Profile cover photo
Profile photo
Russell McOrmond
406 followers
406 followers
About
Posts

Post has attachment
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...
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
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...
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
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...
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
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).
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
Why I don't subscribe to the pizza metaphor of net neutrality
Mike Richardson posted a reference to the pizza metaphor of net neutrality . I believe this analogy is part of the problem we are dealing with. If we think of "Internet Service Providers" (ISPs) as a flat service, then what I consider to be the core problem...
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
We wouldn't even be having this conversation if it was cars rather than computers!
Section 92 of Canada's copyright act indicates: Review of Act 92 Five years after the day on which this section comes into force and at the end of each subsequent period of five years, a committee of the Senate, of the House of Commons or of both Houses of ...
Add a comment...

Post has attachment

Post has attachment
Hiding OSI layers leading to policy failures: Net Neutrality, Encrypted Media, ...
I've regularly  written about the OSI model  for digital communications.  I'm increasingly concerned that policy discussions that hide these layers are leading to policy failure.  I see this in the odd rhetoric coming out of the USA on network neutrality, w...
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
Yes, CBC, I'm waiting for that show to be on Netflix.
CBC runs InCanada , an "online" Canadian Media Panel. I put "online" in quotations because while the panel is online, the CBC's broadcaster bias is always visible in how they ask questions. The latest survey is no exception. The survey was essentially about...
Add a comment...

Post has attachment
Copyright Board, Copyright Collectives, and the myth that "Fair use decimated educational publishing in Canada”
(This is a letter in an ongoing dialog with a few members of federal parliament)   David McGuinty, my MP in Ottawa South, David Graham, MP (Laurentides — Labelle), The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Min...
Add a comment...
Wait while more posts are being loaded