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Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould speaks to reporters at Ottawa's National Press Theatre on Jan. 30, announcing a panel of bureaucrats will monitor the 2019 election and sound the alarm if they see evidence it's being undermined. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Social media companies that violate new political ad rules, even inadvertently, will be fined, minister suggests

Firms are taking different approaches to a new political ad registry regime meant to protect against interference in the next election.
In the wake of some high-profile data and privacy scandals, the privacy commissioner's office is considering changes that could mean getting a person's explicit okay in all cases when their data is to be transferred across the border.
So why don’t we better maintain it and plan for future needs?
Opinion|Lu Shaye
The U.S. has repeatedly exaggerated the security risks of Huawei’s 5G technology.
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The Trudeau government has left people in rural and remote areas to fend for themselves when it comes to internet connectivity. We’ll ensure that they have the internet access they need to get ahead.
From helping kids learn to code to providing new sources of capital for large projects, our aim is to drive productivity.
While 5G is making headlines, there are still communities in this country struggling for any reliable internet connection.
‘I don’t believe that I would be given a position that I don’t have any authority to move things on,’ says Rural Economic Development Minister Bernadette Jordan.
What little action there is is slow, and funding is spread over a number of years.
If the government doesn't invest in infrastructure, education, and other long-term needs now, the gap between the ‘have’ South and the ‘have-not’ North will only grow.
Opinion|Paul Meyer
It could guide our efforts to influence the development of international policy on cyberspace and help set norms for responsible state conduct.
'When I came [to Canada], the infrastructure that was available to me, such as recreational facilities, soccer fields, libraries, [the] public transit system, enabled me to succeed.'
Federal parties aren’t covered by privacy laws that regulate federal agencies and corporations, something the privacy commissioner and others say needs to change in light of the Facebook data abuse scandal.
Opinion|Mary Ann Yule
Most government agencies use wireless printers, but few organizations apply the same level of security rigour to printers as they do to computing devices.
A new proposal to block Canadians from accessing websites that engage in piracy, while imposing safeguards to protect users’ digital rights, is balanced and pragmatic.
Opinion|Barry Sookman
FairPlay's 'moderate, responsible proposal' on piracy websites should be given due consideration 'based on the facts and not contrived arguments designed to oppose it,' writes Barry Sookman.
Reducing the vehicles for information, expression of opinion, and the means to hold authorities to account is hardly in the public interest.
Opinion|Mark Buell
The internet is a powerful tool for change, but we can’t meaningfully move forward as a country if anyone is left behind.
Opinion|Michael Geist
It’s nice to be asked your opinion, but the sheer volume of hearings, notices, and consultations can be overwhelming.
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