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[d@DCC] Crossing The Line: A Citizens' Inquiry on Canada-U.S. Relations.
From: Russell McOrmond <russell _-at-_ flora.ca>
I'm sending an update in the hopes that people in Ottawa will attend. The topic in Ottawa on Tuesday February 8 is Media & Culture, something where the participants in this forum have quite a bit to say. Crossing The Line: A Citizens' Inquiry on Canada-U.S. Relations. Tuesday February 8 Ottawa Public Library, Main Branch (Metcalfe and Laurier) Auditorium, in the basement 120 Metcalfe Street http://www.canadians.org/browse_categories.htm?COC_token=coc_token&step=2&catid=356&iscat=1 I have been moved from being a citizen presentation to being one of the expert testimonies in the morning. My core theme can be taken from a refrain I borrowed from Lessig: * Creativity and innovation always builds on the past. * The past always tries to control the creativity that builds upon it. * Free societies enable the future by limiting this power of the past. * Ours is less and less a free society. My submission is at: http://www.flora.ca/russell/drafts/crossing-the-line-new-media.html If you look at the writeup the focus is clearly on the nationality of the intermediary in a broadcast era, and ignores new media. Our job, and I do hope many others will be there to help push this, is to try to transform the debate from the nationality of the intermediary to supporting the ability to skip the intermediaries. I found out on Friday an interesting detail which is that past Heritage Minister Sheila Copps will be one of the commissioners. Her focus has been on protecting past intermediaries from the future, so unless something radical changes she will be an influence on the council to do exactly the opposite to what is needed in a free society. Perspective of a digital copyright reformer on Sheila Copps, MP. (written beginning of 2004 when Ms. Copps was fighting for her riding..) http://www.flora.ca/russell/drafts/copps-ndp.html List of Commissioners http://www.canadians.org/display_document.htm?COC_token=coc_token&id=1030&isdoc=1&catid=356 SCHEDULE MORNING - EXPERT TESTIMONIES 9:10 WELCOMING WORDS AND INTRODUCTIONS 9:15 JEAN MALAVOY, NATIONAL DIRECTOR - CANADIAN CONFERENCE FOR THE ARTS Canadian Cultural Sovereignty 9:45 RUSSELL McORMOND, INTERNET CONSULTANT Copyright Issues and Open-Source Software: Skipping the Intermediaries 10:15 PETER MURDOCH, V.P. MEDIA - COMMUNICATIONS, ENERGY AND PAPERWORKERS UNION OF CANADA Media Ownership 10:45 ERIC GEORGE, PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICARIONS - UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA Cultural Exception and Trade Agreements 11:20 CONCLUSION AND THANKS 11:30 RECESS AFTERNOON - CITIZEN PRESENTATIONS 1:40 WELCOMING WORDS AND INTRODUCTIONS 1:45 FIRST PRESENTATION 2:10 SECOND PRESENTATION 2:35 THIRD PRESENTATION 3:00 FOURTH PRESENTATION 3:25 OTHER SUBMISSIONS FROM CITIZENS 3:50 CONCLUSION AND THANKS 4:00 ADJOURNMENT EVENING - PUBLIC PANEL 7:00 WELCOMING WORDS AND INTRODUCTIONS 7:15 PRESENTATIONS: (1) MAUDE BARLOW (Council of Canadians); (2) LAURIER LaPIERRE (Historian, former Senator); (3) TBD 8:30 QUESTIONS FROM THE AUDIENCE 9:00 CONCLUSION -- Russell McOrmond, Internet Consultant: <http://www.flora.ca/> Happy Hacking, Eh! http://www.digital-copyright.ca/blog/2 (My BLOG) Sign the Petition Users' Rights! http://digital-copyright.ca/petition/ _______________________________________________ Discuss mailing list Discuss@list.digital-copyright.ca http://list.digital-copyright.ca/mailman/listinfo/discuss
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