Vancouver-made NFTs are supporting women in crypto and the community

Hi all, I had real mixed feelings when I came across this article, and I think you might too. The conversation around crypto is dominated by men, and while it’s always great to welcome more women into the conversation regarding crypto and technology more broadly, it’s hard to overlook all the downsides that Liam brought […]

CRTC’s Decision to Deauthorize the Distribution of RT

Hi everyone, After our talk about RT and censorship in class today, I thought I’d share the CRTC’s decision regarding deauthorizing the distribution of RT in Canada. It’s worth checking out to see the CRTC’s reasoning behind its decision as well as seeing how the decision making/consultation process works. You can read the decision here: […]

EBS Spectrum Licenses

Hey everyone – here’s a recent development from the U.S. that I found quite interesting (and surprising) relating to the side of communications law that governs information infrastructure: According to this National Law Review article (, “starting in 1963, the FCC gave away…spectrum licenses to schools and public television stations for video and data use”. […]

Interesting Article on Surveillance Capitalism

Hi Guys! I stumbled across this article from the New York Times that I thought may be of interest to people in this class. It is from 2020, but its focus is on the way in which large tech companies are using our personal data to surveil us, and sell things to us (which unfortunately […]

Readings for Mar. 29th Presentation

Hello everyone, There are two articles that you may want to read before my presentation tomorrow: and The latter author has some more interesting material available on that site if you’re interested in the subject.

Recommended Reading: The Canadian Telecommunications Industry

Hi everyone, Ryan Buchanan and myself (Mike Gargaro) will be presenting next week on the Canadian telecommunications industry and the proposed Rogers-Shaw merger. For some background info on these topics, feel free to check out Michael Geist’s podcast that discusses telecommunications competition in Canada as well as the status of the Rogers-Shaw merger. We’ve also […]

Cyberwarfare in Russia/Ukraine

I wrote the following based off two articles Professor Festinger had mentioned in March 8th Communications Class regarding the cyberwarfare by Russia against Ukraine. What is Cyberwarfare? Cyberwarfare is the use of computer technology to disrupt the activities of a state or organisation. It involves the deliberate attacking of information systems for strategic or military […]

STIR/SHAKEN Tech: Combating Robocalls/Caller ID spoofing in Canada

Hi everyone, I have received 8 spam calls over the last 2 weeks so I thought I’d look up what the CRTC has been doing regarding these pesky calls. Apparently, late last year the CRTC required Canadian telecommunications providers to implement new STIR(Secure Telephony Information Revisited)/SHAKEN (signature-based handling of asserted information using tokens) technology (must’ve […]

Section 230 Communications Decency Act Development

An interesting development for platform immunity in the US: Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is the US law that protects websites from lawsuits based on content posted by third parties. It is what shields platforms like Facebook from being treated as publishers. When researching Section 230 for my paper, I have noticed there […]

The Impact of Bill C-10/C-11 on Streaming Services

Hi everyone! Myself (Emma Jerrott) and my group (Madison Dutkiewicz, Laura Danton and Amory Hall), have prepared a presentation on the impact that Bill C-11 Ould have on streamed television content. You should be able to access it here on Google Drive (you may have to download it): If you have any trouble with […]