Should Schitt’s Creek be Considered Canadian Content?

Last class we discussed the policy considerations surrounding Canadian content and I immediately thought of one of my favourite Canadian television series, Schitt’s Creek. For me, the show demonstrated that Canadian casts and crews (without the help of Hollywood’s prestige, experience or money) could create content that was smart, funny and respectful of diverse perspectives… Read More

News of the Week; January 27, 2021

COMMUNICATIONS Report calls for powerful new federal body to regulate social media  Telecoms Paused PAC Spending To Insurrectionists, But Their Umbrella Lobbying Orgs Didn’t Democrat Jessica Rosenworcel replaces Ajit Pai, is now acting FCC chairwoman Rosenworcel Announces Staff Appointments New Interim FCC Boss Jessica Rosenworcel Will Likely Restore Net Neutrality, Just Not Yet SpaceX adds… Read More

The Question of Monitoring on Private Forums – what can you say?

I came across this articling briefly explaining the situation as between WallStreetBets, Reddit, and the stock market. The situation transpiring within the last few days made me alert to the issue of free speech and the right to post and self-monitor on online discussion platforms. It seems that private communication sites (i.e Reddit, Facebook, Discord)… Read More

Apple’s New Privacy Feature

Hello! I have been exploring articles on the subject of privacy concerns, data collection and in particular Apple’s soon-to-be-released App Tracking Transparency features. Apple’s new feature will require apps to get the explicit permission of users before tracking their data. I have attached several articles and a brochure to this post. I was shocked to… Read More

Story about Enron emails

I just listened to an interesting episode of 99% Invisible podcast about Enron email corpus (You’ve  got Enron mail). Apparently sometime around 2000 a mass group of Enron emails were released to the public (which included some private emails of employees). This corpus of some 600, 000 emails was then used by researchers to study… Read More

YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram remove Russian posts promoting pro-Navalny protests

Hi all, I found this to be an interesting video/article regarding censorship by YouTube and social media platforms of content posted in support of jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny. https://www.themoscowtimes.com/2021/01/22/social-media-platforms-delete-russian-posts-promoting-navalny-protests-state-censor-a72701 Not a particularly novel story (of content-hosting platforms caving to political pressure) but I would be interested to hear what justifications are provided by… Read More

BC Government’s cybersecurity practices found lacking by Auditor General

Hello Class, I found this article in this morning’s Vancouver Sun. I personally find cybersecurity a prevailing issue that seems underemphasized in the public sphere unless a significant data breach has occurred. One that stands out is the privacy breach of personal health records of millions of Canadians that Lifelabs failed to protect in 2019…. Read More