The Liberal Party policy convention is underway in Ottawa with delegates preparing to debate a series of policy proposals that could ultimately make their way into their national election platforms. Party members voted on the top 20 proposals for discussion and included one involving the media and online information that seems obviously unconstitutional and a direct threat to a freedom of the press. The proposal, purportedly aimed at addressing misinformation, calls for more government funding for the media and that the government explore options to “hold on-line information services accountable for the veracity of material published on their platforms and to limit publication only to material whose sources can be traced.”
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Liberal Party Policy Proposal Would Limit Online Publication to Material “Whose Sources Can Be Traced”
The Liberals have adopted a strong stand against warrantless disclosure of personal information under lawful access, a notable shift in position from its previous support for lawful access reforms.
The Liberal Party has launched an interesting crowdsourcing experiment. OnProbation.ca, a party-sponsored site, now includes a "feedback forum" that invites visitor to pose a question for the Prime Minister. Visitors can then vote on their favourites in a Digg-style format. Interestingly, the top vote getter thus far is a question […]
The Liberal Party has provided a helpful reminder about why we need a fair use right under Canadian copyright law. The Liberals have called on the Conservatives to withdraw an advertisement titled Even Liberals (currently the top link at the video portion of the party's site) because of copyright infringement. […]
My weekly Law Bytes column (Toronto Star version, freely available version) examines the Liberal minority government' s record on technology law issues. I suggest that much like the underlying policies themselves, the record is a mixed bag. It falls into three groups of developments: (i) completed policies; (ii) policies that […]