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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Never mind Internet billing, let's worry about Internet spying



Given the name of this blog, it's probably just as well that I've avoided references to Big Brother as long as I have.

But via impolitical, some very worrying stuff in what the Harper regime is planning in terms of internet legislation. More likelihood that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) will be forced to hand over personal and private information. More power for real-time surveillance and warrantless interception. More intrusive police powers. These things have been flagged by Michael Geist and Cory Doctorow, among others. When you consider the authoritarian mindset this government has already demonstrated, it's not hard to connect the dots.

Is it really just paranoid exaggeration to think this plays right along with Harper's control-freak tendencies? Is it far-fetched to wonder whether we'll see more late-night-jackboots-on-the-stairs scenarios as Enemies of the State are rounded up? It's already happened, remember.

Online communities and organized resistance to the neoliberal agenda and its Harperite handmaidens depend on being able to exchange information, make connections and provide mutual support without having their messages intercepted. The Big Chill is almost upon us.

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