At work, I’m often referred to as the ‘neo-luddite‘ because I don’t advocate the rapid adoption of new technologies for their own sake, nor do I adhere to the position that technologies are inherently value neutral. In fact, I think that technologies are typically inscribed with a particular value-orientation; this orientation is not necessarily the one that is expressed at the technology’s creation. I think that there should be genuine thought and caution advanced when developing technologies that could be destructive to various facets of social life. With the introduction of new technologies comes the possibilities of reshaping cultural traditions, and sure a reshaping shouldn’t be done without at least some forethought. This shouldn’t be taken to mean that I see technology as adding to, or detracting from, a culture, but rather that accompanying a new technology’s adoption is a new cultural system with its own unique environmental characteristics. The world with cellphones isn’t the world as it was, plus cell phones, but instead is an entirely different techno-cultural world. We need to be mindful of the potency of new technologies to reshape facets of our lives through the transmutation or abolition of our traditions – doing otherwise is irresponsible to ourselves and the other members of our society.
Canadian SIGINT Summaries
The Canadian SIGINT Summaries includes downloadable copies, along with summary, publication, and original source information, of leaked CSE documents.
- Parsons, Christopher; and Molnar, Adam. (2021). “Horizontal Accountability and Signals Intelligence: Lesson Drawing from Annual Electronic Surveillance Reports,” David Murakami Wood and David Lyon (Eds.), Big Data Surveillance and Security Intelligence: The Canadian Case.
- Parsons, Christopher. (2021). “Canada’s Proposed Privacy Law Reforms Are Not Enough: A Path to Improving Organizational Transparency and Accountability,” Citizen Lab.
- Parsons, Christopher. (2020). “Huawei & 5G: Clarifying the Canadian Equities and Charting a Strategic Path Forward,” Citizen Lab.
- Knockel, Jeffrey; Parsons, Christopher; Ruan, Lotus; Xiong, Ruohan; Crandall, Jedidah; and Deibert, Ron. (2020). “We Chat, They Watch: How International Users Unwittingly Build up WeChat’s Chinese Censorship Apparatus,” Citizen Lab.
- Gold, Josh; Parsons, Christopher; and Poetranto, Irene. (2020). “Canada’s Scattered and Uncoordinated Cyber Foreign Policy: A Call for Clarity,” Just Security.
- Parsons, Christopher; and Gold, Josh. (2020). “A Deep Dive into Canada’s Overhaul of Its Foreign Intelligence and Cybersecurity Laws,” Just Security.
- Parsons, Christopher; Molnar, Adam; Dalek, Jakub; Knockel, Jeffrey; Kenyon, Miles; Haselton, Bennett; Khoo, Cynthia; and Deibert, Ronald. (2019). “The Predator in Your Pocket: A Multidisciplinary Assessment of the Stalkerware Application Industry,” Citizen Lab.
- Gill, Lex; Israel, Tamir; and Parsons, Christopher. (2018). “Shining a Light on the Encryption Debate: A Canadian Field Guide,” Citizen Lab.
- Parsons, Christopher; Hilts, Andrew; and Crete-Nishihata, Masashi. (2018). “Approaching Access: A comparative analysis of company responses to data access requests in Canada,” Citizen Lab.
- Parsons, Christopher; Gill, Lex; Israel, Tamir; Robinson, Bill; and Deibert, Ron. (2017). “Analysis of the Communications Security Establishment Act and Related Provisions in Bill C-59 (An Act respecting national security matters), First Reading (December 18, 2017),” Citizen Lab // CIPPIC.
- Molnar, Adam; Parsons, Christopher; Zoauve, Erik. (2017). “Computer network operations and ‘rule-with-law’ in Australia,” Internet Policy Review6(1).
- Parsons, Christopher; and Molnar, Adam. (2017). “Government Surveillance Accountability: The Failures of Contemporary Canadian Interception Reports,” Canadian Journal of Law and Technology 16(1).
- Parsons, Christopher. (2017). “The (In)effectiveness of Voluntarily Produced Transparency Reports,” Business & Society.
- Parsons, Christopher; and Israel, Tamir. (2016). “Why We Need to Re-evaluate How We Share Intelligence Data With Allies,” Just Security, February 2016.
- Parsons, Christopher; Israel, Tamir. (2016). “Gone Opaque? An Analysis of Hypothetical IMSI Catcher Overuse in Canada,” Citizen Lab – Telecom Transparency Project // CIPPIC.
- Parsons, Christopher. (2015). “Beyond Privacy: Articulating the Broader Harms of Pervasive Mass Surveillance,” Media and Communication 3(3).
- Parsons, Christopher. (2015). “Stuck on the Agenda: Drawing lessons from the stagnation of ‘lawful access’ legislation in Canada,” Michael Geist (ed.), Law, Privacy and Surveillance in Canada in the Post-Snowden Era (Ottawa University Press).
- Parsons, Christopher. (2015). “The Governance of Telecommunications Surveillance: How Opaque and Unaccountable Practices and Policies Threaten Canadians,” Telecom Transparency Project.
- Parsons, Christopher. (2015). “Beyond the ATIP: New methods for interrogating state surveillance,” in Jamie Brownlee and Kevin Walby (Eds.), Access to Information and Social Justice (Arbeiter Ring Publishing).
- Bennett, Colin; Parsons, Christopher; Molnar, Adam. (2014). “Forgetting and the right to be forgotten” in Serge Gutwirth et al. (Eds.), Reloading Data Protection: Multidisciplinary Insights and Contemporary Challenges.
- Bennett, Colin, and Parsons, Christopher. (2013). “Privacy and Surveillance: The Multi-Disciplinary Literature on the Capture, Use, and Disclosure of Personal information in Cyberspace” in W. Dutton (Ed.), Oxford Handbook of Internet Studies.
- McPhail, Brenda; Parsons, Christopher; Ferenbok, Joseph; Smith, Karen; and Clement, Andrew. (2013). “Identifying Canadians at the Border: ePassports and the 9/11 legacy,” in Canadian Journal of Law and Society 27(3).
- Parsons, Christopher; Savirimuthu, Joseph; Wipond, Rob; McArthur, Kevin. (2012). “ANPR: Code and Rhetorics of Compliance,” in European Journal of Law and Technology 3(3).