Weekly News (Aug. 7, 2018)

Compiled by Charnjot Shokar

McMaster University, Communications Governance Observatory

Canadian News: July 30 – Aug. 6

[ACCESS TO INFORMATION] Appeal court ends secrecy of payments to Ontario’s top-billing doctors (Toronto Star)

[PRIVACY] The Spectator’s view: Cameras in malls … just another brick in the wall? (Hamilton Spectator)

[FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION] Murphy: Laurier, trading ‘free speech’ for ‘better speech,’ proves unspeakably clueless still (National Post)

[PRIVACY] When crossing the Canadian border, encryption is no guarantee, says new handbook (Toronto Star)

[PRIVACY] Pharmacist ‘snooped’ on dozens of patients, N.S. privacy commissioner says (CTV)

[PRIVACY] Will Canada become the next country to offer mobile passports? Feds studying idea despite privacy fears (Global News)

[FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION] Freeland defends Canada’s stance on Saudi Arabia amid sanctions (CBC)

International News: July 30 – Aug. 6

[PRIVACY] Pentagon restricts use of fitness trackers, other devices (National Post)

[PLATFORM GOVERNANCE] Twitter to measure echo chambers, unruly discussion (Toronto Star)

[PRIVACY] In battle to regain public trust, Facebook encounters more problems than solutions (Globe and Mail)

[SOCIAL MEDIA] Swisher: The Expensive Education of Mark Zuckerberg and Silicon Valley (NYT)

[FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION] Top German court throws out elderly neo-Nazi’s appeal (ABC)

[CENSORSHIP] Reports: Google Working on Censorship-Ready Search for China (NYT)

[FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION] Israeli court sentences Arab poet for incitement to violence (Chicago Tribune)

[PRIVACY] ‘Too easy to manipulate’: Russian disinformation finally costs Facebook and Twitter (Washington Post)

[CYBERSECURITY] New Homeland Security center to guard against cyberattacks (AP News)

[PRIVACY] Facebook asks U.S. banks to share financial information, banks cite privacy concerns: report (Global News)

Press Releases and Decisions: July 30 – Aug. 6
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Government of Canada further strengthens science and encourages scientists to speak about their work: Canadians count on federal scientists to produce the evidence needed to keep their air clean, their food safe and their water fresh. The Government of Canada is taking greater steps to ensure that this evidence is gathered without political or commercial interference.

More than $4 million to connect 5,500 households in Îles-de-la-Madeleine to high-speed Internet: Under the Québec branché and Connect to Innovate programs, Duclos & Michaud Télécom, a subsidiary of DERYtelecom, will carry out a $4,124,881 project to bring high-speed Internet and optical connection nodes to five communities in the Îles-de-la-Madeleine region: Bassin, Dune-du-Sud, Havre-Aubert, Old-Harry and Pointe-aux-Loups.

Government of Canada helps businesses in northern Ontario access programs and funding: Governments offer hundreds of programs and services designed to help businesses innovate, create jobs and grow Canada’s economy. But if businesses can’t find them or don’t know what is available to them, they can’t take advantage of them.

Rural and remote communities in northern Ontario will benefit from faster Internet: Internet access is more than just a convenience: communities, businesses and institutions need it to offer new services and create new opportunities. That’s why the Government of Canada is helping six Indigenous communities and up to 58 institutions in northern Ontario get online with new or improved high-speed Internet access.

Rural communities in northern Ontario will benefit from faster Internet: Internet access is more than just a convenience: communities, businesses and institutions need it to find information, offer services and create opportunities.

Government of Canada selects innovation experts to lead national consultation on digital and data transformation: New technology has transformed the way we access information, shop, live, socialize and work.

Government of Canada will provide 1,200 paid internships to graduates: The federal government is preparing Canadian graduates for the middle-class jobs of tomorrow by providing them with the opportunity to acquire the digital skills needed to succeed through paid internships.

Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada

Privacy Commissioner launches investigation into Cadillac Fairview over use of facial recognition technology in malls


Policy Announcements

[BROADCASTING] Broadcasting Regulatory Policy CRTC 2018-271: General authorizations for broadcasting distribution undertakings


Five new grants to support CS education research

Building a new data center in Singapore

Fairness matters: Promoting pride and respect with AI

Making it easier to discover data in Search

We need to embrace technological breakthroughs

Browse the web in VR: Chrome launches on Daydream View

Shall we dance? Using technology to explore new art


Statement from Microsoft President Brad Smith on Aug. 3 DACA lawsuit ruling

Microsoft’s Airband Grant Fund invests in 8 start-ups delivering internet-connected solutions to rural communities around the globe

The global impact of AI across industries


Measuring healthy conversation


New Tools to Manage Your Time on Facebook and Instagram

A New Resource for Educators: Digital Literacy Library

Making Digital Skills More Accessible to Everyone

An Update on Facebook App Review

Removing Bad Actors on Facebook


Apple Reports Third Quarter Results

Upcoming Events

Senate of Canada

No fixed and possible Senate sitting days this week; Senate reconvenes on September 18, 2018

Canadian House of Commons

No fixed House of Commons sitting days this week; House reconvenes on September 17, 2018

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

National Digital and Data Consultations

Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Creating Canada’s 4th Plan on Open Government 2018-20 Deadline: Aug. 13 2018


Anticipated Releases

Anticipated releases for the week of 6 to 10 August 2018

Broadcasting Decision

Applications by various licensees to renew the broadcasting licences for various radio stations

Telecom Decisions

VOIS Inc. – Non-compliance with the requirement to provide information to the Commission under subsection 37(2) of the Telecommunications Act and violation under section 72.001 of the Telecommunications Act
Public record: 1011-NOC2017-0117

CRTC Open Broadcasting Proceedings

CRTC Open Telecom Proceedings

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