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A Modest Proposal for a New Media Landscape

Tyee editor Robyn Smith was asked to advise MPs on Canada’s journalism industry, and its future. Here’s what she said.

By Robyn Smith, Yesterday

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Canada’s Media Disrupters Have a New Manifesto

In ‘No News is Bad News,’ Ian Gill finds ‘huge opportunity’ in our hollowed-out industry.

By Marc Edge, 20 Sep 2016

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Good News! People, Even Young, Will Pay for Deep Journalism

Europe proves it. From Ian Gill’s new book ‘No News Is Bad News: Canada’s Media Collapse and What Comes Next.’

By Ian Gill, 20 Sep 2016

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Canada’s Innovation Sector Ripe for Trolls

Government should install safeguards against abuse of intellectual property rights.

By Michael Geist, 16 Aug 2016

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Should Your Taxes Subsidize Big Media?

As pressure mounts for bailouts, time to look at how bad traditional outlets have become.

By Shannon Rupp, 15 Aug 2016

Recent Mediacheck: Computers, Technology, Digital Media, Law and Policy in Canada

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So Long, Gender Focus! Six Relevant Posts from Seven Years of Feminist Blogging

Though I’m folding my site, other women’s voices thrive online.

By Jarrah Hodge, 12 Aug 2016


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‘You’re Not the Indian I Had in Mind’

It’s what I hear all the time from film crews interviewing me. Here’s what I wish they knew beforehand.

By Jess Housty, 11 Aug 2016


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Fight Piracy? Canadian Creators More Concerned with Fighting Obscurity

Punishing pirates a low priority for rights holders, who prefer to focus on supporting legitimate services, study finds.

By Michael Geist, 9 Aug 2016


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Do You Consent? Four Ways to Strengthen Digital Privacy

Yay or nay? Often businesses don’t bother asking if you wish to share your online info.

By Michael Geist, 2 Aug 2016


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Why Demanding to Publish a Suicide Note Is Callous and Unethical

Walrus editor Jon Kay scoffs at ‘privacy’ for the dead. What about the family left behind?

By Romayne Smith Fullerton, 29 Jul 2016


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Why Canada’s E-Library Is Barren

Slow going national digitization plan leaves virtual shelves empty.

By Michael Geist, 26 Jul 2016


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‘Social Media for Academics’: An Actually Useful Guide

Finally, a manual that’s devoid of the usual dubious digital-guru speak. And it’s not just for profs.

By Shannon Rupp, 22 Jul 2016


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What to Do When Anonymous Trolls Throw You Hate? Heed Leslie Jones

Like the Ghostbusters star, I too received sexist, racist screeds as a female newspaper manager.

By Jody Paterson, 20 Jul 2016


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Pokémon Go Brings New ‘Augmented Reality’ Legal Issues to Light

Not to mention the whole issue of trespassing. Play safe, kids.

By Michael Geist, 19 Jul 2016


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Who Still Believes Postmedia Is Canadian-Controlled?

Latest debt-shedding move gives citizens the chance to press for a different future for Canada's papers.

By Paul Willcocks, 8 Jul 2016


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Next Net Neutrality Battle: 'Zero Rating'

Canadian regulator launches consultation on ISPs exempting certain content from data charges.

By Michael Geist, 6 Jul 2016


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Fort Mac Fire Sparked Little Media Talk of Global Warming

'If not now, then when would be a good time to discuss climate?' asks journo prof.

By Mychaylo Prystupa, 13 Jun 2016


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Let's Get Innovative, Aussie-Style

Canada should look Down Under for a roadmap to balance innovation and intellectual property.

By Michael Geist, 7 Jun 2016


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Sorry, Gov't Still Secretly Grabbing Your Private Info

Despite reforms, law agencies, telecoms keep ducking transparency.

By Michael Geist, 31 May 2016


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'Virtual Reality' Reporting Seductive -- Also Clunky, Costly

New gear may spread popularity of storytelling in-the-round, but tech still limits its making.

By Alexander Villegas, 26 May 2016


America’s Sorry State Is No Accident

Powerful interests have worked hard — and won much — promoting misinformation and ignorance.

By Mitchell Anderson

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