The Information Policy Blog

The (unofficial) blog of the BCLA Information Policy Committee

Monthly Archives: October 2013

BCCLA Sues Canadian Government to Stop Illegal Spying

Canada’s CSEC agency isn’t as well known as its American counterpart, the NSA, but the Snowden leaks have brought them into the spotlight for their spying efforts. This spying has many questionable aspects, including economic espionage on Brazil, but even more concerning (if you’re Canadian) is how little we know about their spying on Canadians.

Not everyone is content to assume that things can’t be that bad in Canada. The BC Civil Liberties Association has launched a lawsuit against the Canadian government because of CSEC’s unaccountable illegal spying. This is a huge precedent-setting deal.

OpenMedia is organizing the public awareness campaign around this, as they’ve done with the stop online spying initiative (which the IPC is proud to remind you BCLA has signed onto).

There is loads of information on their sites for you to familiarize yourself with the issues, and to support these people who are fighting the legal fight for our rights to live unsurveilled.

Watch this space for more of what librarians specifically can do to help (and feel free to make suggestions here, on Twitter or wherever else you feel moved to).

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IPC Salon: Challenges of Funding & Sustaining Open Access – October 23

IPCSalon.001-001In celebration of Open Access Week 2013, BCLA’s Information Policy Committee is bringing back the IPC salon. Our salons are informal gatherings where interested people come together learn more about important (or just exciting!) issues around information policy. Fun, debate, and discussion are enthusiastically encouraged.

The IPC is very excited to welcome Brian Owen for our first salon; Brian will be speaking about “challenges of funding and sustaining open access initiatives”, with a discussion to follow.

When: Wednesday, October 23rd, 7pm

Where: Heartwood Community Cafe (formerly Rhizome – fully licensed, food available for purchase), 317 E. Broadway, Vancouver, BC

Who: Brian Owen is the Associate University Librarian for Technology Services and Special Collections at the SFU Library. He is also the Managing Director for the Public Knowledge Project (PKP), which, among other things, is responsible for the development and support of Open Journal Systems (OJS), an open source software publishing platform used by thousands of scholarly journals. He is an Associate with SFU’s Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing and SFU’s Master of Publishing Program. In 2012 he chaired the joint CARL/CRKN Open Access Working Group.

Please join us (and join us in thanking Allison Trumble for the work she’s been putting in as the IPC Salon Coordinator)!

BCLA joins the Protect Our Privacy coalition

In light of mounting concerns over user privacy and government surveillance of internet activity, the Intellectual Policy Committee is very pleased to announce the launch of the Protect Our Privacy coalition. We are also very proud to say that BCLA is a member – we are the first library association in Canada to participate in this effort.

In partnership with OpenMedia and dozens of other organizations around the country, the coalition centers on the following statement:

More than ever, Canadians need strong, genuinely transparent, and properly enforced safeguards to secure privacy rights. We call on Government to put in place effective legal measures to protect the privacy of every resident of Canada against intrusion by government entities.

Learn more at https://openmedia.ca/ourprivacy