A coalition of organizations led by telecommunications company Bell have asked the CRTC, Canada’s broadcast regulator, to implement a website-blocking system, ostensibly to curb piracy. This proposal runs directly counter to the ideals of an open internet and net neutrality.
Today, Feb. 28, is a national day of action against this proposal for internet censorship in Canada. Open Media and allies including digital rights groups, library associations, independent internet service providers and civil liberties organizations are asking Canadians to sign a petition, spread the word and make a submission to the CRTC.
Ricochet has decided to join organizations such as the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression in endorsing this defence of an open internet.
As a media outlet, we don’t engage in much campaigning — but this issue, which strikes at access to information and other core elements of a free press in the digital age, demands that journalists raise their voices.
As a digital-only independent media outlet that derives a large majority of our readership from social channels, an open internet is vital to Ricochet’s survival.
It is also vital to the internet experience that each of us enjoys today, tomorrow and every day. That’s why all Canadian channels on Reddit are lit up with this petition today.
Please help us defend our internet freedom from profit-hungry corporations seeking to set a dangerous precedent. Get the full story over at the Don’t Censor microsite, add your name to the petition and make a submission to the CRTC.
The future of our internet is worth fighting for.