Digital Wish List: Ron Deibert

Leading up to the 2008 Canadian federal election, Spark presents Canada's Digital Wish List. We're asking people who work in technology and innovation to tell us what they think Canada needs to do now in order to be considered a major innovator in the future.

Ron Deibert teaches Political Science and runs the Citizen Lab at the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto. He's the co-founder of the OpenNet Initative, a research project which aims to uncover and analyse internet censorship and surveillance worldwide. You might have heard of him through his work with psiphon, a tool that transforms the average home computer into an encrypted server so internet users in countries where the web is censored can access blocked sites. Ron stopped by recently to fill us in on his digital wishlist for this election. What he really wants to see from the candidates is a more serious position on international human rights online, support for innovation in culture and the arts, and a pledge to keep the net neutral.

You can listen to Ron's wish list here. You can also watch Nora's full interview with Ron, or download the Quicktime version.

Check back for more digital wish lists, and make sure to add your wish to the list.


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