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Timothy Denton

Timothy Denton is a lawyer by training who practices principally in telecommunications and Internet policy and domain name issues, with a strong concentration on explaining what the technology is and what it means.

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  • Pamela and I dig into the reasons for promoting speech controls, as the Liberals are trying to do in their Online Harms proposals and Bill C10. We live in a time of extreme cultural insecurity. 



    A F-100D aircraft dropping a napalm bomb near Bien Hoa, South Vietnam


    My colleague Philip Palmer delivered this address to the PIAC conference. Caution - it has a large blast radius.

    C-10: Three Failures

    There are tomes to be written about C-10, its ambitions and its failings. I would like to make 3 points:

    First, the restriction of free speech by the regulation of Internet streaming services as broadcasting cannot be justified under the Charter of Rights.

    Second, section 3 of the Broadcasting Act, as amended by C-10, fails as a broadcasting policy for the Internet age.

    Third, the expansion the Broadcasting Act to Internet streaming services is unconstitutional both as beyond the powers of Parliament and as contrary to the Charter of Rights.





    The Basic Question

    Is there something in the Internet which should inform our approach and constrain the application of broadcasting concepts to it?  I think there is: permissionless innovation. 




    People think that fascism appears as gangs of thugs in black uniforms beating people up. I suspect that it first appears by thought and word, before it manifests as physical violence. 


    Sir Douglas Barrett, QC, King's Bench, 1692-1764, precursor of Canada's broadcasting legal fraternity



    I see that broadcasting lawyer Doug Barrett is suggesting we vote anything but Conservative because they threaten delay in the passage and implementation of the Broadcasting Act, as expressed in the late bill C10. If you care abut people's freedom to communicate across the Internet without prior permission, I would suggest that you vote for anyone who comes closest to scrapping the Broadcasting Act, and while they are at it, dismantling the CRTC and starting again.

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