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  • – 2010-07-29 –

    e-books have become the new substitute for books.

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  • – 2010-07-14 –
    As part of its intention to help Canada regain its leadership position in the global digital economy, the government recently concluded a public consultation process which sought submissions from all sectors of the public on who to achieve this objective.  In its submission, CIPPIC calls on the government to encourage the creation of a digital environment that will be better for all Canadians and will serve as a model for other jurisdictions.  CIPPIC offers recommendations on issues such as privacy, online file-sharing, and on quality and access to communications that will help the government achieve this objective.
  • – 2010-07-13 –

    As part of its intention to help Canada regain its leadership position in the global digital economy, the government recently concluded a public consultation process which sought submissions from all sectors of the public on who to achieve this objective.

    CIPPIC provided two input streams into the Government's consultaiton process. First, we helped develop and endorsed a consensus subimssion convened by Andrew Clement and Karen Louise Smith of the University of Toronto's Faculty of Information. In addition, CIPPIC's 2010 summer interns put together a comprehensive submission that set out 36 recommendations. In this submission, CIPPIC calls on the government to encourage the creation of a digital environment that will be better for all Canadians and will serve as a model for other jurisdictions. CIPPIC offers recommendations on issues such as privacy, online file-sharing, and on quality and access to communications that will help the government achieve this objective.

    For more info see: https://cippic.ca/Digital_Economy_Consultation_Canada

  • – 2010-07-07 –
    The Media Awareness Network today called on the federal government to take steps to ensure Canada does not fall further behind in preparing Canadians for the digital economy.  MNet warns the government that without a comprehensive digital literacy strategy, Canadian innovation and digital productivity will continue to stagnate.  In addition to other steps, MNet outlines immediate steps the government must be taken to achieve this goal, such as the creation of a digital literacy taskforce, provision of support for national research on digital skills and Canadian youths, and the organization of a summit among key stakeholders.
  • – 2010-06-30 –
    In response to the growing role mobile Internet is playing in Canadian society as well to broad stakeholder consensus, the CRTC today issued Telecom Decision CRTC 2010-445, taking back the Commission's powers to act against unjust discrimination and undue preference by mobile data service providers.  In response to requests by CIPPIC (acting on behalf of OpenMeida.ca), the Commission additionally applied its Internet traffic management rules, intended to protect Net Neutrality, to mobile Internet.  Under these rules, service providers will only be permitted to discriminate by throttling particular  mobile data services where there is a problem that cannot be addressed by without throttling, and where the chosen method of throttling is narrowly tailored to the problem and minimally intrusive of user experiences.
     
  • – 2010-06-22 –

    CIPPIC has joined dozens of public interest organizations, academics, practitioners and individuals to declare our concern with the increasingly apparent conflict between the ACTA

  • – 2010-06-07 –

    We've looked at Bill C-32, the Copyright Modernization Act, and concluded that it's a case of Jekyll and Hyde:  it's not all bad, but it certainly isn't all good.  CIPPIC is prepared to support the Bill provided that Parliament fixes its worst, most unbalanced aspects - such as those dealing with digital locks.  CIPPIC is calling on Canadians across the country to let their MPs know what is right and what is wrong with Bill C-32.  Today, through our advocacy site, DigitalAgenda.ca, CIPPIC launches a Twitter campaign and an email-your-MP campaign designed to help Canadians do just that.  We'll be adding to these initiatives in the coming weeks.  It's up to all of us to demand of Parliament copyright laws that serve Canadians' interests.

  • – 2010-06-02 –

    The government of Canada has introduced its long-awaited amendments to the Copyright Act.  Bill C-32, the Copyright Modernization Act, is a mix, imposing US-style anticircumvention laws while also introducing long-awaited user rights for things like time shifting and format shifting, a non-commercial user-generated content exception, and an extension of fair dealing to parody and satire and educational dealings.  Unfortunately, the Bill also pulls these user rights back in the presence of a digital lock.  The bill also addresses ISP liability and search engine liability, providing what a notice-and-notice scheme.  All in all, the bill is a Jekyll and Hyde - flawed, but fixable.

  • – 2010-05-28 –
    In response to Facebook's recent attempts to meet privacy concerns on its site, CIPPIC has sent Facebook a letter informing it that the changes it proposes are not adequate to meeting requirements of Canada's Privacy legislation.  While CIPPIC commends Facebook on its attempts at making privacy controls somewhat more accessible, it is concerned that none of the underlying privacy issues on its site have been addressed.  These concerns have been made clear in past documents issued by the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, including a Report of Findings and correspondence to Facebook Inc., as well as in CIPPIC's own statement of concern, sent to Facebook in February.
  • – 2010-05-25 –
    Today, the Government introduced Bill C-29, an Act intended to update Canada's federal privacy protection statute, PIPEDA.  While the Act introduces much overdue data breach notification requirements, it also adds several gaping holes into what is currently a strong and important consumer privacy protection statute.  This is most problematic in light of the ever-increasing amount of personal information held by private organizations in the digitized world.