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The Law Bytes Podcast, Episode 99: “They Just Seemed Not to Listen to Any of Us” – Cynthia Khoo on the Canadian Government’s Online Harms Consultation

Late last month – just weeks prior the national election call – Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault released plans for online harms legislation with a process  that was billed as a consultation, but that is probably better characterized as an advisory notice, since there are few questions, options or apparent interest in hearing what Canadians think of the plans. Those plans include the creation of a bureaucratic super-structure that featuring a new Digital Safety Commission, a digital tribunal to rule on content removal, and a social media regulation advisory board. In terms of illegal content, the proposed legislation envisions a myriad of takedown requirements, content filtering, complaints mechanisms, and even website blocking.

Cynthia Khoo is an Associate at the Center on Privacy & Technology at Georgetown Law in Washington. She is also the author of a ground-breaking Canadian study for LEAF, the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, on holding digital platforms accountable for technology technology-facilitated gender-based violence. She joins the Law Bytes podcast in a personal capacity to discuss the government’s consultation and her recent report.

The podcast can be downloaded here, accessed on YouTube, and is embedded below. Subscribe to the podcast via Apple Podcast, Google Play, Spotify or the RSS feed. Updates on the podcast on Twitter at @Lawbytespod.

Show Notes:

Canadian Heritage, Technical Paper on Online Harms


Canada 2020, Democracy in the Digital Age: Addressing Online Harms


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  5. Tyler VIncent says:

    We already have laws for harmful content. What we need is for our government to stay our of our business, and parliament to swear an oath to stop directly and indirectly arming ISIS terrorists, Israel and other terrorist organizations. We don’t want Canada becoming like America, who’s Stop Arming Terrorists bill failed in congress after gaining only 13 out of 535 congressional supporters.

    H.R.608 – Stop Arming Terrorists Act was introduced by Rep. Gabbard, Tulsi [D-HI] on January 23, 2017. The bill doesn’t have any crazy strings attached and its original cosponsors are a mix of Republicans and Democrats — highlighting that it transcends party lines.

    “For years, our government has been providing both direct and indirect support to these armed militant groups, who are working directly with or under the command of terrorist groups like Al-Qaeda and ISIS, all in their effort and fight to overthrow the Syrian government,” Gabbard said in an interview earlier this year.

    The only thing this bill does is prohibit the US government from giving money and weapons to people who want to murder Americans and who do murder innocent men, women, and children across the globe. It is quite possibly the simplest and most rational bill ever proposed by Congress. Given its rational and humanitarian nature, one would think that representatives would be lining up to show their support. However, one would be wrong.

    After nearly 5 months since its introduction, only 13 of the 535 members of Congress have signed on as co-sponsors. What this lack of support for the bill shows is that the federal government is addicted to funding terror and has no intention of ever stopping it. First we must create and pass our own “Stop Arming Terrorists Act” long before we preach to others what constitutes “harmful content.”

    “Social media platforms can be abused and used to incite hate, promote violence and extremism or for other illegal activity.”

    Our own government, media, and military uses online platforms to promote illegal regime change wars, terrorism abroad, and the bombing of entire civilizations to the stone age, such as Libya, as well as the relocation of Al-Qaeda to Canada.

    We (the Canadian government) are the terrorists and we need to stop promoting terrorism and regime change in countries like Ukraine and Belarus. We must stop promoting state sponsored hate speech and harmful fake news directed at Russia, China, Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, and the other leaders of the civilized world. We need to stop helping the illegal Jewish occupation of Palestine, America, and Britain arm and train ISIS terrorists, and we need to do that long before we start preaching to other about what constitutes “harmful content.”

    We don’t need any more government regulations of freedom of expression and information, we need less. That does not mean you have the right to finance terrorism around the globe. State sponsored terrorism and state sponsored regime-change driven hate-speech is our primary concern that needs to be addressed here in Canada and we need to put an end to our role in financing child be-headers around the world immediately.

  6. Tyler Vincent says:

    One video seems broken on bitchutes side, here is a working version:

    Illigitimate Canadian Regime Supporting Terrorist Groups in Syria (working version):

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  8. Just one thing this bill does is prevent the US government from providing money and weapons to people who want to murder Americans and who are already killing innocent men, women, and children around the world. It is quite probably the simplest and most logical bill that Congress has ever introduced. Representatives would be lining up to show their support, given the sensible and humanitarian nature of the proposal. One would, however, be mistaken.

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