Dealing With Unlawful Content in Canada by Michael Geist

Michael Geist spoke recently on an exceptionally challenging panel on Illegal Content and Lawful Access at the 2007 Canadian Telecom Summit. The panel, which included passionate (and disturbing) presentations on child exploitation and online hate, was bookended by Pam Dinsmore from Rogers (presenting the ISP perspective) and himself. The slides from his brief presentation are posted on his site, available from the link below. The gist is that these issues are complicated and one size does not fit all. He tried to identify some core principles that cut across all issues that include: where possible offline=online; judge made decisions/oversight; transparency; accountability and err on the side of free speech. Admittedly, no real solutions, but a better sense from the panel of how difficult it is to find the right solution.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.