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 . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: Declaration of Internet Freedom
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, . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: What’s Old is Two Faced Again
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. . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Eye of Scheer over Peace Tower of Sauron #LordOfTheBills
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 . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: RCMP – Really Carefully Monitoring People
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 . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Harper’s extra-Parliamentary internet surveillance committee
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 . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Miscellaneous Thursday
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 . . . → Read More: Impolitical: The #TellVicEverything sequel: #TellDaveEverything
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 . . . → Read More: Impolitical: UK Tories to introduce internet surveillance law
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: . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Routine cellphone tracking in the U.S.
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.
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.
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 . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Child Predator Tax
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 . . . → Read More: Impolitical: Keeping an eye on the ball that is C-30
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 . . . → Read More: Toews can dish it out, can’t take it