The Mounties compiled a dossier on the Occupy Ottawa movement, scouring social media sites and even quizzing campus security after protesters held planning sessions at a university, newly released documents show.
Meeting notes show there were also plans to monitor the Confederation Park protest site using a camera mounted to the nearby offices of the National Capital Commission.
The camera is normally pointed at Ottawa's city hall, the notes say. However, the NCC says it does not operate the camera and it did not use the device to monitor the protests from its offices.
The documents show NCC staff did keep close tabs on the makeshift encampment throughout the occupation, snapping dozens of photographs and reporting on the protesters' activities.
1. Nothing on social media is secret. We just use it, don't own it, no matter what we want. It's part
of a vertical structure that can, and will be recorded for profit, or shut down from the top at will.
We are invaded and isolated by the same technology we use to attempt horizontal or peer communications. I am never surprised or outraged at these things as we volunteered to join the networks.
We are in what was once called by the term of a 'sharecropper's agreement' where there is no firm contract and the land owner changes the rules at will. The networks we use are cheap, but the words and images we yield to them will be sold to others.