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Akamai's State of the Internet: Canada Drops to 13th for Broadband Speeds

Akamai's State of the Internet: Canada Drops to 13th for Broadband Speeds | Legislation | Scoop.it
Akamai has released its latest State
of the Internet report.  The report ranks Canada 13th
worldwide for average broadband speed, down from a tie for 9th in the
last quarter.
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The Daily Digital Lock Dissenter, Day 18: Canadian Bar Association

The Daily Digital Lock Dissenter, Day 18: Canadian Bar Association | Legislation | Scoop.it
The Canadian Bar Association, which represents 37,000 lawyers, law
professors, and students from across the country, released an important
submission
on Bill C-32.
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The Problem With Digital Locks

The Problem With Digital Locks | Legislation | Scoop.it

The National Post runs a masthead editorial that tears apart the digital lock rules in Bill C-11, describing the bill as a "flawed piece of legislation" that the government should either kill or amend on its own initiative.

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The Daily Digital Lock Dissenter, Day 22: Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives

The Daily Digital Lock Dissenter, Day 22: Association of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives | Legislation | Scoop.it
The Association
of Newfoundland and Labrador Archives represents archives, archivists,
and individuals committed to the preservation of archival records in
the province.
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What's the Justification for Warrantless Access to Customer Information?

What's the Justification for Warrantless Access to Customer Information? | Legislation | Scoop.it

David Fraser has a great post on lawful access and the government's inability to "come up with a shred of a justification" for mandatory disclosure of personal information under lawful access.

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University’s Social-Media Policy Draws Cries of Censorship

University’s Social-Media Policy Draws Cries of Censorship | Legislation | Scoop.it
I came across this article that discusses Sam Houston University’s Social Universe portal and its social media policy.
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Debate On Bill C-11 Begins Today

Debate On Bill C-11 Begins Today | Legislation | Scoop.it
The Hill Times has a cover
story on the return of copyright reform, with debate on Bill C-11
scheduled to commence today.
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CBC Demands Removal of Mac Radio App

CBC Demands Removal of Mac Radio App | Legislation | Scoop.it
The CBC has asked
Apple to remove a third party radio app that streams CBC radio. The
comments stream feature an interesting discussion on both sides of the
issue.
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CRTC Updates Internet Traffic Management Practices Guidelines

CRTC Updates Internet Traffic Management Practices Guidelines | Legislation | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, I launched an access-to-information request with the
CRTC requesting all records related to net neutrality complaints filed
under the Commission's 2009 Internet traffic management practices
decision.
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How C-11 Will Affect Users of Digital Content

How C-11 Will Affect Users of Digital Content | Legislation | Scoop.it
CBC.ca features an excellent
article that examines the impact of Bill C-11 on a wide range of
digital issues.
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(Un)Lawful Access

(Un)Lawful Access | Legislation | Scoop.it
UnLawful access is a great new project focused on the implications of the government's forthcoming lawful access legislation.  I was pleased to participate in a terrific video on lawful access that includes Andrew Clement, David Fewer, David Lyon,...
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Why Are Consumers Missing from the CRTC's Online Video Ruling?

Why Are Consumers Missing from the CRTC's Online Video Ruling? | Legislation | Scoop.it
My weekly technology column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) notes that earlier this year, the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission launched a consultation into the policy implications of increasingly popular...
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A Note on Library Patron and Student Privacy

With the excitement around the launch of Kindle compatibility, we have received numerous questions about patron privacy.  Following is a brief statement that we’d like to share reaffirming our commitment to privacy.
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Facebook Scans All Photo Uploads for Matches with Offenders

Facebook Scans All Photo Uploads for Matches with Offenders | Legislation | Scoop.it
A story
on Facebook and its efforts to counter child pornography reveals that
the social network scans all uploaded photos.
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Privacy Commissioner of Canada on Lawful Access: Deep Concerns

Privacy Commissioner of Canada on Lawful Access: Deep Concerns | Legislation | Scoop.it
The Privacy Commissioner of Canada Jennifer Stoddart has written a public
letter to Public Safety Minister Vic Toews to express her deep concerns with
forthcoming lawful access legislation.
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The Daily Digital Lock Dissenter, Day 21: Privacy Commissioner of Canada

The Daily Digital Lock Dissenter, Day 21: Privacy Commissioner of Canada | Legislation | Scoop.it
The Privacy Commissioner of Canada has not spoken out on the recent copyright bills, but in 2008 she wrote a public letter to then-Industry Minister Jim Prentice expressing concern "about possible changes to the Act authorizing the use of technical...
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The Daily Digital Lock Dissenter, Day 23: Canadian Association of Law Libraries

The Daily Digital Lock Dissenter, Day 23: Canadian Association of Law Libraries | Legislation | Scoop.it
The Canadian Association of Law Libraries currently has approximately
500 members representing a wide variety of law library interests across
Canada.
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Why Copyright Reform Is Not the Cure for What Ails the Music Industry

Why Copyright Reform Is Not the Cure for What Ails the Music Industry | Legislation | Scoop.it
This weekend, I was pleased to deliver a keynote address at the Nova Scotia Music Week
conference.
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The Daily Digital Lock Dissenter, Day 9: Canadian Library Association

The Daily Digital Lock Dissenter, Day 9: Canadian Library Association | Legislation | Scoop.it
The Canadian Library Association represents thousands of Canadian
librarians and hundreds of libraries from across the country.
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Privacy Groups Ask F.T.C. to Review New Facebook Features

Some privacy watchdog groups have asked the Federal Trade Commission to look at Facebook features that prompt users to broadcast a range of new information.
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The CRTC's Vertical Integration Decision: A Step in the Right Direction

The CRTC's Vertical Integration Decision: A Step in the Right Direction | Legislation | Scoop.it
This past summer's usage based billing hearing featured a critical
moment when CRTC Vice-Chair Len Katz asked a question of independent
ISPs that made it clear the commissioners were finally getting it.
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Copyright Board Rejects Bid For Transactional Licences

Copyright Board Rejects Bid For Transactional Licences | Legislation | Scoop.it
The Copyright Board of Canada has rejected a request by the AUCC to require Access Copyright to issue
transactional or pay-per-use licences.
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Canada Signs ACTA: What Comes Next

Canada Signs ACTA: What Comes Next | Legislation | Scoop.it
Canada became an initial
signatory to the Anti-Counterfeiting
Trade Agreement
over the weekend in Japan.
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Montreal Gazette: Digital Lock Rules Cave To U.S.

Montreal Gazette: Digital Lock Rules Cave To U.S. | Legislation | Scoop.it
The Montreal Gazette has published its masthead editorial on Bill C-11, the reintroduced copyright bill.  The Gazette (rightly in my view) says "for the most part the Copyright Modernization Act strikes a good balance between the rights of...
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UK Report Finds ISPs "Exaggerate Costs of Data"

A new UK
report on the open Internet finds that ISPs are prone to exaggerate
the costs of data.
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