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Attn Webmasters: Save Domain Privacy, Stop ICANN from exposing WHOIS data.

Originally published by the NAAIJ on June 25th 2015 under a Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution International License

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The folks over at Namecheap have sent me a timely e-mail about a campaign of the utmost importance. When you do get to the RespectOurPrivacy.com site, If you’d rather not give your phone number, click the ‘Send E-Mail’ button instead. Once this is done, check your E-mail for a confirmation message, in it will be a link from ICANN. You need to click this and confirm you want to comment.

This campaign is supported by Namecheap, The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Fight for the Future. You can count the NAAIJ in as well.

Here are some quotes on the serious concerns some of the more prominent voices in the tech community are saying


“No WHOIS privacy provider wants their service to be used to conceal illegal activity, and the vast majority of domain owners are not criminals. Using a WHOIS privacy service is no more suspicious than having an unlisted phone number. These new proposed rules would wreak havoc on our right to privacy online. ICANN is moving quickly, so we should too – contact them today and tell them to respect our privacy.”

Richard Kirkendall, Namecheap CEO & Founder

“Domain name privacy protects us from spammers and enables freedom of speech. We’ve got to protect it.”
Holmes Wilson, Co-founder, Fight for the Future

“Some IP rightsholders and law enforcement authorities would like to use ICANN to shortcut the due process of law and other domestic legal safeguards. The weakening of WHOIS privacy services is an example of this, and that’s why we’re speaking up to defend the privacy of domain owners.”

Jeremy Malcolm, Senior Global Policy Analyst, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Here is the e-mail I received.

Hello Nigel,

Did you know that your privacy rights are currently under threat? ICANN is considering introducing a rule that would impact all netizens. If you care about your online privacy, this is a big deal.

Under new guidelines proposed by MarkMonitor and other organizations who represent the same industries that backed SOPA, domain holders with sites associated to “commercial activity” will no longer be able to protect their private information with WHOIS protection services. “Commercial activity” casts a wide net, which means a vast number of domain holders will be affected. Your privacy provider could be forced to publish your contact data in WHOIS or give it out to anyone who complains about your website, without due process. Why should a small business owner have to publicize her home address just to have a website?

We think your privacy should be protected, regardless of whether your website is personal or commercial, and your confidential info should not be revealed without due process. If you agree, please contact ICANN right away and demand your right to privacy and due process. Let them know you object to any release of info without a court order. There’s no time to waste — the close date for comments is July 7, 2015.

Visit our new site RespectOurPrivacy.com and we’ll guide you through the process of calling or emailing ICANN. Thanks!

— Team Namecheap

Nigel Todman is an Independent Journalist, Technical Consultant, Social Activist, Web Developer and Computer Programmer from Ontario, Canada. Add him to Facebook and/or Follow him on Twitter E-mail: veritas [at] vts-tech [dot] org [PGP]

 

4th National Day of Action Against C-51 (#RepealC51)

Originally published by the NAAIJ on June 13th 2015 under a Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution International License

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Over a quarter of a million Canadians spoke out against Bill C-51 (269,987 at time of writing) with thousands more expressing their concern every day as Canada goosesteps forward with Bill C-51 despite one of Canadas largest protests against it. With yet another National Day of Action to #RepealC51 planned for June 20th

The protest has the following simple demands

This is the full ‘Call to Action’ text from the Calgary Event Page

This month we raise our voices once again in opposition to Bill C-51, C-44, and the whole cacophony of other charter violating bills that have been released recently. This month we take to the streets with the following objectives in mind;
1. To repeal unconstitutional legislature that violates our charter of rights and freedoms.
2. Demonstrate that we will maintain our rights by gathering publicly to speak out as per our constitutional rights.
3. Make sure that the indigenous people of Canada have their voices heard and that their right to consultation without being discriminated against is maintained and demonstrated
4. Stop any fear mongering legislation that may be put in place in the future by showing its not wanted, and not needed.
Thank you, together lets kill these bills!

Here is a list of protest locations

Calgary Facebook Event Page
Edmonton Facebook Event Page
Halifax Facebook Event Page
Kitchener Facebook Event Page
Nelson Facebook Event Page
Sudbury Facebook Event Page
Vernon Facebook Event Page

Here are flyers I’ve observed

Stay tuned for updates.

Nigel Todman is an Independent Journalist, Technical Consultant, Social Activist, Web Developer and Computer Programmer from Ontario, Canada. Nigel is also the Assistant Webmaster for the NAAIJ. Add him to Facebook and/or Follow him on Twitter E-mail: nigel [at] naaij [dot] org [PGP] This article can be republished under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, With a link back to this article and attribution to Nigel Todman and the NAAIJ

 

C-51 passes to the delight of not a single Canadian

Originally published by the NAAIJ on Jun 12th 2015 under a Creative Commons 4.0 Attribution International License

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I have to admit, I’m a little surprised.

I couldn’t find even one Canadian to speak to me in support of C-51.

I spent the greater part of the day looking – taking a break for a few hours to participate in a Town Hall on the Future of the Internet by OpenMedia.

During this entire time a standing request for pro-C-51 comments has been floating around the pages of both the Conservative Party of Canada and the Liberal Party of Canada and various articles concerning the passing of C-51. (The CPC had at least double the time of the LPC, I wasnt seeking any specific ‘official’ supporters – Literally ANY Canadian)

The response? Silence. Absolute crickets.

Looks like I’ll have to resort to social media comments, of which there is only a few and they are all quite similar and very weak, What makes them so weak? Well, for starters, anytime you parrot the ideology of Nazi Germany Propagandists as a defense for actions or beliefs … You lose the argument.

Can you tell the difference between a 2015 Canadian C-51 Supporter and a 1940’s Germany Nazi Propagandist? Let’s find out.

“If your not doing anything wrong than you have nothing to worry about”

“If you’ve nothing to hide, You’ve nothing to worry about”

“People must have something to hide not liking this law”

“Unless you are a _____ist you have nothing to worry about”

“Thank God. It’s amazing how people get angry at this when the Government is actually doing something to stand up against people who are bent on destroying anyone who doesn’t think and believe like them. We have been tolerant long enough. I’m thankful that H__er is working at protecting our border.”

“I don’t feel my freedoms are being violated though. I just don’t. And that’s OK. I’m not doing anything illegal so I have nothing to worry about…”

“Heil H__er!! I agree with this law”

Plot twist. None of these are quotes of German Propagandists. They are all Canadian supporters of C-51. It’s pretty tough to tell the difference isnt it? In that last one, Just replace Heil with ‘Go’ and fill in the blank with Harper. You can find the original comments here

Believe me, I would have much rather written this article poking holes in any reasoned, logical argument in favor of C-51. Instead, We have this. (I dont really need to poke holes in these arguments do I? … I thought we did that in World War II)

This is what Hitlers Minister of Propaganda said after the “passing of the authorization bill in the Reichstag by an overwhelming majority of two thirds” that “clearly prove the legality of our action”

To critics of the bill, He said “I have nothing to hide and nothing to colour, for this young Germany has no reason to fear”.

It just sends chills down your spine doesnt it? That here and now, Today in Canada we have citizens proudly echoing such sentiments?

Bill C-51 passed the Senate by a vote of 44 to 28, Coincidentally, the same ratio as the Reichstag authorization bill. This, In spite of the quarter of a million plus (268,353 at the time of writing) Canadians that spoke out very vocally against the bill. Join the rest of Canada here

It shames me as a Canadian that current events bear so many parallels to one of the darkest times in recent human history. It disturbs me how little I had to work to make these so readily apparent comparisons. Indeed I’m not the only one making them. In my search for C-51 supporters I saw at least a dozen people took the time to take some of these Canadians aside and say ‘Hey listen, You know who you sound like right?’

Nigel Todman is an Independent Journalist, Technical Consultant, Social Activist, Web Developer and Computer Programmer from Ontario, Canada. Add him to Facebook and/or Follow him on Twitter E-mail: veritas [at] vts-tech [dot] org [PGP] This article can be republished under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, With a link back to this article and attribution to Nigel Todman

 

Bill C-51 Supporters taking notes from Nazi Propagandists…

With C-51 stream rolling over the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and about to smash thru the United Declaration of Human Rights like Kool-Aid man, I took to Facebook to see how Canadians are taking it.

Where have I heard that before … Oh right.

“You have nothing to fear, If you have nothing to hide” Joseph Goebbels, Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda 1933-1945 under Adolf Hitler

“An original source for the quote comes from a premise presented in the book written by Franz Kafka’s, The Trial. It was turned into a play many times since and in one of those play, unknown as to which one, the phrase was stated as “you have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide” being a statement made by the prosecutor.

It is believed that Joseph Goebbels picked up the phrase from that play and used it skillfully numerous times in many of his local speeches. I have researched it and found that he made several such speeches and one of them occurred in the beginning of the Nazi propaganda efforts to root out the Jews within Germany, “admit you are Jewish and we will take care of you” was another such quote used in the propaganda.”

http://www.sodahead.com/united-states/who-said-this/question-3741219/

I’ve got a lot more to say on this. When I do publish an article on it, You’ll be able to find it here as well.

In the meantime, Help Kill Bill C-51 here