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Stories by Michael Geist

Why the CBC’s Catherine Tait is wrong about Netflix

Opinion|By Michael Geist
Cancon support remains an important ingredient in a vibrant Canadian cultural sector. Yet support such as grants, tax benefits, and other measures should come from general revenues as a matter of public policy, not through cross-subsidization models grounded in flawed arguments and inappropriate analogies.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
The government established a viable reform process that seems suddenly set to go badly off-track.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
It’s nice to be asked your opinion, but the sheer volume of hearings, notices, and consultations can be overwhelming.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
If Canada is to re-examine the decision to ratify treaties on the basis that it was all just a wrong guess, the starting point would be to fix the imbalance on fair dealing in the analog and digital worlds that has undermined Canadian innovation and the commitment to balance found in copyright law.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
Rather than weakening or abandoning consent models, Canadian law needs to upgrade its approach by making consent more effective in the digital environment.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
While some have used the consultation to call for expanded intellectual property rules, the reality is that Canada already meets or exceeds international standards. The more pressing innovation issue is to address the abuse of intellectual property rights that may inhibit companies from innovating or discourage Canadians from taking advantage of the digital market.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
The Circum study offers further evidence that for many creators, obscurity remains a far bigger threat than piracy. The study suggests that creators are ready to embrace the digital marketplace and would prefer to focus their energies on developing convenient, well-priced, legal services.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
The strategy points to the emergence of similar initiatives in other countries, but the Canadian targets pale by comparison. For example, the Netherlands plans to digitize 90 per cent of all books published in that country by 2018 along with many newspapers and magazines that pre-date 1940.
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Opinion|By Michael Geist
A CRTC hearing on zero rating and differential pricing is planned for the fall, but it is already clear that a retreat from Canada’s well-established net neutrality principles will face vocal opposition from government, consumer groups, and a growing number of industry players.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
With rising opposition to trade agreements, the fallout from Brexit, and fears in Europe that a Canadian deal could pave the way for an even larger agreement with the United States, banking on past history or delayed votes suggests that CETA is in far bigger trouble than officials would care to admit.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
If Voltage succeeds, one of the last remaining benefits of an already imperfect system will be lost and with it, further erosion of Internet privacy in Canada.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
Three years after Snowden thrust surveillance on the public agenda, it is time for Canada to reshape how its securities agencies operate. The desperate need for a full airing of Canadian surveillance practices comes not from what was hidden for many years, but what has been happening in plain sight.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
As Canada crafts its innovation strategy, the Australian report points to the benefits of evidence-based policies that move beyond conventional rhetoric.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
Telecom reporting consistent with the guidelines should be made mandatory and given the Liberal government’s commitment to openness and transparency, it should be ready to add disclosure of government requests for personal information to the list of transparency reforms.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
Canada already has an alternate blueprint for a trade strategy to open up key markets throughout Asia.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
If government support for broadband competition and net neutrality remains intact, the next big question is whether the goal of four wireless competitors in every market is still part of the policy toolkit. That principle is at stake in the Bell-MTS merger review.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
The Liberal government emphasized infrastructure investment in its 2016 budget, but allocated relatively little to the digital side of the ledger. If anything is self-evident, it is that federal government leadership on broadband funding and policies that encourage greater competition is a need, not a want.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
The modernization of Cancon regulation offers the opportunity to rethink longstanding policies by prioritizing global markets, consumer choice, competition, and the benefits of an expanded creative class that includes both commercial and non-commercial participants.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
If anything is self-evident, it is that federal government leadership on broadband funding and policies that encourage greater competition is a need, not a want.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
The internet has dramatically changed our world, touching on virtually every aspect of society. Changing our rules on essential services to account for the digital world is long overdue.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
The internet has dramatically changed our world, touching on virtually every aspect of society. Changing our rules on essential services to account for the digital world is long overdue.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
Canadians are behind a significant number of new startup companies with billion-dollar valuations. The problem? The Canadians no longer live in Canada, having moved to the U.S. to find their business success.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
The Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive trade deal that covers 40 per cent of the world’s GDP, has mushroomed into a political hot potato in the United States with presidential candidates Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and Bernie Sanders all expressing opposition or concern with the agreement.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
Access Copyright wants the government to believe that the changes to the Copyright Act are responsible for evolving approach to copying permissions.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
The reality is that the combination of basic television service and the pick-and-pay model that must be offered by the end of the year is changing the marketplace for the better.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
The last line of defence may be our portable devices, where access can be secured through passwords, data can be encrypted from prying eyes, and security settings can thwart would-be hackers.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
The Canadian battle over broadband services has taken an unexpected turn in recent weeks as Bell’s effort to win high-profile support for its appeal of a crucial ruling issued by Canada’s telecom regulator appears to have backfired.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
The uncertainty associated with digital models, the loss of jobs, and the future of some of Canada’s best-known media organizations unsurprisingly elicits sadness, apprehension, and concern. However, the emergence of new voices and the innovative approaches at older ones point to the likelihood that journalism is neither dead nor dying.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
Canadians must understand the costs and benefits of the TPP in order to provide useful feedback. The government summaries released last fall frequently present a misleading picture of the agreement. For example, the documents claim that Canada secured a broad exception for the cultural industries. However, on closer inspection it turns out that Canada did not get a full cultural exception as the TPP mandates unprecedented restrictions on policies to support the creation of Canadian content.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
Whether it is geo-location data on where we go, information on what we read online, details on what we watch, or lists identifying with whom we communicate, telecom and cable companies have the capability of pulling together remarkably detailed profiles of millions of Canadians.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
The net effect of the Schrems case and the TPP provisions is that Canada could end up caught in a global privacy battle in which Europe restricts data transfers with Canada due to surveillance activities, the TPP restricts Canada’s ability address European concerns, and the absence of a U.S. commitment means that Canada can’t count on it to provide Canadians with upgraded privacy protections.
Opinion|By Michael Geist
All the mayors claim their cities are working to become leading hubs of innovation, yet only Calgary seems to be doing much about it.

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