Internet expert and Uof Ottawa prof Michael Geist discusses the “most fundamental digital issue” missing from the 2015 federal election conversation – “universal, affordable broadband Internet access.”
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Cory Doctorow, co-editor of Boing Boing and digital rights activist, had this to say:
“At a time when . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: We’re working for you
It’s no secret that when it comes to the Internet, Canadians pay higher prices for worse services than most countries in the industrialized world. This is largely because a handful of Big Telecom companies control upwards of 94% of the Internet service market in Canada, meaning that Canadians don’t have much real choice.
Big Telecom’s . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: How Canada’s online costs stack up worldwide
Last week’s shutdown of Internet access in Syria has shifted the focus to the ongoing discussions of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). Concerns abound that the discussions could lead to greater surveillance powers for governments, and crippling limitations on Internet-based democratic activity. RELATED: Google Exposes Harper Government’s Growing Internet Censorship Appetites Conservatives Bill C-30: Upset . . . → Read More: Canadian Progressive: How the ITU threatens Internet freedom and access (VIDEO)
Telus has announced plans to cut back on user bandwidth for its Internet service starting early next year. This Internet disservice comes after Telus met with OpenMedia to state that they were wanting to make amends with Canadians.
Now is the time for Canadians to take action in making the switch . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Huffington Post: Telus introduces new Internet disservice
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) discussions are underway – leaving citizens worldwide to question the motivations of some of the countries involved.
These discussions could lead to strict Internet governance, increased access costs and an erosion of human rights online. Send a message directly to ITU delegates at ProtectInternetFreedom.net/Stand.
Read more on the . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Empowered in the fight to protect Internet freedom
Yesterday saw Syria’s Internet and mobile communications ‘shut off’ from the outside world. If repressive regimes have their way at next week’s ITU discussions, this restrictive governance of Internet use could be legitimized and applied to citizens wo… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Standing up for Internet freedom
Repressive regimes could gain dominant control over the Internet following next month’s ITU discussions. This would mean greater surveillance over everyday online activity, more expensive access costs, and strict censorship that would have governments … . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: How the ITU could put the Internet behind closed doors
A closed-door meeting to be held next month will determine if your Internet use will become governed by a UN agency – the ITU – in imposing greater controls and limiting personal expression…. . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: News Limited Network: United Nations wants control of web kill switch
Canadians in the north are on the brink of a digital divide as aging networks, service outages and prohibitive costs all continue to affect everyday communications services. It’s a struggle that… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: The Globe and Mail: The high costs of Arctic broadband
Canadian citizens are paying for Internet access, but Big Telecom isn’t being completely open about the restrictions that they’ve been imposing. When Big Telecom was confronted about throttling … . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Playing Games – Big Telecom continues to throttle Canadian Internet connections
A lobbyist group is pushing for Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiators to force Canada into adopting a ‘termination’ system that would cut off Internet access for users accused of breaking copyright laws.
Join our campaign to stop the TPP’s Internet trap at StopTheTrap.net and read more on this story at the Toronto Star website.
read . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Internet access hindered by the Trans-Pacific Partnership
It wouldn’t surprise Peacenik at all if the Harper Gov’t tried to set up a kill switch for the Internet. He’s already allowed the CRTC to make it too expensive for some people to use. So Peacenik is going to file this article away for future reference. And Peacenik is glad Peacenik has some walkies . . . → Read More: punditman: How to Maintain Internet Access Even If Your Government Turns It Off
It wouldn’t surprise Peacenik at all if the Harper Gov’t tried to set up a kill switch for the Internet. He’s already allowed the CRTC to make it too expensive for some people to use. So Peacenik is going to file this article away for future referenc… . . . → Read More: punditman: How to Maintain Internet Access Even If Your Government Turns It Off