Things Are Good: GDPR Might Make the Internet Better by Eliminating Shady Businesses

Now that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is in effect companies are reacting. You may have noticed new messages on websites outlining that they are collecting information on you, or maybe you’ve received emails updating you on new privacy policies. Those notices are a result of the GDPR’s rules around how companies spy on ...

Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading. – Denise Balkissoon writes about the importance of ensuring a just transition for fossil fuel workers – rather than using their jobs as bargaining chips to preserve oil industry profits. And Andrea Olive, Emily Eaton and Randy Besco point out that there’s plenty of public support for carbon ...

The Disaffected Lib: This Might Be the Eye-Opener You So Badly Need.

Many of us approach online privacy with a “who would be interested in boring old me” attitude. That’s the internet equivalent of whistling past the graveyard. Check out data consultant Dylan Curran’s expose on what Facebook and, especially, Google knows about you. I’ll just do a short summary of what’s in the thousands of files ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Matt Bruenig highlights Norway’s high level of social ownership, with 76% of non-home wealth in public hands in an extremely prosperous country. And Patrick Collinson reports on the latest World Happiness Survey, showing Norway within a group of relatively equal Nordic countries at the very top. – ...

Accidental Deliberations: New column day

Here, on the latest threats to a free and open Internet for Canadians. For further reading…– Again, Canadaland broke the story of Bell’s push to make regulatory restrictions on website access a default answer to copyright issues here, while the FairPlay scheme is here (PDF). Michael Geist discussed some of the problems with Bell’s position, ...

Dead Wild Roses: Transactivism at its Finest – The Blood Root Restaurant Debacle

The Bloodroot is a small vegan restaurant.  Their crime? Having the absolute gall and audacity to state – in a feminist space no less – that they believe in supporting women born women.  It  is enough of a transgression to bring the trans-hoarde along with the usual threats, cyberbullying, and harassment (typical aggressive male behaviour) ...

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading. – Ryan Avent discusses how wage stagnation is harming U.S. productivity – and how a shift toward empowering workers could be the solution to both: If low wages are indeed inhibiting productivity, what can we do about it? A large corporate tax cut is unlikely to help. In ...

The Canadian Progressive: Read the statements from the two Democratic FCC members who opposed repealing net neutrality

Democratic Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Jessica Rosenworcel dissented against the US Federal Communications Commission’s 3-2 vote to dismantle net neutrality. Read the the two dissenters’ statements. The post Read the statements from the two Democratic FCC members who opposed repealing net neutrality appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: The FCC’s plan to repeal net neutrality threatens democracy everywhere

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposed plan to dismantle net neutrality threatens democracy and the free exchange of ideas and information via the Internet. Even if the FCC votes to repeal net neutrality this week, the fight to save the must continue. The post The FCC’s plan to repeal net neutrality threatens democracy ...

Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading. – PressProgress points out Statistics Canada’s latest numbers on Canada’s extreme wealth disparity – with 60% of the population owning only 10% of the wealth while a lucky few amass gigantic fortunes.  – Jordan Brennan discusses how a lack of labour conflict has led to low levels of both ...

Things Are Good: Flash North Korea for Freedom

Flash Drives For Freedom from Doug Burnett on Vimeo. The reclusive state of North Korea doesn’t like it when information leaks in or out. The government is propped up by ignorance, fear, and a lack of a viable alternative. They control their population by limiting access to knowledge; North Korea bans free and open internet ...

Dead Wild Roses: Just A Friendly Reminder – Fight for Net Neutrality

The fight to maintain Net Neutrality has been raging.  You have not heard about it because it is not in the big companies interests for you to know about it.  Think it isn’t a big deal?   Please partake in the observed behaviour of said companies and remind yourself that these infractions happened during the time ...

Things Are Good: Why Net Neutrality is Important

The current federal administration in the USA is really challenging norms in American society, the most recent attack is on net neutrality. Earlier this year the Trump administration tried to prop-up the profits of a handful corporations at the cost of internet freedom and failed because of actions taken by the average citizen. What the ...

The Canadian Progressive: Anti-semitism, racism and other old white supremacist prejudices die hard

Anti-semitism, racism and other prejudices are on the rise in most established democracies. Still, silencing white supremacists on the Internet is counterproductive. It would only lead to more senseless acts violence similar to those perpetrated by Anders Breivik and Rhodesia-inspired Dylann Roof. The post Anti-semitism, racism and other old white supremacist prejudices die hard appeared ...

Things Are Good: Positively Trolling Racists on the Web

Racists aren’t smart, and recently their stupidity has been taken advantage of to make the internet a little better. The popular online community Reddit has some parts of the site occupied by racists and the larger contingent of the community got sick of it. Some members started to infiltrate those hateful parts of the community ...

The Canadian Progressive: Escalating war on net neutrality, Bell Canada wants to block Canadians’ access to pirate websites

Back in April, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ruled in favour of net neutrality and declared that “Internet service providers should treat data traffic equally to foster consumer choice, innovation and the free exchange of ideas.” Bell Media, one of Canada’s “big three” telecom companies, wants to change all that. The post Escalating ...

The Canadian Progressive: Escalating war on net neutrality, Bell Canada wants to block Canadians’ access to pirate websites

Back in April, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) ruled in favour of net neutrality and declared that “Internet service providers should treat data traffic equally to foster consumer choice, innovation and the free exchange of ideas.” Bell Media, one of Canada’s “big three” telecom companies, wants to change all that. The post Escalating ...

PostArctica: Birds With Arms Compilation

Because the internet is so much more than just copy and paste!

wmtc: in which i contemplate the personal pros and cons of social media

I’ve been taking a break from social media, and I am feeling the positive effects. But I do miss people. But I feel better…but I miss people…but I feel better. And so on. This is your brain on fibromyalgia I struggle with low concentration and intermittent brain fog. I believe it’s from fibromyalgia, but whatever ...

PostArctica: I Googled Sandals

wmtc: what i’m reading: the attention merchants by tim wu

Everywhere we look, every available space is filled with advertising. The Toronto skyline is a sea corporate logos. The due-date receipt from my library book features an ad on the back. I once tracked all the ads shown during a major league baseball game — during play, not between innings — and the results were ...

The Canadian Progressive: Silencing white supremacists on the Internet breeds more racist violence

Silencing white supremacists on the Internet would only lead to white feelings of persecution, paranoia, white genocide conspiracy theories and acts violence similar to those recently perpetrated by Anders Breivik and Rhodesia-inspired Dylann Roof. The post Silencing white supremacists on the Internet breeds more racist violence appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Why the July 12 net neutrality day of action in the United States matters

It’s the day a coalition of websites, technology companies, digital rights organizations, and internet users joined forces to to protest the Federal Communications Commission’s plan “to toss out net neutrality rules that preserve Internet freedom and prevent cable and telecommunications companies from controlling what we can see and do online.” The post Why the July ...

The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: What Lies Behind Canada’s Net Neutrality Success Story

The Canadian net neutrality success story is notable for how the government, regulator, many companies, and the public have supported net neutrality policies, writes Michael Geist, the Canada Research Chair in Internet and E-commerce Law at the University of Ottawa. The post Michael Geist: What Lies Behind Canada’s Net Neutrality Success Story appeared first on ...

Things Are Good: Even Massive Multinationals Support Net Neutrality

Net neutrality is what allows the internet to be what it is, and without it the internet would be pretty much useless. The Trump administration is presently trying to eliminate net neutrality to protect the profits of a very small group of companies. It’s worth noting that the Obama administration also tried this but didn’t ...