Will the Canadian Government Crack Down on Blogs?
There's a lot of discussion on the blogosphere right now on regulation. Tech Central Stations has a good article on the coming war on blogs.
The article outlines three areas where action might be taken:
1. Campaign Finance Reform
2. Libel Law
3. Copyright Law
In the US, there is talk right now about regulating blogs as part of campaign finance reform. And some politicians are clearly bothered by the blogosphere. Here's a quote from John Kerry from the Tech Station article.
"The mainstream media, over the course of the last year, did a pretty good job of discerning. But there's a subculture and a sub-media that talks and keeps things going for entertainment purposes rather than for the flow of information. And that has a profound impact and undermines what we call the mainstream media of the country. And so the decision-making ability of the American electorate has been profoundly impacted as a consequence of that. The question is, what are we going to do about it?"Now, in Canada, we have another fight going on.
The Treasury Board of Canada has issued a cease and desist order to BlogsCanada.ca to change its look and feel. You can go the site yourself and see if they are infringing on government copyrights. The owners of the blog think there is a political angle to all this.
Will there be a war against bloggers in Canada?