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Eva Prkachin

Blogger, musician, and digital rights activist in Vancouver, BC.

Eva Prkachin is a blogger, musician, digital rights activist, and transplanted northerner living in Vancouver, BC. She works OpenMedia.ca and writes about Internet freedom issues. She holds a Master's degree in history from the University of British Columbia where she studied Aboriginal history and the history of science. She plays in the band Teenagre.
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Modern Copyright Extremism Will Kill Creativity As We Know it

Music, much like all art and cultural productions, thrives because musicians are constantly borrowing, sharing, and reacting. Slap a copyright on a chord progression, melody, riff, or a tone and watch the endless variety, one of the most beloved qualities of music and the 21st Century, wither. That's why we're fighting back against TPP copyright extremism.
04/08/2015 12:27 EDT
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Copyright Trolls Are Making it Rain Infringement Notices All Over Canadians

The threats of hundred-thousand dollar fines and getting booted off of the Internet came on the heels of a new law requiring ISPs to pass copyright infringement notices on to their subscribers. The ISP are now legally obliged to comply, forwarding the notices along to alleged infringers verbatim and, as it now turns out, without much attention to whether the content owners were even accusing the right person.
03/06/2015 01:48 EST
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Just Clicking on a Link Could Make You a Target For In-Depth Government Surveillance

Even more disturbing, it seems that CSE deliberately targeted Canadian IP addresses in violation of the law and contrary to repeated government assurances. They then cross-referenced the IP addresses of file-hosting users with other databases to learn the identity of these users. So basically, ending up as a target for in-depth surveillance could be as easy as clicking on a link.
01/31/2015 12:39 EST
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Why Did the Liberals Vote For Bill C-13 After Fiercely Opposing It?

Like an overwhelming number of Canadians, you said -- publicly -- that you didn't want to grant telecom providers immunity for handing over our sensitive private information to government without a warrant. But then at the last minute something changed. You voted for the Bill in Parliament, and I don't mind telling you that was a huge disappointment. I also can't help but detect a hint of shame in the blog post that you wrote explaining why you turned around and supported the Bill after speaking out so vociferously against it.
01/23/2015 12:41 EST
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What's Sony's Beef With Google?

Sony, along with a number of other major Hollywood studios and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have been desperately trying to force Google to block search results that enable Internet users to illegally download their protected material. They want to create a situation where Internet service providers can block access to whole websites in an effort to prevent piracy.
01/08/2015 12:38 EST