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Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Baratunde Thurston makes the point that even beyond income and wealth inequality, there’s an obviously unfair distribution of second chances in the U.S. depending on one’s race and class. Denis Campbell reports on the link between poverty and childhood obesity, while Jen St. Denis highlights how poverty . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.- Branko Milanovic argues that there’s plenty of reason to be concerned about inequality even if one puts aside a utilitarian comparison of individual needs and benefits:(I)nequality of opportunity affects negati… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: The Case Against Canada Ratifying The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

This week, Internet and e-commerce law expert, Michael Geist, concluded his illuminating 50-day series on the “trouble with the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP)” by presenting a compelling case against Canada ratifying the trade agreement. The post Mich… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: The Case Against Canada Ratifying The Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement

The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: The Trouble with the TPP’s Copyright Term Extension

The TPP’s copyright term extension discourages creativity, restricts access, and imposes enormous costs on Canadian consumers and educational institutions, argues Internet law expert, Michael Geist. Meanwhile, the term extension is “a major windfall fo… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: The Trouble with the TPP’s Copyright Term Extension

OpenMedia.ca: Five reasons why the link tax is still a bad idea

We’ve been campaigning for months against the benign-sounding “ancillary copyright”, or what we like to call the ‘link tax’. The tl;dr of how the law works as it’s cur… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Five reasons why the link tax is still a bad idea

OpenMedia.ca: Five reasons why the link tax is still a bad idea

We’ve been campaigning for months against the benign-sounding “ancillary copyright”, or what we like to call the ‘link tax’. The tl;dr of how the law works as it’s cur… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Five reasons why the link tax is still a bad idea

OpenMedia.ca: Death of Hyperlink: The Aftermath

Must read: The free flow of information that journalist Hossein Derakhshan spent years in an Iranian jail for is dying. vHelp us ‪#‎SaveTheLink‬:  http://SaveTheLink.org Articl… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Death of Hyperlink: The Aftermath

OpenMedia.ca: EU Consultation woes: is this thing on?

It’s been a busy month for digital policy initiatives at the European Commission. If you can believe it, they’re actually running six simultaneous public consultations on digital polici… . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: EU Consultation woes: is this thing on?

OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia and the TPP: taking the fight to D.C.

Last week, OpenMedia joined a huge coalition of groups protesting the TPP in Washington, DC. The call to action, issued by FlushTheTPP brought together organizations and individuals from across … . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: OpenMedia and the TPP: taking the fight to D.C.

The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: The TPP is a Canadian Digital Policy Failure

University of Ottawa prof and Internet law expert Michael Geist explains why the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is one of Canada’s worst-ever policy moves. The post Michael Geist: The TPP is a Canadian Digital Policy Failure appeared first on The Ca… . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: The TPP is a Canadian Digital Policy Failure

The Tory Pirate - Politics & Policy: Conservatives Announce Their Shadow Cabinet & Critic Roles

The Conservative Party announced its Shadow Cabinet and Critic roles today. Of the various MPs holding Oppositionroles there are six I will be in contact with in the immediate future (by which I mean after Parliament’s website updatesits contact information). Here are the six I have my eye on, their portfolio, and the reason for my interest in them. ​Hon. Maxime BernierInnovation, Science and Economic Development As I have written about several times I am critical of Canada’s intell […] . . . → Read More: The Tory Pirate – Politics & Policy: Conservatives Announce Their Shadow Cabinet & Critic Roles

OpenMedia.ca: CBC: What Facebook and Twitter ban: New tool tracks social media censorship

Have you ever had a post removed from Facebook,Twitter or Instagram? 

Whether it’s removing photos of women breastfeeding, or political speech being banned, social media sites get to decide what is and isn’t acceptable on their services. 

But this week, a group of researchers is launching a new tool for reporting instances of social media censorship. 

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OpenMedia.ca: How European decision-makers could break the web

You may or may not live in the European Union but many of your favourite websites (and the tech that runs them) do.

Decision-makers in Europe are considering proposals to make users and websites liable for every single link we post. The same goes for online service providers which host user-based content. . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: How European decision-makers could break the web

OpenMedia.ca: Internet users set to flood public consultation to push back against proposals that would censor free speech and shut down Right to Link

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European Commission consultation on the role of online platforms could result in a costly new ‘Link Tax’ and monitoring of billions of posts a day by online services

November 17, 2015 – Civil society and digital rights groups are sounding the alarm about a . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Internet users set to flood public consultation to push back against proposals that would censor free speech and shut down Right to Link

The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: TPP Text Confirms Massive Loss to Canadian Public Domain

The just released Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) text confirms the “extension of the term of copyright to life of the author plus an additional 70 years.” For Internet law expert Prof Michael Geist, that’s a massive, costly “blow to access to Canadian heritage.”

The post Michael Geist: TPP Text Confirms Massive Loss to Canadian Public Domain . . . → Read More: The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: TPP Text Confirms Massive Loss to Canadian Public Domain

OpenMedia.ca: Geist: Official Release of TPP Text Confirms Massive Loss to Canadian Public Domain

The final TPP text threatens Internet freedom and will force Canada to overhaul copyright.  Here’s Michael Geist on what we can expect our copyright law to look like.  

Article by Michael Geist

The New Zealand government posted the official Trans Pacific Partnership text today after years secret negotiations and occasional leaks of the . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Geist: Official Release of TPP Text Confirms Massive Loss to Canadian Public Domain

OpenMedia.ca: Who are the key Ministers responsible for our digital future over the next 4 years?

It’s three months to the day since Canada’s election officially started – and today, after a gruelling 11-week campaign and 2-week transition period, Canada finally has a new Prime Minister.

Justin Trudeau was officially sworn in as Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister earlier this morning. He also named his new Cabinet . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Who are the key Ministers responsible for our digital future over the next 4 years?

Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

This and that for your Tuesday reading.

– Mike Barber highlights how Canada’s federal election campaign was dominated by messages pushed from the top down rather than citizens’ concerns. Erna Paris recognizes that we can’t afford to be complacent about the place of outright bigotry in shaping voters’ decisions. And Christopher Flavelle writes that the . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Tuesday Morning Links

The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: Real Change on Digital Policy May Take Time Under New Liberal Government

Law professor and copyright expert Michael Geist suggests that the new Liberal government may wait until 2017 before implementing significant change to Canada’s telecom, broadcast, copyright, and privacy policies.

The post Michael Geist: Real Change on Digital Policy May Take Time Under New Liberal Government appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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OpenMedia.ca: Guest Blog by Connie Fournier: With the TPP, Harper has “betrayed the core principles of conservatism”

Here is a guest blog from principled conservative Connie Fournier, co-founder of Free Dominion and long-standing supporter of OpenMedia. Connie looks at how the Trans-Pacific Partnership contravenes core conservative principles, and how the government’s refusal to publish the text means Canadians are forced to vote blindly on October 19.

A few months ago . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Guest Blog by Connie Fournier: With the TPP, Harper has “betrayed the core principles of conservatism”

The Canadian Progressive: Michael Geist: How the TPP Puts Canadian Privacy at Risk

Internet law expert Michael Geist explains how the Trans Pacific Partnership deal’s “several anti-privacy measures” would restrict the government’s ability to safeguards Canadian’s privacy rights, and sensitive personal information such as financial and health data.

The post Michael Geist: How the TPP Puts Canadian Privacy at Risk appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

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Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

This and that for your Sunday reading.

– Edward Keenan writes that a lack of affordable child care is the crucial financial pressure facing families across the income spectrum. And Michael Wolfson discusses the dangers of talking about taxes in a vacuum without recognizing what we lose by failing to make sure everybody pays a . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Sunday Morning Links

OpenMedia.ca: Is the Canadian Government Misleading the Public on the TPP Copyright Provisions?

Why we need to see the full text of the TPP and not just the edited summaries that various governments deem us worthy to have.

Written by Michael Geist for his website, michaelgeist.ca

The initial Canadian press coverage on the conclusion of the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations has unsurprisingly focused on the dairy sector, with word . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Is the Canadian Government Misleading the Public on the TPP Copyright Provisions?

OpenMedia.ca: Your feedback made this possible: stay tuned for our Election Report Cards next week!

Well, the calendar has just flipped over to October, which can only mean one thing: we’re just under three weeks from an election that’s going to be absolutely crucial for our digital future.

There’s no doubt this election represents a crossroads for Canada’s Internet. There’s so much on the line: . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Your feedback made this possible: stay tuned for our Election Report Cards next week!

OpenMedia.ca: Geist: Make universal, affordable broadband an election issue.

Less than 3 weeks away from the election, and still no mention of universal, affordable broadband Internet access…Why are political parties silent on this issue?

Article by Michael Geist for the Toronto Star

The long election campaign of 2015 has featured a myriad of daily policy announcements as the three . . . → Read More: OpenMedia.ca: Geist: Make universal, affordable broadband an election issue.