Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream Best of Stop the Slowdown: Part 1

It’s the bottom of the ninth, folks – time is running out.  It’s do-or-die, the 11th hour, sudden death in overtime. If you haven’t heard yet, we’re taking the fight over net neutrality right to the FCC’s doorstep in the form of a giant JUMBOTRON parked right outside of the Washington, D.C. HQ.  

We’re going to use this opportunity to beam comments straight from Internet users right to decision-makers at the FCC, who will be deciding on the fate of the open Internet next week. While the agency appears to be on the right path, it feels (Read more…)

. . . → Read More: Best of Stop the Slowdown: Part 1 Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, February 20, 2015

Your news links for today:

The Great SIM Heist: How Spies Stole the Keys to the Encryption Castle – The Intercept GCHQ and NSA Collaborate to Steal the Keys to Your Cellphone – EFF It’s Time for Intelligence Agencies to Shut the Hell Up About Encryption – VICE Motherboard Hacker Claims Feds Hit Him With 44 Felonies When He Refused to Be an FBI Spy – WIRED Google warns of US government ‘hacking any facility’ in the world – The Guardian NDP Vows to Fight Anti-Terror Bill as Conservatives Limit Debate – VICE Canada 6 ways you may have already (Read more…) Globe and Mail: Chretien, Clark, Martin, and Turner: Stop Bill C-51

4 former Prime Ministers, including Conservative Joe Clark, want more oversight on Canada’s spy agencies.

Article by Jean Chretien, Joe Clark, Paul Martin and John Turner for The Globe and Mail

The four of us most certainly know the enormity of the responsibility of keeping Canada safe, something always front of mind for a prime minister. We have come together with 18 other Canadians who have served as Supreme Court of Canada justices, ministers of justice and of public safety, solicitors-general, members of the Security and Intelligence Review Committee and commissioners responsible for overseeing the RCMP and upholding privacy laws.

(Read more…) Here’s how this principled Conservative is speaking out against the Secret Police Bill

Tens of thousands are speaking up to help stop Stephen Harper’s Secret Police Bill in a movement that’s bringing together Canadians from across the political spectrum.

Here’s how one grassroots principled Conservative, Joe Jesso, is pushing back – he’s sent this hard-hitting letter to his local MP Gary Schellenberger. We’re encouraging supporters of all the parties to contact their MP – you can use our online tool right here, or locate your MP’s contact details by entering your postal code here.

Dear Mr. Schellenberger.

As a long time Conservative supporter, I have to voice my displeasure in how the (Read more…) LeadNow: Bill C-51 will create a secret police force

Check out this great video about the government’s Secret Police Bill C-51 by our privacy coalition partners at @LeadNow 

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, February 19, 2015

Your news links for today:

“Total Information Awareness”: The Disastrous Privacy Consequences of Bill C-51 – Michael Geist Bill C-51: Political battle lines drawn over anti-terror bill as election nears – CBC News NDP vows to fight anti-terror bill, saying it ‘goes too far’ – Globe and Mail Peter MacKay skirts debate on definition of terrorism: ‘Look it up’ – CBC News UK parliament calls for Internet to be classified as a public utility – Ars Technica ‘Net neutrality will turn the internet communist – and make Iran’s day’ – The Register Comcast Money Behind Phony Congress Neutrality Push - DSL Reports The real threat to (Read more…) Momentum! As thousands speak out, NDP announces opposition to Harper’s Secret Police Bill C-51

  Great news Canada! – thanks to your pressure, the NDP have decided to formally oppose the government’s Secret Police Bill C-51. Momentum is building around this in a way we just haven’t seen before – let’s keep it up! Remember to send Harper a message at   Article by CBC News   Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair says the NDP will fight the Conservative government’s new anti-terrorism bill when it goes before the House on Wednesday and pushed for the Liberals to do the same.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Your news links for today:

Bell agrees to stop tracking browsing data of mobile users who opt out – Globe and Mail Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Canadian Marketing Association Take Aim At Digital Privacy Act’s Consent Provision – Michael Geist Is Your Smart Phone Spying on You? – Textually The FBI Admits It Uses Fake Cell Phone Towers to Track You – VICE Motherboard NSA hard drive firmware virus spying project detailed – BGR AT&T Says It Will Match Google Fiber’s Speed & Pricing, But Only If You Allow AT&T To Spy On You – Techdirt Media Companies Track Pirated (Read more…) Messages from Internet users to be beamed on Giant Jumbotron outside U.S. FCC, in run-up to crucial Net Neutrality decision with major implications for Canada


Vancouver-based Internet freedom group OpenMedia, with support from diverse coalition, including Daily Kos, Tumblr, Fark, The Center for Media Justice, Roots Action, and The Nation, to park giant Jumbotron outside FCC headquarters and stream thousands of messages and images from citizens

February 18, 2015 – Internet users have a new way to ensure their voice is heard, in the run-up to the U.S. FCC’s crucial Net Neutrality decision next week. Internet freedom group OpenMedia, backed by a huge coalition including Daily Kos, Roots Action, The Nation, Tumblr, and others, will park a giant Jumbotron opposite FCC headquarters. (Read more…) Reuters: NSA is deliberately infecting journalists’ computers with invasive spyware

The U.S. NSA is deliberately infecting thousands of computers around the world with invasive spying malware that’s impossible to remove. It seems not a week goes by without a new revelation about how spy agency surveillance has grown secretive, expensive, and out-of-control. Speak out at

Article by Joseph Menn for Reuters   The U.S. National Security Agency has figured out how to hide spying software deep within hard drives made by Western Digital, Seagate, Toshiba and other top manufacturers, giving the agency the means to eavesdrop on the majority of the world’s computers, according to cyber (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Your news links for today:

NSA Group Has Been Embedding Spyware In Hard Drive Firmware – DSL Reports Web privacy is the newest luxury item in era of pervasive tracking – Christian Science Monitor Why Bell’s Targeted Ad Approach Falls Short on Privacy – Michael Geist (Belated) Big Ups to Ben Klass – Howard Forums Bell, Telus ask CRTC to dismiss complaint about CraveTV streaming service – CBC News Understanding Net Neutrality: What If Your Kitchen Appliances Only Worked With One Power Company? – Privacy Online News Big Telecom tried to kill net neutrality before it was even a concept (Read more…) National Post: Former CSIS officer calls Bill C-51 "a threat to the rights of Canadians"

“Unnecessary, a threat to the rights of Canadians” – now even former CSIS officers are speaking out about Harper’s reckless Bill C-51. Experts are calling it “breathtakingly irresponsible” and thousands of Canadians are working together to stop it. Make your voice heard at and tell your friends!

Article by Stephen Maher for the National Post   Former CSIS officer Francois Lavigne is alarmed by the Conservative government’s new anti-terror bill. He believes the measures proposed in C-51 are unnecessary, a threat to the rights of Canadians and that the prime minister is using fascist techniques to push the (Read more…) The web is putting a giant JUMBOTRON in Washington D.C. as part of #InternetCountdown – Here’s how you can help.

The clock is ticking down fast to the U.S. FCC’s crucial decision about whether to allow Big Telecom to install slow lanes on our Internet. We have just over a week left to make our voices heard before they vote on a plan to stop Internet slow lanes – setting a new global standard for countries around the world.

While FCC Chair Tom Wheeler appears to be moving in the right direction, new threats have emerged. Deep-pocketed cable lobbyists and their lackeys in Congress are running a deceptive, last-minute campaign to insert massive loopholes into the new rules. The (Read more…) The Walrus: How Bill C-51 will undermine the rights of every Canadian

Here’s a must-read piece by Marni Soupcoff from our Privacy Coalition partners at the Canadian Constitution Foundation. Bill C-51 will clearly have a devastating effect on our rights to privacy and freedom of expression. If you’ve had enough, please share this article far and wide, and push back at

Article by Marni Soupcoff for The Walrus

In the wake of the big reveal of Canada’s new anti-terrorism bill, which Stephen Harper unveiled last Friday, media outlets have been full of quotes and stories about the proposed legislation’s potential dangers to everything from our privacy to our safety (one (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, February 16, 2015

Your news links for today:

Former CSIS officer warns new federal anti-terror bill will ‘lead to lawsuits, embarrassment’ – National Post Snowden filmmaker says US surveillance ‘out of control’ – Yahoo News Experts call for ‘return to human intelligence’ after Snowden – The Guardian Thank Snowden: Internet Industry Now Considers The Intelligence Community An Adversary, Not A Partner – Techdirt The War Over Control Of The Net Is A War Over Information Advantage – TorrentFreak So I just got a Copy Right Notice from my ISP…..What can they do to me? – r/Canada Samsung, the Harper government, and Technology (Read more…) Privacy Coalition member Dr. Monia Mazigh: Harper’s Bill C-51 is all about intimidation

Letting the government use fear to drastically reduce our privacy rights is simply un-Canadian. Speak up now at

Article by Dr. Monia Mazigh for

In the Oxford English Dictionary the definition of the word “fear” reads as follows: “an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain or harm.”

read more EFF: New copyright provisions in the TPP are ridiculous

Ever created a meme that went viral? Hollywood wants you to go to jail for that.

Article by Maira Sutton for EFF

The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP) poses massive threats to users in a dizzying number of ways. It will force other TPP signatories to accept the United States’ excessive copyright terms of a minimum of life of the author plus 70 years, while locking the US to the same lengths so it will be harder to shorten them in the future. It contains DRM anti-circumvention provisions that will make it a crime to tinker with, hack, re-sell, preserve, and (Read more…) Thanks to you, Canadians are rallying to fight the government’s Spy Bill

This is all thanks to you: Huge numbers of Canadians, including key Ottawa decision-makers, are pushing back hard against the government’s Bill C-51, which proposes unprecedented new powers for Canada’s security agencies. The bill effectively turns CSIS into a secret police force and would place every Canadian under a government microscope.

Stephen Harper pretends that this full-fledged assault on our democratic rights is necessary to keep us safe – despite clear expert evidence that mass spying actually undermines our security. Like everyone, we were shocked and saddened by the violence that marred the final months of last year. However, (Read more…) Torrent Freak: EMI tried to take down a youtube video of a purring cat

You can’t make this stuff up.

Article by Ernesto for Torrent Freak

YouTube’s automated takedown tool is known for its flaws, but this week it crossed a line by attacking a purring cat. According to YouTube’s Content-ID system both EMI Publishing and PRS own the rights to a 12 second purring loop. The cat in question, Phantom, has filed a dispute and hopes to reclaim his rights.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, February 13, 2015

Your news links for today:

“Canada Remains A Safe Haven For Online Piracy” – TorrentFreak Go to Prison for Sharing Files? That’s What Hollywood Wants in the Secret TPP Deal – EFF US’s ‘Naughty List’ Of Countries Whose Intellectual Property Rules We Don’t Like Is A Joke That’s No Longer Funny – Techdirt EMI claims it owns copyright to videos of cats purring – Boing Boing Why the Copyright Board of Canada Needs a Leafs-Style Tear-Down – Michael Geist Proposed bill limits reach of US search warrants on overseas servers – Ars Technica Stephen Harper: “The Security Intelligence Review Committee (Read more…) Globe and Mail: We should never let intimidation undermine our privacy rights

Globe and Mail: Bill C-51 won’t make us safer. 

Article by The Globe and Mail

Terrorism is a weapon of the weak. It aims to maim and to kill, but above all it seeks to provoke a more powerful opponent. A madman with a gun on Parliament Hill, conspirators dreaming of blowing up a bridge, a lunatic turning a car into a weapon – these can take life, but they are not an existential threat to Canada. They cannot destroy democracy, the rule of law or our rights and freedoms. They cannot overthrow the Canadian government. By themselves, they (Read more…) Elizabeth May stands up for privacy

Thanks to the growing chorus of voices that have spoken out against C-51, politicians are standing up for privacy. Thanks to Elizabeth May for speaking out against unprecedented new government spying powers.

read more Globe and Mail: Broadbent and Romanow: Parliament must defeat Bill C-51

The government’s proposed anti-privacy law threatens our rights and will not effectively safeguard our security. Speak out now at

Article by Ed Broadbent and Roy Romanow for The Globe and Mail

We are writing to add our voices to the rising chorus of opposition to Bill C-51, Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s draft legislation extending the powers of Canada’s intelligence agency.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, February 12, 2015

Your news links for today:

Parliament must reject the anti-terror bill – Globe and Mail How Canadian Spies Infiltrated the Internet’s Core to Watch What You Do Online – VICE Motherboard Concerns about copyright in Canada – CBC Video Unlocking your phone through a carrier officially gets easier today – The Verge When will Canada catch up to the US and make it illegal for carriers to charge for unlocking your phone? – r/Canada TELUS added 110,000 new wireless subs in Q4 on “customer first approach” – Mobile Syrup Netflix is Now Available Through TELUS Optik TV – iPhone in (Read more…) The Tyee: We shouldn’t let the government scare us into giving away our privacy rights

As a result of your pressure, politicians are speaking up against anti-privacy Bill C-51.Thanks to Elizabeth May for siding with Canadians.

Article by Elizabeth May for the Tyee

I remember the events of Oct. 22. While I was in lock-down on Parliament Hill, I remember who hid in a closet and who ran toward gun fire. The guy in the closet is now planning to concentrate the powers of the state in his own hands while converting the Canadian spy agency into a secret police with virtually unlimited powers.

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