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Online surveillance bill teaches Tories tough social-media lesson

The Canadian Press
Feb. 15, 2012
By Stephanie Levitz

OTTAWA – In their tough-on-crime approach to legislation, the Conservatives are learning a tough lesson.

Mess with the Internet and it’s going to mess with you.

Social-media networks and comment pages exploded Wednesday in opposition to the Harper government’s introduction of Bill C-30, which would give police and spies easier access to information about Internet users.

And the centrepiece of the campaign was an anonymous Twitter account purporting to leak details of Public Safety Minister Vic Toews’ divorce records.

“Vic wants to know about you. Let’s get to know about Vic,” wrote @vikileaks before beginning an information dump that also juxtaposed details about the minister’s home life with his public comments on family values.

Within hours, the account had over 3,000 followers and inspired hundreds of comments, photo collages and jokes.

Toews was quick to condemn the posts.

“I won’t get involved in this kind of gutter politics,” he said on his own Twitter account, which has a fraction of the followers of his anonymous attacker.

“Engaging in or responding to this kind of discussion leads nowhere.”

Public court records of Toews’ divorce have been available for several years, but no major news organizations have pursued the story.

Online campaigns against legislation have been successful in the past, albeit not one that tackled a minister’s personal life.

Last year, the Conservatives ordered the CRTC to review a decision on usage-based billing on the Internet after then-Industry Minister Tony Clement’s email and Twitter account were flooded with complaints.

In the United States, a massive online campaign against what was known as the Stop Online Piracy Act saw legislators back down and make changes.

The Conservatives are styling Bill C-30 as a law to protect children from online predators, but privacy advocates and opposition MPs say it’s far too broad.

Among other provisions, it would allow authorities access to Internet subscriber information — including name, address, telephone number and email address — without first getting a court’s go-ahead.

Full Article Here – http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/canada/online-surveillance-bill-teaches-tories-tough-social-media-lesson-139400538.html

Acta loses more support in Europe

Feb. 15, 2012

Support for Acta in Europe is waning as both Bulgaria and the Netherlands refuse to ratify the international anti-piracy agreement.

Bulgaria will not ratify the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement over fears it will curb freedom to download movies and music for free and encourage internet surveillance, economy minister Traicho Traikov said on Tuesday.

More than 4,000 people marched in the capital Sofia last Saturday calling on parliament not to ratify the act. Similar rallies drew thousands of protesters across eastern Europe, as well as in Germany, France and Ireland.

“I will table a proposal to the Council of Ministers to stop the procedure of Bulgaria’s signing the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement,” Traikov said.

The decision means Bulgaria will not take any action concerning Acta before European Union member states come up with a unified position.

Meanwhile, the Dutch Lower House has backed a motion from the Green Left party which says the Netherlands should, for the time being, refrain from signing Acta, according to a report at Radio Netherlands Worldwide.

The RNW report says that the parliament is seeking clarity about whether the treaty threatens the rights and the privacy of internet users.

Acta aims to cut trademark theft and tackle other online piracy but the accord has raised concerns, especially in eastern Europe, over online censorship and increased surveillance. Some protesters have compared it to that used by former communist regimes.

Full Article Here – http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2012/feb/15/acta-loses-more-support-europe?newsfeed=true 

WikiLeaks denounces UNESCO after WikiLeaks banned from UNESCO conference on WikiLeaks

Feb. 15, 2012



WikiLeaks denounces UNESCO for banning WikiLeaks from conference about WikiLeaks (February 16-17, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris).

WikiLeaks denounced UNESCO for banning WikiLeaks from tomorrow’s international conference about WikiLeaks. The large two-day conference, which has 37 speakers listed, is to be held UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. US organizers have stacked the conference with WikiLeaks opponents and blocked all speakers from WikiLeaks, stating that the decision to censor WikiLeaks representation was an exercise in ’freedom of expression… our right to give voice to speakers of our choice’.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange denounced the conference: ’UNESCO has made itself an international human rights joke. To use “freedom of expression” to censor WikiLeaks from a conference about WikiLeaks is an Orwellian absurdity beyond words. This is an intolerable abuse of UNESCO’s Constitution. It’s time to occupy UNESCO.’

WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson expressed consternation in a letter to UNESCO about the exclusion: ’UNESCO has a duty to assure that fairness and balance is secured in important discussions carried out under the banner of the organization. It is obvious that this will hardly be the case, given the selection of speakers. This is both a disgrace to UNESCO and potentially harmful to WikiLeaks.’

Full Article Here – http://wikileaks.org/WikiLeaks-denounces-UNESCO-after.html