By Heather Scoffield Economics Columnist Mon., May 13, 2019 Twice in the past 10 weeks, Big Tech has told Ottawa to get lost. First, Google refused to play along with new election rules on advertising, saying it didn’t have time to prepare. Then, Facebook refused to implement recommendations of the federal privacy commissioner, ignoring his findings of breach of trust. Now, like parents who have nurtured their high-tech children in the name of economic development only to watch them grow up and take over the house without heed for consequences, policy-makers don’t quite know what to do. The most powerful companies in the world, whose market value is growing exponentially, are meeting their day of reckoning in Europe, where lawmakers are introducing regulations, taxes and fines to curtail their power. In the United States, one of the co-founders of Facebook called last week for the breakup of the company through antitrust laws. Democratic presidential … [Read more...] about Canada has a small hand when it faces off against Big Tech
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Watch more in iWant or TFC.tv After going through nominations from all over the US and Canada, five groups representing the younger generation of Filipinos were recognized at the first-ever Epic Youth Leadership Awards or EYLA. EYLA is presented by the Gawad Geny Lopez Jr. Bayaning Pilipino Awards. From a list of over 50 nominations, the top five organizations were chosen and invited to the Google campus in Sunnyvale, California for recognition. The winners of the first place award which comes with a cash prize of $3,000 and a trip to the Philippines for further recognition went to Feed 2 Succeed. Caroline Raquel found out about a feeding program at a school during a family trip to the Philippines where it costs $3.00 to feed one student for a month. Upon returning to the US Raquel recruited her friends to help which turned into the organization. Feed 2 Succeed now has numerous chapters in different schools in the US helping children all over the Philippines. … [Read more...] about News Epic Youth Leadership Award winners named
By Alex Boutillier Ottawa bureau Tues., April 30, 2019 OTTAWA–Canada’s foreign affairs minister says if legacy media can navigate publishing responsible content every day, then “Silicon Valley geniuses” should be able to “figure it out, too.” Speaking at a forum on populism in Ottawa Tuesday night, Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said that “publisher’s responsibility” is something that needs to be brought to the conversation between the government and social media and internet giants. “We can act like the issue of what the digital platforms do … like it’s this incredibly complicated, difficult, impossible, how-do-you-get-your-arms-around-it challenge, and we forget that old-fashioned mainstream media guys have been dealing with it for a really long time, and dealing with it really effectively,” Freeland said. “And, by the way, yes it’s expensive. The last time I checked … [Read more...] about Canada should talk ‘responsibility’ with tech giants over published content, Freeland tells forum
Photos that appear to show bloody human bodies in plastic packaging have been shared tens of thousands of times in a Facebook post that claims “human meat” is being used in canned foods outside the Philippines. The post, which also contains other pictures purporting to show human flesh, is misleading; the images are actually from a vegan protest and a promotional event for a video game. The photos shared in this Facebook post show people smeared with red liquid that looks like blood and wrapped in what resembles supermarket meat packaging. The post, which has been shared more than 133,000 times since it was published on August 14, 2017, also includes images of tinned tuna and what looks like meat in the shape of a person. Below is a screenshot of the post: The post’s Filipino-language caption, translated to English, says in capital letters: “Will you believe… Reminder to all OFWs abroad don’t buy corned beef or meal tuna there… Their … [Read more...] about News FACT CHECK: No, these photos don’t show ‘human meat’ used in canned food
By Tara Deschamps Special to the Star Mon., April 29, 2019 New European rules that will make tech firms liable for copyright violations on their platforms have been both lauded by musicians and artists and lambasted by those who champion intellectual freedom. But one thing that’s not in dispute is that similar rules won’t be coming to Canada any time soon, experts say. The copyright directive, endorsed by 19 European countries in mid-April, will compel companies such as Google and Facebook to ensure copyrighted content — everything from music and films to news and books — isn’t posted on their platforms without a creator’s permission. Some tech firms may have to acquire licences to host such material. The EU’s 28 member states now have two years to adopt the rules and create their own policies. The reforms have been touted as a way to rein in powerful tech firms and restore revenues to creative industries, often paid fractions … [Read more...] about Canada likely won’t copycat EU copyright rules, experts say. So what’s next?