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October 21, 2021 00:36:40
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The LawBytes Podcast, Episode 17: What To Do About Huawei? - Christopher Parsons Unpacks One of Canada's Most Challenging Policy Issues

What to do about Huawei? The Chinese telecom giant has emerged as one of Canada’s most challenging policy issues, raising concerns involving competition, communications, security, and trade not to mention kidnappings and arrests of corporate personnel. The government has repeatedly promised to articulate a policy on the use of Huawei equipment in Canada’s next generation wireless networks only to regularly delay doing so. Dr. Christopher Parsons, a senior research associate at the Citizen Lab, the world-famous cyber-security lab located at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto, joins the podcast to help sort through fact from fiction when it comes to Huawei. The podcast can be downloaded here and is embedded below. The transcript is posted at the bottom of this post or can be accessed here. Subscribe to the podcast via Apple Podcast, Google Play, Spotify or the RSS feed. Updates on the podcast on Twitter at @Lawbytespod. Credits: CBC News, Should Canada Ban Huawei? CBC News, Should Canada Trust Huawei? Sky News, Should UK Be Using 5G Technology from Chinese Companies? Canadian Press, Reports Canada Banning Huawei from 5G ‘Speculation’: Goodale Transcript: Law Bytes Podcast – Episode 17 | Convert audio-to-text with Sonix ...

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October 21, 2021 00:38:08
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Episode 16: The Copyright Review Report: Carys Craig on the Roadmap for the Future of Canadian Copyright Law

In December 2017, the Canadian government launched its much-anticipated and much-lobbied review of Canadian copyright law, tasking the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology to lead the way. After months of study and hundreds of witnesses and briefs, the committee released its authoritative report with 36 recommendations earlier this month. Carys Craig, a law professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and one of Canada’s leading copyright law experts, joins the podcast to help sort through the report and to consider what it means for the future of Canadian copyright law. The podcast can be downloaded here and is embedded below. The transcript is posted at the bottom of this post or can be accessed here. Subscribe to the podcast via Apple Podcast, Google Play, Spotify or the RSS feed. Updates on the podcast on Twitter at @Lawbytespod. Episode Notes: Standing Committee on Industry, Science, and Technology, Statutory Review of the Copyright Act The Authoritative Canadian Copyright Review: Industry Committee Issues Balanced, Forward-Looking Report on the Future of Canadian Copyright Law Credits: House of Commons, June 3, 2019 Transcript: Law Bytes Podcast – Episode 16 | Convert audio-to-text with Sonix Michael Geist: This is Law Bytes, a podcast with ...

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October 21, 2021 00:35:45
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Episode 15: Cows, Cars, and Copyright: A Conversation With Myra Tawfik on the IP Concerns With Implementing Canada-US-Mexico Trade Deal

The new NAFTA – dubbed the USMCA or CUSMA depending on where you live – took a significant step forward recently with the introduction of Canadian legislation designed to ratify the treaty. The economic implications of the agreement are enormous, particularly with respect to digital issues and intellectual property. Myra Tawfik, a law professor at the University of Windsor and Senior Fellow with CIGI, joins the podcast this week to discuss Canada’s longstanding history of facing external pressure on copyright, the role that trade negotiations now play with that pressure, and the implications of the USMCA. The podcast can be downloaded here and is embedded below. The transcript is posted at the bottom of this post or can be accessed here. Subscribe to the podcast via Apple Podcast, Google Play, Spotify or the RSS feed. Updates on the podcast on Twitter at @Lawbytespod. Episode Notes: Canada Introduces USMCA Implementation Bill…Without a Copyright Term Extension Provision Credits: CBC News, Canada Introduces NAFTA 2.0 Implementation Bill CNBC, Trump: Trade Deal Protects Patents, Intellectual Property Globe and Mail, Flashback: President Clinton’s Original Signing of NAFTA Into Law in 1993 CNBC, Key Differences Between the New USMCA Trade Deal and NAFTA Transcript: LawBytes Podcast – Episode 15 | ...

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October 21, 2021 00:40:19
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Episode 14: Big Data, Privacy and Democracy: A Conversation With Nathaniel Erskine-Smith on the International Grand Committee

The debate over big data, privacy and its implications for democracy came to Ottawa last week as the International Grand Committee brought together the world’s biggest technology companies, politicians from around the world, and leading thinkers. Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, the Vice-Chair of the Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy, and Ethics joins the podcast this week to reflect on the three days of hearings, the prospect for global reforms, and what comes next for the committee. The podcast can be downloaded here and is embedded below. The transcript is posted at the bottom of this post or can be accessed here. Subscribe to the podcast via Apple Podcast, Google Play, Spotify or the RSS feed. Updates on the podcast on Twitter at @Lawbytespod. Episode Notes: International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy Credits: CBC, Politicians Grill Facebook, Google, Twitter over Privacy, Disinformation CBC, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg Ignores Subpoena to Appear at Privacy Hearing Transcript: LawBytes Podcast – Episode 14 | Convert audio-to-text with Sonix Michael Geist: This is Law Bytes, a podcast with Michael Geist. CBC News: The world’s largest tech firms were on the defensive today in Ottawa. Canada hosted a ...

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October 21, 2021 00:38:51
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Episode 13: Digital Charter or Chart: A Conversation With Teresa Scassa on Canada’s New Digital Charter

Years of public consultation on Canadian digital policy hit an important milestone last week as Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains released the government’s Digital Charter. Canada’s Digital Charter touches on a wide range of issues, covering everything from universal Internet access to privacy law reform. To help sort through the digital charter and its implications, I’m joined on the podcast this week by Professor Teresa Scassa, a law professor at the University of Ottawa, where she holds the Canada Research Chair in Information Law and Policy. The podcast can be downloaded here and is embedded below. The transcript is posted at the bottom of this post or can be accessed here. Subscribe to the podcast via Apple Podcast, Google Play, Spotify or the RSS feed. Updates on the podcast on Twitter at @Lawbytespod. Episode Notes: Canada’s Digital Charter Canada’s Digital Charter Represents a Sea Change in Privacy Law, But Several Unaddressed Issues Remain Credits: The Canadian Press, Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains Introduces Digital Charter CBC News, Security, Control Over Personal Data Outlined in Canada’s New Digital Charter FactPointVideo, Trudeau Announces Digital Charter to Fight Fake News, Online Hate Transcript: LawBytes Podcast – Episode 13 | Convert audio-to-text with Sonix ...

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October 21, 2021 00:44:24
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Episode 12: The Past, Present and Future of Open Access to Law

The free and open access to law movement is devoted to providing free and open online access to legal information. This includes case law, legislation, treaties, law reform proposals and legal scholarship. This week’s Lawbytes podcast highlights perspectives on free and open access to law from Australia and Canada. During a recent trip to Australia, I spoke with Professor Graham Greenleaf, one of the pioneers of the movement, who co-founded AustLII, the Australasian Legal Information Institute. Following in the footsteps of the Legal Information Institute at Cornell University, AustLII helped reshape legal publishing in Australia and played a pivotal role in bringing other countries’ legal materials online. The episode continues with a conversation with Xavier Beauchamp-Tremblay, the current CEO of CanLII, the Canadian Legal Information Institute, about the Canadian past, present and future of free and open access to law. The podcast can be downloaded here and is embedded below. Subscribe to the podcast via Apple Podcast, Google Play, Spotify or the RSS feed. Updates on the podcast on Twitter at @Lawbytespod. ...

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