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While there are great liveblogs and media coverage of my talk on digital advocacy at the Mesh Conference, I've posted a synced version of the presentation and an MP3 recording of the talk.  The talk owes a lot to Ethan Zuckerman's exceptional presentation on the same subject at the ETech conference earlier this year.  I begin with three stories - the experience of Fair Copyright for Canada, Stephen Taylor's challenge of a CBC report, and the Apple 1984 advertisement as a political mashup.  I then consider ten things that make digital advocacy effective:
  • organizing power
  • online and offline
  • mainstream media
  • educate
  • action
  • speed
  • digital tools
  • localized
  • government 2.0
  • general purpose sites
Fri May 23, 2008

This week I delivered the opening speech at the annual Spectrum 20/20 conference that focused on the state of Canadian wireless marketplace.  As the title of this blog posts suggest, I believe that Canadian wireless is in a state of crisis, with limited competition and high data prices.  The talk and slides have been posted to Blip.tv and are embedded below.


Note that I also covered the issue this week in my technology law column (Toronto Star version, Ottawa Citizen version, Vancouver Sun version, homepage version).  I begin by noting that last week's announcement that the Apple iPhone will make its long awaited Canadian debut later this year generated considerable excitement.  While analysts focused on the bottom line impact for Rogers Wireless, it may be that the most important effects have already been felt in Canada since more than any industry statistics or speeches, the iPhone's slow entry into Canada has crystallized the view that the Canadian wireless market is hopelessly behind the rest of the world with limited competition, higher prices, and less choice.

Wed May 7, 2008
As part of Monday's Public Policy Forum's symposium on copyright, I was given the opportunity to deliver a short talk on copyright.  I titled the talk "The Copyright Myths," a nod to the rhetoric around the copyright reform issue in Canada (for those who are wondering - the U.S. Ambassador to Canada David Wilkins said little controversial at the symposium, leaving the more energetic support of the DMCA to the luncheon speaker from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and keynote speaker Perrin Beatty. All panels featured speakers from both sides of the copyright/IP issue and the outcome of the breakouts emphasized fair dealing and anti-counterfeiting measures). 

I've tried syncing the presentation and the MP3 I recorded of my talk which is posted below.  An MP3 version only of the talk can be accessed here.  For those looking for the short version, my five myths are:
  1. The Importance of Copyright - copyright is important, but investment decisions, creativity and new business models are products of much more than just an IP framework as venture capital, tax structures, talent, competitive communications, and government support are all part of the decision making process.
  2. Consultations and Reforms - while some argue that Canada has engaged in lengthy consultations with little action, I argue that the opposite is true
  3. Canada in the World - lobby groups and the U.S. have been vocal in criticizing Canadian copyright law, yet a closer look reveals that Canadian law stands up impressively by world (and U.S.) standards
  4. Copyright in the World - the U.S. would have you believe that all countries must mirror the DMCA, however, the truth is that there is great flexibility in how any country can move forward with digital copyright reform
  5. Copyright Consensus - most seem to believe that copyright is too divisive to achieve consensus, but I argue that there is already a broad consensus on an approach that rejects the DMCA and emphasizes balance

Tue Apr 29, 2008

Several readers noted that the posting of my recent Osgoode Hall talk was in a limiting format.  The organizers have now posted an embedded, flash version that should be more readily accessible.

Mon Mar 31, 2008
Last week, I visited Australia to deliver several talks on copyright, open access, and Internet regulation.  My talk on open access - which focuses on why adopting open access models can help counter restrictive contractual terms and copyright laws - has been posted online by the University of Melbourne's Information Futures Commission.
Mon Feb 11, 2008
I recently appeared on CBC's The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos to discuss the mounting Canadian copyfight.
Sun Dec 30, 2007

Rudy Jahchan of Galacticast provides a creative take on the fight against the Canadian DMCA.

Sun Dec 30, 2007
With the Canadian version of the DMCA likely to be introduced within the next two weeks, there has a remarkable outpouring of interest from individual Canadians about what they can do to have their concerns heard.  The unfortunate reality is that there is nothing can be done about what the bill will look like when it is introduced - Industry Minister Jim Prentice has simply decided discard consumer, education, research, and privacy interests, ignore his own party's policy platform, and the cave into U.S. pressure.  Once the bill is introduced, however, Canadians can send a message to their MPs, the Ministers, and others, calling for a fair copyright bill that addresses Canadian concerns (those in Calgary can do so in person on December 8th as Prentice hosts an open house).

Many people have pointed to the my 30 Things You Can Do posting.  I've decided to update the posting - and create a short YouTube video - to better reflect the current situation.  I've also launched a Facebook group called Fair Copyright.  The next 60 days are absolutely crucial.  If Canadians speak out in large numbers, the government may rethink its current strategy of fast-tracking the Canadian DMCA.

What can you do?

Sun Dec 2, 2007

Last week's column on the Data Protection and Privacy Commissioner's conference has generated a fair amount of attention.  As I noted in my blog posting, the column was based on my concluding remarks in the final plenary of that conference.  The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has now posted a video of those remarks on YouTube.

Mon Oct 8, 2007

Over the past year, Canadians have faced a barrage of claims painting Canada as a "piracy haven."  This video - the second in my collaboration with Daniel Albahary - moves beyond the headlines to demonstrate how the claims do not tell the whole story.

Update: Source documents for the film posted here

Wed Jul 11, 2007
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