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In recent years the intersection between law, technology, and policy has exploded as digital policy has become a mainstream concern in Canada and around the world. This podcast explores digital policies in conversations with people studying the legal and policy challenges, set the rules, or are experts in the field. It provides a Canadian perspective, but since the internet is global, examining international developments and Canada’s role in shaping global digital policy is be an important p ...
 
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Nearly a year since the first lockdown, Jade and Bruna discuss the experiences of those with a visible difference during the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. Guests Diana Harcourt, Pippa Tollow and Ella Guest from CAR, as well as Catherine Deakin from Changing Faces share important recent research on this topic.Changing Faces sources of …
 
Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault seems set to table another bill that would establish Internet content regulations, including requirements for Internet platforms to proactively remove many different forms of content, some illegal and others harmful or possibly even “hurtful.” Few would argue with the proposition that some regulation is …
 
The Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage last week started what it is calling a pre-study on Bill C-10, the Broadcasting Act reform bill. The hearings raises some significant procedural concerns given that the bill has not yet passed second reading so the committee is technically conducting a study about the bill, rather than studying the bill i…
 
Digital tax policy has emerged as major issue around the world. Canada is no exception. Late last year, the Canadian government announced plans to act on all three fronts: Bill C-10 seeks to address mandated Cancon payment and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland has promised digital sales taxes by July and what sounds like a digital services tax in …
 
Nadia and Jade speak with Dr Issy Bray (​Associate Head of Department for Research and Knowledge Exchange - Department of Health and Social Sciences, UWE Bristol) and Dr Helena Lewis-Smith (Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Appearance Research, UWE Bristol) about body image from a public health perspective.Papers discussed by Issy, Helena, A…
 
The Lawbytes podcast took a breather over the holidays and into early January, but there seemingly is no break for digital policy issues. Over the past few weeks, Internet platforms have found themselves squarely in the public eye as company after company – from Shopify to Twitter to Facebook de-platformed former US President Donald Trump in respon…
 
In the last episode of 2020, Nadia and Jade learn more about body image in India from CAR colleagues: Dr Helena Lewis-Smith, Kirsty Garbett, and Farheen Hasan as well as from project collaborators Dr Hemal Shroff, Dr Megha Dhillon, Manavi Khurana, Ruchika Kanwal and Megha Saklani. (Discussion starts at 11.45)Some of the new papers referenced in thi…
 
Canada is currently considering major reforms to how it regulates Internet services. Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault's Bill C-10 would dramatically reshape the Broadcasting Act by regulating foreign Internet sites and services with the prospect of mandated registration, payments to support Canadian content, confidential data disclosure…
 
Canada’s new privacy bill is only a couple of weeks old but it is already generating debate in the House of Commons and careful study and commentary from the privacy community. As the biggest overhaul of Canada’s privacy rules in two decades, the bill will undoubtedly be the subject of deep analysis and lengthy committee review, likely to start ear…
 
It has taken many years, but Canada finally appears ready to engage in an overhaul of its outdated private sector privacy law. Earlier this month, the Innovation, Science and Industry Minister Navdeep Bains introduced Bill C-11, which, if enacted, would fundamentally re-write Canada’s privacy rules. To discuss the thinking behind the bill and the g…
 
In this episode, Nadia and Jade discuss the topic of face transplants. With the help of guest’s emeritus Professor Nicky Rumsey OBE, Dr Alex Clarke and historian Dr Fay Bound Alberti, this episode will explore both the history and debated ethical dilemmas of facial transplantation.  Also, it's our 5th Birthday!! We can't celebrate in person, but as…
 
News Media Canada, the lobby group representing the major newspaper publishers in Canada recently launched a new campaign that calls for the creation of a government digital media regulatory agency that would have the power to establish mandated payments by Internet companies merely for linking to news articles. But not everyone in the sector - or …
 
Last week, Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault introduced Bill C-10, legislation that would significantly reform Canada’s Broadcasting Act. A foundational part of what he has called a “get money from web giants” legislative strategy, the bill grants new powers to Canada’s telecom and broadcast regulator (the CRTC) to regulate online stream…
 
The world will be focused on the United States this week as the U.S. Presidential election is slated to take place on Tuesday, November 3rd. The role of social media has been in the spotlight in the US for months with calls for regulation, a range of responses from the major companies, and ongoing concerns about the immediate aftermath of the elect…
 
Facial recognition technologies seem likely to become an increasingly common part of travel with scans for boarding passes, security clearance, customs review, and baggage pickup just some of the spots where your face could become the source of screening. Tamir Israel, staff lawyer at CIPPIC, the Samuelson-Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Publi…
 
Nadia and Jade talk to Dr Emily Matheson and Harriet Smith about fostering positive body image through children’s media. Specifically, we hear more about the research evaluating Steven Universe x Dove Self-Esteem Project cartoon 'shorts' and e-book. The Steven Universe e-book and animations are free and available here: http://www.stevenuniverseself…
 
As the second wave of COVID-19 seems to have arrived in many countries, the importance of measures such as social distancing, masks, testing, and tracing takes on increased importance. In Canada, the COVID Alert App is another important part of that toolkit. The app has been downloaded more than 4.5 million times and has been used to alert users to…
 
It’s that time of year where children are headed back to school (albeit a bit different than usual) and while schools are preparing for another year of learning, what can we learn from how to help young children with accepting their own and other people’s appearances? What do we already know? Jade and Nadia explore the topic of how to promote accep…
 
One year ago this week, Ian Kerr, a friend, colleague, teacher, and prescient scholar in the world of law, technology, and ethics, passed away. Ian’s loss sparked an outpouring of stories of a truly exceptional person whose friendship, mentorship, and en-Kerr-agement, left a remarkable legacy with so many citing his impact as a defining moment in t…
 
TikTok has found itself at the centre of a global geo-political fight between the United States and China. U.S. President Donald Trump, citing privacy, censorship, and national security concerns, first declared his plan to ban the app from the country and later followed up with an Executive Order prohibiting commercial activities with TikTok after …
 
The Canadian government released its COVID Alert, its COVID-19 exposure notification app, earlier this month starting first with a roll-out in Ontario. The app underwent two privacy reviews, engaging both the federal privacy commissioner and the Ontario information and privacy commissioner. Patricia Kosseim, the newly appointed Ontario privacy comm…
 
The Schrems II decision, a recent European Court of Justice ruling that declares the Privacy Shield program that facilitates data transfers between the EU and the United States invalid, has major implications for modern commercial data related activities such as cross-border data transfers. Colin Bennett is a political science professor at the Univ…
 
As the broad availability of genetic testing has mushroomed over the past two decades, privacy and potential discrimination concerns associated with testing results has increased. Until recently, Canada lagged behind other countries in this regard with no specific national legislation. That changed in 2017 with the enactment of the Genetic Non-Disc…
 
From the very outset of the COVID-19 outbreak, public health officials have identified the potential of contact tracing applications to both assist in conventional contact tracing activities and to warn individuals that they may have been in close proximity to someone who tested positive for the virus. The Government of Alberta was first off the ma…
 
South Africa spent years embroiled in a high profile effort to update its copyright law responding to concerns from creators, the education community, and the visually impaired that the longstanding laws did not serve the national interest and were harming creativity and access to knowledge. Its Parliament ultimately passed progressive reforms in 2…
 
The Supreme Court of Canada recently released its much anticipated Uber Technologies v. Heller decision, a landmark ruling with significant implications for the validity of online contracts and for employment relations in the gig economy. The court rejected an arbitration clause in an Uber contract with its drivers, finding the clause unconscionabl…
 
Canadian Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault recently suggested that the government's support for news media should be replaced by copyright rules that would open the door to payments from internet companies such as Google and Facebook through an Internet link tax. Julia Reda is a former Member of the European Parliament who for several years was t…
 
The state of Canadian privacy law has been ongoing source of concern with many experts concluding that the law is outdated and no longer fit for purpose. This is particularly true when contrasted with rules in the European Union that feature tough penalties and new privacy rights. It would appear that the province of Quebec has concluded that the w…
 
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