Sunday, April 19, 2015
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DIGITAL DEMOCRACY
CRTC, Competition Bureau enforcement of Canadian Anti-Spam Law picks up steam

According to Spamhaus’ Register of Known Spamming Organizations, five of the top 100 spamming organizations responsible for 80 per cent of spam worldwide are based in Canada.


  
Why the vertically integrated TV giants are the CRTC’s hidden target

Why the focus on vertically-integrated companies rather than on Netflix?


  
Tory Anti-Terrorism Bill ‘an unprecedented undermining of Canadian privacy protection’

The PM is fast-tracking a bill that represents the biggest-ever reduction in public sector privacy protection and even blocking the privacy commissioner of Canada from appearing before the committee.


  
Behind the scenes of Ontario government’s campaign for a Netflix tax

According to documents obtained under the Access to Information Act and reported here for the first time, Ontario government officials spent months developing its submission in support of a Netflix tax.


  
Why Bell’s targeted ad approach falls short on privacy protection

From Bell’s perspective, the targeted advertising approach, which it calls RAP or Relevant Ads Program, does not involve the collection of additional information and the company allows users to opt-out of this use of their information if they so choose.


  
No fast or slow lanes: CRTC upholds net neutrality rules

Canada has an even stronger net neutrality framework that better safeguards new innovative services and that will leave U.S. net neutrality advocates looking North with envy.


  
What open government hides

Unfortunately, ignoring issues such as access to information and genuine efforts to incorporate public input into policies means that, for now, open government is most notable for what it hides.


  
End of online anonymity? Ontario Police and Conservative Senator support mandatory identification reforms

OPP officer Scott Naylor likened internet access to obtaining a driver’s licence or a marriage licence, noting that we provide identification for many different activities, yet there is no requirement to identify yourself when using the internet.


  
Third-parties to be required to file expenses, contributions

To uphold and reinvigorate the spirit of elections financing law, Elections Canada must begin to seriously review its current 'old media' defined terms of political advertising and campaigning.


  
Echo chamber strategy of political communication

Party strategists and insiders are seeking to define bloggers as members of the media, while at the same time reducing access to politicians and government information.


  
Dion swiftboated by 'The Shrug' picture

  
First-person politics: Netroots to take on political establishment

As Ottawa finally starts to move to an issue-based political debate, future elections will likely see a new crop of net activists moving beyond parody, symbolic and first-person politics.


  
Politics in danger of becoming increasingly image-driven

One could argue that Ottawa is in danger of becoming increasingly image-driven and with the current crop of leaders an emergent image-politics is a frighteningly dull prospect.


  
Leaders take note, knives come out in cyberspace: Web is the new political DEW Line

For Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion, a leader whose first name might more aptly be changed to 'embattled,' the blogosphere serves as an early warning of things to come.


  
New digital networks challenge old party networks: U.S. primaries take to net

There are lessons to be learned from the use of new media platforms and technologies south of the border in this most interesting primary season.


  
Facebook struggles to accommodate political networking

Mixing high school friends, siblings and great aunts with party press secretaries, Garth Turner, and John Baird, might not be the best mix.


  
Canadian political blogosphere undergoes transition

Recent changes in each of the parties' respective partisan blogs' networks suggest that there is no one-size-fits-all strategy for incorporating bloggers into partisan politics or campaigning.


  
Internet campaigning: the new normal

The PMO and other party leaders have played down such campaign preparations in the past, reminding Canadians of the 'new normal' in Ottawa: governing-as-campaigning.


  

Parliamentary Calendar
Monday, April 20, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Vickers honoured at Douglas C. Frith dinner April 2, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The Château Laurier Ballroom was packed on Tuesday, March 31 for the Canadian Association of Former Parliamentarians dinner.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
The evening began with RCMP Cpl. Craig Kennedy's rendition of O Canada.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers was recognized as an honorary member of CAFP for his heroism as the Sergeant at Arms during the Oct. 22 shooting.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Peter O'Brian, Liberal MP Carolyn Bennett and Steve Paikin.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Rob Nicholson and former Liberal MP Sue Barnes.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Dean Allison.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Kevin Vickers and Conservative MP Ray Boughen.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
International Union of Operating Engineers' Steven Schumann and Canadian Labour's Nathan Rotman.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
House Deputy Speaker Joe Comartin.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Mary Dawson, Senator David Smith, and Sharon Sholzberg-Gray.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Senator Art Eggleton and Conservative MP Earl Dreeshen.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Independent MP Brent Rathgeber in conversation with TVO's Steve Paikin.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Andrew Cardozo, Pearson Centre president.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Conservative MP Jay Aspin and Kevin Vickers.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
Lobbyist Leo Duguay.
The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright
TVO host and author Steve Paikin gave an impassioned speech on what he's learned about the allure of public life.

MICHAEL DE ADDER'S TAKE