marita's blog

Government myths on on-line spying debunked

December 1, 2011

 In a guest blog on the OpenMedia.ca site, the technical lawyer for the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) debunks the following government rationalizations for the "lawful access" legislation:

"This should scare you" -- Ontario Privacy Commissioner

November 29, 2011

According to some sources "Lawful Access" legislation could be introduced before Christmas. On the basis of previous versions of this legislation, privacy commissioners in Canada are expressing grave concerns about its possible contents.

(Un) lawful access legislation pending

November 16, 2011

There are serious threats to privacy, free speech and civil liberties contained in the impending lawful access legislation . Advocates are keeping a close eye on the status of the bill -- which could be introduced any time.  Meanwhile there are various activities underway that give Canadians a chance to register their opposition to this legislation:

Resources that explain what is at stake in this invasive and costly bill:

CIRA election results

October 12, 2011

In October 2011, I was a candidate for a seat on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA).   See my election statement here.  I'd like to thank all the .ca domain name holders who supported my candidacy.  Although I placed 4th (one vote off tying for 3rd), I feel it was a win for a candidate coming from a community networking background.  CIRA has indicated that it has the issue of digital literacy firmly in its sites.  I think the community has indicated that it is ready to be at the table. 

Cyber security and critical energy infrastructure

January 16, 2011

A new report by Angela Gendron, senior fellow at the Canadian Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies,  notes that private ownership of telecommunications, the fact that much of our national energy infrastructure is dependant on information and communications technologies and the responsibility of governments to protect critical infrastructure from cyber attacks is raising new problems in national security management. 

Digital Economy Round Table video now available

July 21, 2010

A video presenting some of the ideas contained in the Consensus Submission for the Digital Economy consulation is now available on YouTube.

Video:  The Future of the Digital Economy


Consensus submission

Community access sites score high in digital economy consultation

July 14, 2010

Industry Canada's on-line digital economy strategy closed today with community access sites receiving a strong endorsement from the public both in the "ideas" forum and in the more formal submissions.

 Under "digital skills", 2 of the top 3 entries, were recommendations to support and extend this initiative.  Another was submitted to the "innovation" section. Links to CAP supporting submissions are provided below:

Researchers and educators hold roundtable on the digital economy

June 18, 2010

A group of 30 researchers, students and professors met at the University of Toronto on June 14 to discuss the federal Digital Economy Consultation Paper and prepare a group response.   Participants felt that a face to face meeting where they could discuss their views and arrive at a consensus document was a time honoured way to participate in federal policy discussions that could not be replaced by individual on-line comments to a web-site.

Globe and Mail picks up rural "overbuild" story

June 10, 2010

"It shouldn't have happened that way. And if it has, I'd like to know about it. That's not good. I was briefed that we had mapped the whole country" said Industry Minister Tony Clement when asked about the concerns of rural ISPs that federal infrastructure money could result in overbuilding in their areas.

CACTUS at CRTC -- April 26 -- CPAC link

April 26, 2010
CACTUS (Canadian Association of Community Television Users and Stations) presented its proposal for new community-run multimedia access production and distribution centres to the CRTC on Monday, April 26th, at 9 a.m.