Last week I tweeted the troubling news that a Byron Sonne, computer security professional and member of Toronto’s HackLab community, was arrested for suspicious activities. I’m grateful that Jesse Brown followed up on this story yesterday in the latest episode of my favourite Canadian podcast.
I highly recommend listening to this episode; it features an interview with Internet Strategist Jessie Hirsh, who maintans that Sonne was deliberately monitoring the security apparatus surrounding the G20 for the purpose of criticism. It may not have been the best idea, but there’s doesn’t seem to be any compelling evidence that Sonne posed any legitimate security threat. Yet Sonne remains in custody. His girlfriend, a local visual artist, was also arrested then subsequently released on bail.
I’m grateful that Search Engine is covering this story because Canadian newspapers are doing a pretty piss-poor job of it.
The Globe & Mail is showing their true colours — or at least their aging, out of touch demographic — by publishing a photo of Sonne ominously lit by the eerie blue light of his computer monitor. Because nothing says terrorist cyber-hacker like a blue screen of death.
The Toronto Star has their heart in the right place but inadvertently reveals the subtle racism that so many Canadians are guilty of. It’s all in their headline: ‘Middle-aged white guy’ doesn’t fit terrorist profile.
The National Post sticks to the facts, but at least knows how to use Google…
I’m aware that the police are still processing the hundreds of innocent people would-be terrorists they arrested over the weekend. But it’s been almost a week since Mr. Sonne was hauled off, and I think the public deserves some answers.
And Byron Sonne has been detained long enough.