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Des Freedman, Jonathan Obar, Cheryl Martens, and Robert W. McChesney

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780823271641

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823271641.001.0001

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Working Toward an Open Connected Future

Working Toward an Open Connected Future

(p.115) Chapter Nine Working Toward an Open Connected Future
Strategies for Media Reform

David Christopher

Fordham University Press

The Internet won’t save itself. And no single organization can save it either. That is why everything OpenMedia (openmedia.ca) does is about placing citizens at the heart of digital policy. Our digital future is just too important to be left to industry lobbyists and government bureaucrats. OpenMedia engages, educates, and empowers people through long-term citizen-driven campaigns. It is very much a results-focused organization—a campaign will be sustained for years when necessary, keeping up the pressure until success is achieved. Working with Canadians, OpenMedia has developed crowdsourced, informed, in-depth research that shapes policy plans such as Casting an Open Net, a comprehensive report on citizen-centred digital policy, and Time for An Upgrade, a plan to level the playing field and increase choice in our cell phone market. This approach is having a real impact and has led to a significant improvement in recent years in terms of how the CRTC listens to Canadians.

Keywords:   affordability, copyright, democracy, free expression, internet, privacy, spying, Snowden

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