Posts tagged “Canada”

CBC Interviews Professor Ron Deibert on Canada’s Cybersecurity Announcement

Canada’s Minister of Public Safety Vic Toews announced a new Cyber Security Strategy on Sunday, October 3. The strategy includes $90 million of funding for cyber-security over five years to protect Canada’s critical infrastructures.

Citizen Lab Director Professor Deibert responds to Canada’s new strategy in an interview on CBC’s The Current on Tuesday, October 5.

Listen to the interview and panel discussion here from CBC Radio.

Feds detail cyber security strategy

‘The federal government has launched a major effort to make the Internet safer.

Canada’s cyber security strategy, announced in last spring’s budget, will cost $90-million over five years and $18-million in ongoing funding.

It aims to secure federal computer systems and join other governments and industry to “ensure systems vital to Canadian security, economic prosperity and quality of life are protected.”‘

From The Globe and Mail

World is losing grip on privacy: watchdog

“The world has less than a decade to make the protection of personal information and online privacy a priority before the concepts are lost forever, warns Ontario’s information and privacy commissioner.

Ann Cavoukian says legislation meant to safeguard privacy already can’t keep pace with the flow of information and advances in technology.

Cavoukian’s call comes as Facebook, Google and other companies have been forced to examine how they handle personal data. She said online privacy problems will worsen if governments don’t take a hard stance.

Several tools are already being used by hackers to steal personal data by tricking consumers into viewing websites infected with worms and viruses, and there are still no laws in place forcing private companies to disclose when personal information, such as credit card details, has been breached.”

From The Vancouver Sun

The end of online privacy

“The traditional notions of privacy and anonymity – and even the revamped versions that arose with the Web two decades ago – are dying. If you think the long-form census is pushy for asking you how many bedrooms are in your house, imagine someone knowing the exact colour of the IKEA sheets you’re thinking of buying for your bed.

Indeed, a variety of players – including state security agencies to Internet marketers to organized-crime circles – are creating an online world in which the very concept of anonymity has basically vanished. “There is this pressure bearing down on anonymity with the coming securitization of the Internet,” says Mr. Deibert, the director of the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto.

Privacy legislation in many countries was never tailored for the Internet age. As such, a host of nations – including Canada – are rethinking the very concept, and how to protect it in a world where personal information is becoming a form of currency.”

From The Globe and Mail

Cyberspace confidential

In his essay in the Globe and Mail Professor Deibert provides illuminating insight questions related to the use and abuse of cyberspace, as well as Canada’s role in the constantly evolving space of global communications.

UAE’s BlackBerry ban: Why is Canada silent?

“The UAE’s BlackBerry ban drew condemnation from freedom monitors and the US government, but nothing from Canada, BlackBerry’s home country.

“I think this is a glaring absence and it’s part of a lamentable lack of attention this government has given to cyberspace,” says Ronald Deibert, director of The Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs.”

From The Christian Science Monitor

ONI Global Summit 2010

The OpenNet Initiative-2010 Global Summit/L’Initiative OpenNet-Sommet
Mondial 2010

Should Cyberspace be Secured as an Open Commons?
Le Cyberspace—faut-il défendre l’universalité de ce bien commun?

The OpenNet Initiative (ONI) 2010 Global Summit will convene three high-level panels of experts and practitioners on prominent topics related to cyberspace governance, security, and advocacy.

Victoria Hall (Old City Hall) 111 Sussex Drive
Ottawa, Ontario
June 30, 2010
9:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Registration Required: here

Panel: Canada, check your privacy settings

On Thursday, June 10 at 2:30 pm, Net Change is hosting a panel called “Canada, check your privacy settings” as part of “A Week Exploring Tech for Change”. The panel features both Citizen Lab Director Ron Deibert and Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner, Dr. Ann Cavoukian. Further, the conversation will be moderated by Jesse Hirsch, technology commentator for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Canadian firm helps disable massive botnet

A Canadian company has helped dismantle a massive computer-infiltration ring that infected more than 15 million computers around the world – including systems within Canadian banks and the federal government.

Spanish police have arrested three people charged with running a botnet – a program that infects and partly takes over victims’ computers – that spanned some 190 countries. Not only is the botnet (named Mariposa, Spanish for butterfly) one of the largest of its kind, the software’s operators appeared to target government and corporate computers, stealing huge amounts of sensitive data.

From The Globe and Mail