OpenMedia.ca: Reviewing Canada’s Victory Against Online Spying Bill C-30

Looking back at 2012 you should feel proud of what you’ve been part of. For example, our friends at Electronic Frontier Foundation put together this review of how you joined with people across the country to stop Vic Toews online spying bill C-30. read more

OpenMedia.ca: It’s Back: How New Legislative Amendments are Bringing Online Spying Bill C-30 Back into Focus

A few months ago Canadians sent a loud, clear message to the Canadian government to StopSpying.ca. This followed the introduction of warrantless Online Spying Bill C-30, a bizarre piece of legislation that would grant ‘authorities’ with unrestricted access to Canadians’ private information, leave our personal and financial information less secure, and implement costly spying technology ...

Things Are Good: Declaration of Internet Freedom

Around the world governments are trying to restrain the ability of people to freely share information across the internet. Bills like SOPA in the USA and Bill C-30 in Canada to the more recent TPP all focus on propping up old media monopolies and curtailing people’s privacy and communication rights. The most effective and extreme ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: What’s Old is Two Faced Again

Made In Canada hypocrisy. There’s nothing more Canadian than the Conservative Party serving up the opposite of what it said it would do earlier. You can set your watch to the opposite of whatever time they tell you it is, so long as you wait a few weeks or a few years. Dependable. Tides Canada, ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Eye of Scheer over Peace Tower of Sauron #LordOfTheBills

What’s going on inside the House of Commons today is no laughing matter. In fact, Minister Tony Clement told me that if I don’t like his joking about the step back from democratic debate in Canada, I shouldn’t read his tweets. Seriously. @saskboy @kady Don't like my sense of humour? Don't bother with my tweets. ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: RCMP – Really Carefully Monitoring People

Originally appeared on BackoftheBook.ca How can I write this without sounding, well, paranoid? I believe the RCMP is watching too many people, and abusing its resources. There are plenty of signs this is taking place, and it worries me. The police should not be monitoring Canadians without having a reasonable suspicion that criminal acts are ...

Impolitical: Harper’s extra-Parliamentary internet surveillance committee

This news is a new low in the Harper government’s ongoing debasement of Parliament’s role in Canadian democracy: In the months leading up to the introduction Bill C-30, Canada’s telecom companies worked actively with government officials to identify key issues and to develop a secret industry-government collaborative forum on lawful access. The working group includes ...

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Miscellaneous Thursday

Bizarre “Fairness Advisor” position pertaining to the politically charged Roughriders sports stadium replacement process. – Calgary’s Mayor Nenshi meanwhile has this project underway for Albertan cities. – Bev Oda, fraudster, needs a Fairness Advisor to follow her around, except that would increase the ridiculous amount of money she expenses to taxpayers. Maybe put her pen ...

Impolitical: The #TellVicEverything sequel: #TellDaveEverything

I was half joking in my post yesterday about the need for a #TellDaveEverything hashtag in the U.K. on the occasion of the U.K. Tories introducing their own intrusive internet surveillance legislation. Turns out, the fine citizens of the U.K. have got one up and going. Good for them! Hope Dave Cameron and the gang ...

Impolitical: UK Tories to introduce internet surveillance law

Conservatives worldwide seem to be uniting under a new banner of privacy invasion: Under legislation expected in next month’s Queen’s Speech, internet companies will be instructed to install hardware enabling GCHQ – the Government’s electronic “listening” agency – to examine “on demand” any phone call made, text message and email sent, and website accessed in ...

Impolitical: Routine cellphone tracking in the U.S.

There is a must read as context for the Canadian C-30 legislation that is pending, the lead from the New York Times today: “Police Tracking of Cellphones Raises Privacy Fears.” The American Civil Liberties Union has put together records from police departments across the U.S. showing widespread cellphone tracking that has become an ordinary thing: ...

New Anonymous video on Toewsgate: "on the eve of their new release"

Tomorrow marks the day Anonymous drops the big Toews bomb. But just to keep you warm by the fire, here’s a taste of what is to come.

Vic Toews has a whole lot more to worry about than Vikileaks

Anonymous data dump is just around the corner, Friday to be exact. So while Toews embarrasses himself, the Conservatives and Canadians with this obsessive Vikileaks retribution, after a humble apology has already been offered up by Bob Rae, he better prepare himself for a whole hell of a lot of shit about to the fan.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Child Predator Tax

Look for the latest charge to appear soon on your Bell, Rogers, Telus, (or MTS, or SaskTel) bill by next year when Vic Toews Bill C-30 comes into effect. It may not be labeled as such, but you can think of the price increase as the “Child Predator Tax”. The misnamed “Lawful Access” cum “Protecting ...

Impolitical: Keeping an eye on the ball that is C-30

More on C-30 here. On the one hand, there was this presentation from a Vancouver police official yesterday: “People need to focus and keep their eye on the ball,” said Warren Lemcke, Vancouver’s deputy chief constable. “We can’t monitor your e-mails. We can’t monitor your phone calls. We can’t monitor your surfing unless a judge ...

Toews can dish it out, can’t take it

Let the probery begin: The RCMP is investigating “serious threats” allegedly made against Public Safety Minister Vic Toews as opposition to a contentious Internet surveillance law grows. In an open letter to his Manitoba constituents distributed over the weekend, Toews said the threats have been “referred to the police for investigation.” The “personal attacks, criminal ...