Catherine Hart
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Catherine is the Communications Coordinator for Openmedia.ca, and blogs regularly for the website. She completed her graduate studies at Simon Fraser University, where she focused on the security, surveillance, and privacy implications of new digital technologies. She has also worked with the BC Civil Liberties Association on privacy policy issues relating to social media.

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Hold the Phone (Prices), Big Telecom

(1) Comments | Posted July 23, 2013 | 11:22 AM

This week the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development confirmed what Canadians have been saying for years: that we pay some of the highest prices for some of the worst cell phone service in the industrialized world.

The new data was released on Monday and supports many...

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How Can We Take Shelter From "The Cloud"?

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 8:44 AM

Government spying has been a hot topic of late, thanks to the recent revelations that the U.S. National Security Agency has been spying on American and foreign citizens by vacuuming up huge amounts of communications data directly from big telecom companies. This was quickly followed by the announcement...

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NSA Whistleblowers Have Been Sounding the Alarm for a Decade

(1) Comments | Posted July 4, 2013 | 6:05 PM

The U.S. National Security Agency has been in hot water for the last few weeks, as whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed a massive online spying system that has been vacuuming up huge amounts of communications data from U.S. and foreign citizens. Over half-a-million people have rallied against...

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Don't Criminalize Our Internet Use

(7) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 5:38 PM

"The biggest global threat to the Internet." That's how legal experts describe the controversial international agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP agreement threatens to criminalize the use of your favourite websites -- including YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, your favourite blog -- and even your...

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Why Your Cell Phone Fees Are Increasing, Again

(2) Comments | Posted May 10, 2013 | 11:53 AM

This is exactly what we at OpenMedia.ca were afraid would happen. It looks like we're about to see new texting charges imposed on our telecom bills for no reason. Telus has already sent a message to customers announcing an arbitrary new fee on text messages that cross the...

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Is Bell Taking Over Astral to Get Millions in Public Subsidies?

(0) Comments | Posted May 7, 2013 | 5:26 PM

Last year, telecom giant Bell unleashed a new $3.4B plan to take control of Astral Media, one of Canada's largest media companies. Canada has one of the most highly concentrated media systems in the industrialized world, and this deal would only make this situation worse...

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The Bill Turning Websites in to Government Spies

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2013 | 4:14 PM

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) passed the U.S. House of Representatives last week, after a last-minute amendment that some have argued will allow for even broader application of the bill. It is now awaiting a vote in the Senate, though the Senators don't...

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How Big Telecom Justifies High Prices

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2013 | 5:00 PM

Canada's broken cell phone market has come under a lot of public scrutiny of late. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission is trying to establish a set of minimum standards for wireless providers; OpenMedia.ca's released a citizen-powered report, Time For An...

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Instead of Listening, Big Telecom Hung Up on Us

(11) Comments | Posted April 17, 2013 | 7:36 PM

Canadians and even the CRTC know our cell phone market is broken. Canadians pay some of the highest prices for some of the worst service in the industrialized world, and as Openmedia.ca showed in our recent report, Time for an Upgrade, we've been subjected to systemic...

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How Tories Let Cell Phone Providers Gouge Away

(6) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 12:01 PM

The government is on the defensive. Since OpenMedia.ca released our community-powered report on Canada's cell phone market, Canadians have been sending it to their MPs, calling for their support. While MPs from the Liberal Party and the NDP have responded in support of our plan, and...

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Will This Bill Kill Online Spying?

(5) Comments | Posted March 10, 2013 | 5:59 PM

Co-authored by Josh Tabish

There has been growing concern amongst many members of the pro-privacy community that the government's new bill C-55 has risen from the ashes of the costly, invasive, and warrantless online spying bill C-30 that was formally withdrawn earlier this year.

Well, you can rest-assured that bill...

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The Internet Treaty Canada Won't Sign

(0) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 11:00 PM

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) negotiations wrapped up last week, bringing a whirlwind week to a close. Member states had been scrambling to reach some kind of consensus on the updates to the ITU's telecom rules by Friday's deadline, and some states were intent on using the negotiations...

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Citizens of the Internet Aren't Going Down Without a Fight

(1) Comments | Posted December 13, 2012 | 4:54 PM

As the 15th round of Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations draw to a close, the Internet freedom community is taking stock of what was said, and perhaps more significantly, what wasn't. Developments over the last few weeks suggest that the controversial treaty may be losing steam as public opposition gains momentum --...

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The People Putting Internet Freedom at Risk

(3) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 5:16 PM

As the International Telecommunication Union's December negotiations move closer, more worrying developments are coming to light. At Openmedia we recently posted about some of the main concerns raised by the secretive negotiations, which threaten to change the Internet as we know it.

Last week a

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Don't Let the UN Change the Internet You Know

(1) Comments | Posted September 18, 2012 | 8:32 AM

In July we posted an update on some moves being made by the United Nations' International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to take over management of the Internet. We were concerned about this development because allowing the ITU to control the Internet could allow nations like China and Russia to...

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