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Russell McOrmond
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I didn't break it..

At least it is a modern OS that failed...
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My new job at the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN)
I started my new job at CRKN on Monday the 3'rd of April.  I sit at the same desk in the same cubicle as I did at Canadiana the week before, and have the same job title, but there are many differences in how I'll be doing my work. See: CRKN and Canadiana.or...
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Protecting copyright with blockchain?
I've been reading  articles discussing how blockchain can be used to "protect" the interests of copyright and patent holders.  While I agree this technology would be helpful, we need to recognise that this is a philosophy of "protection" that is the opposit...
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Budget 2018 Investment in Canadian Content a missed opportunity
I checked Federal Budget 2018 for new support of Canadian content creators.  What I found under the title of "INVESTING IN CANADIAN CONTENT" ( Chapter 4 ) is disappointing, as it is media creation that continues the conflict of interest tie with the broadca...
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Intervention in opposition of the Bell Coalition's "Fairplay" site blocking proposal.
I have made an intervention to the CRTC in opposition to FairPlay Canada's so-called "application to disable on-line access to piracy sites". Summary While is is appropriate for the courts to be able to require Internet Service Providers to block access to ...
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I'm trying to finish off my submission to the CRTC to oppose FairPlay's "site" blocking proposal. I'm proofreading, and trying to trim anything I can that doesn't lose the narrative. Since I'm trying to suggest things that aren't commonly said within the CRTC circles, I don't want to cut too much such that they don't understand what I'm saying.

Help always appreciated. While I'll be submitting a PDF to the CRTC, the Google Doc I'm editing is https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vGFWEr7TEyo2rNgubIsSHVmyZeu2BZUQAZZhD16fL38/edit?usp=sharing

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The disagreement between the Free Software Law Center (SFLC) and the conservancy (SFC)
There is a mixture of tax law, trademark law, and political strategy behind the disagreement between the Free Software Law Center (SFLC) and the Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC).  Understanding what is happening only requires connecting the dots between t...
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Canadiana DevOps 2017 year review and look to the future
Many ongoing changes for the DevOps team this year. CRKN update The CRKN December 2017 Newsbrief provides some updates about Canadiana itself.  The short-form is that there will be a Canadiana membership meeting mid-January to vote on an offer to consolidat...
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Does public transit "prove" private vehicle ownership and driving is inappropriate?
If you haven't already read it, please read my earlier article where I discuss a layered model for road transportation , and I try to clarify that "technological protection measures" (TPMs) are actually a restriction on who is allowed to drive (IE: author s...
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Russell McOrmond commented on a post on Blogger.
Using the transportation analogy to clarify what I'm saying.

I see "Internet Service Providers" (providing routing through a global network using publicly routeable addresses) as being like shipping services: Companies like UPS, FedEx, DHL, Day Ross, and Canada Post. I don't see them as the gateway to "life, the Universe and Everything", but commercial providers of a very specific service which would be competitive if only we didn't hand over control of the municipal infrastructure to a tiny few private sector companies.

You then have other services which use the same road networks which provide other services, some of which do some of their own shipping/etc.

Suggesting that Teksavvy and Bell are the same type of business sounds as silly to me as suggesting that UPS and Loblaws are the same type of business (Again, in what I consider to be the dystopian world where Loblaws and Walmart own all the municipal roads).


Most people in this debate are focused on forcing shipping companies to use common carrier rules (something that makes perfect sense for shipping companies).

I believe the primary problem is a lack of structural separation between publicly managed municipal infrastructure and a wider variety of primarily private sector services that could competitively be built over-the-top of that (only some of which is shipping).
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