Monthly Archives: March 2012

Canadian Police Want Special Tax to Subsidize Warantless Wiretapping and Online Spying

According to Michael Geist, one of the major unanswered questions about Bill C-30 is “who will pay for the costs associated with responding to law enforcement demands for subscriber information (“look ups”) and installation of surveillance equipment (“hook ups”)”?

Turns out, it is you, dear citizen, and your grandma.

Geist recently obtained documents from Public Safety under the Access to Information Act that reveal the hidden costs, that is, financial ones, to taxpayers.

As if costs to society were not enough, or costs that ISPs would have to bear (and ultimately pass onto consumers), the Bill C-30 is revealed to be far more venomous.

According to the documents, RCMP and CSIS have in mind to develop a “public safety tax” that would simply appear on your cell phone or internet bill.

Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police claims that it should not be burdened with the costs of these additional operations, instead burdening the taxpayers with the costs of warantless wiretapping of Canadians.

For more information, visit Michael Geist blog here
or read the documentation for yourself here.

Danger 5 is out!

From the creator of Italian Spiderman, one of our favorite web-based video desserts, comes next venture, Danger 5. Following the tradition of baddies (and goodies), (p)special agents against Nazis, Danger 5 is assuredly one of the most entertaining, nostalgia-based shows to come to TV or YouTube.

Watch it. Now.

The US government says that it may legally seize any domain ending in .com, .net, and other domains

We are witness to the end of the world as we know it. According to latest coverage from Wired, US government purports it has the legal right to seize any domain, and the list is quite extensive: .com, .net, .cc, .tv, .name, and .org.

The strange declaration comes after US authorities shutdown the Canadian-based online sports gambling site last week, and is an extension of a government initiative called Operation in Our Sites. Thus far, the operation seized 352 domains, and there is no end in sight to its grubby hands.

Read more here.

Tell Government to Stop Spying: open media call

The government is trying to push through an expensive1 online spying bill that will provide a range of authorities with access to your private online information, at anytime, without a warrant.

You won’t believe this: With one side of their mouth, the government has leaked stories2 falsely suggesting that they are standing down. With the other, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has unleashed a PR campaign that includes op-eds3, misleading mass emails4, and speeches in Parliament that aggressively defend the bill5. We can’t let this go unchallenged.

We know from experience that MPs get the message when contacted by local constituents, and there’s only a small window of opportunity to stop this scheme. We need your MP to take a public stand against this warrantless online spying plan before it’s too late.

Click here to tell you MP to stand with Canadians against warrantless online spying.