Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream Rabble: Our online spying laws are about to get a whole lot worse

The government is trying to push through harsh new surveillance laws that threaten our democratic rights. Got a problem with that? Check out this great piece by Tom Henheffer, and sound off in the comments.

Article by Tom Henheffer for Rabble

The potential destruction of terrorism is infinitesimally smaller than the damage done to our rights by a disproportionate attempt to prevent it.

read more Campbell River Mirror: Our veterans fought for these rights

Canadians across the country have been using our Letter to the Editor tool to speak out against online spying Bill C-13. Here’s one of the letters published in the Campbell River Mirror. Have you tried the tool yet?

Article by Ed Anderson for the Campbell River Mirror

Two days ago we remembered the fallen soldiers of years ago who fought for our country so that we may live a free and prosperous life. All gave some but some gave all.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, November 14, 2014

Your news links for today:

Anti-terror bill trades freedom for illusion of security – Rabble Access to information now beyond the reach of most Canadians – Globe and Mail Details, details – Lux Ex Umbra FCC Chairman says he may ignore Obama on net neutrality – Engadget After nonsensical comments on Net Neutrality, conservatives rage against Ted Cruz – Daily KOS The troubling truth behind these anti-net neutrality op-ed writers – Daily Dot Let’s Discuss Structural Separation – Fiberevolution This Week in Privacy (Nov 7 – 14): New US “cybersecurity” bill, Revplex, Tor and more! – Imgur Infographic

All links (Read more…) Motherboard: Millions being wasted on government facebook spies

Hey community, how do you feel about the government spending your tax dollars to pay bureaucrats to creep on your social media accounts? Let us know in the comments.

Article by Ben Makuch for Motherboard

After reportedly already spending $20 million on media monitoring services, the Conservative-led Stephen Harper government is also looking to fill another tender for a “Social Media Monitoring” system to “meet the needs of Federal Government Departments and Agencies.”

read more Government’s Facebook mass spying plan will further erode privacy of law-abiding Canadians


Media reports this morning have revealed that the federal government is building an expansive Social Media Monitoring system to collect, store, and analyze what Canadians say on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

read more You have three minutes for this video

Guest blog by OpenMedia volunteer and community member Joey Levesque

What does Our Digital Future look like?

Recently, OpenMedia came together with over 300,000 Internet users around the world to release Our Digital Future: a Crowdsourced Agenda for Free Expression. Over 40,000 users expressed themselves using our drag-and-drop tool, and the Our Digital Future report reflects those priorities: respect for creators, free expression, and democratic processes.

But we realize that most people don’t have the time to read a 70-page crowdsourced report on the bus on the way to work, or in line at the grocery store – and (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, November 13, 2014

Your news links for today:

The Canadian Government Wants to Pay More People to Creep Your Facebook – VICE Motherboard Why Does the Ontario Provincial Police Still Not Know What is in the Lawful Access Bill? – Michael Geist 91% of US adults say consumers have lost control over how their personal info is collected and used by companies – Pew Research Center Exclusive: Top NSA Surveillance Official Is A Multi-Millionaire – BuzzFeed Survey: Broad Bi-Partisan Consumer Support For Net Neutrality – DSL Reports Conflict of interests for ISPs and disruptive innovation – Avidall Video and mobile use doubles Canadians’ (Read more…) WANTED: Sober second thought

This is urgent: Peter MacKay’s Online Spying Bill C-13 has already passed the House of Commons and will soon face a final vote in the Senate.

We can still stop this but we need to act now – use our simple Letter to the Editor tool to get a letter about Bill C-13 published in your local newspaper.

If we don’t stop this reckless plan now, it could undermine our privacy and cost taxpayers millions in court challenges. There’s no doubt senators are feeling the pressure to side with Canadians and do the right thing.

The Supreme Court of Canada (Read more…) AlphaBeatic: Canada’s Netflix speed ranks below Brazil, Mexico

Why you may need to head for sunnier climes to get faster Netflix speeds.

Article by Peter Nowak for AlphaBeatic

Netflix has released its internet service provider speed rankings for October. The monthly rankings measure the quality of Netflix’s streaming service on various ISPs in 26 countries.

read more The Star: Canadians are tired of the same-old-same-old in wireless providers

Why choice will improve Canada’s wireless market.

Article by Michael Geist for the Star

Last year’s explosive battle over the potential entry of wireless giant Verizon into the Canadian market may be a distant memory, but the debate over the state of wireless competition remains very much alive. Industry Minister James Moore has pointed to a modest decline in consumer pricing and complaints as evidence that government policies aimed at fostering a more competitive market are working.

read more CBC: Could Obama’s recent statement be the tipping point in the battle against Internet Slow Lanes?

Big changes in the U.S. could impact Canadians’ everyday Internet use.

Article by Kazi Stastna for the CBC

The epic battle in the U.S. over who gets to shape the future of the internet got even more heated this week when President Barack Obama weighed in in favour of net neutrality, urging regulators to ban cable companies from creating a two-tier information superhighway that would allow some websites to buy their way into a fast lane.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Your news links for today:

Net neutrality changes in U.S. could impact Canada – CBC News Canada ISP Speed Index Results – Netflix Netflix ISP rankings: streaming woes in North America – AlphaBeatic ISPs caught sabotaging their customers’ email encryption – Boing Boing Verizon Admits Wireless Industry Really Not Competitive, Has No Intention of Lowering Prices – Techdirt Competition Matters: New Study Supports Government Policy Focused on Fourth Wireless Player – Michael Geist Are Canada’s privacy laws robust enough to protect consumers from Big Data? – CBA National Magazine Watch out: the US government wants to pass new spying (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Your news links for today:

Net Neutrality and Netflix Taxes: The Tension Between Government and Regulatory Agencies on Digital Policy – Michael Geist The White House Gets It Right On Net Neutrality. Will the FCC? – EFF As the Fight Heats Up, FCC Delays Neutrality Rules to 2015 – DSL Reports Elon Musk and Google want to develop satellites for global internet access. – Business Insider Information watchdog says cash crunch endangers Canadians’ access rights – Globe and Mail Ontario Provincial Police Recommend Ending Anonymity on the Internet – Michael Geist How Canada’s Spy Agencies Cozied Up to the NSA (Read more…) Obama calls for strongest possible net neutrality rules… And saves the Internet?

As you may have heard, this morning, U.S. President Barack Obama came out with a decisive statement calling for the strongest possible rules to prevent slow lanes on the Internet. You can read the details in the statement we put out here, but the short version is that Obama unequivocally, and unambiguously committed himself to keeping the Internet an open playing field, stating “no service should be stuck in a ‘slow lane’ because it does not pay a fee.”

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, November 10, 2014

Your news links for today:

President Obama’s Statement on Keeping the Internet Open and Free – The White House on YouTube Movie Chief: Obama is Scared to Push Google, ISPs on Piracy – TorrentFreak Can You Hear Us Now? FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is refusing to participate in any public hearings on Net Neutrality. – OtherWords Neutrality Protests Ramp Up, Protesters Block Wheeler’s Driveway – DSLReports Rogers launches $5/day Roam Like Home package for Share Everything customers – Mobile Syrup Why Canada needs a fourth wireless player – Toronto Star CSE budget up again – Lux Ex Umbra RCMP Plans (Read more…) Yahoo Finance: CRTC forces Big Telecom to end 30-day cancellation notice policy

Thousands of Canadians joined in on the CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV hearings, and told the panel they want more choice and flexibility. Now we’re finally seeing some improvement.

Article by Carmi Levy for Yahoo Finance

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission’s announcement Thursday it was ordering telecom carriers to abolish their practice of forcing consumers to provide 30-days notice before cancelling their phone, Internet or television services sends, a clear message that customer service practices still need improvement.

read more CBC: CRTC rebuffs Big Telecom

It’s a win for choice and flexibility for Canadians, but does it go far enough?

Article by the CBC

Canadians no longer have to give a 30-day notice to cancel or change their television, internet or landline telephone service, the CRTC says.

read more CNN: Will the FCC destroy the Internet as we know it?

The U.S. FCC just doesn’t get it.

Article by Barbara van Schewik for CNN

The results of the midterm election confirm Americans’ widespread discontent with Washington gridlock on a range of issues.

read more CCPA Monitor: Global movement of Internet users create a crowdsourced agenda for free expression

This piece was co-authored by Steve Anderson and Josh Tabish and was originally published in the November edition of the CCPA Monitor

read more Whitecourt Star: Privacy Commissioner wants better website protections

Millions of people have spoken out against the Internet slow lane. But don’t expect a little thing like that to stop Big Telecom’s plan. Find out what you can do next.

Article by Sheena Goodyear for the Whitecourt Star

Canadians give massive corporations permission to collect reams of personal information about them, often without even realizing it, says Canada’s privacy commissioner.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, November 7, 2014

Your news links for today:

CRTC bans 30-day notice for cancelling TV, phone, internet – CBC Showtime to offer cable-free, online streaming in 2015 – Liliputing 7 Colorado communities just secured the right to build their own broadband – Washington Post Beyond price: Wireless carriers competing on service, network quality – The Globe and Mail BlackBerry COO: Comments from former NSA lawyer ‘don’t make any sense’ – FedScoop ‘Open government’ plan slams door on Access to Information Act reform – CBC News British Spies Are Free to Target Lawyers and Journalists – The Intercept Destroying online freedom in the name (Read more…) First decision to come out of CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV consultation is a win for Canadians


November 6, 2014 – In response to this morning’s announcement by the CRTC regarding new rules that will allow Canadians to cancel or change their Internet, television, or telephone services without giving 30-day notice, Campaigns Manager Josh Tabish said,

“We are pleased to see that the first decision coming out of the CRTC’s Let’s Talk TV consultation is a positive step forward for Canadians. During the consultation, we spoke with thousands of Canadians who expressed their dissatisfaction with the lack of choice and flexibility in offerings from the Big Telecom providers. But now we’re able to (Read more…) It’s Our Future

Over 300,000 Internet users contributed to our crowdsourced vision for free expression online in the 21st century. What matters most to the Internet community? Watch this animated video to find out. Animations by Una Luma Productions, music and sound design by Gabriel Koenig.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, November 6, 2014

Your news links for today:

CRTC issues its first decision on Let’s Talk TV – Canada News Centre Bell Posts Strong Q3 Results with Wireless Revenue up 7% – iPhone in Canada TELUS adds 113,000 customers in Q3 as wireless service boosts revenue – Mobile Syrup TELUS Signs on with Bell Media’s “Project Latte” Streaming TV Service – iPhone in Canada KnowRoaming announces unlimited data plans in 55 countries, 30% thinner sticker – Mobile Syrup Carrier IQ agrees to settle privacy lawsuit – Android Authority Net neutrality advocates to protest against ‘hybrid’ FCC solution in dozens of cities – The (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Your news links for today:

Telecom Complaints About Misleading Contracts, Non-Disclosure Soar: CCTS – Huffington Post Billing errors and contract disputes once again top the list of telecom complaints in Canada – Mobile Syrup CCTS 2013-14 Annual Report: Bell, Rogers See Over 50% of Wireless Complaints Again – iPhone in Canada The CCTS Report on Wireless Code Violations: When Is Data on a Data Stick an “Add On”? – Michael Geist Ottawa approves deal to transfer control of Wind Mobile – The Globe and Mail Toronto Star to scrap paywall, launch free tablet edition – Globe and Mail Former NSA (Read more…)