Archive for April 11th, 2012

Telcos on Lawful Access: Primary Concern is Who Pays

Last week, I posted about a recent Justice Committee report that includes recommendations that would expand Bill C-30, the lawful access/online surveillance bill, in several important ways.  Toward the end of the post is a comment from Bell on the issue. While the source article is no longer available online – it appears to have been pulled – the company spokesperson states:

“Our primary concern in this area has always been the capacity of industry to implement any new requirements and who bears the cost.”

The message from Bell that it prioritizes cost on the lawful access issue should not come as a surprise. For years, the telecom and Internet provider community have focused most of their attention on the costs associated with divulging subscriber information or responding to other law enforcement requests. While recouping the costs associated with installing new surveillance-capable equipment is an obvious issue, the potential to turn subscriber information disclosures into a new revenue source is particularly troubling.

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April 11, 2012 10 comments News

Crack the Coursepack

A group of McGill students have created a new project – complete with informative comics and an FAQ – that explores alternatives to the traditional coursepack with an emphasis on open access and fair dealing.

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April 11, 2012 2 comments Must Reads

mitaresponse

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April 11, 2012 Comments are Disabled General

cwta2007

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April 11, 2012 1 comment General