ProfD in the Globe and Mail

There was once a time, not that long ago, when pundits could claim that the Internet was a lawless frontier immune to regulation and control by governments and states. Libertarian by nature, open in its architecture, the Internet encouraged democracy, freedom, and liberty around the world. Attempts by oppressive regimes to block information were futile…. Read more »

Canadian Student Oyssey "Into America"

Canadian Press Review of Into America, printed in the Toronto Star and the Waterloo Record TORONTO (CP) – From the Liberty Bell to Ground Zero, from CNN headquarters to a gun-firing range, five Canadian university students went in search of America. What they found and how it affected them is chronicled in Into America, a… Read more »

Into America Premier Tonight (Dec 31st) 8pm TVO

Five students and their prof travel across 26 states in 21 days to explore the myths and realities of the USA in this Citizen Lab produced documentary series. For more about Into America, go here.

Intrernet Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks (Canadian Press)

Story number 186,543 that says more or less the same thing quoting the same cast of “experts.” And we’re still waiting. I wish someone with some credible expertise would weigh in on the prospects here of something real actually happening.

Year in Privacy: Citizens Lose

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.” — Ben Franklin. Lauren Weinstein comments in Wired on the state of priviacy in 2002

Citizen Lab in Reason.com article on WSD

A little report by Neil Hrab from Reason.com on some of the jusifications for WSD and a review of some of this year’s action in Toronto. For his part, Ronald Deibert hopes WSD will provoke people to “think about the consequences” of the “anti-terrorist legislation passed all over the industrialized world” in the wake of… Read more »

A Peek into Internet "Peering" (Washington Post)

The Internet, as the name suggests but users often forget, is a system of interconnecting networks. Data pass between users by moving from one telecommunications network to another until they reach their destination.

Gazette: Orwell's prophecies ring true

Orwell’s prophecies ring true 1984 came and went without producing the brutal Big Brother dictatorship the novel predicted, but perhaps that’s just because we’ve found subtler ways to crush the human spirit and enforce conformity