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  • Canada is one step closer to the demise of free speech

    https://www.jccf.ca/canada-is-one-st...ykfiMXaDJD19RA

    Will Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act, empower the federal government to censor controversial and unpopular speech on the internet?

    Not immediately. But the Online Streaming Act (OSA) is a significant and dangerous first step towards government control of the internet.

    The stated purpose of the OSA is not particularly controversial: to bring influential streaming services like Netflix, Disney, and Spotify under the authority of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

    But under the OSA, the CRTC’s new authority will not be limited to these large entertainment giants. Rather, the OSA will empower the CRTC to assume jurisdiction via regulation over any “program” (audio or audiovisual online content) that is “monetizable” because it “directly or indirectly generates revenues.”

    The OSA would give the CRTC new powers to regulate virtually any online streaming service, also known as a “platform.” It would also regulate audio or audiovisual content accessible in Canada on such a platform.

    In the long run, the CRTC could end up regulating much of the content posted on major social media, even where the content is generated or uploaded by religious, political, and charitable non-profits.

    Bill sponsor Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez has said repeatedly C-11 does not target Canadians who create and post their own podcasts and videos. The minister’s claim is partially true.

    The OSA specifies that users are not targeted as broadcasters, and the CRTC will not regulate videos and podcasts that do not generate revenue for the person who uploads them or owns the rights over them. However, other sections of the OSA create loopholes that would leave space for CRTC to regulate podcasts and videos. What the OSA gives with the right hand, it takes back with the left.

    University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist has closely observed Bill C-11 since the Trudeau government introduced it in February. He argues that, should the OSA become law, the CRTC can regulate everything from podcasts to TikTok videos as a “program.”

    As individuals, Canadians using the internet will not be regulated like broadcasters. However, the podcasts and videos that Canadians produce and upload could fall under CRTC authority as a “program.” Geist states that “the potential scope for regulation is virtually limitless, since any audio-visual service anywhere with Canadian subscribers or users is caught by the rules.”

    The CRTC will become more powerful than ever before. It can require platforms to prioritize certain podcasts or videos, effectively de-prioritizing other podcasts and videos. The entire audio-visual world will be fair game, as though the entire globe should be subject to Canadian broadcast jurisdiction. The CRTC itself will have the power to exempt, or not, some services from its regulation.

    According to Senator Paula Simons, the OSA will dramatically increase the potential for regulatory gatekeeping by giving the CRTC new power to force platforms to privilege specific kinds of “Canadian” content. Large legacy media corporations, with their established funding and production capacity already in place, will likely qualify as sufficiently “Canadian” and the OSA will have little impact on them.

    Carleton University journalism and communication professor Dwayne Winseck argues that “while individual social media users will not be regulated by the CRTC, their expressions, pictures, messages, life history, etc. will now be defined as a broadcasting program and in some cases regulated as such.”

    The OSA “punts far too much power and rule-making authority to the CRTC” by allowing the the regulator to define a wide range of human expression as “broadcasting programs.”

    Ironically, most content produced by individual Canadians won’t qualify as “Canadian Content.”

    Bad laws and good laws move forward incrementally, step by step. Whether the issue is slavery, taxes, the environment, abortion, capital punishment, or LGBTQ+ issues, laws usually move in the right or wrong direction step by step, over the course of years or decades.

    If the OSA becomes law, life in the weeks and months thereafter will go on as before. The CRTC is not likely to start flexing its bigger muscles immediately. It will take more than just weeks or months for the CRTC to learn how to use the new powers given to it by the OSA. But human nature and the impact of power are such that it’s highly likely the CRTC will eventually throw its new weight around, with demands on religious, charitable, political and other non-profit organizations to bow to CRTC decrees about their “programs.”

    The OSA could also open the floodgates to other laws that extend government control over what we see, hear, read, and think.


    Yuh.


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  • #2
    Originally posted by mossrose View Post
    https://www.jccf.ca/canada-is-one-st...ykfiMXaDJD19RA

    Will Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act, empower the federal government to censor controversial and unpopular speech on the internet?

    Not immediately. But the Online Streaming Act (OSA) is a significant and dangerous first step towards government control of the internet.

    The stated purpose of the OSA is not particularly controversial: to bring influential streaming services like Netflix, Disney, and Spotify under the authority of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

    But under the OSA, the CRTC’s new authority will not be limited to these large entertainment giants. Rather, the OSA will empower the CRTC to assume jurisdiction via regulation over any “program” (audio or audiovisual online content) that is “monetizable” because it “directly or indirectly generates revenues.”

    The OSA would give the CRTC new powers to regulate virtually any online streaming service, also known as a “platform.” It would also regulate audio or audiovisual content accessible in Canada on such a platform.

    In the long run, the CRTC could end up regulating much of the content posted on major social media, even where the content is generated or uploaded by religious, political, and charitable non-profits.

    Bill sponsor Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez has said repeatedly C-11 does not target Canadians who create and post their own podcasts and videos. The minister’s claim is partially true.

    The OSA specifies that users are not targeted as broadcasters, and the CRTC will not regulate videos and podcasts that do not generate revenue for the person who uploads them or owns the rights over them. However, other sections of the OSA create loopholes that would leave space for CRTC to regulate podcasts and videos. What the OSA gives with the right hand, it takes back with the left.

    University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist has closely observed Bill C-11 since the Trudeau government introduced it in February. He argues that, should the OSA become law, the CRTC can regulate everything from podcasts to TikTok videos as a “program.”

    As individuals, Canadians using the internet will not be regulated like broadcasters. However, the podcasts and videos that Canadians produce and upload could fall under CRTC authority as a “program.” Geist states that “the potential scope for regulation is virtually limitless, since any audio-visual service anywhere with Canadian subscribers or users is caught by the rules.”

    The CRTC will become more powerful than ever before. It can require platforms to prioritize certain podcasts or videos, effectively de-prioritizing other podcasts and videos. The entire audio-visual world will be fair game, as though the entire globe should be subject to Canadian broadcast jurisdiction. The CRTC itself will have the power to exempt, or not, some services from its regulation.

    According to Senator Paula Simons, the OSA will dramatically increase the potential for regulatory gatekeeping by giving the CRTC new power to force platforms to privilege specific kinds of “Canadian” content. Large legacy media corporations, with their established funding and production capacity already in place, will likely qualify as sufficiently “Canadian” and the OSA will have little impact on them.

    Carleton University journalism and communication professor Dwayne Winseck argues that “while individual social media users will not be regulated by the CRTC, their expressions, pictures, messages, life history, etc. will now be defined as a broadcasting program and in some cases regulated as such.”

    The OSA “punts far too much power and rule-making authority to the CRTC” by allowing the the regulator to define a wide range of human expression as “broadcasting programs.”

    Ironically, most content produced by individual Canadians won’t qualify as “Canadian Content.”

    Bad laws and good laws move forward incrementally, step by step. Whether the issue is slavery, taxes, the environment, abortion, capital punishment, or LGBTQ+ issues, laws usually move in the right or wrong direction step by step, over the course of years or decades.

    If the OSA becomes law, life in the weeks and months thereafter will go on as before. The CRTC is not likely to start flexing its bigger muscles immediately. It will take more than just weeks or months for the CRTC to learn how to use the new powers given to it by the OSA. But human nature and the impact of power are such that it’s highly likely the CRTC will eventually throw its new weight around, with demands on religious, charitable, political and other non-profit organizations to bow to CRTC decrees about their “programs.”

    The OSA could also open the floodgates to other laws that extend government control over what we see, hear, read, and think.


    Yuh.
    I pray for you Moss. The sinking titanic you're on seems just a slight bit faster than ours.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by seanD View Post

      I pray for you Moss. The sinking titanic you're on seems just a slight bit faster than ours.
      Thanks. And I fear that you are not far behind.



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      • #4
        A lot of things seem to be coalescing across the world right now. The US and Australia are also looking at clamping down on free speech on the internet.
        Some may call me foolish, and some may call me odd
        But I'd rather be a fool in the eyes of man
        Than a fool in the eyes of God


        From "Fools Gold" by Petra

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
          A lot of things seem to be coalescing across the world right now. The US and Australia are also looking at clamping down on free speech on the internet.
          At least your Ministry of Truth has been put on hold for a bit.


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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mountain Man View Post
            A lot of things seem to be coalescing across the world right now. The US and Australia are also looking at clamping down on free speech on the internet.
            There's definitely global coordination going on. The thing that stands in their way is the US constitution. If they can't get US on board the Great Reset, it ain't gonna work so well. So they're doing what they can to slander and demonize the very people standing by the constitution -- the political right and populism. Populism (especially rightwing) is abhorrent to WEF elites.
            "What am I doing here?" -- Joe Biden 2021

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            • #7
              Originally posted by mossrose View Post

              At least your Ministry of Truth has been put on hold for a bit.
              Don't believe it. They just moved it back behind the curtain.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by NorrinRadd View Post

                Don't believe it. They just moved it back behind the curtain.
                Social media companies like Facebook, Google, and Twitter have been cooperating with the liberal wing of the government for quite a long time to suppress certain narratives. I was somewhat surprised to see the current White House admit it so openly, but perhaps that was just a litmus test to gauge public response if they let everybody in on the "secret". Of course the people who were caught off guard by the announcement are the ones now breathing a sigh of relief that it was supposedly put on hold. Ignorance is bliss.
                Some may call me foolish, and some may call me odd
                But I'd rather be a fool in the eyes of man
                Than a fool in the eyes of God


                From "Fools Gold" by Petra

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by mossrose View Post

                  At least your Ministry of Truth has been put on hold for a bit.
                  So now it can be quietly inserted into different government agencies without a buffoonish clown attracting attention to it.

                  I'm always still in trouble again

                  "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
                  "Overall I would rate the withdrawal from Afghanistan as by far the best thing Biden's done" --Starlight
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mossrose View Post
                    https://www.jccf.ca/canada-is-one-st...ykfiMXaDJD19RA

                    Will Bill C-11, the Online Streaming Act, empower the federal government to censor controversial and unpopular speech on the internet?

                    Not immediately. But the Online Streaming Act (OSA) is a significant and dangerous first step towards government control of the internet.

                    The stated purpose of the OSA is not particularly controversial: to bring influential streaming services like Netflix, Disney, and Spotify under the authority of the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC).

                    But under the OSA, the CRTC’s new authority will not be limited to these large entertainment giants. Rather, the OSA will empower the CRTC to assume jurisdiction via regulation over any “program” (audio or audiovisual online content) that is “monetizable” because it “directly or indirectly generates revenues.”

                    The OSA would give the CRTC new powers to regulate virtually any online streaming service, also known as a “platform.” It would also regulate audio or audiovisual content accessible in Canada on such a platform.

                    In the long run, the CRTC could end up regulating much of the content posted on major social media, even where the content is generated or uploaded by religious, political, and charitable non-profits.

                    Bill sponsor Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez has said repeatedly C-11 does not target Canadians who create and post their own podcasts and videos. The minister’s claim is partially true.

                    The OSA specifies that users are not targeted as broadcasters, and the CRTC will not regulate videos and podcasts that do not generate revenue for the person who uploads them or owns the rights over them. However, other sections of the OSA create loopholes that would leave space for CRTC to regulate podcasts and videos. What the OSA gives with the right hand, it takes back with the left.

                    University of Ottawa law professor Michael Geist has closely observed Bill C-11 since the Trudeau government introduced it in February. He argues that, should the OSA become law, the CRTC can regulate everything from podcasts to TikTok videos as a “program.”

                    As individuals, Canadians using the internet will not be regulated like broadcasters. However, the podcasts and videos that Canadians produce and upload could fall under CRTC authority as a “program.” Geist states that “the potential scope for regulation is virtually limitless, since any audio-visual service anywhere with Canadian subscribers or users is caught by the rules.”

                    The CRTC will become more powerful than ever before. It can require platforms to prioritize certain podcasts or videos, effectively de-prioritizing other podcasts and videos. The entire audio-visual world will be fair game, as though the entire globe should be subject to Canadian broadcast jurisdiction. The CRTC itself will have the power to exempt, or not, some services from its regulation.

                    According to Senator Paula Simons, the OSA will dramatically increase the potential for regulatory gatekeeping by giving the CRTC new power to force platforms to privilege specific kinds of “Canadian” content. Large legacy media corporations, with their established funding and production capacity already in place, will likely qualify as sufficiently “Canadian” and the OSA will have little impact on them.

                    Carleton University journalism and communication professor Dwayne Winseck argues that “while individual social media users will not be regulated by the CRTC, their expressions, pictures, messages, life history, etc. will now be defined as a broadcasting program and in some cases regulated as such.”

                    The OSA “punts far too much power and rule-making authority to the CRTC” by allowing the the regulator to define a wide range of human expression as “broadcasting programs.”

                    Ironically, most content produced by individual Canadians won’t qualify as “Canadian Content.”

                    Bad laws and good laws move forward incrementally, step by step. Whether the issue is slavery, taxes, the environment, abortion, capital punishment, or LGBTQ+ issues, laws usually move in the right or wrong direction step by step, over the course of years or decades.

                    If the OSA becomes law, life in the weeks and months thereafter will go on as before. The CRTC is not likely to start flexing its bigger muscles immediately. It will take more than just weeks or months for the CRTC to learn how to use the new powers given to it by the OSA. But human nature and the impact of power are such that it’s highly likely the CRTC will eventually throw its new weight around, with demands on religious, charitable, political and other non-profit organizations to bow to CRTC decrees about their “programs.”

                    The OSA could also open the floodgates to other laws that extend government control over what we see, hear, read, and think.


                    Yuh.
                    I feel for you. The world seems to be shifting towards a pattern of the people in the government are smarter than the population and they should determine and control what we see. Eventually, they are going to try to push our thinking towards what they want us to think.

                    As a Christian, we understand it's nice when the world endorses our viewpoint, but we don't expect it. I think the age of comfortable Christianity is coming to an end.

                    I'd say flee to the US but our ship is sinking, too.


                    "For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings." Hosea 6:6

                    "Theology can be an intellectual entertainment." Metropolitan Anthony Bloom

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
                      So now it can be quietly inserted into different government agencies without a buffoonish clown attracting attention to it.
                      Yup. I'm fully aware that it's still there, still going to happen, but they quieted the noise by getting rid of the poor man's Mary Poppins.


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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Thoughtful Monk View Post

                        I feel for you. The world seems to be shifting towards a pattern of the people in the government are smarter than the population and they should determine and control what we see. Eventually, they are going to try to push our thinking towards what they want us to think.

                        As a Christian, we understand it's nice when the world endorses our viewpoint, but we don't expect it. I think the age of comfortable Christianity is coming to an end.

                        I'd say flee to the US but our ship is sinking, too.

                        No point fleeing anywhere. I'm totally with you that we can't expect better, as believers, from our governments, and indeed I believe it will get much worse. The hostility is out in the open now, and became apparent particularly over the last 2 years as churches were shut down and pastors imprisoned for continuing to open their places of worship.

                        The gloves are off, and nowhere in the world is going to be any better. I just keep my eyes fixed above the hurdles to the finish line, and know that the end has been written and that the Victor is my Lord.


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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by rogue06 View Post
                          So now it can be quietly inserted into different government agencies without a buffoonish clown attracting attention to it.
                          I thought about that and I'm not sure how they could do it quietly. I think what they were going for was a government "authority" on information, much like CDC is considered a government authority on medical issues and addresses those issues publicly. They could deem a story or narrative "misinformation," and then the social media "fact checkers" would use them as an authority to censor or dismiss it as false. IOW, I think they were going to give the media guidance on what was fake info and let the media do their dirty work. Other than that, I'm not sure what could really could do to control information.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by seanD View Post

                            I thought about that and I'm not sure how they could do it quietly. I think what they were going for was a government "authority" on information, much like CDC is considered a government authority on medical issues and addresses those issues publicly. They could deem a story or narrative "misinformation," and then the social media "fact checkers" would use them as an authority to censor or dismiss it as false. IOW, I think they were going to give the media guidance on what was fake info and let the media do their dirty work. Other than that, I'm not sure what could really could do to control information.
                            If nothing else, I'm certain any moves will be made without announcements and especially not Mary Poppins' songs.

                            I'm always still in trouble again

                            "You're by far the worst poster on TWeb" and "TWeb's biggest liar" --starlight (the guy who says Stalin was a right-winger)
                            "Overall I would rate the withdrawal from Afghanistan as by far the best thing Biden's done" --Starlight
                            "Of course, human life begins at fertilization that’s not the argument." --Tassman

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by seanD View Post

                              I thought about that and I'm not sure how they could do it quietly. I think what they were going for was a government "authority" on information, much like CDC is considered a government authority on medical issues and addresses those issues publicly. They could deem a story or narrative "misinformation," and then the social media "fact checkers" would use them as an authority to censor or dismiss it as false. IOW, I think they were going to give the media guidance on what was fake info and let the media do their dirty work. Other than that, I'm not sure what could really could do to control information.
                              They were already doing that long before this commission was enacted, and they will continue doing it even with it on "hold". Like I said, I suspect this was a test to see how the prols would respond if the curtain was pulled back a little. They got their answer, so now they will continue quietly as they did before.
                              Some may call me foolish, and some may call me odd
                              But I'd rather be a fool in the eyes of man
                              Than a fool in the eyes of God


                              From "Fools Gold" by Petra

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