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Political parties’ use of Facebook Pixel violates CASL, CDR says

telecom | 10/08/2019 2:23 pm EDT

The Centre for Digital Rights, the non-profit founded by former BlackBerry Ltd. co-CEO Jim Balsillie, is asking the CRTC to agree that political parties engage in what is effectively commercial activity, and that a piece of Facebook Inc. software used by the three main political parties is effectively malware and violates Canada’s anti-spam legislation, known as CASL.  The letter to the CRTC, one of several complaints filed to various agencies in recent weeks by CDR, contends that...

Digital rights group studying privacy policies of political parties

Media | 05/15/2019 6:01 pm EDT

The Centre for Digital Rights has hired new lobbyists to help it research the privacy policies of the political parties, a spokesperson told The Wire Report. The...

Balsillie’s Centre for Digital Rights meets with OPC

telecom | 06/21/2018 4:00 pm EDT

A newly-minted data rights group spearheaded by former BlackBerry Ltd. co-CEO Jim Balsillie met with privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien in late May, according to the federal lobbying registry....

Ethics committee wants political parties to come under privacy legislation

Media | 06/19/2018 1:20 pm EDT

Following nine public meetings that began in March, the House committee...

Balance needed for open data, privacy for smart cities: panelist

telecom | 06/15/2018 10:49 am EDT

TORONTO — Smart cities will require a proper framework that respects both...

There’s space for ‘positive’ political targeting, Wylie tells MPs

Media | 05/30/2018 1:43 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Whistleblower and data scientist Christopher Wylie testified at...

Balsillie-led Centre for Digital Rights registers to lobby

Media | 05/25/2018 12:33 pm EDT

A new organization called the Centre for Digital Rights (CDR) that is looking to create a national data strategy has registered to lobby the government after its co-founder Jim Balsillie told a House of Commons ethics committee this month that internet giants are engaging in...

MPs hear about ‘surveillance capitalism,’ Google data use

Media | 05/11/2018 11:32 am EDT

OTTAWA — Two sides of the data-use debate squared off at the House ethics...

Trump withdraws from TPP

Media | 01/23/2017 10:16 pm EST

The United States is officially withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, after president Donald Trump signed an executive order Monday. Advocacy group OpenMedia said in a press release following the announcement that Canada should also reject the deal. In Canada, the...

Liberal MPs, staff create ‘think tank’ for digital issues

Media | 05/17/2016 7:59 pm EDT

OTTAWA — It wasn’t a hard sell for David Graham to recruit Liberal colleagues for a new Parliament Hill research body. “[I said] ‘I want to talk about digital issues....

Canada won’t see another company like RIM under TPP: Balsillie

Media | 05/05/2016 9:59 pm EDT

OTTAWA — Former BlackBerry Ltd. co-CEO Jim Balsillie doubled down on his dire warnings against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and what he calls its failure to support Canadian...

TPP exposing Canada’s innovation weak link: Balsillie

telecom | 04/01/2016 6:04 pm EDT

OTTAWA — The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a raw deal for Canadians who deal in intellectual property because the country has never developed a proper innovation strategy, according to Jim Balsillie, former co-CEO of BlackBerry Ltd. "I find it inexcusable. I find our approaches completely different than...

Fumbled response to iPhone sealed BlackBerry’s fate: book authors

telecom | 05/25/2015 5:15 pm EDT

The decline of BlackBerry Ltd. as a dominant player in the global smartphone market can be traced largely to its inadequate response to Apple Inc.'s iPhone, say authors of a new book on the subject. Losing the Signal: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of BlackBerry was written by Globe and Mail journalists Jacquie McNish...

Former BlackBerry boss ranked third-highest paid wireless exec

telecom | 04/16/2014 7:44 pm EDT

Former BlackBerry Ltd. CEO Thorsten Heins was the third-highest paid executive in 2013 among wireless companies listed on U.S. stock exchanges, according to the website FierceWireless. Based on...

Canada needs stronger IP defences: Balsillie

telecom | 04/11/2014 6:07 pm EDT

Canadian companies need to build their capacity for defending patents and asserting intellectual property rights in order to build more technology success stories like the company he founded, Research in Motion...

Commission to study future of Internet governance

telecom | 01/22/2014 6:44 pm EST

A Canadian-based think-tank said Wednesday it has teamed with a British organization to launch a commission to study and present recommendations on the future of Internet governance. The Waterloo, Ont.-based Centre for International Governance Innovation said in a release that it and the London-based Royal Institute of International Affairs — also known as Chatham House — have launched the Global Commission on Internet Governance. It said the commission will take two years to “produce a comprehensive stand on the future of multi-stakeholder Internet governance,” with...