Canadian Politicians Want To Break The Internet

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It’s certainly not limited to Canada, of course, but Michael Geist’s latest column details a variety of recent moves that would seriously damage the internet in Canada — including a requirement that all ISPs retrofit their systems to allow for real-time monitoring of any private communications. Meanwhile, the recording industry is fighting back against attempts at balance by the judiciary concerning file sharing, and wants ISPs to be required to turn off anyone’s accounts just for being accused (proof? who needs proof?) of unauthorized file sharing. Finally, while the FCC is stopping telcos from blocking VoIP, it appears its Canadian counterpart doesn’t have that much of a problem with telcos degrading service on competing VoIP plays. None of these are definite, but there are efforts underway behind each policy shift in Canada — and all would be problematic for internet users in Canada.

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