Law Bytes

Law Bytes

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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


39: “The Day I Can Offer Service, Prices Come Down” - Elliot Noss on MVNOs and the CRTC Hearing on Wireless Services
Feb 18 • 35 min
The long awaited CRTC review into wireless services kicks off this week with virtually every key stakeholder – the big carriers, regional carriers, independent carriers, consumer groups, and many others – making their way to Gatineau to set out their…
38: Debating the Broadcast Panel Report - A Conversation with BTLR Panel Chair Janet Yale
Feb 10 • 53 min
The release of the much-anticipated Broadcasting and Telecommunications Legislative Review panel report late last month sparked a torrent of discussion and debate. The 235 page report – often referred to as the BTLR or Yale Report - features 97…
37: The Future of Privacy in Canada - A Conversation with Privacy Commissioner of Canada Daniel Therrien
Feb 3 • 51 min
The Lawbytes podcast resumes for another season with a special episode on privacy as I’m joined on the podcast by Daniel Therrien, the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Commissioner Therrien recently used Data Privacy Day to deliver a speech at the…
The LawBytes Podcast, Episode 36: The Year in Canadian Digital Law and Policy
Dec 16, 2019 • 34 min
The past year has been an incredibly active one for Canadian digital law and policy with important Supreme Court cases, legislative proposals, committee reports, expert panels, and political promises to reform existing laws and regulation. For this final…
35: Allen Mendelsohn on Canada’s Copyright Site Blocking Saga
Dec 9, 2019 • 36 min
Site blocking has been on the policy and regulatory radar screen for several years in Canada, starting with the Bell-led Fairplay proposal to the CRTC and demands for site blocking as part of the copyright review. With both the CRTC and elected officials…
34: The Fight to Save the Dot-Org
Dec 2, 2019 • 30 min
The dot-org domain extension was established as one of the first top-level domains in 1985 alongside dot-com, dot-net and a handful of others. In 2002, administration over the domain was awarded to the Public Interest Registry (PIR), a non-profit…
33: “Canadian Patenting is Not Going to Drive Anything” - Aidan Hollis on New Research on Patents and Innovation
Nov 25, 2019 • 29 min
One of Canada’s longstanding digital and economic policy concerns has involved innovation, with fears that the Canadian economy is failing to keep pace with other, more innovative economies. Some point to intellectual property as a critical part of policy…
32: Reflections from the Open Source Member of Parliament - A Conversation with Ex-MP David Graham
Nov 18, 2019 • 41 min
David Graham was not your typical Member of Parliament. A Liberal MP from the Quebec riding of Laurentides-Labelle, Graham brought a background in open source issues to Parliament Hill. Over his four years as an MP, Graham was seemingly everywhere when it…
31: Is Canadian Media in a Financial Crisis? - Marc Edge With a Different Take on What the Data Says
Nov 11, 2019 • 24 min
Is the Canadian media in a state of financial crisis? Stories on newspaper closures and journalist layoffs have become frustratingly commonplace in recent years, leading to increasingly vocal calls for policy reforms or public funding measures. But Marc…
30: “It’s Only Going to Get More Important” - Amanda Wakaruk and Jeremy deBeer on Crown Copyright in Canada
Nov 4, 2019
The Canadian copyright review conducted earlier this year heard evidence on a remarkably broad range of issues. One issue that seemed to take committee members by surprise was crown copyright. Why all the interest in a seemingly obscure issue? This week’s…
29: Partisan Posts, Social Media, and Misinformation - Taylor Owen on What Actually Happened Online in the 2019 Election
Oct 28, 2019
Coming into the 2019 federal election, there were widespread concerns regarding disinformation campaigns, foreign interference, social media advertising and manipulation, and fake news. The federal government enacted legislation designed to foster greater…
28: The Past, Present and Future of Open Access - A Conversation with Leslie Chan
Oct 21, 2019
This week is open access week, an opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the emergence and continued growth of open access. Countries have been taking increasingly strong steps toward making their research openly available, with mandates that…
27: Digital Policy and Election 2019: Laura Tribe of OpenMedia on Where the Parties Stand
Oct 15, 2019
Digital issues were expected to garner attention in the 2019 Canadian federal election campaign. Over the course of the past few weeks, all the main political parties have had something to say about the high cost of cellphone prices in Canada and the…
26: There Is No Crisis - Dwayne Winseck on the State of Canadian Communications, Media and Cultural Policy
Oct 7, 2019
The future of Canadian communications law has emerged as political hot potato in recent weeks with political parties engaged in finger pointing over who is acting – or failing to act – on issues closely aligned to cultural policy. Just prior to the…
Ep. 25: The CRTC Decision on Competitive Internet Pricing: A Conversation with George Burger
Sep 23, 2019
Last month the CRTC issued its final decision in a lengthy battle over the rates that independent internet providers pay for wholesale access to the broadband networks run by big incumbents such as Rogers and Bell. The Commission slashed prices rates and…
24: A Tribute to Ian Kerr
Sep 16, 2019
The first episode of the new season of the Lawbytes podcast is dedicated to my good friend and colleague Ian Kerr, a giant in the law and technology field, who passed away on August 27th after battling complications arising from cancer. The episode…
23: The WIPO BRIP Database - Rick Shera on the MEGA Experience and the Dangers of False IP Claims
Aug 6, 2019
The last episode of Season One of the Lawbytes podcast (new episodes will resume in September) returns to WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization and its proposed BRIP database. The BRIP database, which stands for Building Respect for…
22: Navigating Intermediary Liability for the Internet - A Conversation with Daphne Keller
Jul 29, 2019
The question of what responsibility should lie with Internet platforms for the content they host that is posted by their users has been the subject of debate around in the world as politicians, regulators, and the broader public seek to navigate policy…
21: Why Canada Has Some of the Worlds Highest Wireless Data Prices
Jul 22, 2019
Canada has a well-earned reputation for some of the highest wireless prices in the world with numerous comparative studies finding that consumers pay relatively high prices for low amounts of data. Rewheel Research, a Finland based consultancy, has been…
20: Why Canadian Universities Should Get Out of the Patent Game - Richard Gold on Canada’s Failed Research Commercialization Strategy
Jul 15, 2019
Technology transfer in the university context has emerged as significant policy issue with governments seeking to maximize the benefits of public investment in research at Canadian universities. But what if maximizing commercialization opportunities does…
19: Canada’s Quiet Success Story - Irene Berkowitz on the Canadian YouTube Creative Sector
Jul 8, 2019
New creators leveraging online platforms don’t typically participate in government consultations, but that doesn’t mean their voice and experience should be ignored. Ryerson’s Irene Berkowitz recently released Watchtime Canada, a report on the role…
18: Open to Open Banking?: My Appearance Before the Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce
Jul 2, 2019
Open banking, which is designed to allow customers to easily share data held by their banks with third parties, has been attracting considerable attention in recent months. The Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce conducted a study on…
17: What To Do About Huawei? - Christopher Parsons Unpacks One of Canada’s Most Challenging Policy Issues
Jun 24, 2019
What to do about Huawei? The Chinese telecom giant has emerged as one of Canada’s most challenging policy issues, raising concerns involving competition, communications, security, and trade not to mention kidnappings and arrests of corporate personnel.…
16: The Copyright Review Report: Carys Craig on the Roadmap for the Future of Canadian Copyright Law
Jun 17, 2019
In December 2017, the Canadian government launched its much-anticipated and much-lobbied review of Canadian copyright law, tasking the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology to lead the way. After months of study and hundreds of witnesses…
15: Cows, Cars, and Copyright: A Conversation With Myra Tawfik on the IP Concerns With Implementing Canada-US-Mexico Trade Deal
Jun 10, 2019
The new NAFTA - dubbed the USMCA or CUSMA depending on where you live - took a significant step forward recently with the introduction of Canadian legislation designed to ratify the treaty. The economic implications of the agreement are enormous,…