Why don't Canadians care about digital surveillance?

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

This year’s revelations that the federal electronic surveillance unit, Communications Security Establishment Canada (CSEC), had conducted domestic spying operations on the Canadian public was largely met with apathy and calm, according to media critic Jesse Brown. Contrast this with the uproar and anxiety Americans demonstrated when news about the NSA’s surveillance activities broke.

Why don’t Canadians care about surveillance?

Brown takes an in-depth look at this question in his article for CJFE’s fifth annual Review of Free Expression in Canada. As he considers whom to hold responsible for public indifference towards domestic security issues, his critical take on Canadian media coverage of digital surveillance leaves us with a sobering reminder: “remember who writes our headlines.”

View the entire article below, or download the PDF.

Read the full 2013-14 Review of Free Expression in Canada.