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Harper's proposed cyber-surveillance reforms

2011-10-13

Queen’s University sociology professor David Murakami Wood is available to discuss the Conservative government’s proposed cyber-surveillance reforms, commonly known as "Lawful Access" legislation.

Dr. Murakami Wood is a part of OpenMedia.ca, an organization against the proposed changes that form part of the Conservatives’ sweeping criminal law reform package. The changes would allow law enforcement officials to seize the personal information of Internet users without a warrant, while requiring web service providers to install surveillance equipment and software on their networks.

“This is really about a wider campaign for the government to control the Internet. There is an anxiety about the way the Internet is opening up. There are so many opportunities for uncontrolled freedom of expression and uncontrolled freedom to share information. That lack of control is a real problem for many government agencies,” says Dr. Murakami Wood.

Dr. Murakami Wood is a member of The Surveillance Studies Centre at Queen’s University and an expert on the way governments monitor their citizens. He is also managing editor of Surveillance & Society, the international journal of surveillance studies.

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