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This week: New Security Tools for Enterprise; Under Guise of Cyberbullying Bill, Conservatives Bring Back Lawful Access; Apple’s Huge Bet on Clean Energy; NSA Declassifies More Docs

Each Monday we’ll pass on links to articles we thought were well worth reading from the previous week, for those who live where we do (British Columbia, Canada), work like we do (high speed business internet), and think about things we do (internet trends, internet privacy, internet censorship, cutting-edge technology, etc.). If you don’t want to wait ’til Monday, we usually tweet and link to these as we come across them

GigaOm

Time bombs, digital barriers and biometrics–noteworthy technologies that are looking to provide Mission Impossible-style control for secure enterprise information. Read More…

Michael Geist | Lawful Access is Back: Controversial Bill Returns Under the Guise of Cyber-Bullying Legislation

In February 2012, then-Public Safety Minister Vic Toews introduced Bill C-30, the “Protecting Children From Internet Predators Act“. While the government marketed the bill as an attempt to protect children from Internet predators (and infamously accused opponents of siding with child pornographers), it soon became readily apparent that the bill was really about adopting a wide range of measures that increased police powers, stripped away privacy rights, and increased Internet surveillance. The overwhelming negative publicity led the government to put the bill on hold. Earlier this year, then-Justice Minister Rob Nicholson announced that Bill C-30 was dead… Nicholson’s commitment lasted less than a year (the same was true on lawful access in 2007, when Stockwell Daypromised no warrantless access to subscriber information only to have Peter Van Loan backtrack a year and a half later). This week, Peter MacKay, the new Justice Minister, unveiled Bill C-13, the Protecting Canadians from Online Crime Act. The similarly-named bill is now marketed as an effort to crack-down cyber-bullying, yet the vast majority of the bill simply brings back many (though not all) lawful access provisions. Read More…

GigaOm | 

Apple’s two solar farms and one fuel cell farm near its data center in North Carolina are now all live and generating power. The projects are unprecedented in the industry and have helped usher in real change. Read More…

IT World Canada | Will cyberbullying bill open door to Lawful Access?

A bill introduced yesterday by the Conservative government to combat cyber bullying could also have the effect of making it easier for Canadian Internet service providers to permit authorities to conduct online surveillance and metadata collection. Read more…

Atlantic Wire | NSA Declassifies Another 1000 pages of Documents

The National Security Agency just released another 1,000 pages of declassified documents in an effort to increase transparency about its domestic surveillance program and phone data collection. This particular set of files, many from 2009, details the agency’s self-reporting of rule violations. Read More…


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