Canada’s controversial C-30 bill, the Protecting Children from Online Predators Act, has received an extreme backlash. Law Professor Michael Geist writes that the bill’s Section 14 “gives the government a stunning array of powers to order an ISP or telecom provider to install surveillance capabilities ‘in a manner and within a time’ specified by the government.”
Reporters Without Borders has responded to the bill saying, “The fight against online child pornography is a legitimate aim, but it should not be waged at the expense of protecting rights and freedoms on the Internet”.
EFF reports that the bill has been put on “pause” in response to the backlash and has encouraged netizens to keep the pressure on the government to not pass this overreaching bill into law.
The Australian government has proposed that blogs with annual readerships of over 15,000 or more should be monitored.
Numerous media outlets including the Telegraph, the Toronto Globe and Mail, and the Associated Press reported that acclaimed journalists Rémi Ochlik and Marie Colvin were killed by the Syrian Army and that they may have been surveilled through their satellite phones.