Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream Toronto Star: Toronto police curb disclosure of suicide attempts to U.S. border police

This shows what we can achieve when we work together. Surely every police service in Canada should now follow suit?

Article by Wendy Gillis for the Toronto Star

Following a highly critical report and unprecedented legal action by Ontario’s privacy commissioner, Toronto police have taken steps to keep U.S. border police from automatically accessing records about a Canadian’s suicide attempts — sensitive personal information that could result in being denied entry.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, August 19, 2015

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How Canada’s Conservative Party is brazenly playing the terrorism card – The Conversation Feds Still Shrugging People Onto Terrorist Watchlists Based On Hunches – Techdirt New (TSA) pornoscanners are also useless, cost $160 million – Cory Doctorow Small Internet providers challenge CRTC ruling on roaming – Globe and Mail Consortium of Small ISPs Appeal to CRTC to Run Wireless Networks – iPhone in Canada The Ashley Madison Hackers Just Released a Ton of Stolen Data – Gizmodo Remember How The DMCA ‘Stopped’ The Release Of Ashley Madison Cheaters Data? About That… – Techdirt MPAA Throws (Read more…) Are Canada’s Big Telecom giants hiring U.S. firms attacking VMedia Inc., a small Canadian ISP?

Why is a foreign, U.S.-based public relations firm attacking a small Canadian indie ISP, VMedia, Inc.? That’s a question some Canadians may be asking in response to a recent public debate over the direction of Canada’s digital future.

Over the past few weeks, a debate about the future of independent (i.e. non-Big Telecom) Internet services has been playing out in the pages of the Financial Post following a recent win for Canadians at the CRTC.

read more Toronto Star: Police to stop handing over private health records to U.S. authorities

This shows what we can achieve when we work together. Surely every police service in Canada should now follow suit? You can add your voice by endorsing our positive Privacy Plan at

Article by Wendy Gillies for the Toronto Star

Following a highly critical report and unprecedented legal action by Ontario’s privacy commissioner, Toronto police have taken steps to keep U.S. border police from automatically accessing records about a Canadian’s suicide attempts — sensitive personal information that could result in being denied entry.

“This is a huge, huge achievement and a significant advancement in terms of mental (Read more…) Globe & Mail: Indies ask CRTC to open networks, lower prices

Good news – indie cell phone companies have launched a new CRTC challenge, aimed at opening our wireless networks and lowering prices for all Canadians. Speak out at

Article by Christine Dobby for The Globe and Mail

A group of independent Internet providers has launched a challenge of a landmark ruling on wholesale wireless services, arguing that Canada’s telecom regulator should have gone further to support more competition in the cellular industry.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, August 18, 2015

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TPP’s Copyright Term Extension Isn’t Made for Artists—It’s Made By and For Big Content Companies – EFF After Internet Companies Protest, MPAA Declares Victory And Walks Away From Attempt To Backdoor SOPA – Techdirt Hollywood Keeps Breaking Box Office Records… While Still Insisting That The Internet Is Killing Movies – Techdirt WIND Mobile Debuts $39 Promo Plan, to “End Cell Phone Bill Horror Stories” – iPhone in Canada Mobilicity has a new $40/month plan that Rogers will honour after network switch – Mobile Syrup Two-year phone contracts are almost dead (in the US) – The (Read more…) CBC: CSIS secrecy hampers complaints and accountability

CBC Radio’s The Current​ discusses the BCCLA/Dogwood challenge against CSIS. Will we ever get to the truth of what did or did not happen? Join us and sign the pledge at

Article by CBC Radio

The Dogwood Initiative is an environmental advocacy group in British Columbia. Its members have campaigned against the Northern Gateway Pipeline, in addition to other causes. 

read more TechDirt: Comcast Admits Broadband Usage Caps Are A Cash Grab, Not An Engineering Necessity

And there you have it. Comcast – one of the most hated telecom companies in the world – just admitted that data caps are bogus. In Canada, we have a unique chance to end data caps through an ongoing CRTC hearing. Speak out at

Article by TechDirt

read more CBC: First Nations youth bring high-speed internet home

Canada’s youth are taking Internet access into their own hands. Despite being next door to a community with full Internet service, young people in a northern Ontario  community unserviced by Big Telecom are building their own infrastructure to make sure they can participate in Canada’s digital economy. Learn more below, and demand world-class Internet service for 100% of Canadians at

Article by CBC Radio 

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, August 17, 2015

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No Privacy = No Security – Medium AT&T Helped U.S. Spy on Internet on a Vast Scale – New York Times US Admits It Uses Predictions, Not Data, to Blacklist Flyers – WIRED Harper government resorts to Orwellian measures – Prince George Citizen How Canada Caved at the TPP Talks in Hawaii – Michael Geist Sen. Dianne Feinstein is worried net neutrality might help the terrorists – The Verge Bell Canada’s Parent Company Sells 15% Equity Stake in The Globe and Mail – iPhone in Canada Bell Dealers Sue Company, Claim Millions in Damages (Read more…) CBC: CSIS surveillance of pipeline protesters faces federal review

OpenMedia supports the work of BCCLA and Dogwood Initiative to challenge the secretive practices of CSIS in the courts. Stand up with us and sign the pledge at

Article by CBC News

A federal committee is holding a hearing Wednesday into a complaint that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service illegally spied on peaceful anti-pipeline protesters in B.C., but the public may never know what has occurred behind the hearing’s closed doors.

The security intelligence review committee hearing will not be open to the public.

The complaint was filed by the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) (Read more…) Vancouver Sun: Pete McMartin: Big Brother needs to back off

As our friends at BCCLA and Dogwood Initiative continue to fight for our right to speak up in public without fear of being put under surveillance, an important reminder of how out of control our secret courts and surveillance agencies have become. 

Join us and stand up against secret surveillance at 


Article by Pete McMartin at Vancouver Sun

Today, in downtown Vancouver, in a Canadian federal courtroom, in this country that we assume generally observes the rights of its citizens, secret hearings began to investigate complaints against the federal government’s security agencies spying on (Read more…) We have our winners! And the prizes go to…

After some serious campaigning from our incredible OpenMedia community, the “Great Canadian Petition Drive to Kill C-51” is complete — and we have our top spots!

Congratulations to our top three leaders, each taking home an awesome pro-privacy prize pack:

Ben Kendrick

David Butz

Peter Benton

Ben Kendrick took a strong lead in this competition right from the start, eventually taking the proverbial cake with an astonishing number of shares — well over 1000, and still counting!

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, August 14, 2015

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Rejecting TPP a Matter of Human Rights – The Tyee Breaking the US government’s hold on the internet won’t be easy – The Conversation Canada Is Still Doing A Half-Assed Job Enforcing Its Net Neutrality Rules, Highlighting Importance of Competition – Techdirt CNN & CBC Sued For Pirating 31 Second YouTube Video – TorrentFreak Negotiation failure leads to removal of Sportsnet and City channels from Bell Mobile TV – Mobile Syrup Is the cost of phone privacy worth paying? – Android Authority CIA Accidentally Releases Apology Letter It Wrote, But Never Sent To The Senate (Read more…) Toronto Star: Group protesting spy agency says it’s shut out of probe

This is getting out of hand. We have to draw a line in the sand and pledge to say no reckless spy powers and secret courts. Enough is enough. Speak out ‪

Article by Jim Bronskill for the Canadian Press

OTTAWA—A civil liberties group says it’s being kept in the dark as a federal watchdog begins looking at whether the Canadian Security Intelligence Service went too far in eyeing environmental activists.

CSIS has disclosed very little information heading into three days of Security Intelligence Review Committee hearings about the complaint from the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association, (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, August 13, 2015

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The internet and the death of privacy – The Age British intelligence service spying on MPs in defiance of laws prohibiting it – The Independent The NSA Playset: Espionage tools for the rest of us – Ars Technica Hilariously terrifying talk about security – Cory Doctorow Even when told not to, Windows 10 just can’t stop talking to Microsoft – Ars Technica Lenovo Busted For Stealthily Installing Crapware Via BIOS On Fresh Windows Installs – Techdirt Japan and the U.S. Align on TPP Provisions That Harm Japanese Creators – EFF Fido rolls out easier-to-read (Read more…) 5 ways this election could shape our digital future for a generation

It may be the dog days of August, but here at OpenMedia our small team is gearing up for the most important election campaign that Canadian Internet users have ever faced.

Whether you’re concerned about Bill C-51, Internet censorship, or affordable wireless and broadband bills, it’s clear that the stakes could not be higher. Here are five ways this election will shape our digital future for a generation to come:

1.Bill C-51

Nearly 300,000 Canadians have spoken out against the government’s reckless spying Bill C-51. The NDP, the Greens, and smaller parties like the Libertarians are listening and have (Read more…) Nowak: "A worse proposition than almost anywhere"

It’s official: the price is too damn high. And that’s the message that the CRTC needs to hear from you. Send your message at

Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic   Bell has officially announced the availability and pricing of its gigabit fibre broadband service, and it’s as expensive as expected.

The full speed – 940 megabits per second download and 100 Mbps upload with unlimited usage – costs a whopping $149 per month. One step down – 300 Mbps download and 100 Mbps up with 750 gigabytes of monthly usage – is $95. The 150 Mbps (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, August 12, 2015

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When Phone Encryption Blocks Justice – New York Times The Many Things Wrong With the Anti-Encryption Op-Ed in the New York Times – The Intercept The Battle Over Warrantless Phone Tracking Moves Closer To Supreme Court – BuzzFeed Here are Some More Affordable Data Plans that Most of Canada Can’t Have – Howard Forums Shaw slows service for switching to TekSavvy, say customers – r/Canada A friend of mine got one of the download notices from his ISP. – r/Toronto Rightsholders Seeking Expansion of Executive Power Over the Internet Through the Backdoor of the ITC (Read more…) Globe & Mail: Bell’s new fibre service comes with a super-high price tag attached

In Sandy, Oregon residents pay just US $60 a month (about $80 Canadian) for symmetrical gigabit fibre Internet. Here in Canada, telecom giant Bell is charging $150 for a service with capped upload speeds. If you’ve had enough, speak out at today.

Article by Shane Dingman for The Globe and Mail

Until recently there weren’t a lot of options in Canada if you wanted gigabit Internet speeds at your house. A few small towns, such as Olds, Alta., rolled out municipal broadband, and several companies have launched pilot projects in condominium buildings.    But as of (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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St. Louis County Charges Journalists Who Covered Ferguson Protests With Trespassing – Techdirt Super-fast Internet is coming – along with super-high pricing – Globe and Mail Bell Unveils Gigabit Broadband For $150 (Canadian)  – DSL Reports Want fiber Internet? That’ll be $383,500, ISP tells farm owner – Ars Technica Half of broadband users have never tested their speeds – Broadband TV News Why Canada’s Net Neutrality Enforcement is Going at Half-Throttle – Michael Geist Google, Facebook and Twitter Protest Hollywood’s ‘SOPA Resurrection’ – TorrentFreak Wall Street Suddenly Wakes Up To Cord Cutting – Techdirt (Read more…) We want to hear about what matters to you

Today, we’re asking you to take part in our annual community survey, where we’ll be asking you about the digital rights issues you care most about.

OpenMedia is based on shared values of collaborative decision-making, openness, and community-driven positive change. Our best ideas come from our incredible community members. This August, we want to hear about what matters to you.

So far in 2015 you’ve:

Stalled the secretive TPP’s Internet censorship plan and stirred public outcry

Rallied over 275,000 people against C-51’s intrusive spying

Turned crowdsourced feedback into real Telecom policy.

Now, it’s time to let us know: what (Read more…) Geist: Isn’t it time we gave Canada’s Net Neutrality protections some teeth?

Canada’s telecom giants are continuing to over-promise and under-deliver when it comes to speed and connectivity. Isn’t it time we started penalizing ISPs who flout the rules?   Article by Prof. Michael Geist   Canada’s net neutrality rules, which require Internet providers to disclose how they manage their networks and to treat content in an equal manner, were established in 2009. The policy is administered by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), which releases quarterly reports on the number of complaints it receives and whether any have been escalated to enforcement actions.

read more CBC: Leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership draft would force Canada to rework copyright, critics say

If Canada adopts the TPP, it will criminalize your Internet use and force your Internet provider and search engines to censor online content, things the government had consistently rejected throughout the copyright reform process. Speak out now at

Article by Zack Dubinsky for CBC

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, August 10, 2015

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Canada’s Quiet History of Weakening Communications Encryption – Telecom Transparency Project ‘Netflix tax’ inevitable as more services go online, experts say – Calgary Herald Leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership draft would force Canada to rework copyright, critics say – CBC News EFF Told to “Shut the Hell Up” About SOPA – TorrentFreak Germany drops treason inquiry into Netzpolitik journalists – The Guardian Another Journalist Claims UK Law Enforcement Violated Anti-Terrorism Laws By Putting Him Under Surveillance – Techdirt Windows 10 wipes your child safety settings if you upgrade from 7 or 8 – The Register Sophos: If (Read more…)