The Canadian Progressive: For-Profit AT&T Spying Program is Worse Than Snowden Revelations

Telecommunications giant AT&T’s spying on Americans for profit on behalf of law enforcement agencies is “more terrifying than the illegal NSA surveillance programs that Edward Snowden exposed,” says rights group Fight for the Future. The post For-Profit AT&T Spying Program is Worse Than Snowden Revelations appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: CETA just imploded, future of the deal uncertain

The Council of Canadians calls the European Union’s failure to reach consensus on signing the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) an epic failure that makes the deal impossible. The post CETA just imploded, future of the deal uncertain appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Canada-EU trade deal undermines public interest regulation, workers: study

The Canada-EU trade deal, CETA, “will elevate the rights of corporations above workers and the environment and undermine government regulatory flexibility,” new study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives finds. The post Canada-EU trade deal undermines public interest regulation, workers: study appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: 350.org Responds to TransCanada’s NAFTA Lawsuit over Keystone XL

TransCanada’s lawsuit against the US over President Obama’s rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline reminds us how many of our rights free trade agreements give away, says 350.org. The post 350.org Responds to TransCanada’s NAFTA Lawsuit over Keystone XL appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

OpenMedia.ca: Civil society groups call on Trudeau to launch full public consultation before introducing C-51 reforms

300k_c51.jpg Organizations and academic experts say that following last week’s tragic events in Paris, it’s especially important that the government consult Canadians before introducing its C-51 reform package November 20, 2015 – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to listen to Canadians before bringing forward a reform package on Bill C-51. That’s the message set out ...

OpenMedia.ca: Internet users set to flood public consultation to push back against proposals that would censor free speech and shut down Right to Link

Screen Shot 2015-11-16 at 16.21.33.png European Commission consultation on the role of online platforms could result in a costly new ‘Link Tax’ and monitoring of billions of posts a day by online services November 17, 2015 – Civil society and digital rights groups are sounding the alarm about a public consultation run by the European ...

OpenMedia.ca: Final TPP text threatens Internet freedom and will force Canada to overhaul copyright – but will Trudeau go along?

tppreleased_720.jpg Final text includes provisions to censor the Internet, rob the public domain, and force Canada to import U.S.-style copyright rules  November 5, 2015 – Over a month since a deal was first announced, the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement has finally been revealed. The text, published today by the New Zealand government, ...

OpenMedia.ca: Canadians look to newly-elected government for action as CRTC report confirms huge year-on-year price increases for communications services

crtc-cmnsmonitoring.jpg As monthly household telecom spending breaches the $200 mark for the first time, Canadians will be looking to incoming Liberal government for reassurance and action October 22, 2015 – This morning the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) released the first part of their annual Communications Monitoring Report providing an overview of the Canadian ...

OpenMedia.ca: Litmus test for new government as Big Telecom threatens future of affordable Internet service in Canada

computer-crtc.jpg Bell Canada is calling on the new federal Cabinet to overturn pro-customer CRTC requirements to ensure Canadians can access high-speed independent providers October 21, 2015 – This morning it was reported that Bell Canada (BCE Inc.) is challenging a landmark CRTC decision that promised fair access to fibre Internet facilities for smaller, independent Internet ...

OpenMedia.ca: WikiLeaks release of TPP Intellectual Property chapter confirms agreement threatens Canada’s Internet freedom

tpp-leak.jpg Confirmed: retroactive 20 year copyright term extensions, new rules that would induce ISPs to block websites, and criminal penalties for the circumvention of digital locks October 9, 2015 – This morning, WikiLeaks released the final version of the TPP’s Intellectual Property Chapter, just days after Trade Minister Ed Fast’s promise to release “a provisional ...

OpenMedia.ca: Revealed: Which party gets the worst grade for digital policies on affordable access, online privacy, and free expression?

report_img2.png As digital rights issues including the TPP and Bill C-51 continue to play major election role, OpenMedia publishes crowdsourced report card assessing the leading parties on policy priorities shaped by over 250,000 Canadians October 8, 2015 – Days after the announcement of a major Trans-Pacific Partnership deal, and with Bill C-51 and mass surveillance ...

OpenMedia.ca: Trans-Pacific Partnership countries announce agreement reached, posing serious threat to global Internet users

Screen Shot 2015-10-05 at 7.45.41 AM.png Largest and most secretive agreement in the world’s history covers 40% of global trade and contains provisions to censor the Internet and rob the public domain October 5, 2015 – The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement reached today comes as the result of over five years of negotiations and poses an ...

OpenMedia.ca: Margaret Atwood teams up with Paul Haggis, Dan Mangan, and over 200 Canadian artists to send message to party leaders about C-51’s attack on free expression

artists_c51_share.png Artists, writers, musicians, and film-makers including Mark Achbar, Hayden, Raffi, Thomas King, and John Dunsworth from the Trailer Park Boys, warn that C-51 will “silence dissenting voices” and announce “we will be voting for the repeal of C-51” September 28, 2015 – A group of over 200 Canadian artists, led by acclaimed author Margaret ...

The Canadian Progressive: Harper has no mandate to auction off CBC buildings during an election

Maude Barlow, the national chairperson of the Council of Canadians wants Stephen Harper to answer whether the just-announced “firesale of CBC buildings is part of getting the Trans-Pacific Partnership signed before October 19 to boost his chances of re-election.” The post Harper has no mandate to auction off CBC buildings during an election appeared first ...

OpenMedia.ca: Massive B.C. Privacy Breach underlines risks of government using C-51 to collect and store our private info

For Immediate Release Massive B.C. Privacy Breach underlines risks of government using C-51 to collect and store our private info September 23, 2015: A massive data breach in British Columbia has left millions of British Columbians worried about whether their private educational records have been exposed. The government announced last night that it had lost ...

OpenMedia.ca: Elizabeth May becomes first party leader to endorse OpenMedia’s pro-Internet Action Plan

All The Reports_OG.png Digital rights group is calling on all political parties and candidates to endorse pro-Internet plan crowdsourced from over 250,000 Canadians September 15, 2015 – Green Party leader Elizabeth May has become the first party leader to endorse OpenMedia’s crowdsourced pro-Internet action plan. In an open letter to OpenMedia published this morning, Ms. ...

OpenMedia.ca: Over 250,000 people shape action plan to save the Internet

ottawa_ourdigitalfuture.png Digital rights group OpenMedia releases comprehensive election platform packed with ideas crowdsourced from Canadians August 27, 2015 – It’s as if the entire city of London Ontario banded together to save the Internet. Shaped by more than 250,000 people and launching today, Canada’s Digital Future is a crowd-sourced election platform packed with ideas from ...

OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia criticizes police push for warrantless access to private Internet subscriber data

IMG_4697.jpg OpenMedia criticizes police push for warrantless access to private Internet subscriber data OpenMedia is extremely concerned by the proposal put forward by the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police that would make it far easier for police to access Canadians’ online records without a warrant. The police proposal flies in the face of a landmark pro-privacy ...

The Canadian Progressive: Fair Elections Act injunction ruling under appeal, says Council of Canadians

The Council of Canadians and partners to appeal a recent Ontario Superior Court of Justice ruling that favoured the Fair Elections Act’s restrictions on democratic participation. The post Fair Elections Act injunction ruling under appeal, says Council of Canadians appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

OpenMedia.ca: New TPP leak shows Canada would be required to massively overhaul copyright, damaging free expression and censoring Internet

tppleaks.jpg Trans-Pacific Partnership text reveals that U.S. pressure could result in new rules for Canadians that allow for website blocking, and new criminal penalties for copyright infringement August 5, 2015 – Recently leaked documents from the Intellectual Property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) reveal that the secretive trade agreement would require Canada to make drastic changes to ...

The Canadian Progressive: TPP talks fail: Part of Harper’s disastrous economic project ends, says Council of Canadians

The recent failure of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations spoils Harper’s agenda promoting the corporate takeover of the Canadian public good, says the Council of Canadians. The post TPP talks fail: Part of Harper’s disastrous economic project ends, says Council of Canadians appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

OpenMedia.ca: New video sets out action plan to tackle Canadian privacy deficit, as hundreds of thousands continue to speak up against Bill C-51

Plan lays out tangible steps for federal government to take to restore Canadians’ digital privacy July 23, 2015 – Today OpenMedia released a new online video, based on input from over 125,000 Canadians, which outlines a clear plan to address Canada’s stark privacy deficit. With Bill C-51, warrantless spying, thousands of privacy breaches, and a ...

OpenMedia.ca: In a win for Canadians, CRTC promises fair rules to increase independent choice and affordability for fiber Internet access

crtcannouncement_1024.jpg New rules ensure that Canadians will be able to access an affordable range of services from a variety of providers outside Canada’s telecom giants July 22, 2015 – A major ruling today from the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) signals a significant step forward for Canadians’ ability to access affordable Internet options independent ...

OpenMedia.ca: European Parliament rejects ‘Link Tax’ proposal, in big win for Internet users

stl_bigwin.jpg 75,000-strong Save The Link Campaign welcomes the rejection of proposal that could have resulted in severe repercussions for free speech online July 9, 2015 – Today the European Parliament firmly rejected a proposal that could have resulted in a new EU-wide ‘Link Tax’ with costly implications for Internet users across Europe and the world. ...

OpenMedia.ca: Canadian cell phone users will pay the price for government’s broken promises on Rogers/Mobilicity deal

Moore.jpg Rogers $440 million takeover of Mobilicity will mean fewer choices and higher prices for Canadian cell phone subscribers when wireless prices are already increasing at 3 times the rate of inflation June 24, 2015 – Mobilicity has accepted a $440 million takeover from Rogers, Inc., according to documents filed with the Ontario Superior Court. ...