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Rogers Calls for End to VPNs

At a conference on 26 February 2015, a Rogers executive called for the Canadian government to shut down VPNs. Here is Dr. Michael Geist’s take on the matter. VPNs, or “virtual private networks”, are a technology used to securely link two physically non-connected networks, and make it is as though the two were one seamless network […]

FCC Votes for Net Neutrality

Just in case Jon forgets to put this little story in News of the Week for next week 😉 FCC votes for net neutrality, a ban on paid fast lanes, and Title II Cheers!

Tuesday, March 3rd Discussion

Next week, I hope to lead the class through a discussion comparing the differences (if any) between creativity and innovation and how these two terms are applied with reference to computer software and biotechnology. If you have an opportunity, please skim through: Dennis S Karjala, “Protecting Innovation in Computer Software, Biotechnology, and Nanotechnology” (2011) 16 […]

Legal Podcast on UGC

For those of you who haven’t heard of This Week in Law, its a really interesting american legal podcast about technology. This episode seemed particularly relevant to our discussions of UGC, and legal restrictions on it.

Data States This article encapsulates a lot of the themes I raised during my presentation on privacy – particularly in the sense of shifting our understanding of tech giants, from mere service/efficiency providers to something more. The author suggests that ‘something more’ is to view these tech giants as Data States. And I think this quote relates that […]

Power Rangers & Fair Use

Some of you may have seen the “grimdark” Power Rangers fan film that has been circulating around the internet lately. It was produced by Adi Shankar, who has produced similar fan films involving copyrighted characters like Venom or The Punisher in the past. The underlying legal justification for doing so is fair use, but as […]


“Many people I’ve talked to say that they’re careful about what they type into search engines because they know that it’s being recorded. And that limits the boundaries of their intellectual exploration” – Edward Snowden. The quote above is from Citizenfour, an Oscar-winning documentary that was finally released on iTunes today. I can’t recommend it […]

Violation of privacy by government

In class today Jon mentioned one study showing that people now trust their own judgment (online search engine) more than traditional media. I came across with two articles with different views on violation of privacy by the government. We can exercise our own judgment and see which one we agree with more. In the first […]

Class 7 Slides; February 24, 2015

Class 7 Slides; February 24, 2015

Here they are… jon

The Lenovo and SSL/TLS Nightmare

The Lenovo and SSL/TLS Nightmare

In under a year, two horrible incidents (that I can recall) involving SSL/TLS have made the news (I’ll place a link to the older one in the comments). As a cryptography nerd, that makes me happy. SSL/TLS is a protocol that protects online communication. It ensures that your communications are encrypted end-to-end (e.g., only you and […]