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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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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We Want to Know: What Are Your Concerns About Privacy in Canada?

(7) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 5:32 PM

These are worrying times for privacy in Canada. We've seen shocking revelations in recent months about the ways secretive Canadian government spy agencies like CSEC may be monitoring the everyday Internet usage of law-abiding Canadians -- and storing your private information in giant, unsecured databases.


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The Lesser-Known Elections That Truly Shape Canada's Freedom

(1) Comments | Posted August 29, 2013 | 8:11 AM

Did you know that Canada's Internet is democratically governed? The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA), is a non-profit organization that manages the dot-ca registry and addresses many of the day-to-day challenges facing the Internet in Canada.

Every year, CIRA holds elections and, just like electing a politician to...

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About Time the Government Listened Up on Telecom Policy

(1) Comments | Posted August 28, 2013 | 2:44 PM

Canadians have been speaking out for wireless choice and affordability for years now and, after years of telecommunications policy neglect, it looks like the government is finally starting to listen.

Industry Minister James Moore has embarked on a nationwide tour to defend...

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A Top 10 To Do List for Keeping Canada's Internet Open

(7) Comments | Posted August 18, 2013 | 11:17 PM

Ensuring Canada has an accessible, affordable, surveillance-free, and open Internet is essential for our economy, culture, and global competitiveness.

We now have a new, heavyweight Industry Minister in James Moore -- someone with the power to take on Canada's entrenched Big Telecom giants. Here are 10 actions Minister Moore should...

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The Campaign Big Telecom Employees Are Forced to Join

(4) Comments | Posted August 14, 2013 | 12:29 PM

Canada's Big Three telecom giants are sounding increasingly desperate as their expensive ad campaign fails to connect with Canadians -- and now it looks like they're taking that desperation out on their employees.

The Big Three have been spending millions on a flashy and misleading...

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Creative Canadians Take on Big Telecom's Propaganda

(25) Comments | Posted August 11, 2013 | 9:29 AM

You've likely heard by now about the massive and misleading advertising campaign being run by Canada's Big Three telecom giants, as they desperately try to stave off the prospect of greater choice in Canada's wireless market. Campaigns like this don't come cheap -- but Big Telecom has deep...

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Defending a Free and Open Internet

(4) Comments | Posted July 26, 2013 | 5:00 PM

Over the past two decades, the open Internet has become so central to our everyday lives that many people living in democratic countries now take it for granted. Our free and open Internet gives all of us the power to communicate, advocate, innovate, and share ideas with each other. We...

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Big Telecom V.S. Canada -- Who Will Win?

(5) Comments | Posted July 25, 2013 | 12:29 PM

Big Telecom is at it again - Telus is now actually threatening the government with legal action if they follow through on their commitment to stop the Big Three cell phone giants from taking over public spectrum assets that were set aside for new affordable telecom...

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The Closed-Door Media Talks That Could End the Open Internet

(9) Comments | Posted July 20, 2013 | 7:52 AM

Big Media lobbyists and unelected bureaucrats are holding closed-door meetings in Malaysia this week, as they continue secret talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP is a highly secretive and extreme trade deal being negotiated by Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Peru, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, the...

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