Episode 34: The Fight to Save the Dot-Org

December 02, 2019

The dot-org domain extension was established as one of the first top-level domains in 1985 alongside dot-com, dot-net and a handful of others. In 2002, administration over the domain was awarded to the Public Interest Registry (PIR), a non-profit established by the Internet Society (ISOC), to run the extension. PIR recently announced that it was being purchased by Ethos Capital, a private equity firm that includes a former CEO of ICANN among its founders. With a rumoured purchase price of over $...

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Episode 33: “Canadian Patenting is Not Going to Drive Anything” - Aidan Hollis on New Research on Patents and Innovation

November 25, 2019

One of Canada’s longstanding digital and economic policy concerns has involved innovation, with fears that the Canadian economy is failing to keep pace with other, more innovative economies. Some point to intellectual property as a critical part of policy equation, arguing that stronger IP laws would help incentivize greater innovation. Economists Nancy Gallini and Aidan Hollis recently released an interesting report examining the role of patents and patent policy in Canadian innovators’ decisio...

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Episode 32: Reflections from the Open Source Member of Parliament - A Conversation with Ex-MP David Graham

November 18, 2019

David Graham was not your typical Member of Parliament. A Liberal MP from the Quebec riding of Laurentides-Labelle, Graham brought a background in open source issues to Parliament Hill. Over his four years as an MP, Graham was seemingly everywhere when it came to digital policy. Whether in the House of Commons talking net neutrality, the Industry committee copyright review or the Ethics committee work on privacy, Graham emerged as the rare MP equally at home in the technology and policy worlds....

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Episode 31: Is Canadian Media in a Financial Crisis? - Marc Edge With a Different Take on What the Data Says

November 11, 2019

Is the Canadian media in a state of financial crisis? Stories on newspaper closures and journalist layoffs have become frustratingly commonplace in recent years, leading to increasingly vocal calls for policy reforms or public funding measures. But Marc Edge, a longtime journalist, editor, and professor at universities around the world, has studied the state of the industry for years and offers a different take. While he is quick to point out the crisis of journalism, he argues that a journalism...

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Episode 30: "It's Only Going to Get More Important" - Amanda Wakaruk and Jeremy deBeer on Crown Copyright in Canada

November 04, 2019

The Canadian copyright review conducted earlier this year heard evidence on a remarkably broad range of issues. One issue that seemed to take committee members by surprise was crown copyright. Why all the interest in a seemingly obscure issue? This week’s Lawbytes podcast digs into crown copyright with two guests. First, Amanda Wakaruk, a copyright librarian at the University of Alberta and one of the country’s leading advocates on the issue joins me to explain the concept of crow...

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