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Conservative Majority Gives Ottawa A Crack At Breaking The Digital Logjam

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My weekly technology column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) reviews many of the points raised in a blog post last week on the future of digital policies in Canada given the majority Conservative government. It is hard to project precisely what will happen; given the number of open cabinet positions it is not known whether Industry Minister Tony Clement and Canadian Heritage Minister James Moore will remain in their portfolios or move elsewhere. If they stay the course, the Conservative digital policies are strong in a number of areas.


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Government Reaffirms Plans for Lawful Access

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Public Safety Minister Vic Toews yesterday re-affirmed the government's commitment to passing lawful access legislation within 100 sitting days.
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New Zealand Angry Over US IP Watch List

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Add New Zealand to the growing list of countries upset over this year's USTR Special 301 list. Opposition politicians and independent academics view the placement as gearing up for the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations and an attempt to increase drug prices in the country.
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