Cyberbullying Victim in Fake Facebook case can remain anonymous, Supreme Court of Canada rules

Sunday, 30 September, 2012

Good to read, “A Nova Scotia teenager has won the right to remain anonymous in a court battle against a cyberbully, but the Supreme Court of Canada rejected her request for a publication ban on some details of her case.

Read the Supreme Court of Canada ruling. Here is a brief excerpt,

“The critical importance of the open court principle and a free press has been tenaciously embedded in the jurisprudence. In this case, however, there are interests that are sufficiently compelling to justify restricting such access: privacy and the protection of children from cyberbullying.

Recognition of the inherent vulnerability of children has consistent and deep roots in Canadian law and results in the protection of young people’s privacy rights based on age, not the sensitivity of the particular child. In an application involving cyberbullying, there is no need for a child to demonstrate that he or she personally conforms to this legal paradigm. The law attributes the heightened vulnerability based on chronology, not temperament.

While evidence of a direct, harmful consequence to an individual applicant is relevant, courts may also conclude that there is objectively discernable harm. It is logical to infer that children can suffer harm through cyberbullying, given the psychological toxicity of the phenomenon. Since children are entitled to protect themselves from bullying, cyber or otherwise, there is inevitable harm to them — and to the administration of justice — if they decline to take steps to protect themselves because of the risk of further harm from public disclosure. Since common sense and the evidence show that young victims of sexualized bullying are particularly vulnerable to the harms of revictimization upon publication, and since the right to protection will disappear for most children without the further protection of anonymity, the girl’s anonymous legal pursuit of the identity of her cyberbully should be allowed.”


City of Edmonton goes Google Apps – (Part 1/2) Financial, Technological Impacts

Wednesday, 11 April, 2012

Chris Moore, City of Edmonton Chief Information Officer, interview

Update: Part 2/2 Privacy Issues, USA Patriot Act, FOIP Act has now been posted.

Yesterday, City of Edmonton announced it “will become the first major municipal government in Canada to use Google email and other office technology apps for all City employees“. Google Enterprise stated, “While Edmonton may be the first city in Canada to go Google, it’s in great company with other city governments in North America ─ like PittsburghOrlando and Zapopan, Mexico ─ that have already made the move.” It is only natural for people in Calgary, Toronto, and other cities to ask and find out if there are anything we can learn from Edmonton?

In a video interview with Chris Moore, Chief Information Officer of City of Edmonton, Moore said all 6 departments, 31 branches, 10,000+ people, will move to use Google Apps for Government. The press release states, “The change will be phased in over the next few years with Google email and calendar put in place in late 2012, into 2013 and the other apps available for employees to use late next year.

In fact, Moore told me a few hundred employees are already in pilot projects using Google Apps. (note: While the police services will stay on their separate system, the city’s fire services, parks & recreations, waste management/day-to-day garbage pickup, tax department, etc are part of this move.) In a phone interview with Dr. Jonathan Schaeffer, University of Alberta Vice Provost and Associate Vice President (Information Technology) responsible for moving the university to Google Apps for Education, he said U of A has successfully transition 125,000 people and have 3,000 people to go in a phased migration. The U of A project started in March 2011 and is expected to be completed in early fall 2012.

According to city of Edmonton manager Simon Farbrother, “This move supports our City Vision, The Way Ahead, to use the most innovative technologies available. We will now have a more inclusive work environment where all employees will have access and be able to share and collaborate in real time on the same document whenever they want, in any location, and on any device such as smartphones and laptops.

By going to a cloud-based solution, Moore explained the city is moving away from the old model of software licenses installed on desktops and laptops, with upgrades every year or every other year, to the concept of iterative changes which people have already experiencing in their use of technologies at home.

According to Moore, 3.2 million dollars is the estimated up front cost for moving to Google Apps (e.g. implementation, training, documentation, etc). The cost savings over five years is about 9.2 million dollars, Read the rest of this entry »


News: Astronaut Chris Hadfield, Surveillance State, Election Fraud, Microsoft mocks Google

Friday, 24 February, 2012

Here are some recent News that caught my eyes,

* “Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield ready to rock the ISS

* “The Surveillance State – No Warrant Required

* TorStar, “Microsoft mocks Google Apps with “Googlighting” video

* “Microsoft Slams Google Apps In New Ad (VIDEO)

* “Opposition reacts to report on fraudulent election ‘robocalls’ – Automated calls that sent voters to wrong polling station made through Edmonton service

* “Caribou recovery plan swamped by public feedback – Minister may delay decision as environmentalists go back to court to force emergency action


Ann Cavoukian kicks C30 asses @ToewsVic @pmharper #TellVicEverything

Thursday, 23 February, 2012

Ann Cavoukian kicks C30 asses @ToewsVic @pmharper #TellVicEverything

Ontario’s Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian tells us why Bill C-30 goes too far in this insightful and easy to watch TVO Video. Watch the first 2 minutes of the video and the chill will get to your bones!

“The Harper government says laws are needed to respond to the rapidly changing online world. Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Ann Cavoukian tells Steve Paikin why she is concerned that Bill C-30 goes too far.”


Canadians aren’t that stupid @ToewsVic #TellVicEverything

Wednesday, 22 February, 2012

“Canadians aren’t that stupid.” @RickMercer’s message to @ToewsVic
#TellVicEverything #cdnpoli #c30 [HT OpenMedia.ca]

Ontario Privacy Commish on Online Spying Bills (CBC interview)


US Supreme Court Rules that GPS Tracking Requires a Warrant

Friday, 27 January, 2012

via Bruce Schneier (with multiple links), “US Supreme Court Rules that GPS Tracking Requires a Warrant

United States v. Jones (2012), Court ruling (PDF)

United States v. Jones: Privacy in Public Space? Piece it all Together and You Get 5. – By Priscilla Smith, Nabiha Syed & Albert Wong, Information Society Project at Yale Law School

Wired, “Supreme Court Court Rejects Willy-Nilly GPS Tracking


Stop Online Spying on Your Private Life

Friday, 16 September, 2011

Watch Stop Online Spying on Your Private Life [via OpenMedia.ca HT Charlie Angus, MP]

Stop Online Spying on Your Purchases

Stop Online Spying on Your Email

Vancouver Sun, “Advocates, politicians campaign against Conservatives’ proposed ‘snooping law’


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