OpenMedia.ca: The Massive Stakes for Your Privacy in the Teksavvy Vs Voltage Case

I raised a lot of eyebrows on my last post regarding the Teksavvy vs. Voltage case, so I’d thought I’d follow up with this post. Questions on why I’m so passionate about privacy and copyright should be pretty much answered after this post, and why I’ve chosen to speak out on both of those issues. ...

OpenMedia.ca: Huffington Post: The fight for Canadians’ personal information heads to court

Independent ISP TekSavvy has been granted additional time to notify Canadians that they could soon be implicated as part of an ongoing copyright crackdown. Although TekSavvy is not a defendant in the ongoing court case, it’s re-assuring to see efforts made by a service provider to help Canadians understand and prepare for any charges filed. ...

OpenMedia.ca: Governments Boycott the New Internet Rules of the ITU

It’s been a whirlwind week at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) negotiations as member states scrambled to reach some kind of consensus on the updates to the ITU’s telecom rules by the deadline. As we’ve noted before, some states are intent on using the negotiations to expand the powers of the ITU and legitimize undemocratic ...

OpenMedia.ca: Guilty by accusation: Overzealous copyright lawyers target Canadians

The Internet is ablaze with fury at the news that a content company – Voltage Pictures – is requesting the private information of thousands of Canadian Internet users, who it claims violated its copyright. Crackdowns on alleged infringement are sweeping the nation, as ISPs are being pressured to give private companies the personal information of ...

OpenMedia.ca: RT News: Global UN summit votes to support Internet eavesdropping

At the ongoing International Telecommunications Union discussions, a top-secret proposal called ‘Deep Packet Inspection’ – or DPI for short – has been approved. This DPI standard has been adopted despite criticism that it could accelerate censorship in repressive nations and allow for online eavesdropping on a global scale. We need to speak out to ensure ...

OpenMedia.ca: Empowered in the fight to protect Internet freedom

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 ITU discussions ...

OpenMedia.ca: Vancouver Sun: Canada to oppose ITU’s Internet governance?

This week, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is hosting discussions that concern the future of the Internet. Although the Canadian government may be preparing to oppose the ITU’s strict Internet control, there has been no mention as to Canada’s stance on the ITU increasing Internet access costs to citizens. Canadians are making progress in being ...

OpenMedia.ca: Standing up for 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 worldwide. Join us alongside a multi-national coalition of pro-Internet organizations in speaking out at ProtectInternetFreedom.net. Read more on ...

OpenMedia.ca: European Parliament Opposes Restrictive Measures in Both CETA and ITU

According to Internet freedom group European Digital Rights, provisions that would criminalize our Internet use may be dropped from the Canada-EU Trade Agreement (CETA)! While the battle isn’t over yet, this is a huge step forward for the Internet freedom community and the thousands of Canadians who shouted down the same provisions in July of ...

OpenMedia.ca: How the ITU could put the Internet behind closed doors

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 deciding what citizens can or cannot see. But what exactly is the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and how would it affect ...

OpenMedia.ca: News Limited Network: United Nations wants control of web kill switch

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. In response, we’ve assembled a multi-national coalition of organizations and citizens to express their rights to Internet freedom. Learn more about who’s ...

OpenMedia.ca: Your Voices Were Heard: ITU Makes Important Step Towards Transparency

We’ve had some major victories lately in making sure that the rules around telecommunications keep public interest at the centre. You recently spoke out against Bell’s attempted takeover of Astral Media, and the CRTC listened, denying Bell and demonstrating its new citizen-centred focus. Today we’ve had some more great news about progress we’re making on ...

OpenMedia.ca: Playing Games – Big Telecom continues to throttle Canadian Internet connections

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 Canadians’ Internet connections last year, they made a promise to change their ways by this year’s end. Read on for an overview of what the Canadian Gamers ...

OpenMedia.ca: Update: Controversial CETA Negotiations Hurtling Towards Conclusion

We’ve been keeping you updated on the developing concerns over the Canada- EU Trade Agreement (CETA), and today is the last day of what may well be its final round of negotiations. We still know very little about what is actually in this agreement, and whether the restrictive Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement provisions that were so ...

OpenMedia.ca: Secretive CETA could be signed by year-end

A few months ago we posted about the threat the Canada-EU Trade Agreement, or CETA poses to Internet freedom, and explained why it could be bad for Canadians—it’s a secretive and binding international agreement like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The Internet freedom community loudly voiced its concern when a portion of the agreement was ...

OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia joins Freedom Not Fear in fighting surveillance measures that threaten Internet freedom

We at OpenMedia are proud, this year, to be a part of a coalition of more than 150 organizations that share a common goal: freedom, not fear. Every September, the Freedom Not Fear Coalition meets in many different places around the world to reinforce the push for fundamental rights like privacy, free expression, due process, ...

OpenMedia.ca: Geist: Setting the Stage for the Next Decade of Open Access

A group of researchers from around the world have been discussing a plan for ‘open access’. Their goal is one that would remove barriers to obtaining educational materials online so that the worldwide community could benefit from shared research and knowledge. Education is one of the many reasons that the pro-Internet community is coming together ...

OpenMedia.ca: Why CETA is bad for Canadian Internet Users

As many of you know big media lobbyists have lost several battles to impose severe Internet restrictions at the national level in bill C-11 here in Canada, and in SOPA/PIPA in the US. You also may know they are increasingly looking to impose these restrictions through secretive International trade agreements that route around our democratic ...

OpenMedia.ca: Infojustice: TPP negotiators are trying to shut you out

Groups from the StopTheTrap.net coalition are on the ground in San Diego as trade reps discuss the restrictive intellectual property aspects of the TPP—the Internet trap. But TPP negotiators aren’t making it easy for us to bring your voices to the table. This is unacceptable. Decisions about whether you could be fined for your Internet ...

OpenMedia.ca: It’s time to amplify our voice against the TPP’s Internet Trap

Right in this moment, lobbyists are pushing through the closure of the open Internet. As you read this, they are setting a trap of restrictions that will criminalize daily uses of the Internet. But politicians move when public pressure becomes impossible to ignore. Spread the word about the StopTheTrap.net campaign today. This week, secretive negotiations ...

OpenMedia.ca: Michael Geist: European Parliament Rejects ACTA – The Impossible Becomes Possible

Great news! The European Parliament has voted down ACTA. That’s one secretive international treaty down… read more

OpenMedia.ca: The StopTheTrap.net Coalition: Weekly Update from OpenMedia.ca

Hello! Here’s Lindsey with your update: read more

OpenMedia.ca: The Electronic Frontier Foundation give a rundown on the TPP’s Internet trap

In this interview, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Maira Sutton breaks down the secrecy that surrounds the TPP’s Internet trap, and the huge implications the TPP will have for our digital future. Check it out for a thorough rundown of this obscene agreement, then sign the petition at http://StopTheTrap.net/. We’re incredibly lucky to have groups like ...

OpenMedia.ca: Huffington Post: U.S. will be allowed to share Canadians’ private information

It’s amazing that together we stopped the government from passing its online spying bill, Bill C-30, within the last session of Parliament. However, it appears the government is putting other spying pieces into place. We need to continue to hold the line against C-30, the new “Perimeter Security” deal with the United States, and now ...

OpenMedia.ca: National Journal: Lawmakers and groups pushing for TPP transparency

We have momentum! Thanks to all of you who have signed and shared the StopTheTrap.net petition, our representatives are starting to feel the heat. Adding to it all, yesterday U.S. groups and lawmakers, including about 130 Democratic House members, pressured the American government about the TPP’s lack of transparency. If we keep up this kind ...