Vancouver's OpenMedia.ca has launched three PSA-style videos as part of a citizen-led public education campaign to raise awareness about impending electronic surveillance laws. The Conservative government is putting the finishing touches on a set of bills that will force every phone and Internet provider to surrender Canadians’ personal information to authorities without a warrant.
In a recent survey, 8 out of 10 Canadians were opposed to the legislation. This is reinforced by the fact that OpenMedia's videos have combined for over 11,000 views with more than 300 "likes"—and just 1 "dislike." That's a positive feedback percentage of 99.7.
“Where does it end? Are we going to let authorities look at our emails, our Facebook conversations, our phone discussions?” said OpenMedia.ca Executive Director Steve Anderson.
Working with OpenMedia.ca, concerned citizens have produced several video and audio PSAs. The PSAs have been sent to media outlets across the country and shared online using social media. OpenMedia.ca has just sent the videos to its 540,000 pro-Internet community.
“The government has failed to inform Canadians about the privacy and critical data security implications of the invasive online spying bills they’re tabling,” says Steve. “This is irresponsible and we’re happy to see citizens step up to the plate to educate their fellow Canadians at this pivotal moment. This legislation will essentially create a new mandatory Internet registry of private data and force Canadians to pay for it. Canadians simply want an open and affordable Internet; this legislation clearly takes this country in the wrong direction.”
Over 50,000 Canadians have already signed the Stop Online Spying petition.