Remember your privacy? It’s back! in Annual Report form.

mmm deliscious privacy“The Commissioner shall, within three months after the end of each financial year, submit to Parliament a report…” doesn’t sound like the basis for an exciting post on privacy in the modern technological age, yet here we are!

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Illegal set-top boxes – a multimedia extravaganza post

Audio! Words! Internet cat fights! This post has it all.

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Québec government solves all gambling problems forever

I raise you $10Sure, it has to block a few websites to do it, but isn’t that a small price to pay?

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Dog poo + Facebook = $65,000

Irony can be pretty ironicThat may be the best headline I’ve ever written. It should technically be “Dog poo + pedophilia + Facebook = $65,000”, but I was scared of what kind of click bait that would be. Thank you, B.C. Supreme Court!

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OK CRTC, I give in, Let’s #TalkBroadband

All powerful, all knowingDo you like your internet service? You probably don’t. But the CRTC is going through a massive process to find out the answer. Yesterday they dropped the mic with the results of a huge study of Canadians’ opinions about their internet services. Let’s dive in!

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Do we have internet freedom in Canada?

Looks free to me!That sounds like a fascinating question! And guess what internet expert has been tasked to answer it? Wrong! It’s me.

So the fine folks at Freedom House, a long-standing and tremendously well-respected “independent watchdog organization dedicated to the expansion of freedom and democracy around the world”, do amazing work. As part of it, they publish numerous in-depth reports about freedoms and rights around the world. One of the reports is Freedom on the Net, an annual worldwide study of, uh, freedom on the net. They ask internet experts around the world to write reports about their country. The 2014 and 2015 Canadian reports were written by none other than Michael Geist. This year, they asked some idiot with a blog. I am humbled and honoured. But I am still an idiot.

So please, help me! Hit that big blue comment button below this paragraph and tell me – do you think we have internet freedom in Canada? Are you free to say what you want? To do what you want? To download what you want? Are the ISPs or the government screwing you over? Are you being blocked somehow? Are “they” watching you? (go easy on that last one steve). Help me help the world understand if we have internet freedom in Canada. This is a big responsibility and I need your help. Thx.

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Twitter! Revenge porn! It’s the Jurisprudence Week in Review

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We’ve had two important internet law cases coming out of Ontario over the last week or so. I have spent the last couple of days trying to figure out which one to write about. After much soul-searching drinking, I’ve decided to write about both. This is probably a mistake.

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Happy Holidays and all that jazz

Debate thisThanks so much to steve and the rest of you readers who make blogging about this law stuff a lot of fun. As I predict every year, I am sure this internet thingamajig will take off in 2016. Sooner or later that will come true.

Happy holidays!

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