Archive for September 27th, 2010

U.S. Uses Domain Names As New Way to Regulate the Net

Appeared in the Toronto Star on September 27, 2010 as U.S. Uses Domain Names As New Way to Regulate the Net Governments have long sought ways to regulate Internet activity, whether for the purposes of taxation, content regulation, or the application of national laws.  Effective regulatory measures have often proven […]

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September 27, 2010 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

From Rhetoric to Reality: The Key Issues in Bill C-32

Appeared in the Hill Times on September 27, 2010 as From Rhetoric to Reality: The Key Issues in Bill C-32 With the House of Commons back in session, there are indications that Bill C-32, the copyright reform bill, will emerge as a government priority.  Given the rhetoric since its introduction, […]

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September 27, 2010 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

U.S. To Seek Broad Wiretap Laws for Internet

The NY Times reports that the U.S. law enforcement authorities are seeking new powers to require all communications – including email and social networks – to have the capability to intercept and unscramble encrypted messages.

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September 27, 2010 9 comments Must Reads

The CIRA Election – Cast Your Vote Now

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority, the agency that administers the dot-ca domain, is currently holding its annual board of directors election.  This is a particularly important year since there are five positions open (virtually guaranteeing considerable change at the board level) and the organization has finally begun to address the public interest side of its mandate.  I’ll be posting more on some of its announced plans soon, but I want to encourage all CIRA members to vote before the September 29th deadline.

In this election, CIRA members can vote for one member-nominated candidate and up to four nominating committee candidates.  I should note that this is a broken system as the nominating committee has created signicant board upheaval and loss of institutional memory.  Meanwhile the CIRA members are left to select only one of their nominated candidates.

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September 27, 2010 3 comments News

Access Copyright Responds to Tariff Objections

Many people have written to note that Access Copyright, represented by Barry Sookman, filed a response to the many objections raised with the Copyright Board. Access Copyright argues that only educational institutions qualify as objectors in the proceeding.  It says all others – including student, teacher, and library groups – […]

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September 27, 2010 12 comments Must Reads