Political Parties

Deregistration of People's Political Power Party of Canada

Elections Canada announced the deregistration of this political party. I've removed it from our list.

End of the 40th parliament

As this parliament closes, I'm feeling far more nostalgic than with other parliaments. It might be because I've been going into committee twice a week for a few months, and watching a small subset of MPs interact with each other.

Below is a list of the dates of past parliaments, and the dates of election. The date of the election for the 41'st parliament is May 2, 2011.

Online party of Canada

Some Canadians may be surprised we have 18 registered political parties, and two eligible (Pirate Party of Canada and United Party of Canada). I was also pointed to another party seeking to become registered called the Online Party of Canada.

The following is an excerpt from a comment I made to one of their issue proposals: Lowering the voting rights minimum age from 18 to 16

Is there a copy left vs copy right?

When I first heard a group outside of the Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) or Creative Commons movement use the word "CopyLeft", I thought they were simply using the term incorrectly. (See: Independent authors just wanting a little respect... from fellow creators and collective societies from 2006)

In the FLOSS movement it means something similar to ShareAlike with Creative Commons: the license says the copyrighted work can be freely shared (without additional permission/payment) as long as any derivatives are equally shared. The licensing model is not opposed to copyright in any way, and focuses on material rewards in the form of additional creative works rather than royalties.

I continue to hear the term "copy left" used, sometimes by those who consider it a positive term, but more often by people who are trying to use the term in a derogatory manner. In this context the term is not being used to reference to a licensing model, but a political philosophy.

This suggests that the term "copy left" references a liberal creators' rights philosophy, and the "copy right" refers to a conservative creators' rights philosophy. It is only a coincidence that those on the "copy left" also support CopyLeft style licensing.

(Including full article here -- configuration issue at IT World Canada. Read full article on IT World Canada's blog >> )

My impressions of the DyscultureD Canadian audio blog

I am a big fan of audio blogs. Some people call them Podcasts because Apple iPod users seem to claim responsibility for making them popular. Leo Laporte over at TWIT.tv, a large audio/video blogging network with a long history in broadcasting, tried to convince people to call them Netcasts as they were simply broadcasting over the Internet. While I'm a listener to a few TWIT.tv shows, and a few other non-Canadian shows, I have always been looking for Canadian shows that cover some of the technology and political stories from the uniquely Canadian perspective.

Pirate Party

The Swedish Pirate Party (Wikipedia) has won one seat (possibly two) in the 2009 European parliamentary elections.

Canadian Federal General Election called for October 14

The by-elections are now being extended into a general election. As of the dissolving of this parliament the seat standing was as follows:

Conservatives 127
Liberal 95
Bloc 48
NDP 30
Green 1
Independent 3
Vacant 4.

Nik Nanos: Internet is "rewiring" our political brains

Pollster Nik Nanos did a talk (Video online) on how the Internet is changing politics.

First he notes that it hasn't thus far increased engagement, with declining voter turnout being one indication. I don't know if that is a good indication as my perception has been that the people most engaged on the Internet are more likely to feel their vote doesn't currently count, and thus are more likely to support electoral reform.

Lawrence Lessig and the Change Congress movement: change from within?

There is a video on Lessig08.org about the Change Congress movement he has launched as well as his current thinking about whether he might run for congress.

This should be interesting to Canadians for a few reasons.

Read the rest of this entry on IT World Canada's BLOG »

Copyright important enough to change votes?

While watching a TV Ontario show last night (See BLOG post) with a panel on Copyright I heard a familiar statement: That Copyright is too distant an issue from people to actually change their votes.

This isn't what I have been hearing.

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