Access to Information denied

I filed a request under the Access to Information Act, for “All Information Available” – mostly, I was curious to see if my fraternization with Open Content Hippies or Open Source Radicals had placed me on any lists. I’d followed a link on Facebook (which I can’t find now, yay for no searchability in FB-land) with the link to the Government of Canada web page with the request process and form, and a note suggesting that the form would be disappearing soon.

So, I filled in a web form, gave them my credit card info (to pay for the processing fee), and 6 weeks later I get a boilerplate non-response in my mailbox. It states that there is either nothing on file about me, or there might (or might not) be something on file, but declaration of that fact (or non fact) would possibly (or not) fall under a possible exclusion from the Act due to possible relation to efforts of Canada towards detecting, preventing or suppressing subversive or hostile activities. I would never want to thwart suppression of subversion1.

Here’s the response in full (with my address and file number redacted):

FOIP-web

So. Either they don’t have anything on me. Or I’m being monitored closely to prevent suppression of subversion. Or something in between. Which can neither be confirmed nor denied.

  1. I assume they aren’t just declaring a REALLY strong preference for source code version management systems… []

2015 week 26 in review

Work

Still on the road – attended and presented at D2L Fusion this week. It was really great to see team members presenting about what we’ve done at UCalgary to finish successfully migrating from Bb to D2L. I’m still going through my notes from the conference, and may post something after I get back into the office. Lots of interesting stuff. Lots of stuff we were able to learn as a result of being able to meet with several people in the company1.

Read

Other

Just wrapping up a couple of vacation days tacked onto the work trip to Orlando. Did some more Disney stuff. Battled crowds and heat and crowded heat. Starting the travel home after posting this.

  1. I wrote a kind of snarky, pointed, difficult email before the conference, and as a result we were able to meet with several people within the company that we likely wouldn’t have been able to talk to otherwise. we all learned a lot, and left the conference feeling much more confident in our relationship with the company. []