Internet and Surveillance

Reporters Without BordersReporters Without Borders defends imprisoned journalists and press freedom throughout the world, as well as the right to inform the public and to be informed, in accordance with Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Reporters Without Borders has nine national sections (in Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom), representatives in Abidjan, Bangkok, Istanbul, Montreal, Moscow, New York, Tokyo and Washington and more than a hundred correspondents worldwide. gives Canada decent marks in their “Internet Under Surveillanceâ€? report. With a DAI (Digital Access Index) of 0.7 — 0 is abysmal and 1 is perfect–

Canada is one of the world’s 10 countries best-connected to the Internet. Though just as advanced in this way as its neighbour, the United States, it goes much less far in monitoring online activity. The government has chosen consultation and dialogue with the private sector and civil society.

They raise a caveat because of Bangoura v. The Washington Post, 2004 CanLII 26246 (ON S.C.), the appeal in which was heard in March. [UPDATE: and the judgment in which was released this very day, according to the comment below, which provides the link.]


  1. Just to let you know that Bangoura decision by the COurt of Appeal was released today.

  2. Talk about good timing! Thanks, Law Student. I’m going to edit my original text and point to your comment below.