The Internet

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!

Geist: Internet Age Advice for the CBC

Michael Geist's weekly Law Bytes column reflects on the current debate on the future of the CBC and public broadcasting in Canada. He argues that missing from much of the dialogue has been the recognition that technology and the Internet may provide the best hope to bring new relevance to the role of the public broadcaster. With its labor woes behind it, the CBC should demonstrate its value to the public by following the lead of other public broadcasters. In particular, it should leverage the Internet to provide unparalleled access to content, grant Canadians the right to use its content in creative new ways, and become an active public interest participant in the Canadian Internet policy process. Toronto Star version, Freely available version.

University of Frankfurt, Germany, hosts Online Survey: Music and the Internet

The following is an announcement about an online survey. At the end I have added my own comments that I sent to them in email. They offered to send me the results, but they didn't ask what I consider to be some of the most interesting questions.

The University of Frankfurt and the Conservatory of Weimar created a survey to find out more about the consumer’s attitudes and needs concerning downloading and information services on the internet.

Participants are asked to evaluate different downloading services and to state their habits concerning music downloads (via Peer-to-Peer, Websites, etc.) and music reception in general.

Google Opens Up About Open Source

This eWeek article by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols includes:

News Analysis: Google may not be releasing an open-source operating system or a desktop suite, but the company is promoting, supporting and using open-source software.

See also: Supporting open source by Chris DiBona, Open Source Program Manager at Google

What do file sharing and plagiarism have in common?

This Manitoban Online article by Tessa Vanderhart includes:

But Canadian copyright lawyer Michael Geist has called the conclusions drawn about of Canadian youth by CRIA “laughable.”

“Frankly, I think it’s irrelevant — the data is almost silly,” said Geist. “This has nothing to do with file-sharing; it has to do with being a teenager.”

EFF in Canada: Protect Your Northern Rights!

From EFFector Vol. 18, No. 32:

EFF is pleased to announce that we are strengthening our work in Canada. We'll be tracking issues like Bill C-60 (copyright reform), "lawful access" (privacy and surveillance), and other digital rights issues that matter to Canadians. Ren Bucholz, EFF's Policy Coordinator in the Americas, is now based in Toronto, Ontario, where he'll be following these developments full time. If you're interested in staying up-to-date on EFF's work in Canada, sign up for special bulle

Darknet: Hollywood's War Against the Digital Generation.

J.D. Lasica's new book explores the future of movies, computing, television, music, and games—and the choices facing us as a society as we transition into the digital age.

This book is available online as a 5 part series.

Embracing our Digital Destiny

This AlwaysOn Network article by J.D. Lasica includes:

As the digital media revolution seeps into every aspect of our lives, I think it’s inevitable that participatory culture will prevail in the long run. But the short run is a different story. I don’t share Lawrence Lessig’s famous pessimism, which earned him the sobriquet “the dean of darkness,” but as one looks out over the prospects for digital freedoms in today’s public policy arena, it’s hard to be optimistic.

Conservative MP Joy Smith speaks out on issue of educational use of Internet

The Member of Parliament for Kildonan-St. Paul, Joy Smith, plans to raise the issue of educational use of the Internet as part of the adjournment proceeding at 6:30pm on November 2 in the House of Commons. This is a postponement from an earlier possibility of October 24.

The Canadian Teachers' Federation has been trying to keep their members up-to-date on this issue, and sent messages out to teachers. The suggestion was for educators and concerned parents to show up to parliament hill and be in the gallery. This way Ms. Smith could indicate their presence to lend additional importance to her call for needed amendments to Bill C-60.

Brewster Kahle: Build the library and the books will come

An article by Becky Hogge in the NewStatesman includes:

Kahle's goal is universal access to all knowledge, and so the Internet Archive aims to make every book ever written available over the web. "The ancient library of Alexandria collected 75 per cent of all the books of all the peoples of the world in 300BC. Our opportunity is to do that again, but then to one-up the ancients by making it available universally. It is technologically within our grasp and it could be one of the greatest achievements of humankind."

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