No-Nonsense Guide to Global Surveillance

No-Nonsense Guide to Global Surveillance

By Robin Tudge



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Spying, once solely the domain of the KGB, CIA, CSIS, and MI5, has become part of everyday life. Governments routinely trawl our emails, closed-circuit security cameras follow us in malls, office buildings, and on street corners, while databases of our DNA and other personal details become larger all the time.

This No-Nonsense Guide provides a well-researched look into the history of surveillance and how the process is carried out today with the aid of technology and often, lack of express consent.

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This book carefully balances history and tradition with advocacy for reform…The audience for this book should include all Canadians, not just communications nerds, policy wonks, and working artists. Otherwise…we’ll get the culture that we deserve rather than the culture that we want.

– Quill & Quire

For anyone who wants a lucid, factual, reliable guide to some of the most important issues of our time, I strongly recommend you check out the No-Nonsense Guides.

– Howard Zinn, social activist and author of a A People’s History of America

It is time to reform Canada’s copyright law, and Canadian Copyright: A Citizen’s Guide reveals the path that this reform should take.

– Papers of the Bibliographical Society of Canada

Laura Murray and Sam Trosow walk us through the issues that are defining Canada’s place in the digital age. Find out where you stand in the battle between U.S. trade lobbyists and kids with an I-Pod.

– Charlie Angus, MP (Timmins-James Bay), cultural spokesman for the New Democratic Party and former lead singer with the Juno-nominated Grievous Angels

This well-written, forceful overview provides an excellent introduction to the history and contemporary issues of the world of surveillance and shows how we are all affected by its exponential growth—whether we want to be or not.

– Privacy International

Will remain an important text, regardless of changes to the letter of the law… What makes the project of this book entirely laudable is that it imagines Canadian citizenship in a contemporary milieu as something that invariably involves active cultural production as well as consumption.

– TOPIA, Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies

The No-Nonsense Guides target those topics that a large army of voters cares about, but that politicos evade.

– The Independent, London, U.K.

Canadian Copyright is an indispensable lay person’s guide through the practical, legal and philosophical copyright maze…Canadian Copyright is a much needed book.

– Paul Whitney, City Librarian, Vancouver Public Library, Chair of the Canadian Urban Library Council Copyright Committee

A splendid new series of pocketable guides to issue politics…rigorously clear.

– EM>The Guardian*, London, U.K.

An informative exploration of the various facets of copyright laws…The book [is] highly readable and relevant.

– Our Times

Students in my courses often don’t really know, or seem to care, about copyright–until we actually start discussing it. After that, the questions never end, as they realize the extent to which this issue permeates literally every aspect of our lives as citizens, consumers and media producers. Thanks to Murray & Trosow, we finally have a highly accessible guide to Canadian copyright that provides well-researched, and often fascinating, answers to many of these questions.

– Matt Soar, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Concordia University

Canadian Copyright should be in every art and design student’s backpack. It elegantly clarifies the law, its nuances and applications, while opening up opportunities for discussion of copyleft, appropriation and fair use. With sections on music, film and video, visual arts, craft and design, websites and digital rights, and current case examples, it is ideal as a text for use in Professional Practice courses. It is also fascinating, well constructed, and very readable.

– Johanna Householder, Professor, Faculty of Art, Ontario College of Art and Design

Murray and Trosow guide the reader through such murky waters with clarity, grace and good humour…should remain valuable for years to come.

– CAUT Bulletin

Copyright law is too important to leave to the lawyers alone…Highly recommended!

– David Bollier, author of Brand Name Bullies: The Quest to Own and Control Culture


Foreword by Gus Hosein
Chapter 1 A Day in the Life… ’Big Brother’ Today
Chapter 2 A Brief History of Surveillance
Chapter 3 The Death of Privacy
Chapter 4 The Dangers of ID Cards
Chapter 5 The Technology of Control
Chapter 6 Big Brother is Watching--and Making a Fat Profit
Chapter 7 The Politics of Fear
Chapter 8 Brave New World