I was asked to contribute a piece to the launch of Huffington Post Canada. My article addresses questions of cyber security that have been raised by President Sarkozy at the e-G8, and in particular what Canada could contribute in this area. The editors placed my article on the home page for a few hours, with the title “CYBER FAIL” in Pearl Harbor style giant font, above a picture of a forlorn looking Prime Minister Harper. Not sure it’s the best way to get my points across to the Canadian government, but it was amusing to see for a while.
Here is a link to the article as it appears in the Huffington Post, and below I paste it in full.
I delivered a keynote presentation to the Mesh 2011 conference.
Here is a pic of the event.
The Financial Post’s Matt Hartley provided a good summary of my talk here.
As the world’s largest economies, western liberal-democratic countries have a critical strategic interest in sustaining cyberspace as an open and secure commons of information constituted around freedom of speech and access to information. They also stand to lose the most should it spiral into a hotly contested zone of crime, espionage, and warfare. What should be done?
This article originally appeared in The 2011 G8 Deauville Summit: New World, New Ideas published by the G20 Research Group.
The Citizen Lab is the recipient of this year’s press freedom award of the Canadian Committee for World Press Freedom (CCWPF), The 13th annual Press Freedom Award goes to a Canadian person or group who has defended or advanced the cause of freedom of expression. The Citizen Lab team, based at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto, was selected for its ongoing dedication to free expression online through work that exposes cases of Internet censorship and espionage around the world.
“There’s an arms race in cyberspace, and a massively exploding new cyber-industrial complex that serves it. Like all arms races before it, the growing tensions in cyberspace and the proliferation of tools and services that feed it create a climate of fear and insecurity. And as Samuel Coleridge once said, ‘What begins in fear usually ends in folly.’ A dangerous, lawless atmosphere is spreading in cyberspace.”
Ron Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski in the Globe and Mail
From The Globe and Mail
In this feature of the New York Times Room for Debate, I give my take on the recent Wikileaks controversy. Also featured, Evgeny Morozov, Ross Anderson, James Bamford, and C. Fred Alford.
Read it here from New York Times Room for Debate
I spoke to Masala Canada about the Information Warfare Monitor’s newly launched RIM Check project. (http://www.rimcheck.org/)
Interview available here from Masala Canada
I participated in an interview today on CBC’s The Current regarding Canada’s recently released Cyber Security Strategy. [i come in at the 14:40 mark]