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Quirks in Tech

An informal space where I think about the oddities of technology, politics, and privacy. Also some other stuff.

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U of T steps into Internet privacy conversation ∞

From the editorial board at The Varsity, U of T’s student newspaper.

Feb 11, 2014

Citizen Lab calls for government surveillance oversight ∞

Another article, this time in the UoT student newspaper, about the letters we sent to Canadian ISPs.

Feb 3, 2014

Supreme Court Hearings - Matthew David Spencer v. Her Majesty the Queen ∞

Case # 34644 Matthew David Spencer v. Her Majesty the Queen (December 9, 2013) At issue is Whether section 8 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was violated. The appellant downloaded child pornography from the internet using a peer-to-peer file-sharing software program. The appellant stored child pornography in a shared folder and did not override the default settings that made the folder accessible to others. Since the files were accessible to other users they could therefore be downloaded. A police officer searched the shared folder and discovered the pornographic files. The officer couldn’t identify the owner of the folder but was able to determine that the IP address being used was assigned by Shaw Communications. The police wrote to Shaw and requested information identifying the assignee at the relevant time. Shaw Communications identified the user as the appellant’s sister. The police obtained a warrant and searched her residence, where they seized the appellant’s computer. The appellant was charged with possession of child pornography and making child pornography available. 

An interesting case, especially when read against the scholarship that examines the Charter and PIPEDA implications of disclosing subscriber data absent a court order.

Jan 7, 2014

"Canadian carriers detect over 125 million attacks per hour on Canadians, comprising 80,000 new zero-day exploits identified every day. The vast majority of attacks are undetectable by traditional security software/hardware."

– From “The Canadian Cyber Security Situation in 2011

Jul 9, 2013

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