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Lawyer attempts to get access to website blocked
Friday, August 25 2006 @ 12:07 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 6,642
Justice From soop.ca:

An unprecedented blow was slapped on free speech on Wednesday August 23rd when Ottaw based Lawyer Richard Warman, asked the CRTC to force Internet providers to block access to two U.S. Based websites.

In his application Warman accuses the google blogsites of being operated by a "Notorious" Nazi sympathizer and contained material to incite violence against him and that he now fears for his life because of these websites.

Read the full thing at http://www.soop.ca/stories/08-25-06NetCensorship.html


US-Canadian body suspends certification of open-source encryption tool
Monday, July 24 2006 @ 01:00 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 4,772
General News A joint U.S. and Canadian organization that certifies encryption tools for use by federal government agencies has suspended its validation of OpenSSL cryptographic technology for the second time in less than six months.

The decision means that government agencies cannot purchase the open-source tool for the time being, although those that have already done so will still be allowed to use it. OpenSSL is an open-source implementation of the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer security protocols. It is widely used to encrypt and decrypt data on the Internet.

Read the full thing at itWorldCanada


A School (almost) without Windows
Tuesday, July 18 2006 @ 01:40 CST
Contributed by: pogson
Views:: 8,276
Education This week a project was approved to install a large Linux desktop system in Chemawawin School in Easterville, Manitoba. Last year the school was K-8 but in a new building this year will be K-12 with 500 students. 150 new Linux seats will be added in the labs, library, all offices, and classrooms. 50 working Windows machines will be retained to run some Windows-only applications in the primary grades. Linux will be accessible on these by PXE booting.

Ottawa-Carleton District School Board and FLOSS
Saturday, July 08 2006 @ 10:23 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 8,260
Education From Digital Copyright Canada:

"I sent a copy of the Letter to the Ontario Minister of Education about software policy. I asked if if school boards are under Access to Information legislation, as well as any exclusive agreements or policy that school boards of the province may have with software vendors that would exclude teachers from using alternatives. My trustee forwarded the letter to staff.

The following is the reply from Laura McAlister, Superintendent of Curriculum, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, dated July 3, 2006."

Read the full thing at http://www.digital-copyright.ca/node/2531


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Canadian anti-DRM coalition makes timely debut
Tuesday, June 27 2006 @ 06:31 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 11,117
Justice From NewsForge:

A coalition of public interest groups and academic privacy experts has released a public letter and background paper to the Canadian government stating their concerns about digital rights management (DRM) technologies and their legal status. The coalition has also started a Web site, IntellectualPrivacy.ca, to coordinate its efforts.

Read the full thing at http://trends.newsforge.com/article.pl?sid=06/06/16/203238


Unchecked lobby power plays an old familiar tune
Monday, June 12 2006 @ 07:54 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 5,747
General News From The Hill Times:

At 10:01 in the morning of Feb. 6, 2006, at the precise moment that a new Conservative Cabinet was being sworn into office at Rideau Hall, David Dyer, a senior consultant with the Capital Hill Group and a registered lobbyist for the Canadian Recording Industry Association, sent an email to Patricia Neri, the director general of Canadian Heritage's Copyright Policy Branch.

The email included a suggested outline for a March 2 event focused on copyright reform. It envisioned a meeting with the Canadian Heritage Deputy Minister Judith LaRoque, two hours of presentations from speakers sympathetic to CRIA's position, lunch with deputy ministers from Heritage, Industry, and International Trade, and a private meeting with the soon-to-be named Minister of Canadian Heritage.

One month later, virtually the identical scenario played itself out in Canadian Heritage's Gatineau offices and in the private dining room of a swank nearby restaurant.

Read the full thing at http://www.thehilltimes.ca/html/index.php?display=story&full_path=/2006/june/12/geist/&c=1


O Canada! Canadians and Open Source
Friday, June 09 2006 @ 07:00 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,501
Open Source From Directions Magazine:

It is nearly common knowledge that GIS finds its origins in government agencies in that great northern territory we know as Canada. I say "nearly” because there are still those who believe that GIS was created by proprietary software vendors ... which I’ll bet makes the marketing guys at these companies more than happy with themselves.

Read the full thing at http://www.directionsmag.com/article.php?article_id=2194&trv=1


Why and how to build web sites to W3C standards
Monday, June 05 2006 @ 09:41 CST
Contributed by: Patrick Donoahue
Views:: 5,484
Education

The Internet is at a critical juncture and serious choices are being made by millions of people across the globe. These decisions will have an enormous impact on future direction of the World Wide Web. As with any professional discipline a need for universal conventions is necessary.

It is my contention that the World Wide Consortium (W3C) and the standards and protocols they are proposing are necessary, beneficial and indispensable to proper web site construction. The reader should be aware that there are those who think the W3C can not provide this structure. My hope is to convince you otherwise.


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The CAISI Project: Can software developers end chronic homelessness?
Monday, June 05 2006 @ 09:04 CST
Contributed by: CAISI
Views:: 2,648
General News The CAISI Project was founded in response to the critical community issue of chronic homelessness, and to create new ways to combat the problems with current solutions. Working with homeless clients, agencies, shelters, hospitals and other advocates, the CAISI open source system is used to integrate and enhance care, and prevent people who are homeless from slipping through cracks in the system caused by incompatible databases.

The census online application now accessible to Linux operating system
Monday, May 15 2006 @ 02:09 CST
Contributed by: Linegod
Views:: 2,530
General News It looks like someone is listening:

"In response to demand, Statistics Canada has removed the restriction for Linux. This change takes effect May 13th, 2006."

Full details are at http://www22.statcan.ca/ccr02/ccr02_003_e.htm


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