I continue to be shocked and appalled by the government’s interference in the free flow of Internet content. And as Michael’s Geist’s recent story in The Toronto Star reveals, the future of free content on the Internet accessed in Canada is uncertain.
“The Minister of Industry, together with Liza Frulla, his Canadian Heritage counterpart, are also reportedly about to finalize new rules that may reshape the availability of Internet content to educational institutions. Acting on the recommendation of a parliamentary committee that was chaired by Toronto MP Sarmite Bulte, the government may soon unveil a new “extended license” that would require schools to pay millions of dollars for content that is currently freely available on the Internet.”
The outlook is pessimistic. There may not be a better time than NOW to advocate for open and free Internet content.