Weekly News Roundup (June 8)

By: Brittany Green

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 FCC head defends net neutrality policy in Canadian speech; In his speech, Ajit Pai outlined his reasons for proposing to reverse rules that classify Internet providers as a public utility (CRTC)

In an address to representatives from across the Canadian telecom industry, the chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission defended his stance on net neutrality, an issue on which the two countries have recently diverged.

Former CBC executive Richard Stursberg voted new president of Pen Canada (Feeedom of Expression Canada)

The non-partisan organization works to defend freedom of expression as a basic human right at home and abroad. Stursberg was voted in as the new president at an annual general meeting on Monday, succeeding novelist and academic Randy Boyagoda.

 Get your business ready for the latest anti-spam restrictions; Provisions of Canada’s anti-spam law coming into effect on July 1 significantly increase restrictions on who you can send marketing e-mails to (CRTC)

Provisions of Canada’s three-year-old anti-spam legislation that are set to come into effect July 1 will require senders of electronic messages meant to directly or indirectly encourage participation in a commercial activity (CEMs) to have the express consent of the recipients of those messages.

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Migrant workers from Myanmar face Thai defamation charges (Defamation International)

Fourteen migrant workers from Myanmar appeared Wednesday in a Thai court on criminal defamation charges brought by their employer, which they accused of grueling, illegal working conditions.

Brits have terrorism experience; Many in Canada harbour unserious views (Censorship International)

Experts in both terrorism and digital media say British Prime Minister Theresa May’s accusations that internet companies are providing a “safe space” for extremism aren’t helpful in the fight against terror attacks.

Twitter users, blocked by President Trump, cry censorship (Censorship International)

President Donald Trump may be the nation’s tweeter-in-chief, but some Twitter users say he’s violating the First Amendment by blocking people from his feed after they posted scornful comments.

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Weekly News Roundup (June 2nd)

By: Brittany Green

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 Karla Homolka should be hounded for the rest of her life: DiManno (Privacy Canada) https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/06/02/karla-homolka-should-be-hounded-for-the-rest-of-her-life-dimanno.html

Convicted serial killer has been discovered volunteering at a private elementary school in Montreal. Homolka has been permitted to engage with children as an occasional volunteer at the private Seventh-day Adventist Greaves Academy attended by her children, allowing kids to pet her dog and such. It’s outrageous that Homolka’s name has never appeared among the 40,000 or so individuals on Canada’s sex offender registry. Her crimes pre-date the federal data bank’s creation, and it isn’t retroactive. At the very least, her history would have been red-flagged to a prospective employer or volunteer organization doing background checks

Sex workers can find safety with online marketplaces (Freedom of Expression Canada) https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/backpage-sex-workers-can-find-safety-in-online-marketplace/article35181699/

Over the past few years, there has been a war against online classified-ad websites such as Backpage that carry sex workers’ ads. While this war started in the United States, it has crept across the border to Canada as the discourse around sex trafficking has intensified. But one perspective is consistently missing: that of the sex worker exercising agency and using the Internet as a safety tool.

911 calls to handle text, video by 2020 (CRTC) http://business.financialpost.com/fp-tech-desk/telecoms-must-update-911-system-with-texting-video-capabilities-by-2020

Canadians will soon be able to stream videos of a car crash, text photos of a suspected thief or send personal medical information to 911 instead of dialling the three digits to speak to an operator.

Providers have to invest to meet growing demand for mobile use: Bell CEO (CRTC) http://www.winnipegsun.com/2017/05/30/providers-have-to-invest-to-meet-growing-demand-for-mobile-use-bell-ceo

Internet and mobile providers must invest in infrastructure to keep up with a booming consumer appetite for entertainment both at home and on the go, Bell Canada Enterprises CEO George Cope said Tuesday. High-speed mobile data usage is up 37 per cent from just last year, while the amount of data streaming over the Internet has more than quadrupled in five years, Cope told the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.

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Nooses showing up more in hate incidents around country (Defamation International) http://www.timescolonist.com/nooses-showing-up-more-in-hate-incidents-around-country-1.20346282

Nooses have appeared recently around the nation’s capital — including the Smithsonian’s new African-American history museum — in a rash of incidents that experts say shows the growing use of hate symbols in the U.S. to try to intimidate minorities.

Lebanon bans the new “Wonder Woman” movie (Censorship International) http://www.torontosun.com/2017/05/31/lebanon-officially-bans-the-new-wonder-woman-movie

Lebanese authorities banned the new “Wonder Woman” movie Wednesday hours before it was due to premiere in the capital and following a campaign against its lead actress, Gal Gadot, who served in the Israeli army, a security official and activists said.

 

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Weekly News Roundup (May 19)

By: Brittany Green

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 Former PCO boss eyes border agency watchdog options for Trudeau Liberals (Privacy Canada) http://www.citynews.ca/2017/05/18/former-pco-boss-eyes-border-agency-watchdog-options-for-trudeau-liberals/

The Trudeau government has hired a former top public servant to study options for more robust oversight of Canada’s border agency — the latest sign the agency could soon have new people looking over its shoulder.

Study cites significant challenge in detecting terrorism financing in crowdfunds (Access to Information Canada) http://www.timescolonist.com/study-cites-significant-challenge-in-detecting-terrorism-financing-in-crowdfunds-1.20015659

Canada’s money-laundering watchdog is studying the use of crowdfunding platforms by suspected terrorists and says in an internal study that the reporting protocol poses a “significant challenge” in trying to identify such transactions.

Anti-spam without the heavy hand (CRTC) https://www.pressreader.com/canada/national-post-national-edition/textview

At face value, Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) can be heralded as a good thing, because who doesn’t want less spam? However, in its current version, CASL is anti-competitive to Canadian businesses, too costly to comply with, and strikes at the heart of our federal government’s goal of keeping “Canada at the leading edge of the digital economy.”

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President moves to defend media (Freedom of Expression) https://www.pressreader.com/canada/the-globe-and-mail-bc-edition/20170518/281586650530035

Mexican leader Pena Nieto promises more resources to help journalists under threat in the country. The President’s hastily called meeting with his security cabinet and the country’s governors was meant to show a united response to the slaying of reporters from one corner of Mexico to the other so far this year. On Monday, Javier Valdez in Culiacan, Sinaloa, became the sixth journalist slain in less than three months in six different states.

Resolute U.S. racketeering lawsuit against Greenpeace moved to California (Defamation International) http://www.nationalobserver.com/2017/05/17/news/resolute-us-racketeering-lawsuit-against-greenpeace-moved-california

A racketeering lawsuit launched by multinational forestry giant Resolute Forest Products against Greenpeace should be heard in California, an American court has ruled. Amid a ramped-up public relations offensive by both sides, a district court in Augusta, Ga., found that Montreal-based Resolute had failed to show why the $300-million lawsuit should be held in the state.

School district pulls suicide book ‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ (Censorship International) http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/colorado-school-district-pulls-suicide-book-thirteen-reasons-why-1.3415692

As a Colorado community mourns the loss of seven students who recently killed themselves, a school district official ordered librarians to temporarily stop circulating a book that’s the basis for Netflix’s popular new series “13 Reasons Why,” which some critics say romanticizes suicide. The order rankled some librarians who called it censorship, and it appears to be a rare instance in which the book has been removed from circulation — albeit briefly.

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Weekly News Roundup (May 12)

By: Brittany Green

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 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.

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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 

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 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

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 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 (Feb. 1)

By: Brittany Green

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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

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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 (January 18)

By: Brittany Green

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CRTC braces for emergency video and texting (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/next-generation-911-crtc-braces-for-emergency-video-and-texting/article33631341/)

Woman can’t sue Alberta regulator in fracking case: Supreme Court (http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/woman-cant-sue-alberta-regulator-in-fracking-case-supreme-court/article33617446/)

My pal the car; Emotionally intelligent vehicles a technological dream – and a potential privacy nightmare (http://business.financialpost.com/news/transportation/my-pal-the-car-emotionally-intelligent-vehicles-a-technology-dream-but-potential-privacy-nightmare)

Ex- Halifax Professor Sues Over Explicit Photo Posted to Twitter (https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/01/16/ex-halifax-professor-sues-over-explicit-photo-posted-to-twitter.html)

Prominent ‘Nazi Hunter’ Solomon Littman Dies at Age 96 (https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/01/12/prominent-nazi-hunter-solomon-littman-dies-at-age-96.html)

Canada is a Prime Cybercrime Target- and it Needs Help Tackling Threats, Report Warns (https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/01/11/canada-is-a-prime-cybercrime-target-and-it-needs-help-tackling-threats-report-warns.html)

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Cambodian PM Hits Opposition Chief with New Defamation Suit (http://www.metronews.ca/news/world/2017/01/18/cambodian-pm-hits-opposition-chief-with-new-defamation-suit.html)

Russia hopes for pragmatic dialogue with US under Trump (http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/01/17/world/europe/ap-eu-russia-foreign-minister.html)