Friday, March 6, 2015
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DIGITAL DEMOCRACY
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
Friday, March 6, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
ITK hosts intimate preview of next week's Taste of the Arctic event March 2, 2015

The Hill Times photograph by John Major
ITK project coordinator Looee Okalik, using an 'ulu' or 'woman's knife' to cut off a portion of 'Nikku' or dried caribou.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
NAC Le Café's executive chef John Morris explaining his take on traditional Inuit menu items.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Elisapee Sheutiapik, also former mayor of Iqaluit, with ITK health and social development assistant director Anna Fowler.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry, Ms. Sheutiapik, ITK's Looee Okalik, iPolitics' Elizabeth Gray-Smith, ITK's Anna Fowler, The Hill Times' Rachel Aiello, First Air's Bert van der Stege, and ITK's Kathleen Tagoona.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
After the tasting, Chef John Morris joined the guests for the mini-feast of traditional Inuit foods.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
Chef John Morris spoons some jus on Ottawa Citizen food editor Peter Hum's plate.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry and Bert van der Stege; and ITK President Terry Audla.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
ITK president Terry Audla digging in to the frozen Arctic char or 'Iqaluk' meat from the Rankin Inlet.
The Hill Times photograph by John Major
First Air's Ron Lowry adding a bit of seal fur to his suit.

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