Archive for August, 2007

A Digital Economy Blueprint For the New Industry Minister

Jim Prentice, Canada's new Industry Minister, has been on the job for less than a week, yet his appointment has already sent a buzz through the business community.  With a member of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's inner circle now at the helm, promoting Canada's global economic competitiveness promises to become a core priority on the government's fall agenda. While some political commentators maintain that the issue rarely translates into voter support, my weekly Law Bytes column (Ottawa Citizen version, homepage version) argues that the good news for Prentice is that reforms focusing on digital issues represent both good policy and smart politics.  By prioritizing three issues – communication, copyright, and consumer confidence – he has the opportunity to establish a forward-looking framework that can serve as a model for other countries and provide a payoff at the ballot box.

On the communication front, analysts are divided on whether recent deregulation will result in reduced prices for consumers; however, there is near-universal agreement that deregulation alone is not enough. 

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August 21, 2007 2 comments Columns

A Digital Economy Blueprint For the New Industry Minister

Appeared on August 20, 2007 in the Toronto Star as A Blueprint For Reforming the Digital Economy Appeared on August 21, 2007 in the Ottawa Citizen as Digital Policy Issues a Good Icebreaker for New Industry Minister Appeared on August 21, 2007 in the Tyee as Canada's Path to Digital […]

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August 20, 2007 Comments are Disabled Columns Archive

The Globe on Terror Goes Digital

The Globe and Mail published an embarrassing feature story on the weekend focusing on terror groups' use of the Internet and a "Canadian connection." A story on terror group use of the Internet would have made for an interesting (albeit unoriginal) story, so it appears that the Globe tried to generate greater interest in the story by adding a Canadian connection.  The article begins with "Welcome to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia – pivotal battleground in the global jihad."

Why does the Globe think Yarmouth is a pivotal battleground in the global jihad?  Because Register.com, a leading domain name registrar, uses Yarmouth as the base for those want to register domain names anonymously.  It is difficult to overstate the extent to which this claim is misguided. 

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August 19, 2007 3 comments News

Quebec Gov’t Strikes Deal with ESA on French Language Video Games

The Canadian Press reports that the Quebec government and the Entertainment Software Alliance have reached an agreement under which all video games sold in Quebec will be translated into French.

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August 19, 2007 3 comments Must Reads

Slyck Interviews the CPCC

Slyck features an interview with David Basskin of the CPCC.  The interview includes the inevitable question about the applicability of downloading songs on P2P networks, which Basskin responds to by instead focusing on uploading on P2P networks.

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August 19, 2007 3 comments Must Reads