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.

(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.

Government myths on on-line spying debunked

December 1, 2011

 In a guest blog on the OpenMedia.ca site, the technical lawyer for the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) debunks the following government rationalizations for the "lawful access" legislation:

"This should scare you" -- Ontario Privacy Commissioner

November 29, 2011

According to some sources "Lawful Access" legislation could be introduced before Christmas. On the basis of previous versions of this legislation, privacy commissioners in Canada are expressing grave concerns about its possible contents.

(Un) lawful access legislation pending

November 16, 2011

There are serious threats to privacy, free speech and civil liberties contained in the impending lawful access legislation . Advocates are keeping a close eye on the status of the bill -- which could be introduced any time.  Meanwhile there are various activities underway that give Canadians a chance to register their opposition to this legislation:

Resources that explain what is at stake in this invasive and costly bill:

CIRA election results

October 12, 2011

In October 2011, I was a candidate for a seat on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA).   See my election statement here.  I'd like to thank all the .ca domain name holders who supported my candidacy.  Although I placed 4th (one vote off tying for 3rd), I feel it was a win for a candidate coming from a community networking background.  CIRA has indicated that it has the issue of digital literacy firmly in its sites.  I think the community has indicated that it is ready to be at the table. 

Digital literacy documentary -- available on-line

September 14, 2011
Through stories from nine community access (C@P) sites in the Halifax region, this documentary explores digital divides and the value and ever-changing potential of community access to the Internet and information technology.

Filmed on location in Nova Scotia in Halifax, Moser River, Terence Bay, Sheet Harbour, Jeddore, Tantallon, and Lake Echo.

Alternative Federal Budget 2011 - Communications (in brief)

March 16, 2011

Recognizing “effective” connectivity as an essential service
To return Canada to a leadership role in the availability and use of new communications technologies, “effective” broadband, supporting a wide range of communications applications, must become a vital part of federal policy and programs.

The AFB believes that access to 1.5 Mbps. broadband should became part of the "basic service" definition for telecommunications providers in Canada.

Developing a national broadband plan

700 MHz Spectrum: Maintaining a Dividend for the Canadian Public

March 1, 2011

A submission in response to: Consultation on a Policy and Technical Framework for the700 MHz Band and Aspects Related to Commercial Mobile Spectrum  (Prepared by Marita Moll for Telecommunities Canada )

Executive Summary:
Telecommunities Canada offers the following recommendations to this consultation:

That all proceeds generated by the auction be used to support broadband initiatives that would bring Canada’s communications infrastructure back up to world class standards, as well as support digital content creation and digital skills programs

That a portion of the proceeds of the auction be used to establish digital skills training centres within reach of all Canadians.

Cyber security and critical energy infrastructure

January 16, 2011

A new report by Angela Gendron, senior fellow at the Canadian Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies,  notes that private ownership of telecommunications, the fact that much of our national energy infrastructure is dependant on information and communications technologies and the responsibility of governments to protect critical infrastructure from cyber attacks is raising new problems in national security management. 

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