Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream How European decision-makers could break the web

You may or may not live in the European Union but many of your favourite websites (and the tech that runs them) do.

Decision-makers in Europe are considering proposals to make users and websites liable for every single link we post. The same goes for online service providers which host user-based content. Not only would this be a major step backward for free expression, it could even stifle or shutter some of our favourite web services due to astronomical new legal fees.

read more Internet users set to flood public consultation to push back against proposals that would censor free speech and shut down Right to Link

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European Commission consultation on the role of online platforms could result in a costly new ‘Link Tax’ and monitoring of billions of posts a day by online services

November 17, 2015 – Civil society and digital rights groups are sounding the alarm about a public consultation run by the European Commission on the role of online platforms, the result of which could be new copyright rules that would effectively shut down people’s right to freely link online. The 75,000-strong Save The Link network has created an Internet Voice Tool to send feedback (Read more…) Our hearts are aching

Our hearts ache for the people of France, Beirut, and all who are struggling with tragedy.  

It’s in times of extreme fear and adversity that it is the most critical for us to come together and stay true to our values. 

OpenMedia is built on the belief that we are better when we work together. And we will continue working with you to build a better world. 

Hope triumphs over fear.

Your OpenMedia team Geist: Quebec Bets on Internet Blocking: New Bill Mandates ISP Blocking of Gambling Websites

Why is Quebec planning to censor the Internet for its own commercial gain?

Article by Michael Geist

The Government of Quebec has introduced new legislation that requires Internet service providers to block access to unlicensed online gambling sites. 

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, November 16, 2015

Your news links for today:

France Has A Powerful and Controversial New Surveillance Law – Re/code As Predicted: Encryption Haters Are Already Blaming Snowden (?!?) For The Paris Attacks – Techdirt Exploiting Emotions About Paris to Blame Snowden, Distract from Actual Culprits Who Empowered ISIS – The Intercept Paris Terror Attack: Intelligence Failure Is Not Snowden’s Fault But A Break Down Of Communication and Cooperation – International Business Times Quebec Bets on Internet Blocking: New Bill Mandates ISP Blocking of Gambling Websites – Michael Geist Beware of ads that use inaudible sound to link your phone, TV, tablet, and (Read more…) Global: Bad move for Canada? TPP’s rules on intellectual property pulled into spotlight

ICYMI: The rise of concerns over the TPP continues.

Article by Andy Blatchford for The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Concerns voiced by Jim Balsillie over the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty have intensified scrutiny of the pact’s intellectual-property provisions – and whether they represent a bad deal for Canada.

read more Register: The Edward Snowden guide to practical privacy

Our favourite privacy expert gives us some advice on how to protect our privacy: 

Article by  Kieren McCarthy for The Register

If you want to limit how much governments and companies know about you and your private life, then use Tor, download specific apps and plug-ins, encrypt your hard drive, and use a password manager.

read more CBC: TransPacific Partnership puts Canadian IT at disadvantage, says Michael Geist

Under the ‪#‎TPP‬, our digital policy rules won’t reflect Canadian interests and sensibilities any more. Do we want that? Learn more below and speak out against this dangerous deal:

Article by CBC News 

read more Huffington Post: Cord-Cutting In Canada 7 Times Faster Than Last Year, But Telcos May Have A Bigger Problem

Cord-cutting in Canada keeps increasing. How many of you still have cable TV?

Article by Daniel Tencer for the Huffington Post

Canadian TV viewers have been ditching their cable and satellite TV subscriptions at a pace that’s nearly seven times faster than last year, a new analysis shows.

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

Your news links for today:

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canadians needn’t fear ISIS – CBC News NSA whistleblower: No software is ‘safe from surveillance’ – ZDNet Edward Snowden Explains How To Reclaim Your Privacy – The Intercept InstaAgent app pulled after ‘harvesting passwords’ – BBC News Facebook is now scanning your camera’s photos to make sure you send them to your friends – Yahoo News Canadian Authorities Asked Facebook 410 Times for User Data in 2015 – iPhone in Canada Bad move for Canada? TPP’s rules on intellectual property pulled into spotlight – Global News GOP Still Pushing For (Read more…) Bell already wants a favour from the new government

Well, Bell is wasting no time.

Your OpenMedia team has learned that the day after the federal election, the telecom giant began ramming forward an obscure, little-used Parliamentary procedure to overturn customer protection rules we helped win earlier this year.

If successful, Bell could kill Canada’s smaller and more affordable Internet providers so they can price-gouge you at will. And you don’t have to be a Bell customer – this will impact everyone.

read more Is the Vancouver Police Department sweeping up your cell phone data?

This morning it was announced that the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) is refusing to acknowledge use of the controversial surveillance device, the StingRay. While the VPD’s statement does not confirm that this technology is in use, their refusal to deny it has sparked concern from privacy experts.

read more CTV: Vancouver cops mum on use of controversial surveillance technology

Here’s how the government monitors your cell phones, and keeps it secret.

Article by Geordon Omand for The Canadian Press

Vancouver police are refusing to disclose whether they use, or have ever considered using, a controversial mass-surveillance device widely adopted in the United States and vigorously condemned by civil liberty groups.

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

Your news links for today:

Here’s what the Internet hates about the TPP trade deal – Daily Dot TPP’s rules on intellectual property pulled into spotlight – Macleans No ‘real change’ on TPP? Trudeau cheerleads for deal with other world leaders – Ricochet Appeals Court Says NSA Can Keep Trampling 4th Amendment With Phone Surveillance Program For Now – Techdirt Britons’ Internet access bills will soar to pay for Snoopers Charter – Cory Doctorow T-Mobile Video Plan Could Test F.C.C.’s New Net Neutrality Rules – New York Times Cord-Cutting In Canada 7 Times Faster Than Last Year (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Your news links for today:

The Three Industries That Love The TPP: Hollywood, Big Pharma & Wall St. – Techdirt Sorry, MPAA, Court Rejects Your Plan For A Secret SOPA At The ITC – Techdirt US tries, and fails, to block “import” of digital data that violates patents – Ars Technica Microsoft will host data in Germany to hide it from US spies – The Verge This guy is making his browser history public to show you the effects of the UK’s anti-privacy bill – The Next Web The First Temptation Of Trudeau – Sean Holman Court urged to order (Read more…) It’s time for Trudeau to talk with Canadians about C-51

It may be hard to believe, but we’ve been talking about Bill C-51 for almost a year now. And although the campaign against this reckless bill has been critical throughout the entire journey, we think this next step could be pivotal.

That’s why we’re inviting the government to join the conversation.

read more Alphabeatic: The real tests for Trudeau lie ahead

The real tests for Trudeau lie ahead…

Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic

Prior to Canada’s federal election a few weeks ago, I wrote about how the then-Conservative government of Stephen Harper had been a disaster on technological issues.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Your news links for today:

Judge Orders NSA to Stop Collecting American’s Phone Records Immediately – VICE Motherboard It’s No Secret That the Government Uses Zero Days for “Offense” – EFF This snooper’s charter makes George Orwell look lacking in vision – The Guardian Trudeau a messiah on technology issues, so far – Peter Nowak Justin Trudeau’s First Test of Journalistic Freedoms: The RCMP vs. VICE – VICE Canada Constitutional Issues Complicate the Trans-Pacific Partnership – University of Ottawa Centre for Law, Technology and Society Bell, Rogers, Telus, 4-5GB plans with near-identical features are $110 each. Why is there not (Read more…) TPP: We are taking your voices to Washington D.C.!

Over a month since an agreement in principle was first announced, the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has finally been revealed. The text, published last Thursday by the New Zealand government, will force the 12 participating TPP nations to import draconian, U.S.-style copyright rules. It also threatens to undermine data privacy, rob the public domain, and induce Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block and censor websites.

read more CTV: ‘We’ve been outfoxed’: Ex-RIM mogul fears TPP could cost Canada billions

The TPP threatens to make Canada a “permanent underclass” in the economy of selling ideas, while costing Canadians billions of dollars. Tell Justin Trudeau to reject this dangerous deal:

Article by Andy Blatchford for CTV News

OTTAWA — Jim Balsillie warns that provisions tucked into the Trans-Pacific Partnership could cost Canada hundreds of billions of dollars — and eventually make signing it the worst public policy decision in the country’s history.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, November 9, 2015

Your news links for today:

TPP is about many things, but free trade? Not so much – Globe and Mail Jim Balsillie fears TPP could cost Canada billions and become worst-ever policy move – CBC News Chris Hedges: TPP Is the Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History – Alternet TPP: A Sweetheart Deal for Corporations, a ‘Disaster’ for People’s Rights – In These Times TPP: Chapter By Chapter Analysis – ThinkPol TPP will ban rules that require source-code disclosure – Boing Boing The clock is ticking on a time bomb that could blow up a free internet: the (Read more…) Community member Ian Maione: How can we stop the TPP’s Internet censorship?

Community member Ian Maione: How can we stop the TPP’s Internet censorship?

One of the best things about working at OpenMedia is that we get to engage with our incredible community members every day on Facebook and Twitter. Here’s a great note from Ian Maione, who responded to our thread on how we can stop the TPP.

read more Huffington Post: TPP Trade Deal’s Data Provisions Could Put Sensitive Canadian Info At Risk: Critics

The TPP will restrict the ability of governments to establish safeguards over sensitive information such as your financial and health data. Tell Trudeau you care about your privacy:

Article by Jim Bronskill for the Canadian Press at Huffington Post

OTTAWA — Analysts say the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal places sensitive Canadian data such as health records at risk through provisions that open the door wider to cross-border data flows and offshore record storage.

read more If you’re in Vancouver, you’re won’t want to miss Media Democracy Days 2015 on November 7!

Your OpenMedia team works hard to support a number of great community events every year, and there’s one taking place tomorrow, that we wanted to put on your radar.

The 15th annual Media Democracy Days (MDD) conference is taking place tomorrow, November 7, at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch in Vancouver, beginning at 12 noon.

read more Huffington Post: Ralph Goodale, Public Safety Minister, Says C-51 A Top Priority

This is it, folks. Key decisions on the privacy of Canadians will be made over the next few weeks. Let’s keep up the momentum and make sure we get C-51 repealed!

Article by The Canadian Press

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