It has been a busy week, with the release of our report – The Canadian Connection: An investigation of Syrian government and Hezbullah web hosting in Canada. The report covers a very delicate issue. We were very concerned about the findings as we came across them, and saw this as a case that could generate some much needed discussion about the proper limits around intermediary liability and how to deal with cases properly where there is an organization/entity whose services are being hosted in violation of sanctions. Furthermore, since Canada has sanctioned Addounia TV, as did the EU, for incitement of violence in Syria, we felt that it was important to bring the case to public attention.
(We probably could have picked a different title, as there is as much relevance to the United States as there is Canada, but it started out for us as a Canadian story, and so we kept the working title.)
The report was initially covered by the Globe and Mail, and then by CBC News, The Associated Press, and The Washington Post (among others). I did an interview with CBC’s Matt Galloway on Metro Morning.
The Citizen Lab is continuing our research on this file.