Do you know where your data have been?

January 6, 2014

 Op-ed  Marita Moll

Ottawa Citizen Sept. 26, 2013

So you go home, turn to your computer loaded with anti-virus, anti-spying and anti-malware programs, to talk to your brother in Boston via the secured Internet connection in your house. Bingo! Everything you just did is now part of the U.S. National Security Agency’s massive database and all that data can be mined with the same easy steps you used to find the online recipe for last night’s eggplant parmigiana.

But what if you were just sending some messages to your friends in other parts of Canada or even in your own province? Surely that’s not a problem — unless it is. .... 

Perimeter security plan dangerous for privacy and civil rights

December 5, 2012

 The Harper government has been quietly adding ingredients to the troublesome brew called Beyond the Border Action Plan for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. This is not a single piece of legislation that will ever be debated by Parliament. It is a policy direction that consists of soft sell strategic objectives around economic prosperity implemented with pilot projects and regulatory changes affecting the cross-border movement of people and goods and cozy collaborations on security and information sharing.

CIRA election results

September 28, 2012

 The following candidates were successful in the 2012 CIRA Board elections:

Nomination Committee Slate:
Bill Sandiford
William Gibson
Carole Mackaay

Members' Slate
Michael Geist
Kevin McArthur

CIRA elections - 2012

September 21, 2012

 If you are a member of CIRA (Canadian Internet Registration Authority) you can now cast your vote for the board of directors.  There will be 5 new directors chosen this year.  The voting period is from Sept. 19-Sept 26.  I have been participating in the online debates and met a number of the candidates at this week's CIRA AGM.  

Here are my picks for director:

 Member's slate: 

Kevin McArthur -- has really worked hard all year around for the last few years to keep tabs on CIRA.  Very knowledgeable both technically and policy-wise, Kevin has a very activist agenda and will be a good advocate for members who want to see CIRA be more open and public policy oriented.

Michael Geist -- well known and respected, public policy oriented with lots of influence outside of the Board.  I particularly like his promotion of a new governance model which would separate CIRA's registry function from an independent, public policy arm supported by some of the revenues generated by the registry.

Nomination Committee (nomcom) slate:

Communications Chapter - Alternative Federal Budget - 2012

March 28, 2012

The AFB 2012 allocates the following amounts for communications:

  • The AFB allocates $250,000 to fund a broad national consultation to modernize communications policy in Canada. 
  • The AFB ramps up to $1 billion annually over 10 years to modernize Canada’s digital communications infrastructure. 
  • The AFB allocates $40 million to support new and existing national public access sites in the 2012-2013 budget year.

Full communications chapter

Full AFB 2012

Bill C-30 update

March 28, 2012

Due to a backlash storm from both sides of the political spectrum, the bill was immediately withdrawn "for further study."  There is no indication yet, when the government will make its next move on this file.

Rumour confirmed -- snooping law introduced

February 16, 2012

Rumour confirmed!!!  At 12:30 p.m., in a blatent attempt to use abused childen to stifle dissent about a law that sanctions Internet snooping,  Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety introduced the freshly renamed "Protecting Children from Internet Preditors" Act."

Read complete article here


Valentines for Vic Toews

February 13, 2012

Rumour has it that there will be an omnibus bill introduced on Feb. 14 that contains the legislation known as "lawful access." The following site "send Vic Toews a valentine" invites Canadians to respond in kind.  Users can dowload a postcard with a message to the Minister of Public Safety expressing strong opposition to Internet surveillance.

postcard pages

January 20, 2012

Side one and two of the lawful access postcard


(un)lawful access legislation -- Ottawa forum

December 28, 2011

Notice of public meeting:

A public meeting will be held in Ottawa Feb. 8, 2012, 6-10 p.m. at St. Paul University (amphitheatre) to inform and discuss this new privacy threat.  Please see agenda and sign up to attend on the website or  facebook  event page  or continue to check this space for agenda, participants and other information.