Cyberfacsism, Canadian-Style

Big Mountie is watching you, eh? Documents obtained by Motherboard from Ontario’s Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services (MCSCS) through an access to information request show that at least two provinces—Ontario and Saskatchewan—maintain a “Risk-driven Tracking Database” that is used to amass highly sensitive information about people’s lives. … Information about people believed to be “at risk” of becoming criminals or victims of harm is shared between civilian agencies and police and is added to the database when a person is being evaluated for a rapid intervention intended to lower their risk levels. Interventions can range from a door … Continue reading Cyberfacsism, Canadian-Style

Sorry, you’ve reached your social credit limit

China has blocked millions of “discredited” travellers from buying plane or train tickets as part of the country’s controversial “social credit” system aimed at improving the behaviour of citizens. This is where ubiquitous surveillance by the state (directly or via contractors) eventually leads.  This is why you shouldn’t trust the folks who want to dispossess you of your car; their motives are not what they professs. Tip from the Instapundit, who predicts some Chinese people will find their social credit card inoperable in the bread lines of the near future. Continue reading Sorry, you’ve reached your social credit limit

The War Against Big Brother

Today I begin a series of posts of observations and comments about what I call cyber fascism, the harnessing of ubiquitous information technology to impose political, commercial, and social control over much of the developed and developing world. My first real inkling of the enormity of our situation came as I prepared material for a course I teach in statistical methods, where we discuss the ethics of experiments with human subjects, informed consent, and data protection and privacy.  I quickly learned that despite well-intentioned efforts like The Belmont Report or the ASA’s Ethical Guidelines, the world of data privacy is … Continue reading The War Against Big Brother