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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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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What Happens When Canadians Speak Out Against Big Telecom

(4) Comments | Posted November 1, 2013 | 11:55 AM

Great news from Ontario -- the legislative assembly has voted unanimously for customer-friendly new cell phone rules to tackle some of the worst abuses of Big Telecom. The rules, which come into effect next year, will complement the positive new federal rules introduced in...

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The Government's Spying, But No One's Talking

(0) Comments | Posted October 29, 2013 | 5:21 PM

It's been just a week since OpenMedia.ca and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) announced a constitutional challenge to stop illegal government spying against law-abiding Canadians -- and already the response from Canadians has been remarkable.

In just seven days, thousands of you from across the country have...

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Thanks to James Moore, Canadians Will Keep Paying Top Dollar For the Worst Service

(20) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 10:31 AM

Canada's wireless market has taken another step backwards. Yesterday, telecom giant Telus announced it has bought out Public Mobile, a small independent carrier with 280,000 customers in Quebec and Ontario.

This is bad news for long-suffering cell phone customers, and Canadians were quick to react. As

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How to Make a Bad Telecom Situation Even Worse

(0) Comments | Posted October 16, 2013 | 11:26 AM

As we all know, Canada's telecoms market is a mess -- just three giant conglomerates control over 93 per cent of the cell phone market, and this lack of choice means Canadians pay some of the highest prices in the industrialized world for horrible service.

Canadians have been...

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Big Telecom Doesn't Like New Wireless Rules, So They're Suing

(7) Comments | Posted October 4, 2013 | 12:20 PM

We have just received word that the federal Court of Appeal has officially granted Big Telecom permission to take Canada to court over new customer-friendly rules laid out in June by the CRTC. This means that Canada's three Big Telecom giants will appear before one of our highest...

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We've Never Seen Anything Like it Before

(1) Comments | Posted October 2, 2013 | 2:04 PM

What an incredible response! It's been just a few days since OpenMedia launched our 'No to Internet Censorship' letter calling on world leaders not to sign away our fundamental digital rights in secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks at the upcoming APEC summit in Indonesia.

When we...

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Fighting Big Telecom: Good Things Happen When Canadians Speak Out

(0) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 11:22 AM

Good things happen when Canadians speak out! For months, tens of thousands of citizens from right across Canada have stood up to demand the government take action for authentic choice in our broken wireless market.

Last Monday, over 35 of Canada's leading innovators and entrepreneurs joined...

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