReports Cable vs. DSL speeds: will give DSL new life – BGR Obama Talks Up Net Neutrality, But Could Do More to Defend It – National Journal Apple’s Cook Discusses User-Data With China Vice Premier – Businessweek Apple’s Mac computers can automatically collect your location information – The Washington Post Illegal Copying Has Always Created Jobs, Growth, And Prosperity – TorrentFreak Bell complains to CRTC about Rogers customers getting exclusive NHL camera (Read more…) Our thoughts are with Ottawa this morning

Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the tragic events in Ottawa this morning.

To all our Ottawa community members, and to everyone in the area, please stay safe.

read more Canadians are working together to shape a pro-privacy action plan, to help address government’s stark privacy deficit


Launch of new pro-privacy crowdsourcing initiative comes just days after Peter MacKay’s online spying Bill C-13 passes House of Commons, and follows over a year of revelations about the activities of Canada’s spy agency CSEC

October 22, 2014 – Canadians are working together to shape a new pro-privacy action plan to help address the government’s privacy deficit. That’s the message of a new crowdsourcing initiative that aims to gather the views of everyday Canadians and Internet users about priorities for privacy online. The project is led by community-based, which is leading a diverse national pro-privacy coalition (Read more…) Express yourself, don’t repress yourself

This article is a part of a series on the Our Digital Future report, our crowdsourced roadmap for Free Expression that proposes fair and balanced copyright reform for the 21st Century. See Part 1 here.

Put on your glasses, nerds, it’s gonna be a wild ride.

A new leaked draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership’s (TPP) Intellectual Property chapter was released by Wikileaks late last week, and although the provisions change from leak to leak, this one confirms our greatest fears: it’s still going to censor our Internet.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Your news links for today:

The Expansion of Personal Information Disclosure Without Consent: Unpacking the Government’s Weak Response to Digital Privacy Act Concerns – Michael Geist The Troubling Arguments from the Government in Smith v. Obama – EFF Kiwis pay $103m ‘membership fee’ for spying – NZ Herald FBI Director James Comey says Apple and Google go “too far” with default encryption – Naked Security Congress to the FBI: There’s ‘Zero Chance’ We’ll Force Apple to Decrypt Phones – VICE Motherboard Dawn of Ultrafast Broadband Era – MarketWatch South Korean ISP set to unveil 10Gbps fiber connection, 1GB download in (Read more…) The Star: The government scrambled to come up with answers about its online spying activities

Shocking: the government knew that innocent Canadians were being spied on in massive numbers, but didn’t bother to find out the scope of these privacy invasions until the media started making a fuss. Think that’s not good enough? Good. So do we. Now speak out at

Article by Alex Boutiller for the Star

The federal government has known since 2010 about the massive scope of warrantless disclosures of Canadians’ personal data, but searched for the details only after news stories broke this year, internal documents show.

read more Fight against Online Spying Bill C-13 will continue, as government prepares to ram unpopular legislation through House of Commons today


Controversial bill is opposed by huge majority of Canadians, with even the government’s own supporters opposing it by over 2.5:1

October 20, 2014 – The government looks set to pass its unpopular online spying legislation, Bill C-13, through the House of Commons later today. The House is due to vote on the controversial legislation sometime after 6.30pm ET.

The vote comes after the government recently used a time allocation motion to cut short debate and prevent MPs from fully discussing the implications of the Supreme Court’s landmark R. v. Spencer ruling that renders C-13’s controversial warrantless (Read more…) Ottawa Citizen: Glenn Greenwald Speaks

If you’re in the Ottawa area on October 25, don’t miss Glenn Greenwald speaks. Tickets are still available here. If you can’t make it, or want a sneak preview of the question-and-answer session Glenn will be hosting, check this article out. Don’t forget, you can submit a question for Glenn here.

Article by Ian MacLeod for the Ottawa Citizen

Journalist Glenn Greenwald is in Ottawa next week to reflect on his Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting of the Snowden leaks.

read more CBC: Virtually everyone other than Peter MacKay wants less online spying

When groups as diverse as the Council of Canadians and the National Firearms Association are both opposed to your online spying Bill, you’ve got a real problem. Lucky for this government, it’s an easy problem to fix: split Bill C-13 up and have a real debate over online spying. So why won’t this government listen?

Article by Evan Dyer for the CBC

Justice Minister Peter MacKay probably expected to take some shots from the opposition over Bill C-13, colloquially known as the cyberbullying bill.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, October 20, 2014

Your news links for today:

Cyberbullying bill draws fire from diverse mix of critics – CBC News Ottawa knew in 2010 about scope of warrantless access – Toronto Star How Corporate Canada Rejected the Canadian Government’s Plan to Combat Patent Trolls – Michael Geist Rogers partners with Netflix for original drama series Between – CBC News Secrecy-Shrouded TPP Leaks Alarm Internet Freedom Advocates – Forbes Cyber-Espionage and Trade Agreements: An Ill-Fitting and Dangerous Combination – EFF Top NSA critic could lose seat – The Hill The FBI Is Dead Wrong: Apple’s Encryption Is Clearly in the Public Interest – WIRED (Read more…) CBC: No, Telus, your advertised speeds don’t prove anything

Big Telecom has a statistics problem.

Article by Sophia Harris for The CBC

Arguments by Telus against increased competition in the Canadian wireless sector include misleading statistics that don’t reflect reality, critics charge.

read more CBC: Why is Peter MacKay ignoring 73% of Canadians on Bill C-13?

MPs are set to return to parliament today and vote on a controversial bill that could give spies more power to access your private information. Got a problem with that? Speak out at

Article by Laura Payton for The CBC

A controversial bill to fight cyberbullying and give more powers to law enforcement is set to pass third reading in the House of Commons when MPs return from Thanksgiving.

read more CBC: You’re paying too much

Has your wallet been feeling a bit lighter in the last year? You have Big Telecom to thank for that.

Article by Pete Evans for The CBC

The average Canadian saw their monthly bill for things like cable TV, internet access and cellphones increase 3.2 per cent last year, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission said Thursday.

read more R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to Creators

This article is a part of a series on the Our Digital Future report, our crowdsourced roadmap for Free Expression that proposes fair and balanced copyright reform for the 21st Century.

You’ve all heard of the term “starving artist,” right?

If you haven’t — there’s an entire Wikipedia article on it. There are shelves of books that explore the topic: from a starving artist’s diet to a starving artist’s guide to making it in the Big Apple.

read more Forbes: Could your favourite websites disappear from the Internet?

Harsh provisions in this international trade agreement threaten to censor your Internet. Check out what OpenMedia’s Cynthia Khoo has to say, and make sure to check out our positive alternative at

Article by Katheryn Thayer for Forbes

The latest threat to digital innovation and free speech online sounds innocuous. And it is a threat that lives in the details, in pages upon pages of leaked documents, still being parsed by legal experts and internet policy advocates.

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