Archive for May, 2006

Canada to Launch Cybersecurity Task Force?

My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) reports that the the Conservative government is preparing to launch a Cyber-Security Task Force.  Although the Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness does not list any information about the task force on its site, GEDS, the government’s electronic directory service, was recently updated to include a Cybersecurity Task Force Secretariat.  The Secretariat apparently at least includes an Assistant Deputy Minister and a senior policy analyst.

While the move to address shortcomings in Canada’s cyber-security framework is welcome, the creation of this task force raises three important issues.

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May 29, 2006 1 comment Columns

Cyber-security Plans Require a Privacy Perspective

Appeared in the Toronto Star on May 29, 2006 as No Carte Blanche to Spy on Citizens Since taking office in late January, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has sought to distance himself from the policies of the preceding Liberal governments.  Perhaps no longer.  Information posted recently on a government directory […]

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May 29, 2006 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

Podcasts and Broadcasts

I recently spent about 40 minutes chatting with Amber MacArthur for the Inside the Net podcast program. You can listen to the discussion (which suffer from some poor Skype audio quality) on music and the law, the clip culture, and net neutrality here.  Meanwhile, TVO is broadcasting my Hart House […]

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May 26, 2006 4 comments News

Rogers CFO Speculates on Tiered Access

Rogers CFO Doug Linton has told an investors’ conference that ISPs must move toward increased tiered pricing for customers. 

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May 25, 2006 6 comments News

Sound Numbers

A special edition of my Law Bytes column (Ottawa Citizen version, homepage version) reports on a recent Canadian Heritage commissioned study on the economic impact of the copyright industries. The Connectus Consulting report, entitled The Economic Impact of Canadian Copyright Industries – Sectoral Analysis, has yet to be publicly released.  However, I recently obtained a copy of the final report dated March 31, 2006, under an Access to Information Act request.

The report, which spans 1997 to 2004, finds that the copyright industries comprise 4.5 percent of the Canadian economy and contribute 5.5 percent of total Canadian employment.  While that is expected to increase in the coming years (the copyright industries are growing at a faster rate than the overall economy), it pales in comparison to sectors such as finance, manufacturing, agriculture, education, and health care.

More interesting is a case study on the sound recording industry that contradicts both the industry claims and the expectations of the report's authors.

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May 25, 2006 10 comments Columns