The Canadian Progressive: Cybersecurity should protect us – not control us

The cybersecurity debate can undermine human rights and the international obligation on governments to protect them, argues Lucy Purdon, a policy officer at Privacy International. The post Cybersecurity should protect us – not control us appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Alberta Politics: Media scolding about ‘political correctness’ is baloney; hats off to MRU student who spoke out against Trump cap

PHOTOS: “Make America Hate Again.” (Jake May, Below: U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump and Canadian politicians Kellie Leitch and Jason Kenney. They’re not the only ones, unfortunately. Can anyone in Alberta’s mainstream media seriously claim to have been surprised by the vile stream of threats, abuse and harassment unleashed on a Mount Royal University ...

The Canadian Progressive: Margaret Atwood leads artists’ rebellion against Harper’s Bill C-51

Celebrated author Margaret Atwood is leading a group of 200 notable Canadian writers and artists demanding an immediate repeal of Bill C-51, Stephen Harper’s “secret police” legislation. C­51, the artists argue, “directly attacks the creative arts and free expression in this country.” The post Margaret Atwood leads artists’ rebellion against Harper’s Bill C-51 appeared first ... Globe and Mail: Final push for Pacific Rim pact set for end of September

The TPP deal is closer than we might think!  Are your candidates for or against it? Check here and tell them to oppose this bad deal: Article by Steven Chase for The Globe and Mail An effort to land a massive Pacific Rim free trade agreement within weeks is under way, raising the prospect the ... Let’s make Canada’s parties endorse our pro-Internet action plan

Exciting news! Green Party leader Elizabeth May has just announced her endorsement of our crowdsourced pro-Internet action plan. So far Ms. May is the first major party leader to do so – and we’re thrilled to have her waving the flag for Canada’s Internet. This is great news for Canada’s pro-Internet movement and never would ... EFF: Nothing Is Agreed Yet—We Can Still Stop The TPP’s Copyright Trap

Despite all the talks, the TPP negotiations remain tentative until each country signs off on the final agreement.The battle’s not over yet, let’s keep speaking up against this Internet-censoring deal! Add your voice at Article by Jeremy Malcolm for EFF read more Geist: Canadian Music Industry Hit With Competition Complaint Over Public Domain Recordings

The internet we love is based on creators being able to freely, cheaply, and easily share their work! ‪#‎SaveTheLink‬ Article by Michael Geist Earlier this year, I wrote about the secret campaign by major record labels and publishers to stop the release of public domain recordings, most notably Beatles records that outsold the offerings from major label records at ... Georgia Straight: OpenMedia encourages voters to consider policies around access, privacy in federal election

Check out this amazing coverage of our pro-Internet election plan on The Georgia Straight! The Internet is something we shouldn’t take for granted. We should take action to have our democratic rights as citizens, to make sure it stays open, accessible and free for everyone. This election, vote for the Internet! Article by Stephen Hui for ... CBC: Google ordered to remove ‘right to be forgotten’ stories after ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling

The new EU ‘right to be forgotten’ ruling conflicts with our right to knowledge and free expression. Why should people like web companies, politicians, or governments force search engines and other aggregators to remove links to articles about their activities without a judicial process? Learn more below and check out our growing international campaign to ... CBC: Leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership draft would force Canada to rework copyright, critics say

If Canada adopts the TPP, it will criminalize your Internet use and force your Internet provider and search engines to censor online content, things the government had consistently rejected throughout the copyright reform process. Speak out now at Article by Zack Dubinsky for CBC read more Tyee: TPP Leaks Reveal Blows to Creative Freedom: Filmmaker

TPP will hurt our creative fredom in ways you can’t image. Here’s a filmmaker’s acount of what it would mean for artists and creators around the globe. Let’s stop this censoring deal at Article by Brett Gaylor for the Tyee Most people’s experience with copyright begins and ends with the FBI warnings that play ... True free expression requires privacy

This article was originally published at Canadian Journalists For Free Expression.  “If I have nothing to hide, I have nothing to fear.” This is perhaps the most common reason people give for shrugging off stories about government intelligence agencies, like the National Security Agency (NSA) in the U.S. and the Communications Security Establishment (CSE) in ...

The Canadian Progressive: “Bill C-51 is reckless and dangerous,” says OpenMedia’s Steve Anderson

Testifying before the House of Commons public safety committee on Monday, OpenMedia’s Steve Anderson said Harper’s anti-terror Bill C-51 is dangerous, reckless and ineffective. The post “Bill C-51 is reckless and dangerous,” says OpenMedia’s Steve Anderson appeared first on The Canadian Progressive. Stop Big Media’s Shakedown

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The Canadian Progressive: Online Freedom of Speech Under Seige In “Democracies” Too

Legal suppression of online freedom of speech increasing in both repressive regimes and western democracies, writes Jillian York of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The post Online Freedom of Speech Under Seige In “Democracies” Too appeared first on The Canadian Progressive. EFF: Which companies will protect you from copyright and trademark bullies?

Who’s protecting your speech against false copyright or trademark complaints? EFF finds out which companies are willing to go to bat for you. Report by EFF When somebody wants to silence speech, they often use the quickest method available. When the speech is hosted on a major online platform, that method is usually a copyright ... Save Free Expression

Highlight Image:  Highlight Link: From Antarctica to Vietnam, global Internet users are creating a vision for our digital future

Our small team at OpenMedia would like to take a moment to thank you – all of you – who have used the Internet to help create a roadmap forward for a fair digital future. It was in October 2013 that we asked our community – Internet users who are invested in driving the Internet, ...

Alberta Diary: Pride flags over Alberta: for real, or a cynical commitment of convenience that’s a mile wide and an inch deep?

A rainbow banner flies alongside the city, Alberta and Canadian flags at the city hall of St. Albert, Alberta, last weekend. Below: A really great pride banner spotted during a recent Pride Week in Vancouver.  Fourteen years ago, the Alberta provincial government led by Progressive Conservative premier Ralph Klein was convulsed with controversy at the ...

Alberta Diary: With free expression under assault in Alberta, where’s ‘free speech advocate’ Ezra Levant?

So-called free-speech advocate and celebrity commentator Ezra Levant. Below: Free-speech opponent Alison Redford, Canada’s answer to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, shown below her; that Voltaire guy; nearly forgotten Tory political strategist Stephen Carter. Where’s Ezra Levant now that we need him? Mr. Levant, after all, is frequently billed as Canada’s foremost “free speech advocate,” although ...

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: World Press Freedom Day celebration to highlight free expression in tough times

By: Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom | Press Release:  OTTAWA, April 2, 2013 – On May 3, 2013, editors, writers, politicians and policymakers from across Canada will celebrate freedom of expression and its champions during a luncheon at the Ottawa Convention Centre. The lunch and awards ceremony mark UNESCO-designated World Press Freedom Day and will […] The post World Press ...

The Ranting Canadian: Young woman arrested for posting photo of graffitti online

Young woman arrested for posting photo of graffitti online: According to CBC News: A 20-year-old woman has been accused of criminal harassment and intimidation against a high-ranking Montreal police officer after she posted a photo of anti-police graffiti online. … Pawluck insists that she’s done nothing wrong and the actions of the Montreal police amount ...

The Canadian Progressive | News & Analysis: Conservative MP’s Bill C-461 threatens CBC journalistic integrity, protection of sources

By: Canadian Journalists for Free Expression | Press Release: TORONTO – One of Canada’s leading free speech groups is warning that a low-profile bill – coming up for second reading debate in the House of Commons today – could severely weaken the journalistic integrity of the CBC and cripple its ability to […] The post Conservative MP’s ...

The Ranting Canadian: Doug Christie: The Unauthorized Obituary (article in The Tyee)

Doug Christie: The Unauthorized Obituary (article in The Tyee): Tom Hawthorn of TheTyee reiterates what I wrote in my post about the recently croaked lawyer Doug Christie. Despite his pompous self-declarations, Christie was not a true advocate for free speech; he was merely an advocate for racism, anti-Semitism and other far right views. Christie, in ...

The Ranting Canadian: Doug Christie – racist anti-Semitic lawyer, white nationalist…

Doug Christie – racist anti-Semitic lawyer, white nationalist activist and Western separatist wannabe politician from British Columbia  – died on March 11, 2013 at the age of 66 from liver disease. Good riddance to bad rubbish. Historical revisionists – and others who may be well-intended but misguided — are (sieg) heiling the Nazi sympathizer as ...