The Disaffected Lib: Trump Has Germans Thinking a Lot About Democracy

The German people have not forgotten their past and president-elect Donald J. Trump has them revisiting those painful memories of a darker time. An article in Der Spiegel asks “How Much Mussolini Is There in Donald Trump?” The writer reviews a number of fascism checklists and the results aren’t promising for American democracy. He concludes that ...

The Canadian Progressive: Montreal police spying on journalist Patrick Lagacé condemned by Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Without Borders is appalled by recent revelations that Montreal police secretly monitored the mobile phone of La Presse columist Patrick Lagacé. A coalition of Canadian rights groups links the Lagacé case to Canadian police and security services’ growing hunger for new powers and investigative capabilities. The post Montreal police spying on journalist Patrick Lagacé ...

The Canadian Progressive: Halloween costume ideas for Canadian digital rights activists

You’re a digital rights activists and are struggling to pick the right Halloween costume? Dave Maass, an investigative researcher with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, suggests facial recognition paint, stingrays, privacy badger, patent troll, and certbot. A Guy Fawkes mask would do too. The post Halloween costume ideas for Canadian digital rights activists appeared first on ...

The Canadian Progressive: NDP MP Randall Garrison introduces bill to repeal Bill C-51

Randall Garrison’s Bill C-303 seeks to repeal the Harper-era “secret police” legislation, Bill C-51 or Anti-terrorism Act, 2015. Experts and rights groups say C-51 violates the Canadians Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The post NDP MP Randall Garrison introduces bill to repeal Bill C-51 appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Politics and its Discontents: Do You Know You May Be Under Surveillance?

Last month I wrote a post on the increasing appetite of police departments to use mass surveillance techniques that make their job easier but represent yet another threat to the privacy rights of citizens. That post revolved primarily around a device called a Stingray, which indiscriminately surveils any cellphone within its multi-kilometre range, and it ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Time For Some Critical Thinking

With Canada’s police chiefs clamoring for new powers that would allow for a massive invasion of our collective privacy, Canadians need to take some time to think critically about our rights and freedoms. As you will see in the following, the first commentator, Rich van Abbe of Toronto, has done just that: Re: Police chiefs ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Time For Some Critical Thinking

With Canada’s police chiefs clamoring for new powers that would allow for a massive invasion of our collective privacy, Canadians need to take some time to think critically about our rights and freedoms. As you will see in the following, the first commentator, Rich van Abbe of Toronto, has done just that: Re: Police chiefs ...

Politics and its Discontents: We Should All Be Very Concerned

Given the authorities’ recent success in thwarting Aaron Driver’s plans for a terrorist attack, I suspect that most Canadians are not too concerned about protecting their privacy rights. The fact that existing laws, legal surveillance and a timely tip from the FBI were responsible for stopping him should, however, be uppermost in our minds as ...

Politics and its Discontents: We Should All Be Very Concerned

Given the authorities’ recent success in thwarting Aaron Driver’s plans for a terrorist attack, I suspect that most Canadians are not too concerned about protecting their privacy rights. The fact that existing laws, legal surveillance and a timely tip from the FBI were responsible for stopping him should, however, be uppermost in our minds as ...

Mind Bending Politics: Protection Our Constitutional Rights Should Be A Priority For Trudeau As A Result Of Trump Nomination

(Anti-terror bill C51 just took on a whole new face with Donald Trump’s nomination for US President)   Has anyone noticed that one of the major policy promises the Trudeau Liberals were elected on seems to be missing in action?  When Justin Trudeau took office it seems like the mad rush to legalize pot was ...

The Canadian Progressive: Canada’s Surveillance Crisis: Spy Agencies Must Come Clean

Three years after Edward Snowden’s eye-opening state surveillance revelations, it’s time for the Communications Security Establishment and Canada’s other spy agencies to come clean. The post Canada’s Surveillance Crisis: Spy Agencies Must Come Clean appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau Government Blocks Harper’s Draconian Bill C-377

The Liberal government has announced what appears to be Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s first step towards repealing Harper’s Bill C-377, a draconian law that sought to weaken Canada’s labour movement. The government has waived reporting requirements for unions under Bill C-377. The post Trudeau Government Blocks Harper’s Draconian Bill C-377 appeared first on The Canadian ...

The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: What Now? Privacy and Surveillance in Canada After the Paris Attacks

The recent Paris terror attacks shouldn’t stop the new Liberal government from re-examining Canada’s privacy and surveillance policies, argues Michael Geist, the Canada research chair in Internet and e-commerce law at the University of Ottawa. The post Michael Geist: What Now? Privacy and Surveillance in Canada After the Paris Attacks appeared first on The Canadian ...

Writings of J. Todd Ring: The Paris Attacks In Contex

Propaganda, hysteria, ultra-violence and imperialism, as usual “A people unaware of its myths is likely to continue living by them.” – Richard Slotkin I have been too horrified by the predictably violent and insane reaction of the Western powers to the violent and insane attacks in Paris to delve deeply into them until now; but ...

The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: How the TPP Puts Canadian Privacy at Risk

Internet law expert Michael Geist explains how the Trans Pacific Partnership deal’s “several anti-privacy measures” would restrict the government’s ability to safeguards Canadian’s privacy rights, and sensitive personal information such as financial and health data. The post Michael Geist: How the TPP Puts Canadian Privacy at Risk appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Justin Trudeau to give Canada’s NSA more powers to spy on Canadians

Justin Trudeau promises to give the Communications Security Establishment, Canada’s most secretive spy agency, more powers to spy on Canadians if the Liberals form the next government after the 2015 federal election. The post Justin Trudeau to give Canada’s NSA more powers to spy on Canadians appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Margaret Atwood leads artists’ rebellion against Harper’s Bill C-51

Celebrated author Margaret Atwood is leading a group of 200 notable Canadian writers and artists demanding an immediate repeal of Bill C-51, Stephen Harper’s “secret police” legislation. C­51, the artists argue, “directly attacks the creative arts and free expression in this country.” The post Margaret Atwood leads artists’ rebellion against Harper’s Bill C-51 appeared first ...

The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: Why Internet Privacy Should be a Key Election Issue

Internet law expert and University of Ottawa prof, Michael Geist, argues that Internet privacy and Harper’s draconian anti-terror Bill C-51 should be key 2015 federal election issues. The post Michael Geist: Why Internet Privacy Should be a Key Election Issue appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

OpenMedia.ca: PressProgress: Conservative candidate on C-51: Civil liberties? "Folks, that’s not the country we live in"

Civil liberties protect our personal freedoms. They allow us to express ourselves without fear of interference, they preserve our right to speak, to assemble, to organize, to move around freely and protect our identity.  C-51 will limit our civil liberties, and even this Conservative candidate said so. Let’s stop this before it’s too late! Speak ...

The Canadian Progressive: Rights Groups Launch Charter Challenge Against Harper’s Bill C-51

Bill C-51 “poses a fundamental threat to Canadians’ rights and civil liberties”, the Canadian Civil Liberties Association and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression declare in new Charter challenge against Harper’s police state legislation. The post Rights Groups Launch Charter Challenge Against Harper’s Bill C-51 appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Canadians take fight against Harper’s Bill C-51 to UN rights committee

Canadian rights activists to challenge Bill C-51, Stephen Harper’s new anti-terror law, before the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva this week. The post Canadians take fight against Harper’s Bill C-51 to UN rights committee appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

wmtc: what i’m reading: wild by cheryl strayed, zeitoun by dave eggers

I’ve just finished two truly excellent works of nonfiction: Wild and Zeitoun. Both books read like fiction, with clean, clear writing and page-turning suspense. Both document almost unbelievable, out-sized events, in one case likely unique, in the other – horribly – anything but. I highly recommend both books. I didn’t expect to like Wild. Something about ...

The Canadian Progressive: Trudeau’s defence of the Liberals’ support for Bill C-51 Falls flat, Michael Geist says

U of Ottawa professor and Internet law expert, Michael Geist, explains why the Justin Trudeau Liberals “made the wrong choice” by supporting Bill C-51 The post Trudeau’s defence of the Liberals’ support for Bill C-51 Falls flat, Michael Geist says appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: Anonymous Attacks Harper Government Websites In Bill C-51 Protest

Hacktivist collective Anonymous downs several Canadian government websites as part of a protest against Harper’s secret police force legislation, Bill C-51 The post Anonymous Attacks Harper Government Websites In Bill C-51 Protest appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Canadian Progressive: “Kill Bill C-51″: Conservative Supporters Tell Stephen Harper

Game-changing supporters of the Conservative Party of Canada are warning Stephen Harper Bill C-51 could result in “a Liberal or NDP government”. The post “Kill Bill C-51″: Conservative Supporters Tell Stephen Harper appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.