Thursday, November 03, 2005

Who will watch the watchers?

At first, with the stylized maple leaf, I thought it was a promotion for the new Maclean's design, particularly since the ad was on the Maclean's website. But no, it's for a new service called Canada's National Cybertipline (, whereby you can turn people in for crimes against...we're not sure. Look at the website and draw your own conclusions.

The service (?) sprang from Child Find Manitoba and has a five-year funding agreement with the Department of Canadian Heritage. Its partners include the likes of Bell Canada and Microsoft. But even with those antecedents, the idea of an online team of vigilantes, no matter how well-meaning and laudable their aim, creeps me out.


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