Mark Goldberg

Fox Group Dispatch

Regulating the internet

Some of the things I have been thinking about this week. Perhaps they will percolate into a bigger post over the summer. Otherwise, I thought I would share these thoughts with you. Please feel free to comment.

Over the past few years, Canada has enacted a number of regulatory and legislative constraints on the delivery of content over the internet. Some have been proclaimed (with pride) as being first in the world, such as internet traffic management, or among the most protective, in the case of anti-spam laws.

It may be worthwhile for some academic researchers to take a look at the impact of regulating internet content in Canada, from an economic perspective, social policy, cultural issues, etc.

Are we restricting the evolution of creative business models and innovation through regulation?

  • Internet Traffic Management Regulatory Policy (Net Neutrality)
  • Canada’s Anti-Spam Law (CASL)
  • New Media Exemption Order
  • NFL Mobile Content Decision
  • Others? (such as digital copyright, lawful access, etc.?)

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