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OpenMedia shift their ground

Postby meteorite » Thu May 24, 2012 9:01 pm

Usage based billing - a hugely popular topic here - is not the only concern that the internet watchdog group has very serious concerns about. New legislation coming before Parliament has the potential to poses extremely serious threats to our most basic rights and freedoms. Listen closely as explains:

Your tax dollars at work...against you

Would you want up to three billion dollars1 of your country’s tax dollars spent on Vic Toews’ online spying plan? How would you feel if Public Safety Minister Vic Toews had already quietly set aside your tax dollars for the scheme?

This isn’t a hypothetical question. Despite media stories saying the bill will die, just last week Vic Toews arrogantly proclaimed that the government is still "intent on proceeding" with his unpopular warrantless online spying bill.2 And he just set aside millions of your tax dollars to pay for it.3

Today, to push back, we’re launching a viral video—a new tool to help you educate as many Canadians as possible about this costly online spying scheme. We know from experience that when people get informed and get vocal en masse, we win.

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Really, who wants to be forced to pay for their own surveillance—without any justification—when that money could be used to make telecom services cheaper, or just stay in our wallets?

Not only has Toews set aside our tax dollars—some have even floated the idea of imposing surveillance costs on you through a “public safety” tax added to your monthly Internet and phone bills.4

We have to push back against these costly and poorly thought-out schemes, first by educating Canadians about the government’s back-door maneuvers. MPs are in their ridings right now so it’s the perfect time to get their attention. In our next email, we’ll let you know which ones have already joined us as pro-privacy MPs ...and what you can do to convince those who haven’t.

If passed, Bill C-30 will have you paying for a range of authorities to invasively access your private data, at any time, without a warrant. We’re providing this video to you as a tool so you can fight back—we hope you’ll not only watch it, but also share it by forwarding this email, and through Facebook and Twitter.

For the Internet, fairness, and our basic right to privacy,

Lindsey, Reilly, and Steve, on behalf of your Team

P.S. We would not be able to put these amplification tools together and come as far as we have in the fight against warrantless online spying without help from our contributors and Allies. If you haven’t already, please help keep up the charge by chipping in today.

[1] Read our summary, Christopher Parsons: $80 Million dollars for Lawful Access Bill C-30 is a tall guesstimate, or find the original article here.
[2] Article from CBC News: Internet surveillance bill not dead, Toews says
[3] Law professor Michael Geist recently reported that “the Public Safety Report on Plans and Priorities for the coming year include a commitment to advance lawful access legislation and an allocation of $2.1 million specifically earmarked for the issue.”
[4] Article by Michael Geist: Police Recommended "Public Safety" Tax on Internet Bills

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Re: OpenMedia shift their ground

Postby meteorite » Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:16 pm
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Re: OpenMedia shift their ground

Postby meteorite » Thu Jun 28, 2012 7:18 pm

And yet another concern of internet abuse...

Wikipedia founder starts petition to stop extradition of Richard O'Dwyer
Richard O'Dwyer Mr O'Dwyer could face a maximum sentence of five years in prison if found guilty in the US

The founder of online encyclopaedia Wikipedia has started a petition seeking to block the extradition of a British student to the US.

Jimmy Wales has shown his support for Sheffield student Richard O'Dwyer, who is contesting extradition to the US to face copyright infringement charges.

Mr O'Dwyer's mother, Julia, said the petition was a "huge boost".

The US authorities say the 24-year-old's TVShack website hosted links to pirated films and TV programmes.

On the petition website, Mr Wales wrote: "Copyright is an important institution, serving a beneficial moral and economic purpose. But that does not mean that copyright can or should be unlimited."

He added: "The internet as a whole must not tolerate censorship in response to mere allegations of copyright infringement. As citizens we must stand up for our rights online.

"Richard O'Dwyer is the human face of the battle between the content industry and the interests of the general public."
'Significant' support

The Home Secretary Theresa May approved Mr O'Dwyer's extradition to the US after a court ruling in January.

Last month Mr O'Dwyer was told that his appeal against the decision, which was due to take place in July at the High Court, would be delayed.

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Mr O'Dwyer, a Sheffield Hallam University student, previously said he was "surprised" when police officers from the UK and US seized equipment at his home in South Yorkshire in November 2010.

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Ms O'Dwyer, who set up a petition on, has gained more than 23,000 signatures opposing the extradition of her son.

Earlier this year Wikipedia took its English-language site offline as part of protests against proposed anti-piracy laws in the US.
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