Tech leaders like Chad are stepping up to help us save the open Internet. Check out what he has to say, and learn more at https://openmedia.org/stepup
Article by Chad Koh
The internet is like the sea, a vast and shared resource that we all depend on. Unfortunately we do not have anything . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Chad Koh: Protect our shared resource: Step up for the net!
Hi there, I’m Chris Malmo, a grassroots development coordinator at OpenMedia, and it’s my job to help our community interact and communicate with our team.
It’s been a big year for your OpenMedia team, but I’d like to step back and think about the movement we’re a part of and . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: The Internet is at a turning point and here’s some good news
From all of us at OpenMedia, we wish you a very happy new year!
There’s a lot going on this year, starting with renewed TPP negotiations in January that could break our digital future. We’ll be staying vigilant and fighting hard this year — and we can only do it with your . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Happy new year from all of us at OpenMedia!
Authored by Micaela Evans, Volunteer Communications Assistant at OpenMedia.ca
A few months ago, your OpenMedia.ca team sent a survey to our most active supporters – YOU. We had a fantastic response with over 2,300 people taking the time to send us detailed feedback. We’ve recently compiled the results to find out . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: How the open Internet inspires us all!
Happy Holidays from your team at OpenMedia! A special thank you to Danielle Gannon for helping us put together this gingerbread house. Be merry, stay safe, and have a fantastic holiday season!
. . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Happy Holidays from your team at OpenMedia!
Here are just some highlights from our work last year:
Standing up to Big Telecom:
OpenMedia is thrilled to announce that we’re accepting Bitcoins! You can now donate bitcoins directly to our organization at https://OpenMedia.ca/Bitcoin
What is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is a decentralized, peer-to-peer, electronic currency built on cryptography. It is unique in that it is not controlled by governments or banks, and only a fixed number . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: By popular demand: OpenMedia.ca now accepts Bitcoin!
TO OUR COMMUNITY: Look at how far we’ve come together!
With you, we continue to achieve a lot – but the need for our work remains. Learn more about our campaigns to safeguard the open Internet at https://OpenMedia.ca/Campaigns – and please, consider becoming an ally to help support our work: https://OpenMedia.ca/Allies
. . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: See what we’ve achieved together & help support the fight to safeguard the open Internet!
My name is Jason Hjalmarson and I’m OpenMedia.ca’s Grassroots Development Coordinator. Part of my job at OpenMedia is to lead our December Fundraising Drive. Since joining the team last summer, I have been humbled and inspired by my colleagues’ dedication to defending the free and open Internet.
A fierce commitment to . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Our power comes from you
OpenMedia.ca would be nothing without its community – that much is certain. Our entire job is to amplify your voices: to engage people in issues that affect our digital future, and to provide information, build online tools, and facilitate discussions that empower you to influence decisions that will affect your communications freedoms, . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Citizen participation will open the possibilities of our digital future
We are constantly amazed, but never surprised, at what the pro-Internet community can accomplish when we work together. With a couple clicks and a few keystrokes, we can share our thoughts across the world at 300,000 km/second. That’s pretty incredible when you step back and think about it.
The . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: These ideas = success
The inventor of the World Wide Web warns that companies and governments are trying to take control of the Internet, undermining the founding principles of the web. He is calling on all web users to demand better legal protection and due process safeguards for the privacy of their online communications, including their . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, warns against governments taking control of the Internet
While we continue pushing back against government imposed online spying, we want to report back and thank the community members who stepped up recently.
Back in May we sent you an appeal for an ad targeting the lead decision-maker behind the secretive and extreme Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). As you probably know by . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Thank you
You won’t believe this. We just found out that anti-Internet lobbyists are hosting happy hour parties in Washington to increase their influence over key TPP decision makers.1 They’re sipping cocktails and literally making their careers out of criminalizing our day-to-day Internet use.
But we have a unique opportunity to push back if . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: This won’t last
Over 138,000 of you worldwide have spoken out against the TPP’s global threat to Internet freedom.
That’s amazing and our voice is getting stronger – but as we gain momentum lobbyists are also ramping up the pressure for Internet censorship rules though closed-door meetings with our government representatives in Peru.
Now, we’re taking . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: That’s amazing
“We absolutely could do it for less – we choose not to.” That’s what Wade Oosterman, president of Bell Mobility, told regulators.1
We’re winning and they know it. That’s why big telecom giants Rogers and Shaw created a pact to take over scarce wireless spectrum resources.2 They’re trying to take the rug . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: This is your plan
You have a chance to join tens of thousands of other Canadians in a critical moment in telecom history—but we have to act quickly!
You may have noticed OpenMedia commenting in the news1 about how Canada’s largest mobile provider, Rogers, has found a way to obtain key public assets that were actually . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: You could be part of it
As part of our yearly December Allies Drive, we reached out to you – our OpenMedia community – to find out how you became engaged with our digital rights campaigns.
Now, we’re telling your stories as ours continues to take shape. Please take a moment to read through these stories about . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Why I support OpenMedia: Your stories
This email is your last chance to support our work at this crucial time. We are so close to hitting our goal of $30,000 for matching funds from indie ISPs Distributel and Teksavvy, but we won’t get there without your help.
Please join us as an Ally now before our . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: We only have 24 hours
With your support we’ve been able to share your cell phone horror stories with decision-makers at the CRTC, bring your messages directly to officials behind the TPP, and continue in amplifying Canadian voices on an international level.
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
Thanks to all of you who have joined us at OpenMedia in our campaigns, last Friday I had the opportunity to address some of the lead bureaucrats and lobbyists behind the threat to Internet freedom that is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). My goal was to bring the voices of Internet users to . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: What I told those behind the biggest threat to Internet freedom: The Trans-Pacific Partnership
We asked our community to share stories about why they support our work as part of our yearly December Allies Drive. Christina Bub of Ontario had this to say:
“OpenMedia does all the leg-work – they tear down the hurdle that prevents people from taking action, so their campaigns reflect the true number of . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Why I support OpenMedia: Christina’s story
We asked supporters to share stories about why they support our work for our special December Allies Drive – our yearly drive for monthly donors. This story, from Christina Bub of Ontario, was one of our favourites:
An open and free internet is a clear path to a wonderful future full of . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: I’m sharing my story with you