Post Tagged with: "mcguinty"

McGuinty Calls for Facebook-Based Consultation on License Restrictions

Earlier this fall, I wrote a column on the CRTC's online consultation on new media, commending the CRTC for conducting the consultation but concluding that it takes more than "if you build it, they will come" approach."  I argued that improving on that performance would require government to actually conduct […]

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November 26, 2008 34 comments News

Petition Against System-Access Fees

Liberal MP David McGuinty has supplemented his private member's bill that legislates against system access fees with a petition on point.

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June 10, 2008 9 comments Must Reads

McGuinty Introduces Telecom Transparency Private Members Bill

Liberal MP David McGuinty has introduced the Telecommunications Clarity and Fairness Act, a private members bill that will come as welcome news to every Canadian consumer.  The bill would outlaw the much-hated system access fee and require the CRTC to study issues such as how stop providers from locking devices, […]

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June 3, 2008 4 comments News

Facing Up To Facebook Fears

My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, homepage version) examines the recent controversy associated with Facebook, including student suspensions for postings and the Ontario government decision to ban access to the site for thousands of bureaucrats and elected officials. I argue that while the merits of Facebook is open to debate – some love it, others hate it, and many simply do not understand what the fuss is about – there should be no debating the fact that many of these policy responses are unnecessary, knee-jerk reactions to an emerging social phenomenon that is poorly understood.

The recent backlash against Facebook has generally on centered around two concerns – derogatory comments and workplace productivity (ironically missing the real sources of concern such as the privacy impact of posting deeply personal information). 

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May 7, 2007 14 comments Columns

Facing Up To Facebook Fears

Appeared in the Toronto Star on May 7, 2007 as Let's Face It, Facebook is Here To Stay Facebook, the enormously popular social media website, has attracted a remarkable amount of attention in recent weeks.   On the heels of several high profile cases of student suspensions for posting negative comments […]

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May 7, 2007 6 comments Columns Archive