I didn't have time to create a more formal blog entry with all the references I like to have, but I did post some year-end thoughts to the general mailing list. This may encourage others to join the list and comment as well.
Discussion of specific policy areas
In the Ottawa GOSLING forum, in response to someone who suggested that opponents to nuclear power didn't care about the science, I wrote the following:
GMO's = Genetically modified organism
Today many have been raising awareness of USA's SOPA and PIPA. I thought I would back up a bit from those specific initiatives, and discuss just how far apart people are on this type of policy.
I often joke that copyright policy is as complex, understood, and as exciting, as tax policy. Most Canadians would prefer not to talk of either, and those of us who find either exciting are in a small minority Holidays I reflect on this oddity, given my favorite topics are some of the least interesting for most people I would visit.
I thought it would be interesting to start 2012 with a discussion of other ways in which there are similarities between tax and copyright policy, and look at how politicians and other people treat each.
While the federal Copyright bill is on the order paper and likely to be tabled Thursday, it is not the only issue currently under discussion where people are concerned about IT property rights. Many people have expressed concern with how newer machines shipped with Microsoft Windows may be unable to boot alternative operating systems. Given the confusion over how the property rights of computer hardware owners are adversely impacted by so-called “Copyright” legislation, discussing this related issue may help clarify.
A Hill Times article discussing the new cabinet included the following:
My first thought: about time.
The last section of the short-form online census (Step F) asks for comments, and I added the following:
While the origins of the first comment is likely obvious, the second part of the comment was in relation to problems that happened with the 2006 online census.
Professor Birgitte Andersen has posted a very interesting response to old-economy industry association critique of studies she has authored.
While focused on copyright, I found the section talking about evidence based policy making vs "intuition" to be useful for all political discussions.
Michael Geist has published his submission online which touches many different areas. I'm in full agreement with this submission.
Other key sites
Digital Copyright Canada BLOG