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Over the past couple months, our small team at OpenMedia has been helping get the word out on a big project designed to measure the health of Canada’s Internet: CIRA’s Internet Performance Tool.

But today, our friends at CIRA (Canadian Internet Registration Authority) have partnered with NCIX, a major Canadian retailer of computer components, to bring you an awesome contest – and we thought you might want to know about it.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, July 16, 2015

Your news links for today:

Internet of things: the greatest mass surveillance infrastructure ever? – The Guardian No U-turn: David Cameron still wants to break encryption – WIRED Researcher Receives Copyright Threat After Exposing Security Hole – TorrentFreak Buenos Aires Censors and Raids the Technologists Fixing Its Flawed E-Voting System – EFF Meet the ex-Googler who’s making secure web tools more user-friendly – RCMP quietly stops naming victims, citing privacy act – CBC News Netflix Now Has 65 Million Users – DSL Reports Netflix CEO: Price Hikes are Coming (eventually) – DSL Reports Google Offers Free Broadband to (Read more…) La censure n’est pas un jeu : Le projet de blocage du Web par Québec pourrait changer notre façon d’utiliser Internet

Le gouvernement Couillard semble déterminé à aller de l’avant avec son projet mal pensé qui vise à exiger des fournisseurs d’accès Internet (ou ISP) de censure Internet… au profit du gouvernement.

Eh oui, vous avez bien lu.

Le site de jeu en ligne de la province de Québec, Espacejeux, ne rencontre pas ses objectifs financiers. Alors, au lieu de corriger le tir au sein même de l’entreprise, le gouvernement Couillard propose d’exiger que les ISP éliminent la concurrence afin de ne permettre l’accès aux résidents de la province qu’à certains sites de jeu « approuvés ».   

read more Campaign Update: Over 25,000 Canadians now on the record demanding faster, cheaper Internet

Yesterday was the deadline for the first round of input into a historic government hearing that will determine whether Canadians get faster, cheaper Internet, or get stuck with Big Telecom’s slow and expensive service for generations to come.

read more Tyee: Conservative MP repents for part of C-51 sermon

After a whirlwind of mockery on social media, MP Wai Young back-pedalled on some parts of her C-51 sermon…

Article by Jeremy J. Nuttall for The Tyee

Vancouver South MP Wai Young has apologized for one part of a controversial speech to a B.C. congregation, a talk that included a likening of her Conservative party to Jesus Christ. 

read more Globe and Mail: Coalition calls on CRTC to force expansion of broadband access

Article by Christine Dobby for The Globe and Mail 

A coalition of groups representing consumers, seniors and anti-poverty activists is calling on Canada’s telecom regulator to force industry players to expand access to high-speed Internet for low-income households and those living in rural areas.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Your news links for today:

In a huge U-turn, the UK government now says it is NOT going to try to ban encryption – Business Insider Do Encrypted Phones Threaten National Security? – The Atlantic Why London police will arrest you for charging your iPhone on a train – BGR Kenya to Require Public Wi-Fi Users to Register With Phone Number – EFF Authors Guild Wants ISPs Forced to Monitor, Filter Content – DSL Reports Coalition calls on CRTC to force expansion of broadband access – Globe and Mail Telus launching US Easy Roam to take on Rogers’ Roam Like (Read more…) Press Progress: Conservative MP claims support for C-51 from Jesus

What do you think?

Article by Press Progress

Jesus saves, but did you know Bill C-51 saves too?

That’s apparently Conservative MP Wai Young’s big takeaway from “all the stories in the Bible,” telling a church that the new surveillance and security powers contained in the controversial Bill C-51, as well as the Conservatives’ less than forgiving sentencing laws, are examples of how her party is working “in the same vein” as Jesus Christ.

read more VICE: How Bill C-13 opened the door for the government to use Hacking Team malware

The Hacking Team software would allow Canadian police to hack into computers, mobile devices, or cars in order to track location or record metadata of citizens. 

Article by Justin Ling for Vice News

With attention focusing on Italian spyware giant Hacking Team and their efforts to strike deals with investigators worldwide, a little-noticed change to Canadian law is becoming increasingly relevant.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Your news links for today:

Oscar-Winner Laura Poitras Sues After U.S Ignores FOIA Request – The Intercept Why was Oscar-winning Snowden documentarian detained 50+ times in US airports? – Ars Technica Privacy campaigners win concessions in UK surveillance report – The Guardian Leaked Documents Reveal #TPP Targets Journalists and Whistleblowers – Daily KOS Canadian Police, Spies Eyed Hacking Team Tech — and the Law Now Makes it Easier to Acquire – VICE News Here’s how data caps really affect your Internet use – Washington Post Low-income Canadians call for affordable broadband Internet service – Acorn Canada Bell Says CraveTV (Read more…) Gambling with censorship: Quebec’s web blocking plan could change how we use the Internet

The Quebec government seems determined to press ahead with an ill-conceived plan that would require ISPs to censor the Internet…for its own financial gain.

Yes, you read that right.

The province’s online gaming site, Espacejeux, is failing to meet its financial targets. But instead of fixing a broken business, Quebec has put together a proposal that would require ISPs to block out the competition, only allowing residents of the province to access ‘approved’ gambling sites.

read more Only 24 hours left to demand faster, cheaper Internet for all Canadians

Only 24 Hours Remain

We have less than 24 hours to tell decision-makers at the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to stop Big Telecom’s plan to keep us locked into some of the slowest, most expensive Internet services in the industrialized world. There’s never been a better time to demand that the government hit the “reset button” on Canada’s lacklustre digital strategy.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, July 13, 2015

Your news links for today:

The Latest Snowden Leak Is Devastating to NSA Defenders – The Atlantic TSA Blows Off Inspector General’s Suggestion Boarding Pass Information Be Encrypted – Techdirt Halt to warrantless disclosures not hindering RCMP, say documents  – Toronto Star Canadian teenager sentenced to 16 months in jail for online harassment, bomb threats – The Verge Trudeau’s support of C-51 has some Liberals seeing orange – Globe and Mail NDP would embrace trade agreements in office, party’s trade critic says – Yahoo! News U.S. may cut Canada out of the TPP – CBC News Wind Mobile (Read more…) Capture Queue: An Interview with Steve Anderson on the history and values of OpenMedia

Check out this great interview with OpenMedia’s founder and Executive Director Steve Anderson and learn more about our history and values as one of the largest digital rights communities in the world.

Article by Tracy Giesz for Capture Queue

Tracy: So tell me about the origins of Open Media. 

read more Motherboard: Canadian police looked into buying hacking software

The Internet, the greatest tool for connectivity that humankind has ever invented,  ins in danger of being turned into something it was never intended to be— a tool for governments to spy on the private lives of everybody.

Article by Matthew Braga for Motherboard

read more Globe and Mail: Trudeau’s support of Bill C-51 weakened the Liberal party

Bill C-51 is so unpopular that is having a mayor role in the electoral campaign. No matter who wins, this reckless bill should be repealed. Speak out now at

Article by Jane Taber for The Globe and Mail

John Fenik is the Mayor of Perth, a picturesque community just southwest of Ottawa. A card-carrying Liberal for more than a decade, Mr. Fenik turned in his membership card a couple of months ago, and is now the NDP candidate for Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston, one of the bluest Tory ridings in the country.

read more Vancouver 24hs: BC groups push CRTC for cheaper Internet

Ensure Canadians get faster, cheaper Interner while there’s still time! Speak out at

Article by Stefania Seccia for Vancouver 24hs. 

This Tuesday is the deadline to submit initial comments on the fast-approaching hearings for cheaper, faster Internet — and so far 25,000 people have signed a petition and scores of others intend to hold a Vancouver rally in support of it.

read more T-Mobile free roaming initiative could add fuel to Canada’s wireless market

T-Mobile announced yesterday it will allow its American customers use their service in Canada and Mexico with no extra fees (that’s right, free roaming). This new initiative puts the Big Three’s roaming plans to shame. Why can’t Canadians have nice things?

Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, July 10, 2015

Your news links for today:

What horrible things did we learn about Hacking Team today? – Cory Doctorow Hacking Team Email Jokes About Killing ACLU’s Chris Soghoian – The Intercept Canadian Police Looked Into Buying Hacking Software – VICE Motherboard The FBI claims it doesn’t want to have to force tech companies to weaken encryption – The Guardian MPAA Wants to Kill Domain Name Privacy, For Some – TorrentFreak FCC commissioners disagree over whether Internet access is a “necessity” – Ars Technica End of US oversight role ‘strengthens’ Internet – The Star Online Why incumbent ISPs should be worried about (Read more…) . . . → Read More: Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, July 10, 2015 CBC News: TPP deal moves Fast

Talks towards a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal advance to the next level, and Trade Minister Ed Fast doesn’t want to miss the party. Tell him we don’t need the TPP to censor our Internet at

Article by JanyceMcGregor for CBC News

read more European Parliament rejects ‘Link Tax’ proposal, in big win for Internet users


75,000-strong Save The Link Campaign welcomes the rejection of proposal that could have resulted in severe repercussions for free speech online

July 9, 2015 – Today the European Parliament firmly rejected a proposal that could have resulted in a new EU-wide ‘Link Tax’ with costly implications for Internet users across Europe and the world. A similar ‘Link Tax’ was introduced in Spain last December, where it forced Google News to shut operations, and resulted in web traffic to Spanish news sites plunging.

The proposal was contained in an amendment backed by large publishing conglomerates to an otherwise (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, July 9, 2015

Your news links for today:

T-Mobile no longer charges you for using your phone in Mexico and Canada – Android Central New T-Mobile ‘Uncarrier’ Move Eliminates North American Borders – DSL Reports New Calgary wireless report suggests Rogers, Bell and Telus offer nearly identical experience – Mobile Syrup Big Tech Does Not Speak for the Internet – EFF XKeyscore Exposé Reaffirms the Need to Rid the Web of Tracking Cookies – EFF Our Top Five Takeaways From Today’s Hearings on Encryption – EFF New Leaked TPP Chapter Shows Countries Converging on Anti-User Copyright Takedown Rules – EFF Censoring Pirate Sites (Read more…) The Inquirer: ICANN’s plan to end online anonymity would radically undermine Internet privacy

  ICANN​ plans to end online anonymity could undermine the privacy of almost anyone who purchases a domain name. At OpenMedia we believe privacy is a fundamental human right, and one that the Internet should safeguard and protect, rather than undermine.

Article by Carly Page for The Inquirer

DIGITAL RIGHTS ADVOCATES have written a scathing open letter to the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), describing its plan to end online anonymity as harmful to privacy and safety. 

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Your news links for today:

Canadian government issues “transparency reporting guidelines” – Canadian Privacy Law Blog ICANN’s plan to end online anonymity would ‘radically undermine’ internet privacy and safety – The Inquirer Computer scientists on the excruciating stupidity of banning crypto – Cory Doctorow Why a Back Door to the Internet Is a Bad Idea – New York Times Growing number of Canadians cutting traditional television, CBC research shows – CBC Your Cable TV Bill Is About to Get More Expensive Than Ever – DSL Reports Judge awards nearly $230,000 to woman ‘harassed’ by 153 cable company robocalls to wrong (Read more…) Wireless prices are so high that a black market is now emerging

Cheaper plans being sold on Kijiji? This has got to stop! 

Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic

You know wireless pricing in Canada is messed up when there’s a black market emerging to provide people with better deals.

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