CALGARY, March 13, 2013 /CNW/ - Recent evidence shows Canada faces
increased cyber threats both from within and abroad. But is the country
prepared to protect itself and what will this protection look like?
In a report published today by The School of Public Policy, author Ron
Deibert argues that Canada has potential to be a global leader in cyber
security, but this opportunity is being squandered because of the lack
of a clear strategy in this area. "Canada should be forging a leading
position in global cyberspace governance and security," Deibert writes.
"We certainly stand among those with the most to lose should cyberspace
continue its spiral into censorship, securitization, militarization,
The author indicates that Internet usage will increasingly belong to the
global South and East, where freedom is an unsettled and elusive
concept. If Canada truly seeks to guard against the Internet falling
captive to the controls sought by repressive regimes, such as those in
China and Russia, it will have to offer the world an alternative vision
that demonstrates dedication to Internet freedom, Deibert argues. He
calls his vision for Canada "distributed security."
To fulfill this vision, Deibert argues, Canada will need to eschew
traditional top-down, state-centred models of security here at home.
Otherwise, the country will only legitimize the actions of regimes
abroad when they bring their own state powers to censor Internet
communications. He contends that the Canadian government should show a
commitment towards reducing state controls and surveillance,
encouraging greater transparency and checks on state power over the
Internet, while enhancing privacy protections.
"Canadian cyber-security strategy should set an example by opening up
the black box of intelligence and national security agencies,
subjecting them to far greater scrutiny and oversight as a template for
other countries to follow," he writes.
Deibert also argues that Canada should give careful consideration to how
much we tolerate our Canadian technology developers continuing to
supply tools of repression to the foreign regimes who seek to dominate
their own people.
Apart from these domestic measures, Canada should also look to develop
its foreign policy related to cyberspace, according to Deibert. The
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade could build a
broad community of like-minded states to promote their common approach
to cyber security.
The report can be found at www.policyschool.ucalgary.ca/publications
SOURCE: The School of Public Policy - University of Calgary
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