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Sep 3, 2018 — New York Times

Amazon Sets Its Sights on the $88 Billion Online Ad Market by Julie Creswell

Amazon is gaining in advertising when the public perception of Google and Facebook has soured. 

Sep 3, 2018 — POV Magazine

Policy Matters: Was Joly ‘Netflixed’? by Barri Cohen

Columnist asks whether concerns over taxes and French-language production prove to be Mélanie Joly’s undoing as heritage minister?

Sep 1, 2018 — Salon

Facebook and the “two-feed solution”: Social media giant can be both a “platform” and a publisher by Rick Gell

Columnist says Mark Zuckerberg’s company can resolve its current dilemma, but only if it faces the truth about its hypocrisy.

Sep 1, 2018 — National Observer

Postmedia fails to heed its own 'cautionary tale' in ethics and law by Arthur Kent

Journalist says that publishers and broadcasters should cherish their integrity, and earn it with every story.

Sep 1, 2018 — The Atlantic

Why Technology Favors Tyranny by Yuval Noah Harari

Columnist says artificial intelligence could erase many practical advantages of democracy, and erode the ideals of liberty and equality. 

Aug 31, 2018 — The New Yorker

Trump’s Attacks on the News Media Are Getting Even More Dangerous

President Trump has been warned that his “inflammatory language is contributing to a rise in threats against journalists and will lead to violence.” 

Aug 30, 2018 — Wired

What happens when Facebook mistakenly blocks local news stories by Louise Matsakis

Columnist says Facebook is where a reported 45 percent of Americans get their news.

Aug 29, 2018 — Huffington Post Canada

Trudeau Praises Media After Trump Calls Journalists 'Enemy Of The People' by Althia Raj

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to "always defend" an independent press when asked to comment Wednesday on U.S. President Donald Trump's recent attacks against the news organizations.

Aug 28, 2018 — Government of Canada

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism Mandate Letter

Letter from the Prime Minister's Office describing the mandate and expectations of the new Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism.

Aug 28, 2018 — NDP

NDP Media Release: Protect Our Culture and End Special Treatment for Web Giants

The Federal NDP has committed to close the tax loopholes that favor Google, You Tube, Twitter and Facebook for advertising purchases.

Aug 26, 2018 — New York Times

Tech Industry Pursues a Federal Privacy Law, on Its Own Terms by Cecilia Kang

In recent months, Facebook, Google, IBM, Microsoft and others have aggressively lobbied officials in the Trump administration and elsewhere to start outlining a federal privacy law.

Aug 13, 2018 — ICI RADIO-CANADA.CA

PKP dénonce le laxisme fiscal envers les entreprises étrangères comme Netflix

Interviewed by Alain Gravel, Pierre-Karl Péladeau deplored the fact that certain foreign companies such Netflix and Spotify, do not have to collect sales tax like their local counterparts. He says the Trudeau government is treating these businesses with a “fiscal laxness” that is harming local media and producers, out of sheer electioneering.

Aug 9, 2018 — The Atlantic

Student Journalism in the Age of Media Distrust by Adam Harris

Columnist says President Trump’s attacks on the press seem to be fueling young people’s interest in the profession—a phenomenon also seen at other turbulent times in U.S. history.

Aug 9, 2018 — blogTO

The Ontario Government is not embroiled in a clapping controversy

COlumnist says staffers in the provincial legislature at Queen's Park in Toronto have adopted a new strategy for dodging questions—clapping loudly while reporters talk.

Aug 8, 2018 — NiemanLab

More than 1,000 U.S. news sites are still unavailable in Europe, two months after GDPR took effect by Jeff South

Websites had two years to get ready for the GDPR. But rather than comply, about a third of the 100 largest U.S. newspapers have instead chosen to block European visitors to their sites.

Aug 8, 2018 — Independent

43% of Republicans say Trump should be able to shut down news outlets, new poll finds by Chris Riotta

More than 4 in 10 Republicans want to give Donald Trump the power to shut down the media according to a new poll – believing the president’s statement that journalists are "enemies of the people".

Aug 7, 2018 — National Newswatch

Can We Break the Telcos Oligopoly? Yes and here’s how by Don Lenihan

Columnist asks what if we stopped thinking of digital infrastructure as just another business? What if we saw the internet the way the CRTC now says we should: as an essential service, more like telephones or hospitals than restaurants or taxis?

Aug 5, 2018 — Globe & Mail

In battle to regain public trust, Facebook encounters more problems than solutions by Tamsin McMahon

Columnist says problems such as fake news, hate speech and the manipulation of posts by hostile foreign governments are not easy to solve, even for a company with Facebook’s massive resources. 

Aug 5, 2018 — Washington Post

For Canadian journalists covering Doug Ford, being called ‘fake news’ was the last straw by Selena Ross

He hasn't taken to Twitter to rail against the media like his neighbor to the south, but the government of Doug Ford, one of Canada’s best-known politicians, has been picking a fight with the journalists who cover him.

Aug 3, 2018 — TVO

The day the Queen’s Park press corps fought back by Steve Paikin

Columnist says the Progressive Conservatives have, since the election campaign, required reporters covering their events to follow some fairly strict rules.

Aug 3, 2018 — eMarketer

Netflix Is So Popular in Canada, Local Media Players Want a ‘Netflix Tax’ to Level the Playing Field

Since Netflix's launch in Canada in 2010, the first non-US market the company entered, it has become a viewership juggernaut, climbing to north of 50% of the English-speaking population in most forecasts. eMarketer expects there will be 13.3 million Netflix viewers in Canada this year, with viewers defined as individuals who watch Netflix via app or website at least once per month. That figure is up 9.6% year over year.

Jul 31, 2018 — PressProgress

Doug Ford’s ‘North Korean’-Style News Broadcasts Are Being Funded With Your Tax

Pro-Ford news broadcasts mocked for resembling North Korean TV are produced with public resources, Premier’s Office confirms.

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”.