A Closer Look at Canada’s Bad Dream

By Samantha L. Plesser, Esq.

Andrew Clement’s Fall 2014 article, “Canada’s Bad Dream,” reveals that Canadians, for geographic and historical reasons, have routinely been the focus of mass U.S. government surveillance. However, unlike Americans, who have constitutional protections in place to protect against these privacy invasions, Canadian citizens do not. As a result, over a third of Canadian communations is subject to NSA surveillance. Furthermore, Canada lacks a significant telecommunications infrastructure of its own, relying heavily on the U.S. for vital connections across its own borders. is a Canadian-based community organization that safeguards the possibilities of the open Internet. Its mission is to inform the citizens of Canada of their online rights, and through education, to protect those rights at home and abroad. The following materials were gathered to supplement our Fall article by the staff at, serving as a further reminder that there is an urgent need for Canada to separate itself from the existing infrastructure in place, should Canada wish to retain privacy for their citizenry.

This graphic, created by The Canadian Registration Authority (CIRA), illustrates the benefits of building more Internet Exchange Points (IXP Points) in Canada as seen through the lends of cost, security, and speed.

This infographic, created by OpenMedia.Org, visually depicts the many different ways that the government is able to collect information about private citizens through information transmitted across the Internet.

An extract from CIRA’s year’s annual report indicated that Canadians are online more than any other nation in the world.



Samantha L. Plesser, Esq. is an editorial assistant at World Policy Journal and is currently pursuing a masters at The Milano School of Nonprofit Management.

[Photo courtesy of The Canadian Internet Authority, CIRA,]


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