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    Benkler on the SOPA & ACTA Protests

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    Harvard professor Yochai Benkler recently delivered an exceptional talk examining how the SOPA and ACTA protests unfolded. The talk highlights the role of online new sources and the rapidly changing key players in raising awareness or generating protest activity.

    The Guardian: Blueprint for Democratic Participation from The Guardian and The Paley Center for Media on FORA.tv


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    Industry Committee Releases E-commerce Study

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    The Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology has released its final report on e-commerce in Canada (I appeared before the committee last October). The report has sixteen recommendations, but none are particularly innovative or surprising. They include emphasizing e-commerce in the forthcoming digital economy strategy, increasing affordability of Internet service, bringing anti-spam legislation into force, and (oddly) the need for ISPs to provide 24/7 tech support. The report also includes an inaccurate reference to a completed digital economy strategy, though it actually points only to a consultation document. The NDP offers a supplementary opinion that provides more interesting recommendations including setting aside proceeds from the spectrum auction to enhance broadband deployment, resuming Statistics Canada research on e-commerce, and establishing a digital literacy task force.

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    Alberta Court of Appeal Rules Portions of Privacy Law Unconstitutional

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    The Alberta Court of Appeal has ruled that portions of the provincial privacy statute are unconstitutional. The decision, United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 401 v Alberta (Attorney General), is online. Discussion here, here, and here.
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    Supreme Court Law Review Now Openly Available Online

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    Osgoode Hall Law School is now publishing the Supreme Court Law Review freely online. The review is the result of annual conference on constitutional cases dating back to 1997.
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    Blackout Speakout

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    Environmental groups in Canada are launching a major online protest against the government's plans to reform environmental laws as part of its budget implementation bill. Details on the protest - currently planned for June 4th - available here.
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