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

Affordable, hi-speed Internet access for all

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, social … 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

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

Push needed for wireless reform

INDEPENDENT MEDIA by David Christopher • Canadians pay some of the highest prices for cell phone service in the industrialized world. Confirmation of this recently arrived in the form of the 2015 Wall Report, an official price comparison analysis jointly commissioned by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and Industry Canada. The report was … Read more