On November 23rd a black bloc of about 20 anti-capitalists gathered at Westlake park from there marched on the Amazon Spheres. The following is personal account and analysis from the perspective of an anarchist outside of the core groups that called for the action.
From Ears and Eyes
When cops decide to spy on us using surveillance devices such as hidden microphones and cameras or GPS trackers, they need to get the devices from somewhere. It seems that they often buy these devices from private companies. The companies that manufacture and market those devices are part of what we call the surveillance industry.
From North Shore Counter-Info, Hamilton, Ontario (From The Tower’s Facebook)
In the few days since the counter-demo against the Bernier event at Mohawk College, there has been an intense backlash against antifascists. In particular, we see as particularly vile the targeting of an organizer based in Toronto named Alaa, who immigrated to Canada from Syria. We are enraged to see him subjected to racist insults and threats targeting both himself and his family. This backlash has latched on to a video of an elderly person having an uncomfortable few minutes and being slightly delayed. This person experienced no harm, she’s fine, and afterwards went to a bunch of media outlets where she made comments about how her interest in Bernier stems from concerns about the Middle East, specifically Syrians, and how they have different values from ours.
From It's Going Down
On this episode of the It’s Going Down podcast, we spoke with Bill Budington, a long-time anarchist and senior staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) based out of the San Francisco Bay area about government and corporate surveillance and how to build up electronic self-defense on your phone, on your computer. and to defend your data. We also got to nerd out on many applications that many of use everyday; from Signal to Protonmail.
Signal is an encrypted messaging service that has been around in different forms for about 10 years. Since then, I have seen the software widely adopted by anarchist networks across Canada and the United States. More and more, for better and for worse, our interpersonal and group conversations have moved onto the Signal platform, to the extent that it has become the dominant way anarchists communicate with each other on this continent, with very little public debate about the implications.
From Anarchy Bang
Anarchy Bang is a weekly call in talk show where we sit around the digital campfire and talk about our favorite topics. This week we will try to have an anarchist conversation about technology. It is a system, it is the decisions we make every day and it about the question of whether there is any affirmative action worth making regarding the way we manipulate the world. It also has a rich anarchist history of advocates and enemies. We ask ourselves if it is also a topic about right and wrong, and what does a post-pandora worldview look like? Extra credit this week to questions that include the Luddites as (failed?) modernist experiment, the neo-Luddites as an example of taking personal responsibility for systematic problems, and like usual Christian "lack" thinking ruining everything.