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In fight for free speech, researchers test anti-censorship tool built into the internet’s core

August 31, 2017

In the United States, researchers are testing a new way to circumvent Internet censorship: refraction networking. Matthew Braga of CBC News reports: http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/tapdance-refraction-networking-decoy-routing-test-usenix-1.4249177 __ Link courtesy of Franklin Carter Editor and Researcher Book and Periodical Council Freedom of Expression Committee Toronto, Canada

OBPO study finds there are not enough Canadian books in Ontario schools

August 21, 2017

OBPO study finds there are not enough Canadian books in Ontario schools >>From Quill & Quire The Ontario Book Publishers Organization has released a study assessing how much Canadian literature is being taught in the province’s classrooms. The survey was conducted by researcher and education specialist Catherine Bates on behalf of the OBPO, and included data provided by 307 teachers …

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BPC Announces 2018 Freedom to Read Week Poster Illustrator

July 30, 2017

The Book and Periodical Council is thrilled to announce our poster illustrator for FTRW 2018: JEFF LEMIRE! Jeff is an illustrator and graphic novelist whose work includes the Essex Countytrilogy, The Underwater Welder, Secret Path and, most recently, Roughneck. His story “Tales from the Farm,” which appears in the Essex County trilogy, was challenged in Ontario in 2011. We can’t wait to share his poster …

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PEN Canada Looking for Champions of Free Expression

July 27, 2017

From PEN Canada Nominations sought for the PEN Canada/Ken Filkow Prize Nominations for the 2017 PEN Canada/Ken Filkow prize are now open. The $1,000 annual prize is awarded to an individual or group who has advanced freedom of expression in Canada. About the Prize Named in memory of Kenneth A. Filkow, Q.C., a distinguished Winnipeg …

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ALA Releases List of Top 10 Challenged Books of 2016

April 12, 2017

From the American Library Association   Top Ten Challenged Books of 2016 Out of 323 challenges reported to the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2016 are 1. This One Summer written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki This young adult graphic novel, winner of both a Printz and …

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Books Behind Bars

October 16, 2016

In Kingston, Ontario, a book club transforms the lives of prison inmates.

Netsweeper Update

September 21, 2016

Netsweeper, a Canadian company, continues to help the Bahraini government censor the Internet, reports the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto.