Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream A heartfelt letter to MP Laurie Hawn after his (kind of, maybe, sort of) apology

Check out this great article by OpenMedia’s board member Susan McLennan. 

Article by Susan McLennan for Reimagine PR

Dear Mr. Hawn,

Thank you so much for your heartfelt apology. It meant a lot to hear that you had decided it was time for everyone to move on.

read more Coming (very) soon: We’ve got a plan to restore our privacy rights – packed with ideas that come straight from you

For anyone who cares about privacy, the past few months have been one hell of a ride: We’ve seen startling leaked documents confirming that Canada’s spy agency CSE is monitoring our private online activities on a massive scale – and even spying on private emails

read more Geist: A letter that confirms the copyright extension was nothing but a deal between Harper and music industry lobbyists

Just as we thought, the copyright extension was nothing but a lobbied deal between Music Canada and Prime Minister Harper. 

Article by Michael Geist

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, May 15, 2015

Your news links for today:

URGENT: Senate backtracks on TPP fasttrack — call Congress to oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership – Boing Boing Senate Reverses Course and Advances TPP Fast Track Bill – EFF The Secret Corporate Takeover – Project Syndicate Obama’s War on Leaks Faces Backlash in Court – The Intercept House Says No To NSA Bulk Data Collection As Fight To End Mass Surveillance Gathers Momentum – Forbes The Time to Shut the NSA’s Backdoors is Now—Not in Two Years – EFF ‘Big Win’ for Big Brother: NSA Celebrates the Bill That’s Designed to Cuff Them – The (Read more…) National Post: Did Laurie Hawn just apologize for his remarks against Canadian business leaders?

Laurie Hawn​ has (kind of, maybe, sort of?) apologized on his Facebook page after people innundated his online and social media platforms with messages urging him to #SaySorryLaurie. Big thanks to our community, this would never have happened without you speaking out!

Article by Jake Edmiston for the National Post

A Canadian tech CEO says the government cast him as unpatriotic for opposing the anti-terror bill. But the Tory MP who made the comments in question says he was completely misinterpreted.

read more Do you believe in life after links?

With the news that we could be in for new rules that would allow the proliferation of link censorship online, many community members are wondering: how will this affect me?

And more specifically, what does life after links look like?

read more Guardian: Facebook is NOT the Internet

If Zuckerberg actually cares about helping the world’s poorest in this way, he should use his wealth and influence to boost the initiatives that are already on the ground.

Article by John Naughton for The Guardian 

Some years ago, I had a conversation with a senior minister in which he revealed that he thought the web was the internet.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, May 14, 2015

Your news links for today:

Your tax info at heightened risk, experts say – MoneySense CSIS and other law enforcement agencies can wiretap Google Hangouts – Mobile Syrup CEO of HootSuite (and 140+ other tech leaders) were called unpatriotic for opposing C-51. Then he got this from NDP HQ… – reddit SaskTel Tops Customer Care Ratings Amongst Wireless Carriers: J.D. Power – iPhone in Canada Rural Ontario’s still using dial-up speed Internet – here’s why – The Agenda Counterpoint: Bring telecom into the Internet age – Financial Post US Companies Are Throwing a Fit Because They’re Losing Control Over (Read more…) Join OpenMedia on May 20th for a Social Media Town Hall on Privacy

Are you worried about the possible implications of Bill C-51? Do you want to ask key Canadian privacy experts about how to address the country’s privacy deficit? Well, we’ve got great news for you – we’re organizing a Privacy Town Hall next Wednesday May 20th from 2-3pm ET (11am-Noon PT).

read more Huffington Post: Zuckerberg’s overshadows local efforts to get people connected to the full Internet not only violates net neutrality, it puts privacy, free expression and innovation at risk wherever it goes.

Speak out now at No Fake Internet. 

Article by Timothy Karr for the Huffington Post

Mark Zuckerberg’s plan for world domination is in deep trouble.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Your news links for today:

Liberal senators to vote against anti-terror bill Trudeau supported – Globe and Mail Many of the NSA’s Loudest Defenders Have Financial Ties to NSA Contractors – The Intercept Congress set to override court ruling that NSA surveillance is illegal. The USA Freedom Act would reauthorize mass surveillance under new legal loopholes. – reddit The NSA’s Call Record Program, a 9/11 Hijacker, and the Failure of Bulk Collection – EFF TELUS, Videotron Emerge as Big Winners in 2500MHz Spectrum Auction – iPhone in Canada Wireless spectrum auction could mean faster Internet for rural Canada – Globe (Read more…) BREAKING: Fast Track and the TPP have been derailed

BREAKING: Obama’s own Senators have just put the brakes on Fast Track and the TPP, potentially derailing the process for the foreseeable future.

Slated for debate in the Senate this afternoon, President Obama’s Trade Promotion Authority Bill, better known as ‘Fast Track Legislation,’ was shut down before it even reached the floor, effectively derailing the plan to pass the Bill as soon as possible and demonstrate momentum to the 11 other countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

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. . . → Read More: BREAKING: Fast Track and the TPP have been derailed iPolitics: Will Liberal Senators vote against Bill C-51 despite Trudeau’s stand?

According to iPolitics, Senate opposition leader James Cowan said he’ll break with the policy of his Liberal party and vote against the Harper government’s controversial anti-terrorism legislation, Bill C-51.

“My sense would be that most Liberal senators will oppose the bill. We’ll propose amendments — not the same amendments they did in the House but similar. For my part, if the amendments aren’t carried, and I don’t expect they will be, then I’ll vote against the bill,” Senator Cowan told’s Janice Dickson.

Bill C-51 passed in the House of Commons last week thanks to the support of (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Your news links for today:

My (Conservative) MP’s response to my email concerning Bill C-51 – reddit My local Liberal MP’s response to Bill C-51, explaining why the Liberals will be voting for a bill they are against. – reddit Senator Cowan says ‘most Liberal senators’ to vote against Bill C-51 despite Trudeau’s stand – iPolitics Rogers reports sharp drop in police demands for customer data – Globe and Mail CIA’s Jeffrey Sterling Sentenced to 42 Months for Leaking to New York Times Journalist – The Intercept Wyden: If Senate tries to renew NSA spying authority, I’ll filibuster – Ars (Read more…) Alphabeatic: Canada still leads in high wireless prices

Wireless savings? Not for now. Canadians’ wallets are still hurting. 

Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic

With the CRTC’s decision this week to forego implementing rules that would have allowed small companies to share the networks of bigger players, the regulator and government are both now pinning their hopes for wireless savings on newer competitors building infrastructure that’s strong enough to challenge the likes of Bell, Rogers and Telus.

read more Liberals are cutting their membership cards after Bill C-51 vote

Did the Liberals really think their voters wouldn’t care about that Bill C-51 vote? Well, they were wrong. 

Article by ThinkPol

Social media is abuzz with images of Liberal supporters symbolically cutting up their party membership cards after their leader Justin Trudeau voted in favour of Bill C-51 at the anti-terrorism legislation’s third reading in the House of Commons.

Disillusioned supporters also plastered Trudeau’s Facebook page with angry comments about the party’s support for the controversial bill which has been denounced as dangerous and draconian by legal experts, academics, former Prime Ministers, First Nations groups, civil society organizations and (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, May 11, 2015

Your news links for today:

The high price of speaking out in Ottawa: Editorial – Toronto Star Supporters publicly abandoning Liberal Party over Trudeau’s support for Bill C-51 – ThinkPol Can you hear me now? – Lux Ex Umbra The NSA actually developed a program called ‘Skynet’ – The Independent What did the (US) courts just do to NSA spying? – Boing Boing Net Neutrality FCC refuses to delay net neutrality rules – ComputerWorld VMedia Gets Approval to Offer Internet TV Across Canada – iPhone in Canada BBC Wants Google to Remove Top Gear’s IMDb Page – TorrentFreak

All links (Read more…) CBC: Trudeau’s support of Bill C-51 may just cost him the election

It only takes having a look at Justin Trudeau’s social media platforms to realize his vote in favour of reckless Bill C-51 could cost him the October election. 

Article by Peter Nowak for CBC

If Justin Trudeau’s Facebook page is any indication, the federal Liberal party may have lost a big swath of voter support on Wednesday for helping to pass Bill C-51, the Conservatives’ controversial anti-terrorism legislation.

read more Mulcair replies to business leaders concerned about economically risky Bill C-51 – but why is Harper staying silent?

Two weeks ago, over 60 leading Canadian business leaders, investors, and entrepreneurs published a joint letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the National Post, warning of the economic risks of Bill C-51, and calling on him to go back to the drawing board on the controversial and unpopular legislation.

read more Who’s on our side?: Here’s how your MPs voted on Bill C-51

Last Wednesday we witnessed how reckless Bill C-51 got a step closer to becoming the law of the land. The government used its majority to ram the unpopular legislation through Commons after only two days of debate.

read more How Facebook is blocking 3 billion soon-to-be Internet users from the REAL web

No Fake Internet: Why We’re Taking Action

Today, OpenMedia has launched a new campaign to stand with Internet users around the world who oppose plans by Facebook to control what billions see, read, and hear online. For years, we’ve worked with our community and Internet freedom groups around the world to ensure that people everywhere have access to the real Internet – the free and open web. This is why  we are taking a stand with Internet users in places like India and Latin America who oppose Facebook’s blocking scheme, and we are asking Internet users around the world to (Read more…) OpenMedia calls for Conservative MP Laurie Hawn to apologize to business leaders immediately


The call comes in response to Laurie Hawn attacking and questioning the loyalty of some of Canada’s most accomplished business leaders who signed a letter criticizing controversial Bill C-51. Canadians are speaking out at #SaySorryLaurie

May 8, 2015 – Internet advocacy organization OpenMedia is calling for MP Laurie Hawn to retract and apologize for statements he made on May 6th that attack some of the most accomplished business leaders in Canada and the thousands of employees they work with.   Canadians are joining the call using the hashtag #SaySorryLaurie.

Hawn’s attack came in response to a letter OpenMedia jointly (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, May 8, 2015

Your news links for today:

Canada passes anti-terror bill that’s bad news for online privacy – Engadget Bill C-51 mega-thread – reddit Of Snowden and the NSA, only one has acted unlawfully – and it’s not Snowden – The Guardian UN Experts Say TPP and Fast Track Threaten Human Rights – EFF Secret Information Undermines the Legitimacy of CRTC Decisions – Philip Palmer Law Telus Q1 2015: Profits up 10%, Driven by Wireless – iPhone in Canada Rogers Axes 100 Jobs in TV Operations, Eliminates All OMNI Newscasts – iPhone in Canada Sound of Silence: Why the Government’s Copyright Extension (Read more…) Saving the Link: what we’ve accomplished so far, and where we’re headed

Yesterday the Save the Link network launched, to great success. The global network has been months in the making, and aims to bring together civil society organizations, web businesses, and everyday Internet users to rally around one of the fundamental building blocks of the Web: the hyperlink.

read more Conservative MP Laurie Hawn attacks Canadian Businesses that raised concerns about Bill C-51

Wow — this is how Conservative MP Laurie Hawn responded to the now 140+ businesses who have raised concerns in a letter published by the National Post about reckless spying Bill C-51:”[They] should seriously reconsider their business model and their lack of commitment to the values that bind us as Canadians”.

Keep in mind that the list of signatories includes the founder of the largest software company in Canada.

In fact the list of signatories runs the gamut from local bakeries, to property developers, to venture capitalists.  It’s amazingly unbecoming of a public office holder like Laurie Hawn to question (Read more…)