Posts tagged “Canada”

Geist: Is the best copyright law the old one?

“As the debate over Canada’s copyright reform legislation, Bill C-32, continues to rage before a legislative committee, one of the most frequently heard claims is that tough reforms are needed to counter Canada’s reputation as a piracy haven. The presence of several well-known BitTorrent sites, most notably B.C.-based isoHunt, is cited as evidence for Canada’s supposedly lax laws that the industry says leaves it powerless.

When the bill was introduced last June, the Canadian Recording Industry Association stated that ‘stronger rules are also needed to rein in Canadian-based peer-to-peer websites, which, according to IFPI, have become ‘a major source of the world’s piracy problem’.”

From The Toronto Star

Paying so much for bandwidth, getting so little

“The great Canadian billing brouhaha has begun to attract attention in the United States. It’s not every day that one sees national leaders weigh in on something seemingly as obscure as ‘bandwidth caps.’

It’s also odd, as the Internet gets faster, to hear Bell Canada complain about ‘congestion’ as if it were 1999. I suppose there are strange things done under the midnight sun, and the instinct of Stephen Harper and his cabinet to pay some attention to the issue righteous. For hidden in the complexity of billing policy is part of a larger movement to change some of what we take for granted about the Internet. And it’s starting in Canada.”

From The Globe and Mail

BC Ferries stands pat on Internet censorship

“BC Ferries might be in hot water for censoring Internet access on its ships, but the corporation isn’t having any doubts about its decision to filter out sites that deal with sexual education.

“No second thoughts. No, we won’t be changing our policy,” BC Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall said Thursday. “We’re censoring pornography.”

The BC Civil Liberties Association has criticized BC Ferries for blocking customers from using the on-board WiFi service to access any sites that deal with sexual-health issues, including those containing information about abortion.”

From The Globe and Mail

Canada ranks last in freedom of information: study

“A new study ranks Canada dead last in an international comparison of freedom-of-information laws — a hard fall after many years being judged a global model in openness.

The study by a pair of British academics looked at the effectiveness of freedom-of-information laws in five parliamentary democracies: Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom and Canada. ”

From The Globe and Mail

Trouble in cybercity: what Canada can do

“We have seen the future of the Internet, and it isn’t very pretty.

When WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange announced the release of sensitive U.S. government documents, he also sparked a vigilante war reminiscent of the Wild West. Just before the release, the WikiLeaks site was shut down briefly by denial-of-service attacks. In return, ‘hacktivist’ groups attacked U.S. government sites, as well as those of Amazon, PayPal and MasterCard that had distanced themselves from WikiLeaks.”

From The Globe and Mail

Distinguishing Between Mobile Congestions

“In this post, I’m not talking about network neutrality. Instead, I’m going to talk about what supposedly drives prioritization schemes in Canada’s wireless marketplace: congestion. Consider this a repartee to the oft-touted position that ‘wireless is different’: ISPs assert that wireless is different than wireline for their own regulatory ends, but blur distinctions between the two when pitching ‘congestion management’ schemes to customers. In this post I suggest that the congestion faced by AT&T and other wireless providers has far less to do with data congestion than with signal congestion, and that carriers have to own responsibility for the latter.”

From Technology, Thoughts, Trinkets

Internet regulation outside CRTC jurisdiction: expert

“The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission has no legal authority to force Internet service providers to expand high-speed broadband to rural areas, says a business professor.

Ian Lee says CRTC hearings, held in October to decide whether companies should be required to extend broadband Internet to all rural parts of the country, are outside the commission’s jurisdiction.”

From The Globe and Mail

Hyperlinks bind web, Supreme Court hears

“Canada would be offside with other English-speaking countries if legal restrictions were imposed on the exploding practice of linking to online postings, the Supreme Court of Canada was told Tuesday.

The court reserved judgment after a three-hour hearing in the case of Lake Cowichan writer Jon Newton. Several lawyers representing a variety of interests argued that exposing writers like Newton to lawsuits if they link to a defamatory posting would cast a wide chill.”

From The Vancouver Sun

Google broke privacy laws: watchdog

The Privacy Commissioner of Canada found that Google Inc. (GOOG-Q612.000.010.00%) violated privacy laws when it collected personal wireless data in 2008 by dispatching cars across the country to photograph and map street views.

“This incident was the result of a careless error – one that could easily have been avoided,” Commissioner Jennifer Stoddart said in a statement Tuesday.

From The Globe and Mail