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There’s something very powerful about splitting up a huge task into tiny pieces and making it easy for people to work on the particular chunks. In hopes to demonstrate how this is done, cyberfreedom.ca is now launched to demonstrate Operation: Beehive. It is still very much a work in progress, but the seed is planted. A lot of basic questions need to be answered, but there’s lots to come!

What is Cyberfreedom.ca?

Canadian Cyber Freedom is intended to be a resource for Canadians to identify legislative attacks on their digital autonomy and privacy. The site is a beehive because it’s using a version-control system git to manage changes. Once changes are accepted, they are automatically integrated with the site. Anyone is free to clone the repository and start making their own changes. Once they’ve published their version of the repository (or sent it directly) their updates can be integrated into the project.

The idea of keeping up with, and extensively detailing all the ways in which the government of Canada is working to undermine Canadians digital liberty is overwhelming. The hope is to recruit motivated volunteers to assist with building a resource that will help Canadians engage with their representatives to turn the tide in favor of liberty. While total success would be wonderful, even enough engagement to demonstrate the tactic would go a long way to change the game.

Why all the fuss?

Many hands make light work. The ability to get many people working together in a decentralized way is severely underestimated. The goal is to exemplify a process that with a little learning, allows everyone to maximize their own ability to contribute to larger projects.
The major challenges are two-fold:

  1. The project has to be deliberately setup with this kind of workflow in mind. Some data formats or ways of managing information become much more complicated as projects gain participants or become larger.
  2. It does require a bit of learning on the behalf of volunteers, in exchange for learning a useful skill, they’re able to build things that would be impossible for individuals.

On the other hand, there are also many advantages:

What can be Accomplished?

Demonstrating how to decentralize collaboration online and offline is a phenomenal asset to those who wish to endure and oppose total top-down control. The goal is to primarily demonstrate how a task that appears to be too large to take on can be relatively simply transformed into a goldmine of opportunity for all involved. If this process was better understood, the broader community could adopt this model towards creating resources for other kinds of important issues.

Of course, it would be wonderful if cyberfreedom.ca becomes the go-to resource to equip Canadians to engage with their elected officials to gain new ground for digital autonomy in Canada. With a bit of effort this resource could track terrible legislation before it has time to pass and give citizens the confidence to oppose it together. If this proves successful, it would be even possible for people to write new proposals that would greatly enhance the privacy and free expression rights on Canadians.

Thank you: A Personal Note

I want to thank everyone reading this at the moment, it’s been a very rough start for me but I am very excited for the future of this and other projects. I hope that even if you can’t contribute time that you’re willing to at least share the idea with others, so that we can all start to bring meaningful change together. Whether you’re reading this via email, the website, or RSS feed your support has meant a great deal and your feedback means a great deal.

Gabriel

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Published: Jan 21 2024
Tags: Operation: Beehive Canadian Cyber Freedom Activism Government Canada

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