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Monday, December 22, 2014

Delusions of regulating the Internet. Part 2

Posted by William on November 4, 2011

Excuse me? Canadian content!? If she has her way, then we will soon see a tax on your usage of the Internet. The monies that you pay will go into a giant, Ottawa controlled, politician-accessed slush fund, to be parceled out to those Canadian multimedia companies best equipped to work the political system. That particular slime of the earth — lobbyists — will have particular influence on the types of Web pages we will see.

The result? You and I get taxed, and we end up with a whole bunch of lousy Web sites with GIF images of maple leafs.

Go figure. I’m sorry, but there’s enough fabulous and useful Canadian content on-line — we don’t need a tired and creaky bureaucrat regime in Ottawa to decide what Web pages we can look at.

Then we have the bizarre situation in which the Canadian Human Rights Commission is trying to deal with the difficult issue of hate literature on-line — by trying to shut down a computer in California which holds some of this nasty information.

Excuse me!? Since when did Canadian law apply to California? Did we take over the state while I wasn’t looking?

How does a Canadian government body plan to control what computer files people might place on a computer in California, or Malaysia, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Moscow, or Berlin? I’d really like to know!?

To me, it seems so hypocritical – here we have a Canadian government screaming at the U.S. government for the Helms-Burton Act, which attempts to extend U.S. laws concerning the embargo on Cuba to Canada. Then we have the Canadian government attempting to extend its laws to California.

How hypocritical – and dumb — can we be?

And that is the fundamental issue here – the Internet is a global system, which has about as much respect for national borders and organizations like the CRTC, as does a monarch butterfly in its annual migration north of the border.

Regardless of what government officials might like to think, we live in a world in which information flows freely through the world without any respect to bureaucrats and old-style policies of information nationalism.

The rumors in Ottawa? Francoise Bertrand of the CRTC was clearly out of her depth – “we are suffering from having a chair who has a clear lack of understanding of the nature of the technology,” I was told by one CRTC staffer.

And the CHRC? A political ploy, intended to make it appear that at least they are doing something. Six months from now, they’ll sheepishly admit that they had it all wrong.

My perspective? If we are going to try to deal with the many difficult issues that the Internet poses, whether that be hate literature or something else, then we certainly need some government bureaucrats and politicians who know the difference between a Web browser and a telephone pole.

Until we do, we should ask that those involved in Ottawa keep their mouths shut, so that their ignorance isn’t so obvious. After all, it’s embarrassing!

Personally, as for me, I kind of like winter.

And I also know that do not understand all the fuss about freedom of speech issues until their freedom of speech is taken away. So it is with the Internet.

There exist many significant purposes why client want to buy a international phone cards and the most important purpose is that they saves money.

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