Big Brother is Watching You

10 May

It’s more than just a bit unsettling to learn about the efforts being made by government to pass the likes of Bill C-11 and Bill C-51. After reading Dwayne Winseck‘s article (Un)Lawful Access: Wiring Canada’s Networks for Control and watching the video (Un)Lawful Access, I had flashbacks to Orwell’s 1984 in high school. As discussed in today’s class, the notion of the government, or any public agency (ie. police), having access to personal information at any time, watching your every digital move without a warrant, and without your awareness, is un-Canadian to me.

If Bill C-51 were to pass, it would be tantamount to saying that it would be legal for the government to blast through your front door at any hour of the day or night without  permission, nor communication, nor a warrant, to dig up information on your life’s transactions.

The conspiracy theorist in me has to think the Canadian government is being strong-armed into forming legislation that will look good to other governments as the level of inter-state cooperation in security increases globally. If this legislation were to pass (which it may not if enough people sign the petition), I for one would be dealing in cash a lot more often!

5 Responses to “Big Brother is Watching You”

  1. carolynfreed May 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    Love the graphics you chose. The only thing creepier than tweeting about that Girls Near Me app was getting it re-tweeted by my new neighbour up the street who has been in a lot of the same places as me lately come to think of it

    • marcbavin May 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

      Creepy neighbours – at least one in every neighbourhood. Get on those privacy settings!

  2. jpletz May 10, 2012 at 2:31 pm #

    Last night I was working on my presentation for Friday, which involved global activism, so I was Googling a lot of activist-based websites and I kept wondering whether my activities were being monitored and how this would affect my “threat rating.”

  3. johnbayko May 13, 2012 at 4:05 am #

    nice work here. the example you used in class re: ripping through the house and not asking questions is a great way of putting things into perspective. this kind of crap almost makes a person want to drop out, keep paper records of everything, and stuff cash into a sock.

  4. T. Findlay May 16, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    Privacy concerns really making me question my love of credit card points!

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