Canada Needs A Better Cyberspace Strategy

Canada needs its government to work on restraining the cyber-arms race, which is what some are calling the current, chaotic and dangerous phase of the Internet.

In an article on, Ian Munroe says Canada needs to join other countries in mitigating cybersecurity breaches like the one in late 2009, when Google discovered that hackers had broken into its Gmail application.

According to the article, Ronald Deibert, a cybersecurity expert at the University of Toronto, has called on the Canadian government to develop a cyberspace strategy that includes:

  • Fixing Canadian laws that foreign governments could use to justify controlling the web, such as with content filtering or online surveillance
  • Scrutinizing whether Canadian technology exports are being used by foreign governments to restrict Internet access
  • Encouraging “arms control in cyberspace” by, for example, proposing a UN treaty to make the Web more open and peaceful.


Diebert is one of the people advising Google in its dealings with China in response to the security breach in late 2009. According to the article, he said hackers went a step further than what was widely reported, “ostensibly trying to access directories of data that Google collects, as required by U.S. national security laws.”

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