Michael Riordon

the view from where I live

The Cloud-Shroud

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Storm cloudsAs it goes in the US, so it goes in the northern colony, Canada.  Details have leaked about vast federal trawling of metadata from our phones and computers, in collusion with the giant corporations that control all electronic communications.

Fatal illusion:  “If I don’t do anything wrong, I have nothing to fear.”  Problem: who decides what’s right or wrong?  Same gang that do the trawling.  They are notoriously fickle, and hungry for targets.

OpenMedia.ca is on the case.  A smart, vital citizens’ organization, it does excellent work.  Check out their current initiative here.  And pass it on.  The more we know, the freer we are.

(This story will be pursued in Bacon’s Garden: doing science in dangerous times.  Expect it in spring 2014, from Between the Lines, print and ebook.)

Author: Michael Riordon

Canadian writer and documentary-maker Michael Riordon writes/ directs/produces books and articles, audio, video and film documentaries, plays for radio and stage. A primary goal of his work is to recover voices and stories of people who have been silenced or marginalized, written out of the official version: First Nations (aboriginal) youth, Mozambican farmers, inmates in Canadian prisons, traditional healers in Fiji, queer folk across Canada, Guatemalan labour activists. Michael also leads courses, workshops and seminars for community organizations, trade unions, schools, colleges and universities.

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