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Les Fowlie Intellectual Freedom Award

From Michael Geist's BLOG:

Earlier today, I received the Les Fowlie Intellectual Freedom Award from the Ontario Library Association at their annual SuperConference in Toronto.
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Third - and most importantly - I am sometimes asked whether those arguing for fair copyright are not really only in free access. This award recognizes that it is not about free. It is about freedom.

Federal Government Secure Channel boondoggle finally being made visible

An article by Kathryn May of The Ottawa Citizen exposes the "Secure Channel" boondoggle. This is the same project that was mentioned in the 2003 Auditor Generals' report (Chapter 1—Information Technology: Government On-Line, The Secure Channel project ), but this chapter was overshadowed by the problems in the sponsorship program.

One of the frustrating things is that this program requires that citizens give up security on their own computers in order to (only theoretically) grant the Government more security.

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Protect your PC, Protect our Network, Protect the Internet: JOIN Herdict

While looking for new Audio books on eMusic, I came across The Future of the Internet: And How to Stop It by Jonathan Zittrain. Seems the book has a website and a blog.

A recent article announcing Herdict had this to say:

For the Internet we know and love is under attack. The openness that allowed users to write any software they wanted, run that software on any machine, and share that software with anyone who wanted it created a lot of great code: Google, Facebook, etc. But that same openness also encouraged a lot of bad code: malware, badware, bots, and so forth. In an effort to protect themselves from this bad code, users are moving from open, “generative” technologies (PC’s) to closed, “tethered” ones (TiVo’s). These tethered appliances give users security but at the price of innovation.

Wow -- sounds like the issue I've been dedicating quite a bit of time to as well! Interestingly the Herdict for PC Health only runs on Microsoft Windows. It's not like they had the option to have it run on some of the most sick platforms, like the iPhone or a TiVO.

2008 Couchiching conference opening keynote by Bill Buxton

I glanced at CPAC earlier this week, and noticed Bill Buxton giving a talk. I looked things up, and found out this was at the 77'th annual Couchiching conference and that CPAC's Video on Demand had this full talk (and even longer Q&A session), as well as a few others from the conference that I also plan to watch later (watch then soon, as CPAC only keeps the videos available for a limited amount of time).

While there are some things that Mr. Buxton believes that I don't agree with, I find that there is more I agree with than disagree. While the whole conference titled "The Power of Knowledge: the New Global Currency" appears to have themes which tie in directly with anyone who reads my blog,. I want to recommend you start with Mr. Buxton's talk.

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Summarizing CopyCamp 2 while looking forward to CopyCamp 3

Tuesday evening and Wednesday all day was the second CopyCamp. The first CopyCamp was held in September 2006, and I actively participated in both. The first good news is that all the language coming out of the organizing committee is that they already have a desire for there to be a third, so this may become a yearly event.

Read full article on IT World Camada's BLOG.

Press release: CopyCamp returns April 29th - 30th!

For Immediate Release

Toronto, April 3rd 2008… COPYCAMP 2008, an “unconference” for artists about the Internet and the challenges to copyright is now open for registration at www.copycamp.ca.

Organized by the Creators' Rights Alliance and held in Toronto at OISE (The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education), CopyCamp will bring 100 artists, geeks, lawmakers, and copyright activists together to explore issues surrounding new models for making art and making a living on the Internet. It continues the discussion initiated at the first CopyCamp held in September 2006.

When "smart intermediaries" lobby for the ability to us and abuse the tools of censorship

Alec Saunders posted an article discussing an exchange between Michael Geist and Mark Goldberg on network censorship.

While I already offered some of my thoughts in an article titled ,"Copyright as part of a debate on eastern vs western censorship?", I wanted to add the following specific to this exchange.

No more political fundraisers for lobbyists

From this weeks Hill Times:

"Canada's federal Lobbyists Registrar Michael Nelson has delivered a stern warning to federal lobbyists, saying that they "place themselves in jeopardy" of breaching the Lobbyists Code of Conduct if they are both registered to lobby and working on political fundraising or electoral campaigns."

Preston Manning: Canada's science policy must be improved

I am in strong support of what Preson Manning has suggested to improve Parliaments ability to deal with scientific issues. Many of the paracopyright and Internet-regulating issues we are dealing with in this forum originate with a lack of science and tech knowledge on the part of various lobbiest, bureaucrats and politicians.

Geist: The year in Canadian tech law, A to Z

Michael Geist has provided an A to Z of the Year in Canadian tech law for the Toronto Star.

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