Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC)

Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC)

Anti-Spyware Experts to Convene in Ottawa

Anti-Spyware Experts to Convene in Ottawa: Top Canadian and US Officials Slated to Address Second-Ever Anti-Spyware Coalition Workshop

WASHINGTON and OTTAWA, April 26 /CNW/ -- Many of the world's top spyware experts will gather in Ottawa May 16 to discuss legal, legislative and technological responses to the scourge of unwanted spyware and adware flooding the Internet.

Read full press release (Canada Newswire)

Governments have spyware in their sights

This Business Edge News Magazine article by Brock Ketcham includes:

"Spyware threatens to erode consumer trust and confidence in the Internet as a medium for social and democratic participation and for the conduct of commerce," says the University of Ottawa-based Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), Canada's only technology law clinic.

On the Identity Trail releases Access to Information User Manual

News Release: January 31, 2006 : Ottawa , ON

On the Identity Trail releases Access to Information User Manual

Many Canadians are unaware of their rights to access information, including their own personal information, from governments and private companies. Yet these rights are fundamental to open government and individual privacy, says Philippa Lawson, Executive Director of the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC). Ms. Lawson directed a team of students who researched access to information laws across Canada and have now produced a Manual explaining those laws.

CIPPIC News Release - Major parties ignore internet issues in election run-up

News Release
Ottawa , ON
January 19, 2006

Major parties ignore internet issues in election run-up

It may be no surprise, but the four main campaigns in the upcoming federal election have largely ignored key internet issues involving individual privacy, free speech, and consumer rights, despite the fact that these issues will no doubt be on the legislative agenda in the coming year.

"We are disappointed", said Philippa Lawson, Executive Director and General Counsel of the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), at the University of Ottawa 's Faculty of Law. "While we know that this election was prompted by the sponsorship scandal, and that Canadians are concerned first and foremost with issues such as health care and employment, we expected that all major parties would at least answer our questions. The issues we raised are all ones that Parliament will be addressing this year or next."

ITBusiness: New copyright act in limbo

This ITBusiness article by Shane Schick includes:

Philippa Lawson, director of the Ottawa-based Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), said no matter who wins the election early next year, she expects the tabled legislation to be re-introduced as-is. That doesn't mean CIPPIC won't take advantage of the opportunity to press for changes, however.

New Canadian Voice in Digital Rights Issues: Online Rights Canada

(From an EFF.org press release)

December 09, 2005
New Canadian Voice in Digital Rights Issues

Online Rights Canada Launches with EFF, CIPPIC Support

Toronto - Online Rights Canada (ORC) launched in Canada Friday, giving Canadians a new voice in critical technology and information policy issues. The grassroots organization is jointly supported by the Canadian Internet Policy & Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) and the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

"Canadians are realizing in ever-greater numbers that the online world offers tremendous opportunities for learning, communicating, and innovating, but that those opportunities are at risk as a result of corporate practices, government policies and legal regimes that hinder online privacy and free speech," said Philippa Lawson, Executive Director and General Counsel of CIPPIC. "Online Rights Canada provides a home on the Internet for grassroots activism on digital issues that are important to ordinary Canadians."

p2pnet: Bill C-60 dies with Martin team

A p2pnet article includes:

CIPPIC (Canadian Interest Policy and Public Interest Clinic) counsel David Fewer tells p2pnet readers the death of the Martin team won't mean in any dramatic turn-arounds, but it will give Canadians another chance to make sure the new government acts in their, rather than industry, interests.

Slyck News: Bill C-60 and Bill C-74 Die

This Slyck News article by Drew Wilson includes:

To examine this issue and discuss what it means for the P2P community, Slyck spoke with David Fewer and Phillipa Lawson, legal council and Executive Director/General Counsel of the CIPPIC (Canadian Interest Policy and Public Interest Clinic.)

Telecommunications for the Benefit of All Canadians: A Declaration

CIPPIC, along with other consumer rights organizations, has authored a declaration as part of the Telecommunications Policy review process. Please read their declaration at the bottom of their information page on that review process, and inform them of your support!

Media Release - CIPPIC & CDT File Complaints with Competition Bureau, FTC re Canadian company

MEDIA RELEASE

Center for Democracy & Technology and

Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic

File Complaints Against Alleged Spyware Distributor

WASHINGTON, D.C. & OTTAWA, ONT. -- November 3, 2005 -- The Center for Democracy & Technology (CDT) and the Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC) today asked the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Canadian Competition Bureau to investigate the business practices of Montreal-based software distributor Integrated Search Technologies and several of its business partners.

In a complaints filed with the FTC and the Competition Bureau, CDT and CIPPIC allege that Integrated Search Technologies (IST) and its affiliates have engaged in a widespread campaign of installing unwanted software on users computers, and have done so using unfair and deceptive practices prohibited by federal law.

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