Australia passes law forcing Google and Facebook to pay news publications

Building on the earlier post on this topic, I wanted to keep talking about thisĀ  because it is interesting and will probably influence Canadian legislation. For context, some highlights from the c net article linked below: – Following a new Australian bill, “Google and Facebook are required to negotiate licensing agreements with publishers for the… Read More

News of the Week; February 24, 2021

COMMUNICATIONS Court Tosses Devin Nunes’ Silly SLAPP Lawsuit Against CNN California can enforce net neutrality law, judge rules in loss for ISPs California Poised To Defeat Broadband Industry In Scrum Over Net Neutrality ‘Net Neutrality Hurt Internet Infrastructure Investment’ Is The Bad Faith Lie That Simply Won’t Die Comcast reluctantly drops data-cap enforcement in 12… Read More

Upcoming Presentation – Super Bowl Commercials and Canadian Content

Hi everyone! Jessica and I are doing a project on Canadian Content laws and their effect on the Super Bowl ads that are broadcasted in Canada. To familiarize yourself with the topic, feel free to check out this article: https://adage.com/article/special-report-super-bowl/why-canadians-cant-watch-most-american-super-bowl-commercials/2311896 Also, check out this case that we will discuss in our presentation: https://www.canlii.org/en/ca/scc/doc/2019/2019scc66/2019scc66.html And if… Read More

California district judge allows state to preserve net neutrality

https://www.theverge.com/2021/2/23/22298199/california-net-neutrality-law-sb822 Net neutrality took a beating in the states a few years ago, and though California largely repaired the law at a state level it was prevented from enforcing it by various lawsuits from the telecom industry. A new decision by district judge John Mendez just denied the final injunction standing in California’s way. Whether… Read More

Apologies

Further to Professor Festinger’s unwillingness to accept facebooks repeated privacy violations and hackneyed apologies, I wanted to look at organizational responses to public outcry. The article I found is out of the Harvard Business Review is a step-by-step guide: https://hbr.org/2015/09/the-organizational-apology. A quote I found especially interesting: “For many years, medical professionals were advised not to… Read More

Facebook restores access to news pages in Australia after a week-long blackout

Hi class, Building on the most recent News of the Week over Facebook’s decision to blackout access to both Australian news on the international scale and news pages on Facebook in Australia, an agreement has been reached between Facebook and the Australian Government. To summarize, Australia has been at the forefront of the news recently… Read More

World’s first two Bitcoin ETFs launch in Canada

Hi everyone! This past week, the world’s first and second Bitcoin exchange traded funds – the Purpose Bitcoin and Evolve Bitcoin ETFs respectively – launched in Canada on the Toronto Stock Exchange. You can read Global BC’s article about the Purpose Bitcoin ETF here: https://globalnews.ca/news/7648201/bitcoin-etf-tsx-debut/ …and Yahoo Finance’s article on the Evolve ETF here: https://ca.finance.yahoo.com/news/north-americas-second-bitcoin-etf-launches-in-canada-today-164700144.html… Read More