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Jun 19, 2018 — La Presse

La pub sur Google et Facebook coûterait 1,3 milliard aux contribuables by Vincent Brousseau-Pouliot

Friends of Canadian broadcasting is advocating for the Trudeau government to abolish the deductibility of internet advertising with American giants. Friends is asking the four Quebec provincial  party leaders to put pressure on Ottawa as the federal government "is dragging its feet and postponing any significant action until after the next federal election". 


Jun 15, 2018 — Hamilton Spectator

CBC radio station for Hamilton is long overdue by Grant Ranalli

Columnist says CBC Radio would add to the list of quality sources of local news and information available to Hamilton residents - a keystone of a healthy democracy. 

Jun 13, 2018 — Coalition for Culture and Media

Fiscal Fairness in a Digital World: Quebec Kept its Promise

The Coalition for Culture and Media is pleased by the adoption of a bill that will require online services, such as Netflix and Spotify, to collect QST as of January 1st, 2019.

Jun 12, 2018 — Washington Post

AT&T-Time Warner merger approved, setting the stage for more consolidation across corporate America by Tony Romm and Brian Fung

The approved AT&T’s $85 billion purchase of Time Warner could hamstring U.S. regulators seeking to block big corporate mergers.

Jun 11, 2018 — Neiman Lab

Americans think the news industry is “headed in the wrong direction,” but what does that even mean? By LAURA HAZARD OWEN

Americans are fractured over the role of journalists, confused by terms like “op-ed,” and wary of the “watchdog” part of journalism, a new report suggests. 

Jun 11, 2018 — Mobile Syrup

Canadian music industry wants government to pay music copying fees on all smartphones by Rose Behar

The Canadian music industry wants the government to pay music copying fees for all smartphones sold in the country.

Jun 8, 2018 — Globe & Mail

The CRTC is wrong to regard the internet as just another broadcaster

Micheal Geist says the CRTC is heading down a troubling path by treating the two mediums as one and the same for regulatory purposes.

Jun 7, 2018 — iPolitics

Campaign Notebook: Ford says he will ensure media are ‘fair and balanced and aren’t always attacking’ by Marieke Walsh

In his last media availability before Thursday’s provincial election Doug Ford said if he becomes premier he will do interviews with journalists and ensure they are “fair and balanced and aren’t always attacking”.

Jun 5, 2018 — Edmonton Journal

'If you profit, you contribute': Ottawa announces panel to review broadcasting, telecom laws for internet era by Emily Jackson

The government wants to update laws so any player that profits in Canada contributes to Canadian content – including internet giants like Netflix.

Jun 5, 2018 — Toronto Star

Federal panel to review broadcasting rules for the internet era by Alex Boutilier

A federal review into Canada’s broadcasting and telecommunications laws will examine the “disruptive and dramatic change” facing media industries — and what that change means for the country’s democratic institutions.

Jun 4, 2018 — Calgary Business

Canadian TV broadcasting revenue on the decline by Mario Toneguzzi

Air time sales fell 4.9% to $3.0 billion in 2017. Subscription revenues fell by 1.3%. Public and private subsidies were down 14.2%: StatsCan

Jun 4, 2018 — Vanity Fair

Mark Zuckerberg Apparently Didn’t Tell Congress the Whole Truth About Facebook by Maya Kosoff

When Mark Zuckerberg appeared before Congress in April, he insisted that the kind of data sharing that sparked the Cambridge Analytica scandal was out of bounds for Facebook.

May 31, 2018 — Huffington Post Canada

CRTC Calls On Canada To Regulate Streaming Media, Wherever It's Located

Netflix, Spotify and others should pay for the production of Canadian content, telecom watchdog says.

May 31, 2018 — Globe & Mail

CRTC wants Netflix, Spotify to fund Canadian content by Daniel LeBlanc

Canada’s broadcasting regulator is arguing that internet service providers, wireless companies and foreign streaming services should be forced to fund the production of Canadian cultural content to compensate for the declining contribution of cable and satellite providers.

May 18, 2018 — Globe & Mail

Ireland’s abortion referendum serving as ‘test case’ for regulating social-media ads by Tamsin McMahon

Voters in Ireland will cast ballots in a historic referendum on May 25 on whether to repeal the country’s constitutional ban on abortion. But the vote also offers a different political test: for social-media companies still struggling with how to protect their technology from being manipulated to undermine democratic elections.

May 17, 2018 — Wired

What Happened to Facebook’s Grand Plan to Wire the World? by Jessi Hempel

Five years ago Mark Zuckerberg debuted a bold, humanitarian vision of global internet. It didn’t go as planned—forcing Facebook to reckon with the limits of its own ambition.

May 14, 2018 — Le Devoir

Ottawa doit cesser de favoriser Google et Facebook by Daniel Bernhard

In this open letter, FRIENDS spokesperson, Daniel Bernhard, raises the alarm on the crisis affecting Canadian media: the crisis is real, it's there, and it's already striking. What will it take for the federal government to close the tax loophole that's sucking the lifeblood of local media?

May 11, 2018 — iPolitics

Charity no way to save La Presse nor Canadian journalism by Alan Freeman

Columnist suggests La Presse drop its search for a "sugar daddy", radically slim down and fight for reader loyalty.

Apr 30, 2018 — Toronto Star

Canada should make sure Internet giants pay their fair share

The House of Commons committee on international trade recommends that the government level the playing field between Canadian businesses and foreign-based Internet giants.

Apr 29, 2018 — The Guardian

Who should hold the keys to our data? byNigel Shadbolt and Roger Hampson

The Observer’s Facebook revelations reignited debates about ownership of our details. But while we seek privacy in parts of our digital life, open data elsewhere could be a force for good.

Apr 27, 2018 — The Province

Why tax Canadian-based video, but not Netflix? by Andrew Coyne

Columnist says the idea that sales or value-added taxes should apply across the board, without exceptions, is standard economics.

Apr 24, 2018 — The New Republic

Google Has a Facebook Problem by David Dayen

The tech giant has largely escaped scrutiny of late, but David Dayen says Google deserves a congressional grilling just as much as Mark Zuckerberg.

Apr 18, 2018 — National Post

CBC says it will carry on with destruction of broadcast archives once digitized by Terry Pedwell

A charitable group dedicated to preserving the country’s broadcasting heritage is calling on the CBC to stop destroying original television and radio broadcast materials as it moves to digitize the content.

Apr 18, 2018 — Globe & Mail

The only thing bigger than Netflix is the daily news by John Doyle

In the first quarter of 2018, Netflix added almost two million U.S. subscribers and yet more in other territories, beating its own estimates.

Apr 17, 2018 — Windsor Star

Netflix doing booming business in Canada, industry research reports suggest by Emily Jackson

Research says about 6.7 million Canadian households streamed Netflix in the past month; meanwhile, TV subscriptions continue to fall.

Apr 17, 2018 — New York Times

Tech Firms Sign ‘Digital Geneva Accord’ Not to Aid Governments in Cyberwar by David E. Sanger

More than 30 high-tech companies, led by Microsoft and Facebook, have announced a set of principles that included a declaration that they would not help any government mount cyberattacks against “innocent civilians and enterprises from anywhere.”

Apr 16, 2018 — MediaPost

Fixing The Broken Web -- Before It's Too Late by Steven Rosenbaum

Tech insider: "We cannot have a society where when two people wish to communicate, the only way it can happen is if it’s financed by a third person who wishes to manipulate them.”

Apr 16, 2018 — Toronto Star

Facebook Canada offers closed-door briefings to MPs ahead of meeting by Alex Boutilier

An email obtained by the Star from Facebook Canada’s public policy team invited members of the House of Commons’ Ethics committee to meet privately with the company before their public testimony.

Apr 12, 2018 — iPolitics

Can the CBC become a local broadcaster again? Paul Adams

Columnist asks whether the CBC can transform itself so that more of the best and brightest at the corporation will think about making their whole careers in Edmonton or Halifax instead of migrating to Toronto?