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RCI Cybermagazine

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Episode date 24 October 2012
Interviews and reports
Vigilantes on the net?
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It’s another new term being used by regulars on the internet.  It’s called “doxing”..or collecting or scrutinizine “documents” in this case web sites, postings, forums etc.… in order to gather information on other internet users. 

It’s a term used in the context of trying to reveal the identity of otherwise anonymous posters on the internet. It’s a more a case of detective work as opposed to outright hacking, although some hacking may be involved.  People doing the doxing search for identity clues throughout the internet and by piecing them together can come up with a location, or sometimes even the complete identity of another poster.

In one case, through doxing,  someone was able to reveal the name of a Texan who was posting sexually suggestive material on Reddit. The man later admitted he was the poster, but has claimed that revealing his identity, or “outing” him has violated his right to free speech.

Recently there was a tragic case of a young Canadian girl, Amanda Todd, who felt so bullied on the internet, that she took her own life.   Now someone posing as a member of the online hactivist group “Anonymous” revealed what they claim is name of her cyber bully. However, police say the person named has no involvement.

It’s all posing some new ethical questions about activity on the web.  RCI’s Marc Montgomery spoke with David Murakami Wood, who is a professor of sociology in the Surveillance Studies department of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario
Democracy in crisis
Democracy in Canada is in crisis. That's one of the conclusions of a column in the October 24 edition of iPolitics by Don Lenihan, the Vice President, Engagement at the Public Policy Forum, a not for profit organization in Ottawa.

In "Democracy in crisis: the pundits speak out" Lenihan looks at where Canada's democracy is at now, how we got there, and what we can do about it.

In a wide ranging conversation RCI's Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Don Lenihan shortly after the publication of his column about the systemic changes affecting democracy in Canada and elsewhere.
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Canada's PM Stephen Harper second official visit to India, 3-9 November
Photo AP Photo/Saurabh Das
Prime Minister Stephen Harper this week announced that he will travel to India from November 3 to 9, 2012 with a number of ministers, and business and cultural representatives. [...]
Someone Got Their Message in a Bottle
Nine-year-old Oisin Millea of Passage East, Ireland, found the message-in-a-bottle tossed into the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2004.
And they will be going to visit Oisin Millea, the boy who found it in Ireland. It all began 8 years ago, when Charlaine Dalpe and Claudia Garneau were 12 year-old best friends on vacation, in the Gaspe town of Grande Vallee. [...]
Canadian Census and languages in Canada
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The results of CanadaĆ¢€™s 2011 census show that official bilingualism in Canada is not growing. The results of this latest census show that 17.5% of Canadians say they can conduct a conversation in both English and French, barely changed from the 17.4% in the 2006 census. [...]
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