Thursday, 16 February 2012

Twitter Tell All

The Conservatives wanted to enact a bill that would allow law enforcement to get access to your IP address, your phone number, your physical address and your name all without a warrant. They went so far as to say “If you are not with us [in supporting this bill] you are with the child pornographers”. In protest Canadians took to twitter and tweeted Public Safety Minister Vic Toews their secrets. Including:

“Hey @ToewsVic, I lost an email from my work account yesterday. Can I get your copy? #TellVicEverything #VicsBackupService”

“@ToewsVic i bought my glasses online. #tellviceverything”

Now the Conservative government is backing off this bill and want to look at re-writing it, to include a warrant component. I’m glad the Conservatives have seen reason. The only thing that lets me sleep at night while knowing how much information Google has on me is that Google is not the government, yet.

But I’m rather sad I didn’t get to tweet Vic Toews about my licit reading of marketing websites, or about my countless hours spent on Workopolis. Or perhaps, the most scandalous yet, me searching for the themes of “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” at 2:00 o’clock in the morning. I wanted to see if I was the only one who read misogynistic undertones in the novel: I wasn’t.    


  1. I didn't hear about this whole thing until this afternoon which was very disappointing! So funny about people taking it to Twitter. I must say...Im actually proud us Canadians stood up for once and fought back! Usually we are pretty passive when it comes to politics...I mean just look at how we let Bill C-11 just pass us by until the Americans started fighting against SOPA.

  2. It was pretty radical legislation. I just think it was such a clever way to express dissatisfaction. If it had been a few angry tweets I wonder if it would have been as effective. I think the humour of it made it into a movement. (I say movement but I don’t know how many people actually tweeted).