Prime Minister Stephen Harper‘s Internet surveillance Bill C-30 is dead. The demise of the deceptively christened Protecting Children From Internet Predators Act is a victory for the Internet. For Canadian democracy. For Canadians. Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson confirmed it yesterday when he announced that the Conservatives won’t be pursuing the adoption of the police-state-style online surveillance legislation.
Starting today, this website will carry a “Stop ACTA” ribbon on the top right-hand corner of the homepage. We’re participating in a SOPA-style online protest against Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).
ACTA is worse than SOPA. It threatens the freedom and openess of the Internet. It targets you, the Internet user. Under ACTA, ISPs and websites will be be granted the carte blanche to track your activities online.
On Wednesday, the Internet won resoundingly against censorship. A grassroots-style online campaign torpedoed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) an intended internet killing law before the US Congress.
And yet, this is not the victory to celebrate.