Archive for June, 2011

Report Says Canada Leading Hub For Cloud Computing

A new report says Canada is the second-best place in the world to establish massive computer server farms used for cloud computing. I wrote about Canada’s cloud computing advantage late last year.

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June 27, 2011 3 comments News

Angus on Lawful Access: Serious Erosion of Privacy Rights

NDP MP Charlie Angus has sent a detailed letter to Public Safety Minister Vic Toews expressing concern about the return of lawful access legislation. Lawful access provisions are expected to be included in an omnibus crime bill to be introduced in the fall. Angus points to several key concerns, including mandatory disclosure of some personal information without court oversight:

Of particular concern is Clause 16 of the former Bill C-52 allowing security services unrestricted access to any device identification data from an ISP or other telecommunications service provider without a warrant. This will allow law enforcement to identify individuals involved in a striking array of online activity including anonymous political opinions made in blog posts or newspaper comments, location data posted online from a smart phone, social networking activity, private online instant message or email exchanges, and a host of currently unforeseeable future online interactions that are sure to come with new innovations and services. This unrestricted access to e-mail addresses will make it possible to track individuals across a vast range of online services, activities, and even locations.

Angus also points to the lack of oversight built into the bill:

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June 24, 2011 21 comments News



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June 23, 2011 Comments are Disabled General

Mexican Senate Rejects ACTA

In what is likely the most significant political rejection of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement to date, the Mexican Senate has voted to recommend against signing ACTA. While the issue in the hands of the President, the domestic opposition is notable as it may foreshadow similar battles in countries around the […]

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June 23, 2011 6 comments News

OECD Report Ranks Canada Among Most Expensive Broadband Countries

The OECD has released its latest round of data on broadband services in 33 of the world’s most developed countries [update: While today’s release is new and incorporates this information into the OECD Communications Outlook 2011, a reader points out the broadband data was first released two months ago]. While […]

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June 23, 2011 19 comments News