Episode 27: Digital Policy and Election 2019: Laura Tribe of OpenMedia on Where the Parties Stand

October 15, 2019

Digital issues were expected to garner attention in the 2019 Canadian federal election campaign. Over the course of the past few weeks, all the main political parties have had something to say about the high cost of cellphone prices in Canada and the prospect of implementing new taxes on tech companies. Laura Tribe, the Executive Director of OpenMedia, joined me on the podcast to talk about election 2019 and digital policies in a conversation that focused on wireless services and Internet taxes...

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Episode 26: There Is No Crisis - Dwayne Winseck on the State of Canadian Communications, Media and Cultural Policy

October 07, 2019

The future of Canadian communications law has emerged as political hot potato in recent weeks with political parties engaged in finger pointing over who is acting – or failing to act – on issues closely aligned to cultural policy. Just prior to the election call, Dwayne Winseck, a professor at Carleton who has been one of Canada’s most prominent experts on communications and cultural policy, joined the podcast to provide his take on the initial report from the Broadcasting and Telecommunications...

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Ep. 25: The CRTC Decision on Competitive Internet Pricing: A Conversation with George Burger

September 23, 2019

Last month the CRTC issued its final decision in a lengthy battle over the rates that independent internet providers pay for wholesale access to the broadband networks run by big incumbents such as Rogers and Bell. The Commission slashed prices rates and made its decision retroactive, an approach that sparked anger and lawsuits from the incumbents who are now in Canadian courts seeking to overturn the CRTC ruling and stop it from taking effect. Meanwhile, several Canadian independe...

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Episode 24: A Tribute to Ian Kerr

September 16, 2019

The first episode of the new season of the Lawbytes podcast is dedicated to my good friend and colleague Ian Kerr, a giant in the law and technology field, who passed away on August 27th after battling complications arising from cancer. The episode features five clips that each call attention to different strengths. Ian reading from Carl Sagan opens the episode, highlighting Ian’s innate ability to bridge disciplines and reach a wide audience. The episode also features two house of commons commi...

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Episode 23: The WIPO BRIP Database - Rick Shera on the MEGA Experience and the Dangers of False IP Claims

August 06, 2019

The last episode of Season One of the Lawbytes podcast (new episodes will resume in September) returns to WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization and its proposed BRIP database. The BRIP database, which stands for Building Respect for Intellectual Property, will be a database of allegedly infringing websites. The BRIP database currently envisions the possibility of lobby groups such as the movie and music associations inserting sites in the database with no oversight, no review, and n...

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