More Than a Tech Problem For years, innovative solutions to sidestep Internet filters have plagued Internet censors. Rebellious kids, hoping to sneak a peek around parental controls, have come up with some of the best of these ideas. Others are highly sophisticated open-source systems tended to by brainy PhD.’s and caffeine-fueled programmers.
By Ron Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski Action is needed at the global level to ensure that cyberspace doesn’t slip into a new dark age Google’s announcement that it had been hit by cyberattacks from China and that it’s reconsidering its services in that country has smacked the world like a thunderclap: Why the drastic [...]
I recently gave a Policy@Google Talk on December 8th 2009 at Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA. The talk was an overview of Internet censorship patterns worldwide, with a focus on the work of the OpenNet Initiative and some references to challenges around circumvention technologies. Google’s Free Expression point person, Bob Boorstin introduces….
I wrote a comment piece for the Globe and Mail today, which can be accessed here In a time when every person’s digital life is now turned inside out and electronically dispersed and disaggregated, does it really make sense to think solutions lie in adding to that flood? Law enforcement and intelligence don’t need to [...]
A few months ago when a Canadian research group exposed the GhostNet, a brazen cyber-espionage network, the story briefly made headlines. Most of us marvelled at the ingenuity and nefariousness of the alleged perpetrator, the Chinese government. Some may have momentarily fretted about implications for international security. But the man who helped break the GhostNet [...]
National Post (comment) June 30, 2009 Ronald Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski Recently, the Canadian envoy to Iran was called in and admonished by Iranian officials for contributing to the destabilitization of the regime because of support for social networking tools, like Twitter and Facebook. The envoy must have scratched his head in puzzlement. The Iranians’ [...]
Peter Wilson of the Vancouver Sun put together a lengthy feature article on the ways in which freedom of information exchange is being undermined on the Internet. I provided some background info and input. The not-so-free Internet: From Chinese filtering to police access in Canada, governments are trying to regulate the Internet. But technology has [...]
We at the OpenNet Initiative have just released our report on Internet filtering in Singapore. We found that while Singapore maintains stringent controls over its communications environment, it does so using old-fashioned laws instead of technical filters, as in countries like China or Iran.
Later this week is a conference on Privacy and Security sponsored by the Centre for Innovation and Law (UofT), the Centre for Applied Cryptographic Research (Waterloo), and the Ontario Privacy Commission. I’ll be speaking there on a panel on Privacy and Homeland Security.