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The Coulter Factor. Did it help?

I am wondering how Ann Coulter is feeling about how she contributed to Obama’s win after these senseless and demeaning posts. I don’t think she understands how public twitter actually is and can easily show one’s inside voice. Read the response from John Franklin Stephens who has shown a great level of thought and prose in his open letter. I
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CRTC Denies BCE’s Bid to Acquire Astral

CRTC denies Bell’s bid to take over Astral; finds deal to be counter to public interest OTTAWA-GATINEAU, October 18, 2012 – Today, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) denied BCE’s application to acquire control of Astral Media’s television and radio services because it is not in the public interest. Astral Media operates 84 radio stations and 20 pay and
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Ricky Gervais Tweets to Mr./Ms. Religion

  Lance looses sponsors, Mittens goes postal on binders, but this may be the best part of this week. And it is still only Thursday. Oh what will Friday bring?

Halifax musician and songwriter Dave Carroll of United Breaks Guitars. The World Wrestling Entertainment had his famous video removed from YouTube, claiming copyright infringement. (Chronicle Herald)

Censorship Raises it’s Head as Copyright Infringement

Halifax musician and songwriter Dave Carroll, of United Breaks Guitars fame, is relieved he won’t have to climb into the wrestling ring. “I was threatening to start taking anabolic steroids ’cause I’m only 175 pounds. If I have to go up to those guys, I have to gain some weight,” he joked Monday. Carroll’s famous music video, in which he
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Peter MacKay #SleptThroughHistoryClass

Peter MacKay slept through history class. He must have. His information about the French and the War of 1812 is shameful and for being the National Minister of Defense it is utterly nexcusable. Last week during a speech at the French Embassy in Ottawa, the Defence Minister suggested the French supported the British during the War of 1812. MacKay’s office
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Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Threatens Independant Websites

  The following is important enough that I am reposting part of the article Signing the TPP agreement will lock down our Internet and shackle our democracy. What should we do? from OpenMedia.ca. Click through to read the full article and to support individual rights online. Yesterday, the government put Canada’s digital future at risk by signing on to the
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Corporate Social Media Policy

Social media is in it’s best form social. That of course means it leans heavily on the individual. As such social media guidelines should be used as a guide and not a policy. This will allow people to participate in social media in a smart way by being educated rather than being told what they can or can not do.
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How ‘Authorities’ Will Track You with C-30 [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Nova Scotia MLA Asks for Action on Employers Demanding Passwords

A private members bill from opposition Liberal MLA, Andrew Younger, is being considered by the Nova Scotia provincial government. The bill would make it illegal for employers to ask from current or prospective employees for their social media passwords. The bill was tabled on April 23, 2012 as a way to help alleviate privacy concerns on this matter. Much ado
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The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens?

Evgeny Morozov presents an alternative take on ‘cyber-utopianism’ – the seductive idea that the internet plays a largely emancipatory role in global politics. Exposing some idealistic myths about freedom and technology (during Iran’s ‘twitter revolution’ fewer than 20,000 Twitter users actually took part), Evgeny argues for some realism about the actual uses and abuses of the internet.