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Toronto the Watched
Transcript of Toronto the Watched
G20 and the surveilling of dissent Citizens Who? Corporations World
economies Finance Ministers +
Central Bank Governors:
EU + 19 countries (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Republic of Korea, Turkey, Britain, and the US)
90 percent of global output, 80 percent of world trade, and two-thirds of the world’s population
International Monetary Fund & Word Bank have a seat at the table Surveilling
(& curtailing) dissent Goal:
to join important industrialized & developing economies to synchronize global economy
make the world "safe for markets" & capitalism
focus on neoliberal economic reform: cutting deficits, cutting social spending & chopping public workers gains, which are ‘wasteful’ under this regime The week of June 21-28 was a week of resistance, not a protest, but a declaration of world they wish to live in, filled with justice, dignity, self-determination & aid These summits are undemocratic fronts that seek to legitimize a corporate vision for our world that puts profits and the unfettered pursuit of wealth ahead of people, the communities we live in and the environment that sustains us.”
~Mary Folinsbee,TCMN Watching back: Sousveillance & social justice "Advanced economies have committed to fiscal plans that will at least halve deficits by 2013 and stabilize or reduce government debt-to-GDP ratios by 2016" ~ G20 Toronto Summit Declaration Neo-liberalism:
reduction of social welfare
elimination of concept of "public good" Police state:
police lied about a temporary law that the province enacted in secret granting new police powers (no 5 metre rule)
largest mass arrest in Canadian history (1105)
War Measures Act of 1970 Canadian Civil Liberties Association:
police conduct was "disproportionate, arbitrary and excessive [and] failed to demonstrate commitment to Canada’s constitutional values."
http://ccla.org "Age of Austerity" cuts to social programming & further privatization of health & education
Redirection of public tax dollars into military-prison complex
Continued corporate welfare e.g. bank bailouts Surveillance Studies Centre * Queen's University Toronto the Watched:
G20 and the surveilling of dissent Faculty of Information
University of Toronto
www:geeksandglobaljustice.com Kate Milberry "B20" "Global CEOs offering the most current economic and industry data, in addition to advice."
~ John Manley, CEO,Canadian Council of Chief Executives U of T? "Universities are sites for critical engagement and debate. U of T as a place of higher learning, should be encouraging dialogue and engagement on the role of the G8/G20 and the future of our planet. Instead, administrators are prohibiting access to the campus, stifling dialogue and fostering a climate of fear."
(signatories: U of T Student Union, CUPE, OPIRG, Centre for Women & Trans People, individual faculty members) Infiltration:
police infiltrated the lower levels of a militant Quebec anarchist group
Year-long investigation/ infiltration of SOAR by 2 undercover members of the Joint Intelligence Group 1920s "pinko" threat
1960s Civil Rights Movement
1970s Countercultral Revolution (COINTELPRO)
1980s Environmental movement
1990s Anti-Globalization movement Harassement:
Following, insulting, taunting demonstrators
"Snatch & grabs"of key organizeres
Illegal stops & searches
Bogus arrests & charges
>> 1105 arrested
>> 304 charged
>> 230 still facing charges
>> 110+ are conspiracy charges
>> a handful still in jail Profiling:
People of colour
Political statement makers e.g. "Fuck the G20"tshirts
"Freaky lookers" "Strategies of Containment"
Many reports of police visting known activists at work and home
"Predictive policing" - goal is intimidation
Cybersurveillance: monitoring of Facebook, Twitter & other online spaces & networks
Anedotal accounts of email sniffing North America has a long history of using the law & law enforcement to suppress activists and political dissidents. Who is a "protester"?
the poor and working poor
educators 40,000 still images & countless hours of video footage, from surveillance cameras, plainsclothes officers & public crowd-sourced counter-surveillance
bloggers & other social media mavens Sousveillance:
coined by Steve Mann
describes the recording of an activity from the perspective of a participant
by way of small portable or wearable recording devices that often stream continuous live video to the Internet. Inverse surveillance:
is a subset of sousveillance
emphasizes "watchful vigilance from underneath"
a form of surveillance inquiry or legal protection involving the recording, monitoring, study, or analysis of surveillance systems, proponents of surveillance, and possibly also recordings of authority figures and their actions.
undertaken by those who are the subject of surveillance Open-source spying Natalie Gray freedom of speech
freedom of association
freedom of assembly
freedom of the press EFF, found out through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, that federal agents use social networking sites to gather valuable information from and about suspects:
Reveal personal communications
Establish motives and personal relationships
Provide location information
Prove and disprove alibis
Establish crime or criminal enterprise Facebook is "often cooperative with emergency requests."
Twitter "will not preserve data without legal process."
(EFF FOI request)