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Today Wikileaks released the Trade in Services Agreement - bigger than TPP. Thanks, Wikileaks! Glad someone is letting us know what our governments are up to...

https://wikileaks.org/tisa/press.html?2
What is Tor? Tips for Sources After Submitting. This key's fingerprint is A04C 5E09 ED02 B328 03EB 6116 93ED 732E 9231 8DBA -----BEGIN PGP PUBLIC KEY BLOCK----- mQQNBFUoCGgBIADFLp+QonWyK8L6SPsNrnhwgfCxCk6OUHRIHReAsgAUXegpfg0b rsoHbeI5W9s5to/MUGwULHj59M6AvT+DS5rmrThgrND8Dt0dO+XW88bmTXHsFg9K ...
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Bill C-51, the anti-terrorism bill, became law yesterday as it received royal assent. As polls continue to suggest that the Liberal support for the bill is shifting potential voters to the NDP, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has conducted several…
Bill C-51, the anti-terrorism bill, became law yesterday as it received royal assent. As polls continue to suggest that the Liberal support for the bill is shifting potential voters to the NDP, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau has conducted several interviews defending his position as the "right move for Canadians." Trudeau's arguments, which have been echoed by other Liberal MPs such as Marc Garneau, boils down to three key claims: he doesn't want ...
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This is the opposite of open access - deliberate suppression of knowledge or potential knowledge.
 
It's not crime that catches criminals, it's their attempts at cover-ups.
A new Wyoming law expands on the "ag-gag" trend of criminalizing whistleblowers in a new way: making it illegal for citizens to gather data about environme
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Seems to become a trend in the US, doesn't it?
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Canada's business community has mobilized in recent weeks to call on the government to adopt a more aggressive, engaged approach with respect to the biggest trade negotiations on the planet - the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. The TPP involves 12…
Canada's business community has mobilized in recent weeks to call on the government to adopt a more aggressive, engaged approach with respect to the biggest trade negotiations on the planet - the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement. The TPP involves 12 countries including the United States, Australia, Mexico, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand, Vietnam, Brunei, Japan, Peru, and Chile. My weekly technology law column (Toronto Star version, homepa...
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Would strong global fair use / fair dealing for academic research and critique combined with more restrictive licenses be better for open access and scholarship than ubiquitous CC-BY?

http://poeticeconomics.blogspot.ca/2015/04/a-case-for-strong-fair-use-fair-dealing.html
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It is an honour to be among the authors of the chapters of Free Knowledge: confronting the commodification of human discovery (eds. Patricia W. Elliott & Daryl H. Hepting, University of Regina Press 2015). Available for purchase or free download from: http://uofrpress.ca/publications/Free-Knowledge
The University of Regina Press (U of R Press) publishes trade non-fiction and scholarly books on Indigenous studies and Aboriginal languages, Canadian history, regional studies, the environment, public policy, and other topics. With a goal of publishing quality writing and scholarship on issues that matter to readers inside and outside the academy, the U of R Press is looking produce and promote the work of passionate public intellectuals and ski...
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Bravo, Heather, and bravo to the other authors, the editors, and the U. of Regina Press.
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This issue of the Dramatic Growth of Open Access highlights and celebrates samples of the many small milestones illustrating the slow and steady increase in open access (dramatic does not necessarily mean fast!). There are ...
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A budget implementation bill is an unlikely - and many would say inappropriate - place to make major changes to Canadian privacy law. Yet Bill C-59, the government’s 158-page bill that is set to sweep through the House of Commons, does just that. The…
A budget implementation bill is an unlikely - and many would say inappropriate - place to make major changes to Canadian privacy law. Yet Bill C-59, the government’s 158-page bill that is set to sweep through the House of Commons, does just that. The omnibus budget bill touches on a wide range of issues, including copyright term extension and retroactive reforms to access to information laws. But there are also privacy amendments that have re...
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Presentation at COAR-SPARC Conference “Connecting research, bridging communities, opening scholarship". University of Porto, Portugal, April 15-16, 2015 sparc.arl.org/events/joint-coar-sparc-conference
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