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Ottawa needs to act on global censorship of LGBTQ2+ content

By Ronald Deibert       

While the Trudeau government has made strong policy commitments to both LGBTQ2+ rights and internet openness, the Canadian government has also supported Netsweeper, an internet-filtering company in Waterloo, Ont., through various forms of trade promotion, loan guarantees, awards, and extensive research and development funding, writes the director of Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto.

The Citizen Lab has sent an open letter to Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland in advance of a global gathering on LGBTI human rights issues in Vancouver next week. The Hill Times file photo by Andrew Meade

There can be no doubt Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government has been an outspoken advocate for the protection and promotion of LGBTQ2+ rights.  But do deeds match words? According to our research, the answer is “no.”

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