Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, January 22, 2015

Your news links for today:

Google Plans To Offer Wireless Services – DSL Reports Google Reportedly On The Verge Of Launching ‘Nova,’ A Cellular Phone Service To Compete With Big Four Carriers – Android Police Google’s Record Spend To Keep Net Neutral – Sky News BlackBerry dips toe in Net Neutrality fight, pushes for app and content regulation – Mobile Syrup Netflix CEO Agrees 25 Mbps Should Be The New Baseline – DSL Reports Progressive Visions for the Future of Copyright in Europe – EFF Competition Bureau Seeks Records from Indigo Over E-Book Pricing Probe – iPhone in Canada Young (Read more…) Liberals, you can do better.

When I was 16, I was goofing off in math class with a friend. I was probably wearing my At the Drive In t-shirt, my most prized possession and potent signifier of my burgeoning avant-garde taste in art. Wasting time in math class seemed a great way to show off my rejection of mainstream conventions and the constant pressure from the world to “improve myself”.

At some point my friend took off somewhere, no doubt expressing his irrepressible independence, and my math teacher, Mr. Cort, took the vacant seat. Mr. Cort was younger than the other teachers and the only (Read more…) Motherboard: Who needs advanced hacking techniques when you have bolt cutters?

And these guys want to collect our private data…

Article by Matthew Braga for Vice

You’d think the new headquarters of one of the US’s closest cyber intelligence allies would make for one of the most secure construction sites in the world.

read more Let’s save online privacy, together

Governments around the world just don’t seem to get it.

It’s been nearly two years since Edward Snowden revealed that the United States and their allies, including Canada, had been spying on their own citizens at an unprecedented scale.

It’s been nearly two decades now since the Internet began to transform our society – opening up new avenues for free expression, unbridled creativity, and unrestrained collaboration.

Internet citizens hold the freedom that open online platforms represent dear to their hearts, and have fought back time and again to keep the Internet open and free. But governments keep coming back with (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Your news links for today:

Obama makes net neutrality pledge in State of the Union – The Register Netflix sends cease and desist letter to virtual border-hopping service – IT Business The war on net neutrality (along with that battle against HBO) are lowly bullet points as Netflix eyes global dominance. – ZDNet FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You are Connected To TOR Or a VPN – Slashdot NSA secretly uses scapegoats, data mules and innocent victims’ PCs for botnets – Computerworld A Pair of Bolt Cutters Was All it Took to Break Into Canada’s Cyberspy Agency – (Read more…) Michael Geist: Stream video to your heart’s content

Worried about streaming video with a VPN? Don’t be.

Article by Michael Geist

The misuse of Canada’s new copyright notice-and-notice system has attracted considerable media and political attention over the past week. With revelations that some rights holders are requiring Internet providers to send notifications that misstate the law in an effort to extract payments based on unproven infringement allegations, the government has acknowledged that the notices are misleading and promised to contact providers and rights holders to stop the practice.

read more Vice: The RCMP ignored this Supreme Court ruling

The RCMP kept making warrantless requests for private information a full month after the Supreme Court ruled the practice unconstitutional.

Article by Justin Ling for Vice

Canada’s federal police continued to snoop on Canadians’ cellphones and computers for at least a month after the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional, new documents prove.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, January 20, 2014

Your news links for today:

Announcing Apollo 1201: Eradicate DRM within a decade! – Boing Boing Shifting Politics of Net Neutrality Debate Ahead of F.C.C. Vote – NY Times Stream On?: How Canadian Law Views Online Streaming Video – Michael Geist Rogers pushes Share Everything plans by waiving early upgrade fees – Mobile Syrup With Snowden in the background, privacy takes a back seat to security – Washington Post Obama wants backdoors in encrypted messaging to allow government spying. – Slate GCHQ captured emails of journalists from top international media – The Guardian Photos of an NSA (Read more…) News 1130: Don’t hand your private info to U.S. copyright trolls.

If you’ve received a harassing copyright notice, our advice is clear – don’t hand your name and address to U.S. copyright trolls. And ignore their threats of $150,000 lawsuits and disconnection from the Internet – neither is applicable in Canada.

Article by Jill Drews for News 1130

Emails are going out to Canadians now that our copyright laws have been changed.   Internet service providers can be forced to send notices to IP addresses where illegal downloading may be happening.   Privacy experts say responding to the emails can get you in a lot of trouble.

read more The Independent: Yup, it’s this easy to get on the NSA’s radar

Have you ever googled Tor or other privacy tools? Experts say these leaks confirm that the NSA is engaged in indiscriminate mass surveillance.

Article by James Vincent for The Independent

Any internet users who use or even read about privacy services online will be targeted for surveillance by the NSA, according to a new report from German broadcaster ARD.   According to leaked source-code of the US spy agency’s ‘XKeyscore’ software, individuals who search for information about anonymising services such as Tor have their IP addresses logged by the NSA and can be flagged for further monitoring.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, January 19, 2015

Your news links for today:

Obama and Cameron’s ‘solutions’ for cybersecurity will make the internet worse – The Guardian If you seek to ‘switch off’ encryption, you may as well switch off the whole internet – Full-Time Whistle Patriot Act Idea Rises in France, and Is Ridiculed – NY Times NSA reportedly tracking any internet users who research privacy software online – The Independant Broken Broadcaster streaming websites – Russell McOrmond (What a deal!) Bell Launches New Travel Data Passes with LTE Roaming, Starts at $30 for 100MB – iPhone in Canada NSA Breached North Korean Networks Before Sony (Read more…) The Register: Could we see universal Internet in the next decade?

Could this idea help bring the world closer to universal Internet access?

Article by Simon Sharwood for the Register

WorldVu, an outfit that last year looked to have Google and Elon Musk backing its vision for a fleet of broadband-beaming low-earth orbit satellites, has scored backing from Virgin and Qualcomm.

read more Metro: Don’t worry too much about using VPN on Netflix

This entrepreneur is trying to bring the world closer to universal Internet access.

Article by Luke Simcoe for Metro

In case you haven’t heard, Canadians are crossing the digital border in droves and streaming U.S. content from Netflix. Most of us just want to watch our favourite shows, but do we really know what’s at stake when we unblock ourselves?

read more Globe and Mail: When will cable providers figure out that the future of TV is the Internet?

Cord-cutters are starting to affect Big Telecom’s bottom line.

Article by Christine Dobby for the Globe and Mail

Facing a steady decline in television customers, Shaw Communications Inc. and Cogeco Cable Inc. can both take comfort from solid growth in their Internet subscribers, but continued momentum for the two cable companies will depend in part on increasing prices.

read more Le Devoir: Nos vitesses Internet lentes nous étouffent

Il est temps pour le government d’aborder nos vitesses Internet lentes.

Article par Fabien Deglise pour Le Devoir

Lenteur et récrimination. Open Media, un groupe de pression influent qui milite pour un Internet libre, demande au gouvernement fédéral de cesser d’aborder avec légèreté la question de la vitesse de transmission des données sur Internet au pays et d’adopter rapidement des mesures pour accroître cette vitesse. L’organisme insiste également pour qu’Ottawa amorce les réformes nécessaires afin de réduire les coûts d’accès au réseau, en levant, entre autres, les freins législatifs à la concurrence dans le domaine des télécommunications. 

read more Top 6 ways we came together to save the Internet in 2014

2014 was a banner year for OpenMedia. Our team grew substantially, we moved into new offices, 3D printed an anteater, rescued an air hockey table from the landfill, and… what else… oh yeah, fought day-in-day-out to keep the Internet open, affordable and free from surveillance.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, January 16, 2015

Your news links for today:

Exclusive: White House says net neutrality legislation not needed – Reuters Shaw, Cogeco gain Internet customers, but see decline in TV subscribers – Globe and Mail Does it really matter if you watch American Netflix? – Metro City of Hamilton takes Bell complaints to CRTC – Globe and Mail Mass surveillance not effective for finding terrorists – New Scientist Banning all encryption won’t make Britons safer, no matter what David Cameron says – The Guardian Obama Security Proposals ‘Will Create Cyber Police State’ – Forbes Obama’s Proposed Hacking Law Could Make You a Criminal – (Read more…) CBC: Canadian government gearing up for further assault on privacy

Is spying about to become even more rampant in Canada?

Article by Chris Hall for the CBC

The federal government believes Canada is vulnerable to a significant terrorist attack because of legislative gaps that hinder and, in some cases prevent, federal agencies from sharing information about potential threats.

read more National Post: How the Canadian government can crack down on copyright bullies

U.S. copyright trolls have been exploiting loopholes to bully Canadian downloaders. Go to to fight back and check out the link below to learn more.

Article from the National Post

The “notice-and-notice” provisions of the new Copyright Modernization Act have been in force for just two weeks, and already the Tories’ much-vaunted “made-in-Canada” copyright law is showing cracks.

The new law formalizes a practice under which copyright holders, for example film studios, who believe their work has been downloaded illegally can compel Internet service providers (ISPs) to send customers suspected of this practice a notice asking them (Read more…) Globe and Mail: New anti-spam measures target malware

We’re happy to see new measures to prevent software from being installed on Canadians’ computers without consent. Check out this article for a deep dive on what these new rules mean and let us know what you think in the comments.

Article by Susan Krashinsky for the Globe and Mail

As people spend more time on Web-connected computers and mobile devices, “malware” is an increasing concern. The latest provision of Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL), which comes into effect on Thursday, will attempt to crack down on that.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, January 15, 2015

Your news links for today:

New counterterrorism bill to override certain privacy limits – CBC News David Cameron Wants to Turn Off Encryption. – Medium David Cameron seeks cooperation of US president over encryption crackdown – The Guardian President Obama’s Plan For ‘Securing Cyberspace’ Has A Lot Of Problems – Techdirt MPAA Links Online Piracy to Obama’s Cybersecurity Plan – TorrentFreak Oscar Nominee Won’t Sue Pirates, Accepts Donations Instead – TorrentFreak It’s 2015: Cancon is the aberration, not VPNs or the Internet – David Ellis The New CISPA Bill Is Literally Exactly the Same as the Last One – Gizmodo

(Read more…) iPhone in Canada: Bell loses huge class action suit

There’s no end of good news lately when it comes to Big Telecom getting smacked down.

Article by Nick Salerni for iPhone in Canada

Bell Mobility has lost a class-action lawsuit appeal that found the Canadian carrier liable to thousands of subscribers in Canada’s three northern territories over fees for non-existent 911 services.

read more Medium: Keep Aaron Swartz’s dream alive

Over two years ago, we lost Internet activist Aaron Swartz to suicide after he was relentlessly persecuted for alleged copyright infringement. Find out how you can best honor Aaron and keep his legacy alive.

Article by Ben Wikler for Medium

Today is two years and a day after the suicide of Aaron Swartz.

Aaron was one of my closest friends. That night was the worst of my life.

In the weeks and months that followed, many of his friends and family — and many people that never knew him personally — asked themselves and each other the same question: what’s the best way to (Read more…) Obama Administration to provide citizens with faster, cheaper Internet while Canada falls behind


Internet advocates celebrate Obama’s move, and point to it as the type of action required to get Canada’s Internet rates and speeds on par with global counterparts.

January 14, 2015 – Internet advocates are celebrating this afternoon’s announcement from the Obama Administration pushing for common-sense steps to stop U.S. telecom giants from blocking American Internet users from more affordable Internet services. The news comes on the heels of the U.S. FCC increasing minimum Internet speeds over six times from 4Mbps to 25Mbps.

President Obama urged the FCC to override outdated laws in 19 states preventing independent (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Your news links for today:

Piracy Notices Boost Demand For Anonymous VPNs in Canada – TorrentFreak Videotron’s Odd Copyright Notices: No User Rights and Inaccurate Privacy Information – Michael Geist Cogeco becomes first in Canada to integrate Netflix into customer boxes – Globe and Mail White House just endorsed CISPA measures, two years after veto threat – ZDNet Charlie Hebdo attacks raise fears of a European Patriot Act – The Verge NSA Played Key Role Linking North Korea to Sony Hack – The Intercept Too true … – David T.S. Fraser on Twitter

All links compiled by community (Read more…)