Weekly News Roundup (May 12)

By: Brittany Green

Top Stories this Week

 Mélanie Joly’s Net neutrality stance could spell trouble in Quebec; The day Francophones feel their media has been quietly anglicized by Ottawa’s inaction will be a day of reckoning, new essay posits (CRTC) http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/rob-commentary/why-canadas-net-neutrality-stance-places-consumers-in-control/article34867805/

Joly’s position on net neutrality and CanCon regulations threaten the francophone cultural identity, her role as an MP, and her party. Criticized for implementing ‘soft policy’, Quebecor’s worry about the future of their media identity and culture.

Saskatchewan premier criticized for using private email to do government work (Privacy Canada) http://globalnews.ca/news/3445253/saskatchewan-premier-criticized-for-using-private-email-to-do-government-work/

Premier Brad Wall is accused by the opposition of using a private email to communicate about government business. According to Wall, nothing of a ‘sensitive’ nature was stated in the alleged emails, and the server they were sent on was ‘secure’.

Pepe croaks: Cartoonist kills off frog turned hate symbol (Defamation Canada) http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/cartoonist-kills-off-pepe-the-frog-after-turned-into-hate-symbol-1.4105948

Popular comic author Matt Furie has killed off his character Pepe from his comic book, “The Boys Club” (2006). During the US presidential election, Pepe’s image became an internet sensation when internet trolls used the character’s images for anti-sematic memes.

 Top International News

UN officials urge India to lift social media ban in Kashmir (Freedom of Expression International) https://www.voanews.com/a/india-social-medias-ban-kashmir/3847713.html

The UN urged India officials on April 27th to life a social media band in Kashmir. The UN stated that the band had a “disproportionate impact on the fundamental rights of everyone in Kashmir” and has the “character of collective punishments”.

Mexico names new prosecutor for crimes against journalists (Freedom of Expression International) http://www.metronews.ca/news/world/2017/05/10/mexico-names-new-prosecutor-for-crimes-against-journalists.html

Mexico’s Attorney General’s Office named a new head of its divisions for Crimes Against Freedom of Expression, Ricardo Sanchez. The announcement comes a week after a delegation by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists met in Mexico City with President Enrique Pena Nieto and top government officials. During the encounter the CPJ voiced concern about what it called prosecutors’ “poor record” on investigating crimes against journalists, most of which go unpunished.

Norman Mailer paramour loses defamation suit over biography (Defamation International) http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/arts-and-life/entertainment/books/norman-mailer-paramour-loses-defamation-suit-over-biography-421901743.html

A Pennsylvania woman who says she had an eight-year affair with author Norman Mailer has lost a defamation lawsuit over a Mailer biography that describes their relationship as “strictly sexual.”A judge dismissed ex-supermodel Carole Mallory’s lawsuit after finding she offered no evidence that biographer J. Michael Lennon or his publisher acted with malice.

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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

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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

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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

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

2:30-4PM

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.

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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