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Conservatives propose three-per-cent tax on tech giant revenue

News | 10/11/2019 11:29 pm EDT

The Conservative Party has now specified its plan to make web giants “pay their fair share,” which consists of a three-per-cent tax on revenues of the largest digital companies. The party said in its platform, released late Friday afternoon, that the tax Conservative...

Consensus on ‘digital giants,’ data breaches in French debate

News | 10/10/2019 11:57 pm EDT

Federal party leaders agreed Thursday evening in the last debate of the election campaign on the need for big online companies to pay more in taxes, for the government to...

Scheer refuses to specify if he’ll take action on wireless prices

News | 10/07/2019 11:20 pm EDT

GATINEAU — Conservative leader Andrew Scheer refused to say whether he...

No telecom, affordability talk in English debate

Briefs | 10/07/2019 9:06 pm EDT

GATINEAU — Federal party leaders faced off in the only English-language debate to feature all six...

With telecom affordability, political parties wade into fierce debate

News | 10/04/2019 11:42 am EDT

As politicians take aim at telecom affordability in this fall’s election...

Leaders talk Netflix taxes, privacy in TVA election debate

News | 10/02/2019 10:51 pm EDT

During the first French-language debate of the federal election campaign,...

Scheer refuses to specify if he’ll take action on wireless prices

News | 10/07/2019 11:20 pm EDT

GATINEAU — Conservative leader Andrew Scheer refused to say whether he has any intent to tackle telecom affordability in the ongoing federal election campaign, following...

Liberals, Conservatives promise new rules for Netflix

News | 09/30/2019 5:27 pm EDT

The Liberal Party platform, released Sunday, includes promises of new regulations for Canadian content on...

Liberals promise access for ‘qualified’ MVNOs, spectrum auction changes

News | 09/23/2019 2:29 pm EDT

In this fall’s election campaign, the Liberal Party is setting the goal...

Green Party platform: no anonymous social media, 5G rollout on hold

News | 09/16/2019 5:14 pm EDT

The Green Party election platform includes promises to ensure only...

NDP price caps would apply to all wireless plans, be set by the CRTC

News | 09/13/2019 4:35 pm EDT

The NDP’s promised telecom service price caps would apply to all wireless...

Local Quebec radio groups want more gov’t ads

News | 09/12/2019 5:25 pm EDT

Two local Quebec radio groups representing around 60 stations in the province are asking the provincial...

Election 2019: watch for price caps, Netflix regs, Huawei ban

News | 09/10/2019 12:03 pm EDT

Even before the federal election campaign officially kicked off, telecom...

Scheer promises new privacy committees, rules for data collection and AI

Briefs | 09/06/2019 4:29 pm EDT

The Conservative Party is promising new rules for electronic data collection and technologies like the Internet of Things and artificial intelligence if it wins in this fall’s federal election....

NDP skeptical about Liberal campaign telecom plans

Briefs | 08/28/2019 2:50 pm EDT

The NDP is already throwing cold water on reports that the Liberals are considering a price cap and mandated access for mobile virtual network operators as part of the incumbent party’s campaign plank. In a Tuesday evening...

No telecom, affordability talk in English debate

Briefs | 10/07/2019 9:06 pm EDT

GATINEAU — Federal party leaders faced off in the only English-language debate to feature all six leaders, and despite a dedicated section on affordability and various party promises to lower wireless bills, telecom and wireless prices didn’t come up. While Bloc...

Opposition MPs frustrated with reported delay on Huawei decision

News | 07/16/2019 5:47 pm EDT

Conservative and NDP MPs criticized the Liberal government Tuesday for what...

‘Deepfakes’ could trigger election security alert, gov’t officials say

News | 07/09/2019 4:50 pm EDT

Artificial intelligence technology allowing videos to be seamlessly...

Connectivity strategy repeats budget promises, offers no details

News | 06/27/2019 2:57 pm EDT

The connectivity strategy released by Rural Economic Development Minister...

Twitter bans pre-election political advertising

Briefs | 06/26/2019 6:20 pm EDT

Ending several months of uncertainty and speculations, Twitter Inc. has declared that it will join Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Microsoft Corp.’s Bing search engine in not selling any political advertisements in Canada in the...

With telecom affordability, political parties wade into fierce debate

News | 10/04/2019 11:42 am EDT

As politicians take aim at telecom affordability in this fall’s election campaign, they join a perennial dispute in which industry has taken issue with various reports...

NDP intros affordable telecom plan

Briefs | 06/10/2019 6:03 pm EDT

The New Democratic Party has unveiled Monday a plan to make telecommunications services more affordable,...

Tech giants agree to ‘voluntary’ set of principles: Gould

Briefs | 05/27/2019 5:45 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Facebook Inc. and Microsoft Corp. have both signed on to a...

Scheer promises Huawei 5G ban, but no info on what that means

News | 05/21/2019 5:17 pm EDT

Conservative leader Andrew Scheer said last week he was in favour of a ban...

Digital rights group studying privacy policies of political parties

News | 05/15/2019 6:01 pm EDT

The Centre for Digital Rights has hired new lobbyists to help it research...

NDP calls for OTT sales tax, end of ad tax exemption

Briefs | 05/13/2019 2:25 pm EDT

MONTREAL — The NDP’s platform for this year’s federal election will include requiring foreign...

Facebook sets higher standards in guidelines than laws: Chan

Briefs | 05/10/2019 6:09 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Facebook Inc.’s head of public policy in Canada said Friday the platform’s community guidelines, “in many respects,” go above what is currently prescribed in Canadian law, as the...

Ethics committee grills Google over political ads decision

Briefs | 05/10/2019 2:31 pm EDT

OTTAWA — In an at-times tense hearing of the House of Commons ethics committee, executives from the Canada office of Alphabet Inc.’s Google made the case that the company was technologically...

Microsoft adds elections to lobbying file

Briefs | 04/24/2019 6:29 pm EDT

The tech giant Microsoft Corp. last week added “elections” to its lobbying files. The move comes as the government rolls out a new regime governing the selling of political ads on tech platforms ahead of this fall’s...

Leaders talk Netflix taxes, privacy in TVA election debate

News | 10/02/2019 10:51 pm EDT

During the first French-language debate of the federal election campaign, party leaders promised to take on digital giants, even as they dodged answering how they would do so without angering U.S. president Donald Trump. Moderator Pierre Bruneau asked how the parties that...

Twitter registers social media education on lobby files

Briefs | 04/15/2019 4:05 pm EDT

Twitter Inc. has added a timely subject matter to its lobby files: educating federal officials on social media use during elections. The social media company updated its files last week to include...

Interference related to 2019 election ‘very likely’: CSE

News | 04/08/2019 10:01 am EDT

OTTAWA — It is now “very likely” that Canadians will face some form...

Singh vows to ‘stand up to the rich telecommunication companies’

Briefs | 03/22/2019 4:47 pm EDT

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is putting cell phone and internet affordability...

Dozens of MP’s online accounts appeared in data breaches

News | 03/18/2019 5:41 pm EDT

Nearly a hundred emails for members of parliament — among them eight...

Liberals, Conservatives promise new rules for Netflix

News | 09/30/2019 5:27 pm EDT

The Liberal Party platform, released Sunday, includes promises of new regulations for Canadian content on streaming services — while the Conservatives gear up to announce new taxes affecting foreign digital giants, the specifics of which are still unclear. As Heritage...

Facebook forms team for advice on ad registry

Briefs | 03/18/2019 2:39 pm EDT

Facebook Inc. will solicit the advice of an advisory group as part of its effort to ensure its ad registry captures key issues leading to the 2019 federal election. The group of five will include former NDP deputy leader Megan...

Google won’t run political ads in 2019 election

Briefs | 03/05/2019 4:01 pm EDT

Alphabet Inc.’s search giant Google plans to ban political advertising from its platforms during the next federal election campaign in Canada, following the introduction of tougher political advertising transparency rules by...

Facebook ‘not aware’ of Canadian applicants for data research program

Briefs | 03/01/2019 1:41 pm EDT

Despite heightened interest in the impact of social media on Canadian elections, Facebook Inc. said it has not heard of any Canadian institutions that have applied to view the social media giant’s...

Gov’t trending toward requiring online platforms to remove content: Gould

Briefs | 02/27/2019 10:32 am EDT

OTTAWA -- Democratic institutions minister Karina Gould said the government...

‘Long slog’ to get ad registry ready for election, Facebook says

News | 02/25/2019 5:59 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Facebook Inc.’s head of public policy in Canada said the...

Majority supports fining social media for not removing fake news: CIRA poll

Briefs | 02/19/2019 4:50 pm EDT

A majority of Canadian internet users say the federal government should impose fines or other sanctions on social media companies that don’t remove fake news from their platforms, according to...

‘Milestone’ digital content meeting to take place next week: Heritage

News | 02/01/2019 5:39 pm EDT

The federal government is organizing a working meeting next week in Ottawa...

Ottawa taps team to warn of foreign digital interference in elections

News | 01/30/2019 3:49 pm EDT

OTTAWA — The Liberal government has set up a new alert protocol and...

Liberals promise access for ‘qualified’ MVNOs, spectrum auction changes

News | 09/23/2019 2:29 pm EDT

In this fall’s election campaign, the Liberal Party is setting the goal of lowering cellphone prices by 25 per cent within four years — and they plan to make that happen...

Top telecom and media stories to watch for in 2019

News | 12/21/2018 5:46 pm EDT

As the new year begins, the months ahead promise a new spectrum auction, new CRTC announcements on...

Ethics committee calls for new social media rules

News | 12/11/2018 7:27 pm EDT

OTTAWA — A House of Commons committee is unanimously calling for new rules for social media companies...

Elections bill doesn’t ‘sufficiently protect’ against foreign meddling: senators

Briefs | 12/07/2018 2:22 pm EDT

A Senate committee is concerned that the elections modernization bill introduced earlier this year and ahead of the 2019 federal election won’t do enough to “sufficiently...

Elections chief to Senate: give OPC oversight over party privacy policies

News | 11/30/2018 3:09 pm EDT

The head of Elections Canada is urging the government to give the privacy...

Green Party platform: no anonymous social media, 5G rollout on hold

News | 09/16/2019 5:14 pm EDT

The Green Party election platform includes promises to ensure only individuals whose identities have been verified can set up social media accounts and indicates a Green...

Public Policy Forum to track online disinformation

Briefs | 11/29/2018 3:13 pm EDT

Ottawa-based think tank the Public Policy Forum says it’s launching a new project to track, analyze and eventually find a way to counter "fake news." It’s digital democracy project will start by studying the effects of...

1-in-10 say ISPs should play a role identifying ‘fake news’: survey

Briefs | 11/28/2018 2:21 pm EDT

Photo via Pxhere showing laptop with fake newsThere’s a lack of consensus over who should help Canadians determine what...

Most Canadians concerned with ‘fake news’ in next election: MTM

Briefs | 10/30/2018 5:55 pm EDT

Photo via Pxhere showing laptop with fake newsA year away from the next federal election, a majority of Canadians are...

PIPEDA could put a ‘chill’ on political volunteers: Liberal counsel

News | 10/30/2018 4:57 pm EDT

OTTAWA — The consequences of bringing the country’s political parties...

Despite paper ballot, election hacking vulnerabilities exist

News | 09/04/2018 11:55 am EDT

To bolster Canada’s democratic defences before the next election,...

Social media threats challenge gov’t, platforms ahead of election

News | 08/30/2018 3:12 pm EDT

In the three years since the last Canadian federal election, emerging...