Net Neutrality in Canada

(Disponible en français : La neutralité du Net au Canada) The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC or the Commission) defines net neutrality as the general principle that “all traffic on the Internet should be given equal treatment by” Internet service providers (ISPs). The Commission’s net neutrality policy specifically rests on sections 27(2) and 36…

Crowdfunding and Charitable Giving: The Donation-Based Model

James Gauthier Economics, Resources and International Affairs Division Crowdfunding – a practice in which many entities make small contributions through the Internet and social media – is an increasingly popular way for citizens, businesses and not-for-profit organizations to raise funds for charitable causes. Although information on the impact of crowdfunding exists around the world, evidence…

Television Policy in a Changing Environment

Michael Dewing Legal and Social Affairs Division When it comes to Canadian television policy, it has always been tricky to balance the interests of consumers, content creators, and broadcasting and distribution companies. Corporate integration, rapid technological change and shifting viewing habits make it even trickier. In its latest review of the Canadian television system, the…

Internet Privacy and Parliament

Big Data and the Big Picture in Criminal Investigations

Tanya Dupuis and Christine Morris Legal Affairs and Social Affairs Division This HillNote is the second in a series of four. (Aussi disponsible en français : Mégadonnées et vue d’ensemble dans les enquêtes criminelles) Given the ubiquity of communication technologies and the potential for the Internet to be used in criminal activities, telecommunications data are becoming…

Internet Privacy and Parliament

Lawful Access and Privacy: The Legislative Framework

Dara Lithwick and Dominique Valiquet, Legal and Social Affairs Division This HillNote is the first in a series of four. (Aussi disponsible en français: Accès légal et vie privée : le cadre législatif) Lawful access is an investigation technique used by national security and law enforcement agencies. It entails the interception of private communications and the seizure…

diagram of internet cloud

Dispelling the Fog Around “Cloud Computing”

(Disponible en français: Dissiper le brouillard entourant l’« informatique en nuage ») Since the invention of computers, all materials created or operating on the devices – documents, photos, company files and programs – have been stored on the computers themselves or on an external storage device (floppy disk, memory stick, external hard drive, etc). But the advent…