Internet Surveillance and Boomerang Routing: A Call for Canadian Network Sovereignty

Jean-Francois Mezei jfmezei_nanog at
Tue Sep 10 16:29:21 UTC 2013

On 13-09-09 15:16, Joe Abley wrote:

> Not only physics, but geometry. Vancouver is further north than Seattle, but Toronto is further south than Portland.

It is about sovereignty and the ability of one nation to decide for itself.

In the past, because people were blind to the NSA operations, it didn't
matter so much. But with past revelations, will the market start to
demand routes that avoid the USA if the destination is not the USA ?

Could the government set policies that end up making within-canada
transit and peering more competitive than buying transit through the USA ?

Lets reverse the situation for half a second. Say most traffic from USA
to USA were to pass through Canada and Canada had the ability to spy on
all USA traffic, including emails between congressman and their mistresses.

Do you think the USA would let another nation spy on its traffic for
half a second ?

How can Bombardier compete against Boeing when the NSA captures
Bombardier's emails etc and could potentially hand them over to Boeing?

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