Such a policy would of necessity require massive surveillance of online activity. Some sources online have it that we’re enjoying the last hurrah of the free Internet as it is, with coming generations forced to sign acceptable use contracts, subject to limited content provided by large portals. If true, dissent online will no longer be thinkable: thought crime will be further institutionalized. With the RCMP looking to set the terms of national cyber security, Tim Berners-Lee suggesting corporate vetting of web content, Richard Clarke’s rumoured ‘i-Patriot Act’ on deck, ACTA, and the warmed-over DMCA, the future looks bleak indeed. Every Canadian owes a debt of gratitude to Michael Geist for his activist work on these issues.
The Canadian Press
October 15, 2008
GATINEAU— The CRTC is reviewing its policy of allowing unregulated distribution of broadcast media content over the Internet and cellphones.
The federal regulator has taken a hands-off approach to newer types of media distribution, while continuing to regulate radio and television outlets.
However, the CRTC wants to re-examine its current policy, noting that Canadians are spending more time accessing high-quality content over the Internet and mobile devices.
The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says interested parties may submit their comments by Dec. 5.
The commission will also hold public hearings, beginning Feb. 17.
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