Building a Global Platform: Weekly Update from OpenMedia.ca
Here's Reilly, replacing Lindsey, with your (slightly lower-tech!) update:
As anti-Internet lobbyists take the fight global, we are too. We're stepping up, and we need your help. If you haven't already, take action at StoptheTrap.net, then, chip in here to help us create an online home for the international pro-Internet community. Every bit helps, and we need your support to put pressure on global leaders.
For the Internet,
- The OpenMedia.ca Team
We got their attention. We hand-delivered our now 95,000+ StopTheTrap.net petition signatures to TPP negotiators. Now they’ve said they might make their secrets public!1 Let’s not give them any choice—let’s make them.
Our message is clear: We shouldn’t have to worry about expensive fines, looking over our shoulders when online, or losing access to the Internet for simply clicking a link. The future of the Internet doesn’t belong to industry lobbyists and unelected trade representatives.
But lobbyists are definitely not taking this lying down.2 We have to take the next step in this global fight against the Internet trap of restrictions that would criminalize daily uses of the Internet. Read more »
The recently formed OpenMedia.ca Street Teams have been hosting local screenings of our (un)Lawful Access mini-documentary in support of the Stop Online Spying campaign. So far, petition drives and screenings have been held in the cities of North Vancouver, Burnaby, and Vancouver where OpenMedia.ca supporters, volunteers, and policy experts like Micheal Vonn of the BCCLA engaged and connected to discuss the future of online privacy in Canada, and the threat of online spying bill C-30.
Planned, organized, and ran by our skilled and passionate Team Leaders and Members, these events are examples of OpenMedia.ca’s continued efforts to engage with our supporters on a face-to-face, grassroots level. Read more »
The next round of TPP negotiations will again have a distinct lack of Canadian input. What this means is that decisions that are made during the coming TPP negotiations won't even require Canada's approval. The Canadian government seems to be almost as much in the dark as we are when it comes to the secrecy of the TPP—allowing lobbyists and unelected trade representatives to make decisions about your everyday Internet use.
Let's put the best interests of Canadians front and centre. Share your ideas about how to extend our reach with the StopTheTrap.net campaign.
Article by Michael Geist
When the U.S. invited Canada to join the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations last month, there was an agreed upon delay to allow it to complete a domestic approval process. As part of that delay, Canada was to be excluded from the negotiations during the approval period and bound by any substantive agreements reached during those talks. While most assumed that would only cover the just-completed San Diego round of discussions, it turns out that Canada will be excluded from the next round of negotiations as well. Read more »
Why is the open Internet so important worldwide? Researchers from the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab have shown that censorship has no borders—if one country blocks content, then that block could easily come into play in other places.
Some provisions in the TPP could give media conglomerates more power to fine you for Internet use, remove online content—including entire websites—and even terminate your access to the Internet. We can't let Canada fall into this Internet trap.
Article by Cyrus Farivar for Ars Technica:
A team of Canadian researchers have uncovered an unusual new example of “upstream filtering,” where online content in one country is blocked in another country due to filtering that happens in transit. Read more »
Our very own Reilly Yeo and Steve Anderson write about how the TPP's Internet trap would create a "world where you could receive a fine, and possibly be dragged before a judge, just for clicking on the wrong link and where big media companies could demand your private online information."
We're working on a plan to scale up our campaign. Let us know if you have any ideas or input.
Article by Reilly Yeo and Steve Anderson for the Huffington Post:
On Tuesday, the 13th round of negotiations closed for the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), a trade deal for Pacific Rim countries. At the same time, unbeknownst to them, citizens entered a new world of threats to their digital rights. Read more »
CSIS has expressed interest in adding their own provisions to the online spying bill, in the hopes that it will be passed through government.
Letting the security lobby write its own laws is not a step in the right direction. In fact, it suggests how dysfunctional the law-making process has become under Vic Toews. Laws should be citizen-centric, not lobbyist-centric.
Tell your MP to stand against this invasion of privacy at http://www.openmedia.ca/stand.
From CBC News:
Canada's spy chief backs the Conservative government's troubled bid to bolster Internet surveillance powers, and has offered to help tweak the legislation to make it more palatable to a wary public. Read more »
Momentum is building for the StopTheTrap.net campaign, as new initiatives are being launched to oppose the criminalizing and invasive provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. One of our international coalition partners, InternetNZ, launched a campaign this week called Fair Deal, which draws attention to potential changes to New Zealand copyright law that would be forced by the TPP.
The idea behind copyright is to allow creators to profit from their works, providing incentive to continue creating and innovating. But overly-strict copyright law is often used to ensure that Big Media conglomerates can profit from existing works, and this can end up limiting innovation. For copyright to be fair, a balance has to be struck between creators’ rights, and users’ access to information and freedom of expression. Read more »