Episode 29: Partisan Posts, Social Media, and Misinformation - Taylor Owen on What Actually Happened Online in the 2019 Election

October 28, 2019
Coming into the 2019 federal election, there were widespread concerns regarding disinformation campaigns, foreign interference, social media advertising and manipulation, and fake news. The federal government enacted legislation designed to foster greater transparency on political advertising, but on the heels of elections elsewhere, the prospect of online harms to the electoral process appeared very real. Taylor Owen of McGill University set out to find out what was actually taking place online...
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Episode 28: The Past, Present and Future of Open Access - A Conversation with Leslie Chan

October 21, 2019
This week is open access week, an opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the emergence and continued growth of open access. Countries have been taking increasingly strong steps toward making their research openly available, with mandates that require researchers who accept public grants to make their published research results freely available online within a reasonable time period. Leslie Chan, a professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough and one of the earliest global leaders...
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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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