national security

Perimeter security plan dangerous for privacy and civil rights

December 5, 2012

 The Harper government has been quietly adding ingredients to the troublesome brew called Beyond the Border Action Plan for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness. This is not a single piece of legislation that will ever be debated by Parliament. It is a policy direction that consists of soft sell strategic objectives around economic prosperity implemented with pilot projects and regulatory changes affecting the cross-border movement of people and goods and cozy collaborations on security and information sharing.

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. 

Trading Sovereignty for Surveillance in the Telecommunications Sector

January 10, 2011

In June 2010, the government released a consultation paper which asked Canadians to comment on the possible impacts of increased foreign direct investment in the Canadian telecommunications sector. [2] While the paper clearly promoted potential economic benefits, the potential risks, which would not be confined to economic impacts, were absent from the analysis. This article briefly looks at the issue of increased foreign ownership on the telecommunications sector from the perspective of national sovereignty and security.

Security threats move online

Telecom strategic to sovereignty and national security

July 31, 2010

Submission to the Federal Consultation on Options for Foreign Investment Restrictions in the Telecommunications Sector

Summary: The area of sovereignty and national security needs to be addressed well before any attempt is made to change those sections of the Telecommunications Act which protect Canadian ownership of telecommunications interests. There are many models of telecommunications ownership which should be considered beyond the three offered in the consultation paper.