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The Law Bytes Podcast, Episode 77: The Complexity of Internet Content Regulation – A Conversation with CIPPIC’s Vivek Krishnamurthy

Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault seems set to table another bill that would establish Internet content regulations, including requirements for Internet platforms to proactively remove many different forms of content, some illegal and others harmful or possibly even “hurtful.” Few would argue with the proposition that some regulation is needed, but venturing into government regulated takedown requirements of otherwise legal content raises complex questions about how to strike the balance between safeguarding Canadians from online harms and protecting freedom of expression.

Vivek Krishnamurthy, is a colleague at the University of Ottawa, where he is the Samuelson-Gluschko Professor of Law and serves as the director of CIPPIC, the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic. He joins the Law Bytes podcast to talk about the complexities of Internet content regulation and the risks that overbroad rules could stifle expression online and provide a dangerous model for countries less concerned with online civil liberties.

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  2. “Few would argue with the proposition that some regulation is needed.”
    This is a false and most dangerous statement. The Internet has not been regulated for two generations now. All the network engineers that understand how it works have warned that regulation is impossible without “breaking the Internet”. They’d tell you it won’t work either, that the Internet just routes around censorship (or speech regulation, which IS the same thing.) It won’t stop criminals, or conspiracy theorists. All it will do is entrench the already powerful and neutre the Internet’s ability to give voice to the underdog. That’s why the powerful WANT regulation. And it’s precicely your job to keep this sort of misinformation from breaking what has been working for our whole lives.

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