CBCnews

Recently by (Display Name not set)

Jesse Brown: Obama the copyright cyberbully

By Jesse Brown, CBC technology columnist:

The Obama administration has placed Canada on the United States’ copyright blacklist. Under Bush, we were on their “Watch List”. Now we’re on the “Priority Watch List”. Scary!

Continue reading this post » (2 Archived Comments)

Jesse Brown: Ahmadinejad seeks 'justice' for Canadian blogger while Ottawa does nothing

By Jesse Brown, CBC technology columnist:

Hossein Derakshan is a Canadian citizen who has been rotting in a Tehran jail since November. To the best of our knowledge, he has yet to be charged with anything (though it’s safe to assume that his detainment has something to do with the fact that he’s a highly opinionated and influential blogger). His case has gotten far too little attention from our government and from our media. But last week, someone finally took notice: Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Continue reading this post » (11 Archived Comments)

Jesse Brown: Anti-gay ad inspires pro-hilarity remixes (and YouTube cowardice)

By Jesse Brown, CBC technology columnist:

The latest YouTube remix sensation has nothing to do with Christian Bale, little boys high on laughing gas or sensitive country musicians. It has to do with an anti-same-sex marriage ad produced by a group called the National Organization for Marriage.

Continue reading this post » (1 Archived Comment)

Jesse Brown: Toronto opens up

By Jesse Brown, CBC technology columnist:

Tweetin’ Toronto Mayor David Miller spoke and took questions at the Mesh Tech Conference in Toronto today. I was tapped to interview him and lead the Q & A. Mayor Miller used the opportunity to announce a new transparency-in-government website, toronto.ca/open. It’s set to launch this fall.

Continue reading this post » (1 Archived Comment)

Jesse Brown: Your chance to weigh in on Net Neutrality

By Jesse Brown, CBC technology columnist:

This summer, the CRTC will finally rule on whether traffic shaping by ISPs is legal. To do so, they’ll hold hearings, and in those hearings, opinions will be heard. Yours can be among them. Yesterday the CRTC opened an online public consultation on net neutrality.

Continue reading this post » (2 Archived Comments)

Jesse Brown: Epic win for Newgrounds community

Newgrounds.com is a site for lovers of funny, lewd animation and fun, lewd flash games. Its user base skews heavily towards young dudes, and its online forums unsurprisingly feel a lot like your grade 10 friend Doug’s musky basement.

Continue reading this post »  

Jesse Brown: Trial by Jury is broken.

Last month in a Swedish courtroom, a minor historical event took place in under 140 characters. “EPIC WINNING LOL” went the message, announcing that half of the copyright infraction charges against The Pirate Bay torrent tracker site had been dropped.

It wasn’t the first Twitter message to emit from a courtroom, but as far as I can tell, it was the first “tweet” to come from a defendant at his own trial- the Pirate Bay's Peter Sunde.

Now, The New York Times reports on other cases of mobile devices disrupting the courts.

Continue reading this post » (3 Archived Comments)

Jesse Brown: Who's afraid of "behaviour tracking"?

By Jesse Brown, CBC technology columnist:

Google has announced some new features for its AdSense network, and a predictable flood of horrified headlines have followed.

So what are we supposed to be afraid of?

Continue reading this post » (4 Archived Comments)

Jesse Brown: Worldwide copyfight heats up down under

By Jesse Brown, CBC technology columnist:

Chalk one up for the copyfight.

An atrocious amendment to New Zealand’s copyright law was slated to go into effect this week: it would have required ISPs to kick users and sites off of the Net based on unproven allegations of copyright infringement. Under the now infamous Section 92A of the New Zealand Copyright Act, major media companies would have had the ability to ban citizens from the Net entirely, leaving users no recourse.

Continue reading this post » (1 Archived Comment)

Jesse Brown: Government strangely closed about open source

By Jesse Brown, CBC technology columnist.

Earlier this month Canadian techies were excited to learn that our federal government was taking a serious look at open source software.

I thought it was a good move too, and was excited to finally do a positive story about our government’s approach to tech. For once we’d be leading the pack, not lagging miserably behind! But I may have gotten excited too soon...

Continue reading this post »