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Our hearts ache for the people of France, Beirut, and all who are struggling with tragedy.   It’s in times of extreme fear and adversity that it is the most critical for us to come together and stay true to our values.  OpenMedia is built on the belief that we are better when we work together. ... Geist: Quebec Bets on Internet Blocking: New Bill Mandates ISP Blocking of Gambling Websites

Why is Quebec planning to censor the Internet for its own commercial gain? Article by Michael Geist The Government of Quebec has introduced new legislation that requires Internet service providers to block access to unlicensed online gambling sites.  read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, November 16, 2015

Your news links for today: France Has A Powerful and Controversial New Surveillance Law – Re/code As Predicted: Encryption Haters Are Already Blaming Snowden (?!?) For The Paris Attacks – Techdirt Exploiting Emotions About Paris to Blame Snowden, Distract from Actual Culprits Who Empowered ISIS – The Intercept Paris Terror Attack: Intelligence Failure Is Not ... Global: Bad move for Canada? TPP’s rules on intellectual property pulled into spotlight

ICYMI: The rise of concerns over the TPP continues. Article by Andy Blatchford for The Canadian Press OTTAWA – Concerns voiced by Jim Balsillie over the massive Trans-Pacific Partnership treaty have intensified scrutiny of the pact’s intellectual-property provisions – and whether they represent a bad deal for Canada. read more Register: The Edward Snowden guide to practical privacy

Our favourite privacy expert gives us some advice on how to protect our privacy:  Article by  Kieren McCarthy for The Register If you want to limit how much governments and companies know about you and your private life, then use Tor, download specific apps and plug-ins, encrypt your hard drive, and use a password manager. read ... CBC: TransPacific Partnership puts Canadian IT at disadvantage, says Michael Geist

Under the ‪#‎TPP‬, our digital policy rules won’t reflect Canadian interests and sensibilities any more. Do we want that? Learn more below and speak out against this dangerous deal: Article by CBC News  read more Huffington Post: Cord-Cutting In Canada 7 Times Faster Than Last Year, But Telcos May Have A Bigger Problem

Cord-cutting in Canada keeps increasing. How many of you still have cable TV? Article by Daniel Tencer for the Huffington Post Canadian TV viewers have been ditching their cable and satellite TV subscriptions at a pace that’s nearly seven times faster than last year, a new analysis shows. read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Friday, November 13, 2015

Your news links for today: Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan says Canadians needn’t fear ISIS – CBC News NSA whistleblower: No software is ‘safe from surveillance’ – ZDNet Edward Snowden Explains How To Reclaim Your Privacy – The Intercept InstaAgent app pulled after ‘harvesting passwords’ – BBC News Facebook is now scanning your camera’s photos to ... Bell already wants a favour from the new government

Well, Bell is wasting no time. Your OpenMedia team has learned that the day after the federal election, the telecom giant began ramming forward an obscure, little-used Parliamentary procedure to overturn customer protection rules we helped win earlier this year. If successful, Bell could kill Canada’s smaller and more affordable Internet providers so they can ... Is the Vancouver Police Department sweeping up your cell phone data?

This morning it was announced that the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) is refusing to acknowledge use of the controversial surveillance device, the StingRay. While the VPD’s statement does not confirm that this technology is in use, their refusal to deny it has sparked concern from privacy experts. read more CTV: Vancouver cops mum on use of controversial surveillance technology

Here’s how the government monitors your cell phones, and keeps it secret. Article by Geordon Omand for The Canadian Press Vancouver police are refusing to disclose whether they use, or have ever considered using, a controversial mass-surveillance device widely adopted in the United States and vigorously condemned by civil liberty groups. read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Thursday, November 12, 2015

Your news links for today: Here’s what the Internet hates about the TPP trade deal – Daily Dot TPP’s rules on intellectual property pulled into spotlight – Macleans No ‘real change’ on TPP? Trudeau cheerleads for deal with other world leaders – Ricochet Appeals Court Says NSA Can Keep Trampling 4th Amendment With Phone Surveillance ... Your Daily Digital Digest for Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Your news links for today: The Three Industries That Love The TPP: Hollywood, Big Pharma & Wall St. – Techdirt Sorry, MPAA, Court Rejects Your Plan For A Secret SOPA At The ITC – Techdirt US tries, and fails, to block “import” of digital data that violates patents – Ars Technica Microsoft will host data ... It’s time for Trudeau to talk with Canadians about C-51

It may be hard to believe, but we’ve been talking about Bill C-51 for almost a year now. And although the campaign against this reckless bill has been critical throughout the entire journey, we think this next step could be pivotal. That’s why we’re inviting the government to join the conversation. read more Alphabeatic: The real tests for Trudeau lie ahead

The real tests for Trudeau lie ahead… Article by Peter Nowak for Alphabeatic Prior to Canada’s federal election a few weeks ago, I wrote about how the then-Conservative government of Stephen Harper had been a disaster on technological issues. read more Your Daily Digital Digest for Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Your news links for today: Judge Orders NSA to Stop Collecting American’s Phone Records Immediately – VICE Motherboard It’s No Secret That the Government Uses Zero Days for “Offense” – EFF This snooper’s charter makes George Orwell look lacking in vision – The Guardian Trudeau a messiah on technology issues, so far – Peter Nowak ... TPP: We are taking your voices to Washington D.C.!

Over a month since an agreement in principle was first announced, the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has finally been revealed. The text, published last Thursday by the New Zealand government, will force the 12 participating TPP nations to import draconian, U.S.-style copyright rules. It also threatens to undermine data privacy, rob the ... CTV: ‘We’ve been outfoxed’: Ex-RIM mogul fears TPP could cost Canada billions

The TPP threatens to make Canada a “permanent underclass” in the economy of selling ideas, while costing Canadians billions of dollars. Tell Justin Trudeau to reject this dangerous deal: Article by Andy Blatchford for CTV News OTTAWA — Jim Balsillie warns that provisions tucked into the Trans-Pacific Partnership could cost Canada hundreds of billions of dollars ... Your Daily Digital Digest for Monday, November 9, 2015

Your news links for today: TPP is about many things, but free trade? Not so much – Globe and Mail Jim Balsillie fears TPP could cost Canada billions and become worst-ever policy move – CBC News Chris Hedges: TPP Is the Most Brazen Corporate Power Grab in American History – Alternet TPP: A Sweetheart Deal ... Community member Ian Maione: How can we stop the TPP’s Internet censorship?

Community member Ian Maione: How can we stop the TPP’s Internet censorship? One of the best things about working at OpenMedia is that we get to engage with our incredible community members every day on Facebook and Twitter. Here’s a great note from Ian Maione, who responded to our thread on how we can stop ... Huffington Post: TPP Trade Deal’s Data Provisions Could Put Sensitive Canadian Info At Risk: Critics

The TPP will restrict the ability of governments to establish safeguards over sensitive information such as your financial and health data. Tell Trudeau you care about your privacy: Article by Jim Bronskill for the Canadian Press at Huffington Post OTTAWA — Analysts say the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal places sensitive Canadian data such as health ... If you’re in Vancouver, you’re won’t want to miss Media Democracy Days 2015 on November 7!

Your OpenMedia team works hard to support a number of great community events every year, and there’s one taking place tomorrow, that we wanted to put on your radar. The 15th annual Media Democracy Days (MDD) conference is taking place tomorrow, November 7, at the Vancouver Public Library Central Branch in Vancouver, beginning at 12 ... Huffington Post: Ralph Goodale, Public Safety Minister, Says C-51 A Top Priority

This is it, folks. Key decisions on the privacy of Canadians will be made over the next few weeks. Let’s keep up the momentum and make sure we get C-51 repealed! Article by The Canadian Press read more A very special letter to OpenMedia

This letter made all the OpenMedia team smile and we wanted to share it with you. Kayden, you’ll be hearing from us really soon! CBC: Critics slam fine print in newly released Trans-Pacific Partnership text

The Liberal government promises public input on the TPP. Over to you Chrystia Freeland. Tell them to reject the TPP’s Internet censorship plan NOW before it becomes law. Speak out at Article by Erin Obourn for CBC News Opponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership came out swinging on Thursday after the full text of the trade agreement, ...