Québec is gambling with Internet censorship: What is Bill 74 and how can we kill it?

The province of Québec has just accomplished a rare feat: it has everyone, including Internet freedom advocates, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), website operators, and even the federal government shaking their heads in unison.

How did they do it? By passing Bill 74, or An Act respecting mainly the implementation of certain provisions of the Budget Speech of 26 March 2015. The bill contains, as the name says, mainly budgetary provisions, and then some other stuff — stuff that would let the Québec government decide what websites the people in the province would be allowed to visit.

So what exactly IS Bill 74? And how does it threaten Net Neutrality, Free Expression, and a long Canadian tradition of standing up for the open Internet? Let’s dig in!



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