Tagged: policy


The Digital Revolution is Leaving Canada Behind

I do not blame the Hulus, Apples or Googles of the world. Our archaic public institutions and legal systems are to blame: The Government of Canada, the Copyright Board of Canada, the Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC), the Privacy Commissioner of Canada—all are complicit in holding up the dissemination of digital content and technology in […]

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Uruguay Offers Universal Free Broadband

Uruguay has announced that all fixed phone lines in the country will include free minimal ADSL service, for the one time price of the modem, $30 USD. The connection, is 256k async dsl with a 1gb per month traffic cap. The awesome thing is there is no monthly fee at all, it’s just part of […]

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Transport durable et stratégie industrielle active pour le Québec

Une belle vision et des directions intéressantes à lire dans Transport durable et stratégie industrielle active pour le Québec.

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City of Vancouver embraces open data, standards and source

Vancouver city council has endorsed the principles of making its data open and accessible to everyone where possible, adopting open standards for that data and considering open source software when replacing existing applications. —City of Vancouver embraces open data, standards and source The complete text of the motion

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Drugs in Portugal

I didn’t know Portugal had such a drug policy. Therapy instead of prison. Some resuls are out and the conclusions seem to be very positive.

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New Media Requires New Thinking on Cultural Policy

Canadian creators therefore do not need guaranteed space since there is room on the Internet for everyone. Rather, they need guaranteed access – the assurance that their content can find an audience by being treated in an equal manner as any other video or cultural programming. As ISPs move toward tiered access that grants preferential […]

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Your PVR might make you an outlaw

Surprisingly for a political party that typically promotes “market-based solutions,” the bill introduces a complex regulatory framework for everyday consumer activities and represents an unprecedented incursion into the property rights of millions of Canadians… The bill prohibits transferring a copy of most commercial DVDs to a portable video player. It blocks parents from creating backup […]

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Le projet de loi visant à supprimer les frais d’accès au système

L’application des frais d’accès pour l’utilisation du système est évidement frustrant pour les consommateurs canadiens, a déclaré M. McGuinty. Il s’agit ici de milliards de dollars de paiements trompeurs appliqués pendant 21 ans. Mon projet de loi supprimera les surfacturations fictives liées à la téléphonie cellulaire.—Le projet de loi visant à supprimer les frais d’accès […]

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Duceppe Answer On C61

I got a letter on friday (Word document by itself in an email, no text at all :( ) answering my letter to Duceppe concerning the crapiness of C-61, I’m wondering about this part : Cependant, la loi actuelle sur les droits d’auteur est obsolète et n’est pas conforme aux traités signés par le Canada […]

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Beware the New New Thing

Most people assume that the Internet is a democratic free-for-all by nature — that it could be no other way. But the openness of the Internet as we know it is a byproduct of the fact that the network was started on phone lines. The phone system is subject to “common carriage” laws, which require […]

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Business coalition opposes harsh copyright reform

A who’s who of powerful companies and business associations have banded together to push for less restrictive copyright reform, driving a stake into the heart of the federal government’s argument for its new copyright bill.—Business coalition opposes harsh copyright reform

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Geist On Strombo

Love those guys! Michael Geist appeared on Strombo to talk about Fair Copyright for Canada. Not much new info if you’ve been following the issue but still worth a watch.

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Letter to Prentice

Done. Hugh has a great model for a letter to Jim Prentice about his misguided plans for a Copyright Act. Please print, sign and send or at least email this to the Minister of Industry. [Update] Also go join the Facebook Fair Copyright group.

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Government Opts for More Competition in the Wireless Sector

In recent months 90% of tech / internet / copyright / mobile related news in Canada has been sucking giant monkey balls so it’s a nice surprise to see good news for once : the auction for Advanced Wireless Services (AWS) spectrum, to be held on May 27, 2008, will be conducted. Of the 105 […]

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US Copyright Bullshit

If you have any interest at all in copyright, public domain, innovation and Canada then you must read Howard Knopf’s post which states that Canada’s copyright law is stronger and better than U.S.’s. The upcoming copyright revision that might be proposed by our government before christmas is looking more and more like it’s going to […]

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