David Christopher
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David is the Communications Coordinator for Openmedia.ca, and blogs regularly for the website. He's from the west of Ireland and holds a degree from Trinity College Dublin, where he studied History and Political Science. He worked in communications in New Zealand, Northern Ireland and Scotland before moving to Vancouver, Canada.

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5 Ways This Election Could Shape Our Digital Future for a Generation

(4) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 5:03 PM

It may be the dog days of August, but here at OpenMedia our small team is gearing up for the most important election campaign that Canadian Internet users have ever faced.

Whether you're concerned about Bill C-51, Internet censorship, or affordable wireless and broadband bills, it's clear that the stakes...

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The Crackdown on Domain Privacy Has to Stop

(1) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 12:41 PM

Have you ever wondered just how many domain names there are out there? Turns out, there are a lot! According to Verisign's Domain Industry Brief, there were a whopping 288 million domain names registered by the end of 2014, with 16.9 million new domains registered in 2014 alone.

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This Is How Canadians Can End Mass Surveillance

(6) Comments | Posted May 29, 2015 | 9:34 AM

Just two short years ago, if you stopped people on the street and asked about mass surveillance, you'd have likely been met with a blank stare. Older generations may have brought up scenes from long-toppled totalitarian regimes, such as the system of ubiquitous domestic surveillance designed by East Germany's spy...

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Could This Be the Antidote to Bill C-51?

(5) Comments | Posted May 20, 2015 | 12:41 PM

Today's the big day, folks: Wednesday morning, OpenMedia is launching our positive, pro-privacy action plan, packed with ideas from everyday Canadians about how to roll back Bill C-51, end mass surveillance, and restore the privacy rights of everyone who lives in Canada.

Check out Canada's Privacy Plan right now at...

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We've Got a Plan to Restore the Privacy Rights of Canadians

(3) Comments | Posted May 17, 2015 | 11:41 PM

For anyone who cares about privacy, the past few months have been one hell of a ride:We've seen startling leaked documents confirming that Canada's spy agency CSE is monitoring our private online activities on a massive scale -- and even spying on private emails Canadians...

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Canadians Have United to Stop Bill C-51. But Will the Government Listen?

(5) Comments | Posted May 4, 2015 | 9:29 PM

It's rare in Canadian politics to see intense public interest in government legislative proposals -- let alone to see Canadians take to the streets in the tens of thousands to protest a piece of legislation by name.

Yet that's exactly what has happened in the case of Bill C-51, which...

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Small Businesses Across Canada Are Standing up Against Bill C-51

(12) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 12:38 PM

Small businesses across Canada are speaking up to warn the government about the economic damage that its "secret police" Bill C-51 will inflict on our economy.

Since we first published a joint letter from 60 leading entrepreneurs, investors, and business people in the National Post last week, dozens...

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How to Tackle Canada's Privacy Deficit

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 11:41 AM

This piece was originally published in the CCPA monitor.

Six months ago, we argued that Canadians face a stark privacy deficit. A perfect storm of spy agency surveillance, privacy-undermining legislation, and lax privacy safeguards at government departments sparked concern from citizens right across the political spectrum.

Since then,...

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Why We Need To Fight For a Free and Open Internet in 2015

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2015 | 7:59 AM

One of the most challenging things about working for an Internet freedom organization like OpenMedia is that there's often a lot going on. As in, a LOT. It certainly makes for an exciting work life, but I'd be the first to admit it can also make it tricky to take...

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Could Bell Get Kicked out of Apple's AppStore for Breaking the Rules?

(2) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 12:23 PM

If you're an enormous telecom conglomerate, and you release a new app to unfavourable ratings, what do you do?

You could invest some of your vast resources into listening to customers and making the app better -- or you could get your senior managers to leave fake reviews to mislead...

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The CRTC Is Starting to Listen to Canadians

(7) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 10:59 AM

It appears that the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is starting to listen to Canadians. Over the last year, we've seen the CRTC publish customer-friendly new rules for wireless, set up a special task force to investigate extortionate roaming fees, and start a...

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Peter MacKay's Privacy Deficit Turned These Lives Upside Down

(8) Comments | Posted July 18, 2014 | 12:27 PM

It's been a busy few months on privacy issues here at OpenMedia. Our small team has been campaigning hard on your behalf to secure effective legal protections that safeguard the privacy of every resident of Canada.

Recently we've seen a number of disturbing stories come to...

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Shining a Light on Government Spy Requests

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2014 | 11:46 PM

Canadians have been speaking out in huge numbers about the government's mass surveillance of law-abiding citizens. For some time now, debate has focused on how many of our telecom companies appear to be cooperating with warrantless surveillance requests from government agencies. Just weeks ago it was revealed that...

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The Best Ways to Better Protect Your Online Privacy

(1) Comments | Posted June 6, 2014 | 12:30 PM

Today is June 5 -- 12 months to the day since whistleblower Edward Snowden first exposed how spy agencies like the U.S. NSA and Canada's CSEC are monitoring law-abiding citizens on a vast scale.

To mark the occasion, OpenMedia is joining with our friends at Fight for the...

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The Pressure's On Harper to End Online Spying -- Let's Keep it Up

(16) Comments | Posted May 24, 2014 | 11:44 PM

It looks like the rumble against the government's Online Spying Bill C-13 is turning into a roar.

Leading Conservative elder statesman Stockwell Day has joined the growing chorus of Canadians speaking out about how Bill C-13 would expose law-abiding Canadians to warrantless government spying. If passed, the controversial bill...

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Which MPs Have Your Back When it Comes to Privacy?

(3) Comments | Posted May 4, 2014 | 9:46 AM

On Monday afternoon, the government's reckless online spying Bill C-13 came a small step closer to becoming the law of the land. The government used its parliamentary majority to cut short debate about the bill, successfully getting it past the Second Reading stage in the House...

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Rogers Is Trying to Block You From Watching 'Hockey Night' Online

(4) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 11:02 AM

Have you cut the cord from your television service recently -- or are you considering it? If so, you've probably noticed it's getting more difficult to watch the content you want online. The reason is clear: Big Telecom is terrified of cord-cutters and is determined to do what it takes...

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Big Telecom is Using Your Own Money To Keep You Trapped

(2) Comments | Posted February 28, 2014 | 9:55 AM

It looks like the Big Three telecom giants are fighting hard to maintain their stranglehold over our wireless market, and over Canadians' wallets. The Big Three have been on the back foot since pressure from tens of thousands of Canadians won positive new customer protection rules last year,...

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Canada Should Listen to Australia on Internet Censorship

(1) Comments | Posted January 8, 2014 | 11:21 AM

Over 125,000 people -- including tens of thousands of Canadians -- have now spoken out about the damaging Internet censorship proposals in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). We know from leaked drafts all about how the TPP would make your Internet more expensive, censored and policed....

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Everybody's Talking About it

(0) Comments | Posted November 6, 2013 | 10:10 AM

We're off to a great start! Just weeks after the launch of Canada's largest-ever pro-privacy Coalition, it seems the whole country is demanding answers on the government's out-of-control surveillance. With op-eds and news articles appearing in what seems like every major national...

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