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.
Digital Freedom Update
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.
In Canada, costume designs are considered to be under copyright. So, mass-producing a costume of Marvel's Thor without clearing the rights to use the character might not be the best idea.
Have you ever thought about how nearly every logo, piece of design (yes, including your tattoos), song, and movie has been or is currently under someone else's copyright?
Why are we stuck paying sky-rocketing bills while Big Telecom's narrative is all about increased investment and providing quality service?
SESTA and FOSTA are two bills recently passed in the United States that claim to tackle sex trafficking online -- nothing wrong with that. The problem is that they don't do that.
Big Telecom's proposed low data plans are a slap in the face. If the CRTC thinks that this is the solution to wireless affordability that Canada is hungry for, it has clearly not been listening.
The Facebook scandal has shown how Canada's privacy laws have failed to protect us, and how they have no power to help us prevent something like this from happening again.