p2pnet news view Freedom | P2P:- Canada’s Privacy Commissioner has launched an important new P2P site to give detailed and in-depth information on DPI, Deep Packet Inspection or, as p2pnet prefers to call it, Deep Privacy Invasion.
“Deep packet inspection is just one seemingly neutral technological application that can have a significant impact on privacy rights and other basic civil liberties, especially as market forces, the enthusiasm of technologists and the influence of national security interests grow stronger.”
That’s the opening statement on the project launched by Privacy Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart.
Created as a resource on DPI, the site “grew out of a desire at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada to understand more about a technology that has application in network traffic management, behavioural advertising, and law enforcement,” says director of research, education and outreach, Colin McKay, going on »»
In the summer and fall of 2008, we contacted leading academics and professionals working in telecommunications, law, privacy, civil liberties and computer science to ask if they would contribute a short essay to a project we were planning a project that would help Canadians understand the impact of just one component of the technology that underlies our networked society.
This site presents the work of these academics, lawyers, researchers, activists and industry professionals. We value the time they invested in preparing their essays, and we are happy to present their work in a format that will, hopefully, encourage further discussion around deep packet inspection and similar technologies.
Equally important,the site was developed with sharing in mind, says McKay, inviting anyone who has something to say to contribute through a written comment, or by voting on the essay.
“We have built in links to some of the more popular content sharing services, in case you think some or all of the essays should be brought to the attention of friends, colleagues, legislators or others,” he adds, also asking people to get in touch with him directly at cmckay @ privcom dot gc.ca.
Contributors so far include Susan Crawford, mooted as special assistant to president Barack Obama for science, technology, and innovation policy, Ronald Deibert, associate professor of political science and director of the Citizen Lab at the Munk Centre for International Studies, University of Toronto, and co-founder and director of the OpenNet Initiative and Information Warfare Monitor projects, and »»
Maxim Weinstein leads the StopBadware project (http://www.stopbadware.org/) at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. In this role, he has spoken on malware policy and user education at conferences hosted by the Federal Trade Commission, the Anti-Spyware Coalition, and the Messaging Anti-Abuse Working Group. He also serves on the anti-phishing and K-12 education task forces of the National Cyber Security Alliance. Prior to joining Berkman, Maxim worked in a variety of positions involving technology, communications, education, and leadership across a range of industries. He is a graduate of Tufts University, from which he earned a master’s degree in teaching and a bachelor’s degree in quantitative economics and environmental studies.
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