Weekly News Roundup (June 8)

By: Brittany Green

 Top Stories this Week

 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.

 Top International News

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

Top Stories this Week

 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.

Top International News

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 (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

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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. 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 (January 18)

By: Brittany Green

Top Stories this Week

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)

Top International News

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)