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Trump’s election should prompt Canada to rethink its complicity in US spy activities Canada and mass surveillance by David Christopher President-elect Donald Trump. It’s still a phrase that takes some getting used to. Trump’s pronouncements on issues of online privacy, surveillance and net neutrality – among many other topics – should send a shiver down … Read more…

Quebec’s Bill 74 on a slippery slope to censorship

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher Province to block gambling sites not approved by government • Internet censorship. Website block lists. Stiff financial penalties for Internet providers who allow their customers to view sites forbidden by the government. This may the stuff of day-to-day life in authoritarian regimes, but it’s certainly not what you’d expect to … Read more…

We can finally put an end to data caps

But will the CRTC listen? INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher   • “You have used 100% of your monthly data allocation. Additional charges will apply.” There’s probably not an Internet user out there who hasn’t grimaced upon receiving a message like this from their telecom provider. Sadly, mean-spirited data caps, accompanied by extortionate overage fees, … Read more…

Affordable, hi-speed Internet access for all

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INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher • Rural Canadians should not suffer from slow service, sky-high prices and restrictive data caps. “It’s too expensive.” “It’s too slow.” “I can’t get a reliable connection.” All common responses from Canadians when asked what they think about their Internet service. At OpenMedia, not a day goes by without emails, … Read more…

Five challenges we face on digital rights for the Internet in 2016

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher • What a year 2015 has been! In the space of just 12 months, with the support of our amazing community and partners around the globe, OpenMedia fought to ensure people everywhere have affordable access to an Internet that is surveillance and censorship-free. Highlights include winning a historic fight at … Read more…

Canadians to Trudeau: Let’s talk C-51!

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher • As the dust settles after the recent federal election, the priorities of Canada’s new Liberal majority government are becoming clear. Early signs show the government intends to pursue an ambitious agenda: there are nearly 300 items on the to-do lists Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has assigned to members of … Read more…

Tell your candidates to take a stand for a free and open Internet

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher “It’s the economy, stupid!” That well-known political aphorism was first coined over 20 years ago by James Carville, a senior advisor to Bill Clinton. The saying may be decades old, but it’s still applicable to our current federal election. “Who can save the economy?” blares a Maclean’s headline. “The economy … Read more…