Saturday, January 31, 2009

Watch Your Wireless Connection!

Because if you leave your wireless network unprotected and someone uses it to post provocative messages on discussion forums that are being investigated by the CHRC - the Privacy commission won't really care. Even if the evidence is clear, they'll find all sorts of excuses not to notice it, claiming that it might be just a coincidence...
For the Privacy Commission to conclude that there is “no evidence” of using Mr. Hechme’s connection is absurd IF one is interested in the testimony given at the CHRT last year. During the March 25, 2008 hearing, Dean Steacy admitted to being logged on to the “Jadewarr” account at the same time that Hechme’s IP address showed up on Stormfront’s logs. And not only that, but he indirectly refers to the Bell representative’s testimony about Hechme’s account to help him place the date and time when he logged in to Stormfront discussion board! (And we even have hard evidence from another case that indeed Steacy had logged in on December 8, 2006. See also Part A, Section 3C-5B of The Blogosphere Cross Examination.)
Looks like the Privacy commission simply doesn't want to disrupt the CHRC agents from doing their "noble" job of "fighting hate". So what if the person whose internet connection has been used may end up getting reprimanded by the ISP for violating the acceptable use policy? So what if by using someone else's connection, the HRC agents expose an innocent person to possible retaliation from the discussion forum owners (that may suspect the provocation) as well as from all sorts of "anti-hate" activists which may take the provocative message for real? So what if the owner of the unprotected network may eventually become a target of a "human rights" complaint for a message he's never written - unless the agent who posted the message admits his authorship? The most important is that we fight "hate speech" and enforce tolerance, isn't it?

Ladies and gentlemen, watch your wireless networks. Make sure nobody can connect without a password or a WEP key. And if you're not sure - contact your ISP.

1 comment:

cbaker432 said...

When I switched from a cable broadband connection to Portland’s Clear wireless network (www.clear.com/utm_source=bc) I was very concerned about protecting my computer. I use their city wide WiMAX connection all the time (I’m a student) and I’ve never run into any problems. They are as secure as any ISP I’ve used, and I really feel that having a secure ISP is the first step towards having a secure computer.