botnet by Nicolas Nova https://flic.kr/p/NR9Htb (CC BY-NC 2.0)

botnet by Nicolas Nova https://flic.kr/p/NR9Htb (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Episode 82: Jonathan Curtis on the CRTC’s Push to Block Botnets

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Episode 82: Jonathan Curtis on the CRTC's Push to Block Botnets
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The Canadian technology community has a long history of working together with government and regulators to counter online harms such botnets, spam, and malicious hacking. It therefore came as a surprise when the CRTC launched a consultation on addressing botnets that raised the possibility of the regulator stepping in with new blocking mandates. Jonathan Curtis has been at the heart of battling botnets and online harms for decades with work at Bell, the CRTC, and leading security companies. He joins me on the podcast in a personal capacity to place the online security challenges in historical context and to outline both the benefits and risks that come from the potential blocking approaches raised by the CRTC.

One Comment

  1. Mr. Curtis gave a lot of interesting information however the ISPs can’t currently legally do the filtering because of section 36 of the Telecommunications Act.

    36. Except where the Commission approves otherwise, a Canadian carrier shall not control the content or influence the meaning or purpose of telecommunications carried by it for the public.

    If they are doing this currently it’s illegal.

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