Canada Enters the TPP: Weekly News Update from OpenMedia.ca
Here's Lindsey with your update:
Canada has officially joined the secretive and extreme Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. Now is the time to tell everyone you know to take action against the Internet trap.
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- The OpenMedia.ca Team
Canada has now been formally admitted into the closed-door negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a trade agreement that could lead to harsh Internet restrictions and severe fines for everyday citizens.
Learn more about the TPP and how it could affect your Internet use at StopTheTrap.net.
Article by Gillian Shaw for The Vancouver Sun
Canada has officially joined Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations, a move that Canadian Internet advocates say could result in harsh restrictions on Internet use in Canada and leave ordinary citizens facing heavy fines and banishment from the online world over accusations of copyright infringement. Read more »
The first ever report from the UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development, released last week, has found that Internet access has increased over the past year within households, but individual use is lagging in many countries.
Jamie Beach at Telecoms.com notes that the Commission “predicts that mobile broadband could prove the platform for achieving the boost needed to get progress back on track”. But this is only going to work if Big Telecom’s price-gouging tactics are limited. Read more »
October 9, 2012 – Canada became an official signatory to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement today, as citizens express concerns about the deal’s negative implications for Internet openness and affordability.
Over 100,000 people and several organizations have spoken out against the agreement through the petition at http://StopTheTrap.net, with hundreds more signing every day.
The TPP—which has been negotiated behind closed doors since 2008—is a multi-nation trade agreement that contains provisions that criminalize everyday uses of the Internet, which threaten heavy fines for the average citizens online. OpenMedia.ca has learned about the proposed Internet restrictions from leaked documents. Read more »
This year's Report on Internet Freedom shows that there are a lot of threats to our open Internet popping up around the world. And Canada's not quite in the clear: for one, we may still face warrantless online spying through Bill C-30.
Let's push back against these threats, so we can realize the possibilities of an open Internet. Remind your MP where you stand.
Article by Ben Zevenbergen for TechDirt:
During the revolutions in the Arab World since December 2010, standing government's fates were determined partly by the ability of their people to communicate via online tools and mobile phones. Whenever an uprising started in a new territory, dictators and government officials scrambled to halt the ability for protestors to communicate in many different ways. Other governments looked on fearfully at how their colleagues were coping or failing to address the challenge posed by the internet, hoping to maybe learn a best-practice or two in digital repression. Read more »
A few months ago we posted about the threat the Canada-EU Trade Agreement, or CETA poses to Internet freedom, and explained why it could be bad for Canadians—it’s a secretive and binding international agreement like the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP). The Internet freedom community loudly voiced its concern when a portion of the agreement was leaked, indicating that some of the worst Internet restriction provisions of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) were being reproduced word for word in the new CETA agreement. Read more »
Canada's federal Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart took an opportunity to remind the government where she stands on warrantless online spying (Bill C-30). If you haven't already, join thousands of Canadians in doing the same at http://StopSpying.ca/.
Article by Murray Brewster for the Canadian Press:
An RCMP and House of Commons security proposal to more than double the number of video cameras on Parliament Hill, without warning the public it’s being watched, alarms the privacy commissioner, who says it’s an ironic symbol of how pervasive government surveillance is becoming.
The plan, part of a massive security overhaul, combined with the Harper government’s hotly debated Internet surveillance legislation contributes to a growing sense of unease among Canadians, Jennifer Stoddart said Thursday. Read more »