Prog Blog’s Flickr Photostream Democracy Now: A preview of the Internet slow lane is coming soon

Have you wondered what the Internet might be like if Big Cable is allowed to force traffic into slow lanes? Amy Goodman spells it out, and it ain’t pretty. Speak out now at

Article by Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan for Democracy Now

Next Wednesday, Sept. 10, if your favorite website seems to load slowly, take a closer look: You might be experiencing the Battle for the Net’s “Internet Slowdown,” a global day of grassroots action. Protesters won’t actually slow the Internet down, but will place on their websites animated “Loading” graphics (which organizers call “the proverbial ‘spinning (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, September 4, 2014

Your news links for today:

CRTC issues 2014 report on state of Canadian broadcasting industry – Government of Canada News Release The Police Tool That Pervs Use to Steal Nude Pics From Apple’s iCloud – WIRED Security Trade-Offs – Daring Fireball World’s Biggest Data Breaches & Hacks – Information Is Beautiful Newly Revealed NSA Program ICREACH Extends the NSA’s Reach Even Further – EFF Less Than 1% Of Comments Sent To The FCC Opposed Net Neutrality – TechCrunch Online Protest In Support of Net Neutrality Planned For Sept. 10 – Huffington Post

All links compiled by community member (Read more…) iPhone in Canada: 5 minutes to improve Canadian telecommunications

This week, the CRTC published a 5-minute guide for participating in their proceedings. While the CRTC has come a long way in listening to the concerns of everyday Canadians, there’s still work to be done. How do you think the CRTC could be more responsive?

Article by Nick Salerni for iPhone in Canada

Today, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has published a guide to help Canadians understand how to participate in proceedings.

read more CBC: Pick-and-pay may be coming your way

Our community has been calling for greater choice in how Canadians access and pay for TV services. Now, the CRTC is mulling over pick-and-pay options for Canadian TV, potentially allowing customers better choice and control. What do you think about pick-and-pay?

Article by Tracy Johnson for the CBC

Eric Rosenquist is one of the people cable and satellite companies hope to lure back with pick-and-pay television.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Your news links for today:

PIAC releases backgrounder “Wireless Services in Canada: Why Canadians Deserve Better” – PIAC CRTC Releases 5-Minute Guide on How Canadians Can Participate in Proceedings – iPhone in Canada How Netflix Inc is forcing Canadian cable companies to up their game – Financial Post Rogers announces NHL GameCentre Live streaming packages, $200 for full season – Mobile Syrup 1 Gbps Hype in the Age of ‘Fiber to the Press Release’ – DSL Reports What Jennifer Lawrence can teach you about cloud security – Ars Technica Phone Firewall Can Identify Rogue Cell Towers Trying to Intercept Your (Read more…) Financial Post: Netflix is rewriting the rules for Canadian cable giants

As Netflix struggles with telecom giants in the U.S., see how they’re revolutionizing the cable industry in Canada.

Article by John Greenwood for the Financial Post

Time was, Canada’s broadcast regulator had a commanding say in what Canadians could and couldn’t watch on TV.

read more Don’t miss the 2014 BC Information Summit, Vancouver B.C., September 19

Don’t miss the 2014 BC Information Summit. This year’s theme is Next Steps for Freedom of Information and Privacy, and the conference will feature keynotes from BC’s Privacy Commissioner and other privacy experts. More information at

UBC Robson Square Theatre, Vancouver Friday, September 19, 2014

The pace of change in both the freedom of information and privacy spheres keeps picking up, and won’t be slowing any time soon.

A lot has happened since our last Information Summit, including:

read more Daily Dot: The spinning wheel of death that threatens the entire Internet

Have you been worried about what the Internet slow lane will do to your favourite websites? A new action from a global coalition of Internet activists will show you just how bad it could get.

Article by Eric Geller for the Daily Dot

The realities of an Internet without net neutrality are about to become a bit more obvious.

read more CCPA Monitor: The battle for the Internet and what it means for Canada

This piece was co-authored by Steve Anderson and David Christopher and was originally published in the September edition of the CCPA Monitor

Five commissioners on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) hold the fate of the Internet in their hands.

Some time after September 15, the FCC will decide whether to abandon the principle of net neutrality—the decades old rule that all online data should be treated equally. Doing so would allow large telecom conglomerates to create an Internet slow lane for everyone except deep-pocketed media giants. Nothing less than the future of the Internet is at stake. The (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, September 2, 2014

Your news links for today:

Why U.S. Pressure Is Behind the Stalled Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Bill – Michael Geist Net neutrality activists are about to show you what an Internet ‘slow lane’ looks like – Daily Dot CSEC flunks history – Lux Ex Umbra Android security mystery – ‘fake’ cellphone towers found in U.S. – We Live Security Apple patches Find My iPhone vulnerability – IT PRO Lessons to Learn from the Celebrity Selfie Leak – Howard Forums Rogers removes data overage warning texts – r/canada Labour Day Outage hits TekSavvy DSL customers – DSL Reports

All links compiled (Read more…) Motherboard: Experiencing civil war through virtual reality goggles

This virtual reality simulator is helping to bring the visceral, human effects of war to life for people far away from conflict.

Article by Chris Malmo for Motherboard

The situation for journalism in Syria is grim, and getting worse. With Bashar al-Assad on one side, and a handful of extremist rebel groups like the Islamic State on the other, journalist abductions and intimidation are common, with sometimes sickening results.

read more The Hill: World to the U.S.: Please don’t ruin the Internet

The stage is set for a global showdown against Internet slow lanes. Here’s why you can’t afford to keep quiet.

Article by Danielle Kehl for the Hill

At the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting in Istanbul next week, a multi-stakeholder group of representatives from around the world will gather to discuss the most pressing Internet policy issues of the day. Net neutrality will be high on the agenda, with one of the plenary sessions devoted to developing a common understanding of the issue. From a continent away, the conversation will invariably turn to what’s happening here in the U. (Read more…) CBC: CRTC starts tackling the thorny issue of paper billing fees

Telcos have been making huge profits off of paper bill fees – the practice tellingly known as “pay-to-pay”. These fees are charged disproportionately to low income people and seniors. Do you think Big Telecom should have the power to price gouge like this?

Article by the CBC

Canadians are paying from $495 million to $734 million annually to receive paper bills they received free prior to 2010, according to a study by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.

read more Cynthia kicks ass

We wouldn’t be able to take on all the work that we do here at OpenMedia without an amazing team of volunteers who support us in many ways. Today we’d like to introduce you to Cynthia, who has been working with us since June of this year – and we couldn’t be happier to have her.

Cynthia recently finished law school at UVIC and we’ve been putting her expertise in copyright and Intellectual Property law to good use. She started out working with us on our Free Expression campaign to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership – and came out swinging with (Read more…) Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, August 29, 2014

Your news links for today:

Paper billing fees add up to over $500M a year, study finds – CBC News New PIAC report, “How to Pay the Piper: A Primer on Additional Charges to Consumers in Canada for Paper Billing” – Public Interest Advocacy Centre CRTC Vice-Chairs report on outcome of paper bills meeting – CNW Surge in Smartphone Users Demanding Flawless Mobile Broadband Service – MarketWatch We need less U.S. in our WWW – Euro digital chief Steelie Neelie – The Register ICREACH and FBI’s PRTT Program – emptywheel The trap of simplicity: Why analogies for surveillance fail (Read more…) The Star: Gov’t to employees: delete emails with no "business value"

Is the government trying to avoid future scandal by making civil servants delete emails?

Article by Adrian Wyld for the Star

The Conservative government is telling public servants to delete emails with no “business value,” opening the door to the destruction of potentially valuable records, say critics.

read more Save the Internet, Save the World: The Defining Battle for Net Neutrality

Guest blog by OpenMedia community member Cynthia Khoo

The world needs a hero, and that hero is you.

Our worldwide web is currently dangling above an alligator-filled moat, tied to the train tracks, strapped to a live bomb (tick-tock), and rapidly headed towards gory destruction at the end of a Comcast/Bell/ [insert-your-country's-biggest-telco-name-here]-branded conveyor belt. Time of death: 12:00am. Cause of death: Big Telecom, aggressive lobbying, money and power imbalances, and a misguided FCC net neutrality decision that ignores over 1.1 million comments and counting from everyday Internet users like you.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, August 28, 2014

Your news links for today:

Rogers, Shaw Latest to Think They Can Build a Netflix Killer – DSL Reports Hands-on with shomi, the future of video-on-demand in Canada (video) – Mobile Syrup Amazon to Stream in 4K Starting in October – DSL Reports Rogers Offers 30 GB of Data for $190/month – Howard Forums We Must Secure America’s Cell Networks—From Criminals and Cops – WIRED The executive order that led to mass spying, as told by NSA alumni – Ars Technica Why US net neutrality debate matters globally – The Hill Leaked Draft Reveals Hollywood’s Anti-Piracy Plans – TorrentFreak

All (Read more…) Financial Post: What’s next for On-Demand TV streaming

Rogers and Shaw have announced that they will launch an on-demand TV service to rival Netflix and Hulu. What do you think about this development?

Article by John Greenwood for the Financial Post

Canadians increasingly like to watch their TV over the Internet and two of the country’s biggest communications and broadcast companies are promising to give them what they want.

read more TelClarity: Wind Mobile cuts roaming rates by %95. Here’s how they could cut them more

A recent CRTC ruling brought the roaming rates that Big Telecom charges smaller companies like Wind Mobile down from the stratosphere. Here’s why they still need to go further

Article by Andrew Seipp for TelClarity

In a previous article we found out Wind was being charged $1000/GB by Rogers for domestic roaming. This forced Wind forced to pass on a cost of $1/mb to their retail customers; essentially their wholesale cost. Furthermore, they were being charged for incoming texts without the ability to pass that cost on to their customers.

But change is in the airwaves.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Your news links for today:

What’s a ‘Reasonable Expectation’ of Privacy? – Michael Geist Harper government asks public servants to delete emails – Toronto Star Inside SS7, the Insecure Global Cell Network That’s Used to Track Phones – VICE Motherboard Everything I Know About California’s Smartphone Kill Switch Law – HowardForums Why the economics of the Internet look totally different in North America – The Washington Post More and more Canadians stream music – TekSavvy Blog Alberta Politician Racks Up $20,243 TELUS Bill in Data Overages – iPhone in Canada Registered Lobbyists Elbow Their Way Back Into TPP Committees – (Read more…) Globe and Mail: Leaked document reveals extent of CSEC spying

How CSEC “targets the world” for cyber-espionage, using foreign computers to hide their tracks.

Article by Colin Freeze for the Globe and Mail

When Canadian intelligence officials speak about today’s spying, they can reveal great ambition.

Sometimes they speak of wanting to “master the Internet” or even “target the world” before switching to less evocative terms, such as “computer network operations” or CNO.

read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Your news links for today:

Rogers and Shaw announce shomi, its $8.99/month Netflix competitor – Mobile Syrup Rogers and Shaw unveil shomi, a Made-in-Canada video-streaming service to rival Netflix – Financial Post Shomi What I’m Missing: New Streaming Service To Deliver Superior User Experience And Most Popular Content To Canadians, This Fall – Globe and Mail MPAA: Consumer Right to Resell Online Videos Would Kill Innovation – TorrentFreak Two Countries, Two Vastly Different Phone Bills – New York Times Wind Mobile’s roaming is still a rip off. Here’s why. – TelClarity The Landmark file: Inside Canadian cyber-security agency’s ‘target (Read more…) What does your lazy summer afternoon at the lake have to do with saving the open Internet?

Hi! I’m Alexa, OpenMedia’s new Managing Director – great to meet you! I took a break from the behind the scenes work to share why I’m here. Summer days are perfect for chilling out, reconnecting with friends and family, and reflecting on what in our lives matters most. What matters to me is that my work contributes to building a more just and collaborative world for my kids. I care deeply about OpenMedia’s work to safeguard the possibilities of the open Internet. It’s an essential tool that creates transformative change. This is reason #1 for accepting my job at OpenMedia.

(Read more…) Motherboard: What’s going on at CSEC?

Canada’s spy agency commissioner recently revealed that CSEC retained the private communications of 66 Canadians. Unfortunately, that report only scratches the surface. Here’s why:

Article by Justin Ling for Motherboard

The watchdog for the Communications Security Establishment Canada, known officially as the CSEC Commissioner, has released his annual report, and you’ll be happy to hear that Canada’s top secret intelligence collection agency has received great reviews, even after quite the controversial year.

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