Weekly News Roundup (March 28)

By: Brittany Green 

Top Stories this Week

 Potential parliamentary reforms would strike a blow to democracy: Editorial (Access to Information Canada) https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2017/03/28/potential-parliamentary-reforms-would-strike-a-blow-to-democracy-editorial.html

Does your company have a cyberbreach strategy? Here’s why it should (Privacy Canada) https://digitalguardian.com/blog/data-breach-experts-share-most-important-next-step-you-should-take-after-data-breach-2014-2015

Academic freedom at McGill called into question (Censorship Canada) http://news.nationalpost.com/news/canada/professors-question-health-of-academic-freedom-at-mcgill-after-potter-resignation

Lack of indigenous members lamented; CRTC Chair (CRTC) http://business.financialpost.com/fp-tech-desk/crtc-chair-regrets-lack-of-indigenous-commissioners-at-aboriginal-radio-hearing

Top International News

Trump’s lawyers: ‘Apprentice’ contestant can’t sue president (Defamation International) http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/wireStory/president-trump-asserts-immunity-defamation-claims-46428459

Campus ‘free speech zones’ face new round of scrutiny (Censorship International) https://www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2017-03-28/campus-free-speech-zones-face-new-round-of-scrutiny

Pinterest blackout gives further reason to chip away at China’s Great Firewall (Censorship International) https://www.pressreader.com/canada/the-globe-and-mail-ottawaquebec-edition/20170328/281814283697894

Thai gov’t suspends TV station for a week over its reports (Censorship International) http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/thai-govt-suspends-tv-station-week-reports-46396570

Weekly News Roundup (March 23)

By: Brittany Green

Top Stories this Week

 Lawyers for Snowden helpers want Ottawa’s aid (Snowden) https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/the-latest-us-hails-arrest-in-threats-on-jewish-centers/2017/03/23/de80c6dc-0fd2-11e7-aa57-2ca1b05c41b8_story.html?utm_term=.d17d239d08d2

Treading water as the level is rising (CRTC) https://www.pressreader.com/canada/toronto-star/20170323/281694024604937

Minister will miss conference on openness; Budget keeps Treasury Board head from attending meeting as press reports reform delay (Access to Information Canada) https://www.pressreader.com/canada/toronto-star/20170322/281621010158538

Sports Bars Without Sports?; Bell, Rogers Putting The Squeeze On Watering Holes (CRTC) https://www.pressreader.com/canada/national-post-latest-edition/20170322/281479276237311

 Top International News

The Latest: Jewish leaders welcome arrest of threat suspect (Defamation International) https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/the-latest-us-hails-arrest-in-threats-on-jewish-centers/2017/03/23/de80c6dc-0fd2-11e7-aa57-2ca1b05c41b8_story.html?utm_term=.d17d239d08d2

Google overhauls its advertising policies; Tech giant introducing two new features after uproar over YouTube videos in U.K. (Censorship International) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-03-21/google-overhauls-ads-policies-after-uproar-over-youtube-videos

‘Beauty and the Beast’ to be shown in Malaysia without cuts (Censorship International) http://www.cnbc.com/2017/03/21/beauty-and-the-beast-to-be-shown-in-malaysia-without-cuts.html



Weekly News Roundup (March 7)

By: Brittany Green

Top Stories this Week

SIN error leaves employees worried; Some Molson Coors staff’s social insurance numbers printed on T4 envelopes (Privacy Canada) https://www.pressreader.com/canada/toronto-star/20170307/282170765943238

Greenpeace court filing an admission of ‘lying,’ forest company charges (Defamation Canada) http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/sudbury/greenpeace-resolute-court-1.4012553

Vote could put Hamilton on leading edge of transgender rights protection; Anti-discrimination policy part of settlement in rights complaint filed by transgender woman over denial of access to bathroom of choice (Freedom of Expression Canada) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/toronto/vote-could-put-hamilton-on-leading-edge-of-transgender-rights-protection/article34212986/

Escape From The Broadband Wilderness; Some Towns Building Fibre Themselves (CRTC) http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/fast-fibre-optic-internet-arrives-in-many-small-towns-before-big-cities-1.3174901

Repeat Broadcast; Marc raboy’s biography of marconi, the inventor of radio, explains the tech giants of today (CRTC) https://www.google.ca/search?q=Repeat+Broadcast%3B+Marc+raboy%27s+biography+of+marconi%2C+the+inventor+of+radio%2C+explains+the+tech+giants+of+today&rlz=1C5CHFA_enCA709CA709&oq=Repeat+Broadcast%3B+Marc+raboy%27s+biography+of+marconi%2C+the+inventor+of+radio%2C+explains+the+tech+giants+of+today&aqs=chrome..69i57.252j0j9&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

 Top International News

Senior China government adviser criticizes web censorship (Censorship International) http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2017/03/06/senior-china-government-adviser-criticizes-web-censorship/

UN experts express concern about growth of ‘fake news’ (Freedom of Expression International) http://www.metronews.ca/news/world/2017/03/03/un-experts-express-concern-about-growth-of-fake-news.html

Fri Mar 10: CBC Host Nora Young, Workshop: The Computable Self and the Politics of Data

The Computable Self and the Politics of Data

10 March 2017

Keynote talk with Nora Young, host of CBC Radio program Spark 

Friday, 10 March 2017


CIBC Hall, 3rd floor McMaster University Student Centre

All welcome.


Friday, 10 March 2017


Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship, Mills Library 1st floor

Please email banners@mcmaster.ca to register.

See Full Program with Abstract and Presenters

Keynote speaker

Nora Young, host of CBC Radio program Spark, will give a talk titled Data Bodies, Digital Citizens: Power and Politics in the Age of the Data Boom: We’re in a new era, where the physical and the digital are braided together as never before. Simply going through daily life, enormous amounts of data are produced about us, and by us. As individuals, that data can help us learn about ourselves. Collectively, it can lead to smarter, more sustainable cities, improve health care and respond to crises. But that Data Boom comes with serious risks: loss of privacy, unacknowledged bias, or the targeting of vulnerable populations. The Data Boom is affecting the credit rating you get, the jobs you will be considered for and more. To build the data future we want we need to be active digital citizens, and rethink our relationship to our data.

Workshop: The Computable Self and the Politics of Data

This one-day regional workshop, hosted at McMaster University’s Sherman Centre for the Digital Humanities, will explore political, scholarly and creative interventions into personal data, practices of quantifying self, and our virtual and networked lives. Invited academic, artistic and research creation presentations will address creative and political intersections that link data, self, and social formations. How does data work to create, mandate or complicate normative formations of self and idealized socials? How do our emergent practices and critiques of data illuminate neoliberal or machinic valorization; shed light to the acts of power and self-governance or surveillance; imagine resistive ways in which we can exploit or retain agency with our data? How do we realize data’s productivity through our varied critical and creative practices? The workshop aims to consider popular outreach, such as Nora’s, that seek to engage a broad public in crucial conversations around the present and future work of data.

Workshop speakers:

Andrea Zeffiro, Academic Director, Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship, Assistant Professor, Communication Studies and Multimedia, McMaster University

Christina Baade, University Scholar, Associate Professor, Communication Studies and Multimedia, McMaster University

Christine Quail, Associate Professor, Communication Studies and Multimedia, McMaster University

Danielle Wong, PhD Candidate, English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University

David Ogborn, Associate Professor, Communication Studies and Multimedia, McMaster University

David Phillips, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Gabby Resch, PhD Candidate, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Isabel Pedersen, Canada Research Chair in Digital Life, Media and Culture, University Of Ontario Institute Of Technology

Matt Ratto, Associate Professor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Natasha Tusikov, Adjunct Professor, Department of Sociology, Brock University

Patricio Davila, Assistant Professor, OCAD University

Paula Gardner, Asper Chair in Communications, McMaster University

Sara Bannerman, Canada Research Chair in Communication Policy and Governance, McMaster University

Sarah Brophy, Professor, English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University

Sponsored by:

McMaster University’s Faculty of Humanities

McMaster University’s Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia

Sara Bannerman, Canada Research Chair in Communication Policy and Governance

Paula Gardner, Asper Chair in Communications



Weekly News Roundup (Feb. 27)

By: Brittany Green

 Top Stories this Week

 ‘Alarming’ number of businesses hit by hackers in past year: poll; Nearly three in five polled ‘either suspect or know for certain’ they were victims of hacking attempts (Privacy Law Canada) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/technology/alarming-number-of-businesses-hit-by-hackers-in-past-year-poll/article34144277/

Plan is outsourcing by another name (CRTC) https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/02/24/plan-for-toronto-police-overhaul-is-outsourcing-by-another-name-dimanno.html

The trouble behind Canada’s failed First Nations water plants; A Globe and Mail study reveals the stories behind three of Canada’s most troubled on-reserve water treatment plants (Access to Information Canada) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/the-trouble-behind-canadas-failed-first-nations-water-plants/article34131686/

Top International News

EU lawmakers, in unusual move, pull the plug on racist talk (Censorship International) http://finance.yahoo.com/news/eu-lawmakers-unusual-move-pull-plug-racist-talk-080431070.html

Muhammad Ali’s son detained at airport: ‘Are you Muslim?’ (Privacy Act International) http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/muhammad-ali-jr-airport-1.3999531

White House bars major news outlets from informal briefing (Access to Information International) http://www.cnbc.com/2017/02/25/white-house-bars-major-news-outlets.html

BOOK TALK: Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World

BOOK TALK: Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World

by Marc Raboy, Full Professor, Beaverbrook Chair in Ethics, Media and Communications, McGill University Department of Art History and Communication Studies

Friday March 24 2017


Location: Wilson Building (LRW), rm. 2001

Prof. Raboy will discuss his recently-published book, Marconi: The Man Who Networked the World (OUP, 2016), which has been  short-listed for the Governor General’s Award for English-language non-fiction and short-listed for the RBC Taylor Prize.  His book has been reviewed in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Nature. It has been long-listed for the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. It was listed by the National Post as one of the top 99 books of 2016, by Nature as one of the top 20 books of 2016, and is the subject of a CBC Ideas episode.

About the book:

A little over a century ago the world went wireless. Cables and all their limiting inefficiencies gave way to a revolutionary means of transmitting news and information almost everywhere, instantaneously. By means of “Hertzian waves,” as radio waves were initially known, ships could now make contact with other ships (saving lives, such as on the doomed R.M.S. Titanic); financial markets could coordinate with other financial markets, establishing the price of commodities and fixing exchange rates; military commanders could connect with the front lines, positioning artillery and directing troop movements. Suddenly and irrevocably, time and space telescoped beyond what had been thought imaginable. Someone had not only imagined this networked world but realized it: Guglielmo Marconi.

As Marc Raboy shows us in this enthralling and comprehensive biography, Marconi was the first truly global figure in modern communications. Born to an Italian father and an Irish mother, he was in many ways stateless, working his cosmopolitanism to his advantage. Through a combination of skill, tenacity, luck, vision, and timing, Marconi popularized-and, more critically, patented-the use of radio waves. Soon after he burst into public view with a demonstration of his wireless apparatus in London at the age of 22. In 1896, he established his Wireless Telegraph & Signal Company, and he seemed an unstoppable force. Marconi was decorated by the Czar of Russia, named an Italian Senator, knighted by King George V of England, and awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics-all before the age of 40. Until his death in 1937, Marconi was at the center of every major innovation in electronic communication, courted by those with powerful scientific, political, and financial interests, and trailed by the media, which recorded and published nearly every one of his utterances. He established stations and transmitters in every corner of the globe, from Newfoundland to Buenos Aires, Hawaii to Saint Petersburg.

Based on original research and unpublished archival materials in four countries and several languages, Raboy’s book is the first to connect significant parts of Marconi’s story, from his early days in Italy, to his groundbreaking experiments, to his protean role in world affairs. Raboy also explores Marconi’s relationships with his wives, mistresses, and children, and examines in unsparing detail the last ten years of the inventor’s life, when he returned to Italy and became a pillar of Benito Mussolini’s fascist regime. Raboy’s engrossing biography, which will stand as the authoritative work of its subject, proves that we still live in the world Marconi created.

Sponsored by:

Sara Bannerman, Canada Research Chair in Communication Policy and Governance

McMaster University’s Department of Computing and Software

McMaster University’s Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition

McMaster University’s Department of Communication Studies and Multimedia

McMaster University’s Department of History

Weekly News Roundup (Feb. 15)

By: Brittany Green

 Top Stories this Week

 Google, Facebook tell government they take ‘fake news’ seriously (Freedom of Expression Canada) https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/02/15/google-facebook-tell-government-they-take-fake-news-seriously.html

Islamophobia motion a divisive issue; Some Conservative leadership candidates calling it an attack on freedom of expression (Freedom of Expression Canada) https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/02/14/conservatives-divided-on-anti-islamaphobia-motion.html

Troubled veteran sought help before suicide; In Facebook post, ex-soldier said he was fighting Ottawa for assistance with injuries (Privacy Act Canada) https://www.pressreader.com/canada/toronto-star/20170215/281621010090858

Critics decry Liberal consultation effort (Privacy Act Canada) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/british-columbia/critics-decry-liberal-consultation-effort-over-handling-of-government-records/article34014542/

 Top International News

Top human rights official urges Turkey to ‘change course’  (Freedom of Expression International) http://www.metronews.ca/news/world/2017/02/15/top-human-rights-official-urges-turkey-to-change-course.html

Brazil’s Temer accused of censorship after forcing papers to delete articles; Brazilian President Michel Temer obtained a court order forcing newspapers to delete reporting on the hacking of his wife’s cellphone (Censorship International) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/brazils-temer-accused-of-censorship-over-forced-deletion-of-hacking-articles/article34017079/

Facebook tuning up for music industry; Social network aiming to prevent copyright violations in user-generated videos (Copyright act International) https://www.pressreader.com/canada/toronto-star/20170214/282127816229502

Weekly News Roundup (Feb. 8)

By: Brittany Green

Top Stories this Week

Erosion of privacy has a dark side; ‘Trust us’ not good enough (Privacy Legislation Canada) https://www.thestar.com/opinion/letters_to_the_editors/2017/02/07/erosion-of-privacy-has-bleak-dark-side.html

End this cult of secrecy; Ontario tribunals (Privacy Act Canada) https://www.thestar.com/opinion/editorials/2017/02/07/end-this-cultof-secrecy.html

Wireless code being violated, CRTC told; Consumer groups tell review that service provider rules need to be tighter, enforced (CRTC) https://www.thestar.com/business/2017/02/06/crtc-wireless-review-looks-to-strengthen-parental-data-control-cancellation-fee-rules.html

Top International News

Twitter rolls out further measures to tackle abuse; Social network adds filters and targets repeat offenders (Freedom of Expression International) https://www.thestar.com/business/2017/02/07/twitter-announces-new-measures-to-tackle-abuse.html

UN expert urges Thailand to stop banning insults to monarchy (Freedom of Expression International) http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=56119#.WJtCCLYrLVo

Weekly News Roundup (Feb. 1)

By: Brittany Green

 Top Stories this Week

Bell Media announces nationwide layoffs (CRTC) https://www.pressreader.com/canada/toronto-star/20170201/281956017512883

Good riddance to a bogus boreal forest ‘agreement’ (Defamation Canada) https://www.pressreader.com/canada/national-post-latest-edition/20170201/282243780321586

Fired CRTC commissioner takes cabinet dismissal to court; On the recommendation of Heritage Minister Melanie Joly, Raj Shoan was fired as regional commissioner for Ontario (CRTC) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/fired-crtc-commissioner-takes-cabinet-dismissal-to-court/article33847866/

Use your loyalty to bargain with department stores; Sears customer service falls short over points redemption, until a Star columnist gets involved (Access to Information Canada) https://www.thestar.com/business/2017/01/31/use-your-loyalty-to-bargain-with-department-stores-roseman.html

Accessibility advocate appeals access to information fee (Access to Information Canada) https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/01/30/accessibility-advocate-appeals-access-to-information-fee.html

Top International News

Mystery over Chinese tycoon’s disappearance from Hong Kong (Censorship International) http://www.cp24.com/world/mystery-over-chinese-tycoon-s-disappearance-from-hong-kong-1.3265968

Breitbart speaker at Berkeley stirs debate over free speech (Defamation International) http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/nation-world/sns-bc-us–free-speech-or-hate-speech-20170131-story.html

Weekly News Roundup (Jan.26)

 By: Brittany Green

Top Stories this Week

Ottawa still failing to provide health care on reserves: report (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/ottawa-still-failing-to-provide-adequate-health-care-on-reserves-report/article33746065/)

Greenpeace argues Resolute racketeering suit ‘brute force’ intimidation (http://www.nationalobserver.com/2017/01/24/news/greenpeace-argues-resolute-racketeering-suit-brute-force-intimidation)

Judges rules in favour of university in open-records case (http://www.metronews.ca/news/world/2017/01/24/judges-rules-in-favour-of-university-in-open-records-case.html)

Help wanted: Ottawa posts top CRTC job; The federal government is officially looking for applicants for the top job at Canada’s telecom and broadcast regulator. (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/help-wanted-ottawa-posts-top-crtc-job/article33712613/)

Top International News

French internet censorship rose sharply in 2016 (https://www.google.ca/search?q=French+internet+censorship+rose+sharply+in+2016&rlz=1C5CHFA_enCA709CA709&oq=French+internet+censorship+rose+sharply+in+2016&aqs=chrome..69i57.365j0j4&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8)

China cracks down on tools used to get around web filters (http://www.businessinsider.com/ap-china-cracks-down-on-tools-used-to-get-around-web-filters-2017-1)