There is one thing that this year's candidates can promise that can have a noticeable impact on our wallets: the cost of telecommunications services that Canadians need to access the digital economy.
Digital Freedom Update
While the Liberals campaigned on a promise to reform notorious spying bill C-51, they just tinkered at the margins while introducing a host of new problems.
The B.C. government has announced its plan to improve customer protections for cell phone users and it could result in much-needed, groundbreaking changes.
Remember the days when you could extend the life of computers, phones, vacuum cleaners and washing machines? Maybe it's time to reestablish our right to repair.
In much the same way as a border guard can go through the clothes in your luggage, they can thumb through the personal contents of your phone.
An internet tax would require internet service providers to pay into content funding. But taxing the open internet to subsidize a struggling Big Media content industry is not the way to go.
From Facebook to Big Telecom to NAFTA, OpenMedia takes stock of what the previous year brought us in digital rights -- both accomplishments and challenges -- and what might come in 2019.
If Canada is to remain at the forefront of innovation and freedom, we need a robust net neutrality framework that doesn't benefit those with deep pockets and vested interests.
There is a gray, Schrödinger's cat kind of area in copyright. Enter: "orphan works" -- works that are neither public nor quite owned by someone.
It's time the federal government holds political parties accountable for their use and misuse of Canadians' data.